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Re: What to play against the benoni?
Reply #10 - 07/11/18 at 22:45:22
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That would be it, yeah!
  
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Re: What to play against the benoni?
Reply #9 - 07/11/18 at 14:26:20
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mn wrote on 07/08/18 at 10:48:48:
2 dc5!? is far from the main line but has been tried by some very strong players over the years. I vaguely recall this being recommended somewhere but I cannot remember where.


I believe Jan Gustafsson gave 2.dxc5 in one of his videos or shows on chess24 as a decent alternative to 2.d5, which should still be the most principled and best move.
  
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Re: What to play against the benoni?
Reply #8 - 07/11/18 at 14:20:42
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Following up with c2-c4 seems strange to me in these lines. I guess it can cut down on the number of lines you need to learn, but Black has played a dodgy line and is being rewarded by a possible transposition back into a respectable opening.

After 1.d4 c5 2.d5 e5 3.e4 and Nb1-c3, it's quite hard for Black to get counterplay. e.g. 3...d6 4.Nc3 Be7 5.Nf3 Bg4 6.h3 Bxf3 7.Qxf3 Bg5 8.Bxg5 Qxg5 9.Nb5! Qd8 10.Qg4 Kf8 11.Nxd6. Most of my opponents play something like 5...Nf6 and simply have a poor position. White plays Be2 and 0-0 with Nf3-d2-c4 being an obvious follow-up in most cases. Of course a2-a4 is thrown in at the right moment i.e. after ...a7-a6 or ...Nb8-d7.
  

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Re: What to play against the benoni?
Reply #7 - 07/10/18 at 18:55:20
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True - then g3/Bg2/Nge2 is a relatively easy-to-play set-up against the Czech Benoni, IIRC.
  
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Re: What to play against the benoni?
Reply #6 - 07/10/18 at 08:16:26
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mn wrote on 07/09/18 at 08:43:00:
So after [1 d4 c5 2 d5 e5]


With the Benko now ruled out (assume White doesn't want to face it) , 3. c4 can also be played
  
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Re: What to play against the benoni?
Reply #5 - 07/09/18 at 08:43:00
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So after [1 d4 c5 2 d5 e5] 3 e4 d6 4 Nc3, what is the line that's giving you trouble - slower lines with ...Nf6, or the ...Be7/...Bg4xf3/...Bg5 stuff?
  
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Re: What to play against the benoni?
Reply #4 - 07/08/18 at 13:19:12
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MNb wrote on 07/08/18 at 08:01:30:
How did the game continue after 1.d4 c5 2.d5 ?
Assuming it's 2...d6 3.e4 Nf6 4.Nc3 g6 (Schmidt Benoni) I think the two most promising options are
a) 5.f4 Bg7 6.Bb5+; the bishop may go back to d3 and White has a good version of the Austrian Attack as both e4-e5 and a GPA like plan are dangerous;
b) 5.Nf3 Bg7 6.Bb5+; the bishop may go back to e2 and White has a good version of the Classical Pirc (compare 1.e4 d6 2.d4 Nf6 3.Nc3 g6 4.Nf3 Bg7 5.Be2 O-O 6.O-O c5 7.d5).


Well the game went d4, c5, then e5.  Sad
  
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Re: What to play against the benoni?
Reply #3 - 07/08/18 at 11:19:47
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Mtal wrote on 07/08/18 at 05:07:09:
I usually play the London and tromp, and a colle now and then. Thanks.


After 1. d4 c5 2. d5 Nf6 3. Bg5 you are back in a Tromp. Indeed whenever Black plays .. Nf6 you have Bg5 .

Otherwise play 3. c4 and a transposition to a form of Modern Benoni, old Benoni or Benko would seem inevitable. You have to know your 1. d4, 2. c4 openings of course.

At the risk for Black of getting transposed into something else, playing 1. d4 c5 is a move order device of avoiding Londons, Tromps and Colles.
  
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Re: What to play against the benoni?
Reply #2 - 07/08/18 at 10:48:48
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2 c3 is I guess not terrible if you really don't want to push d4-d5. You have to be willing to play the White side of an Exchange Slav after 2...cd4 3 cd4 d5, though.

2 dc5!? is far from the main line but has been tried by some very strong players over the years. I vaguely recall this being recommended somewhere but I cannot remember where.

Mayyybe even 2 e4 if you know your opponent is not a Sicilian player.

But yeah, 2 d5! is of course the best move, and what I'd recommend mostly highly. Here, as MNb said, it'd be helpful to know how your game went and what exactly what went wrong.
  
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Re: What to play against the benoni?
Reply #1 - 07/08/18 at 08:01:30
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How did the game continue after 1.d4 c5 2.d5 ?
Assuming it's 2...d6 3.e4 Nf6 4.Nc3 g6 (Schmidt Benoni) I think the two most promising options are
a) 5.f4 Bg7 6.Bb5+; the bishop may go back to d3 and White has a good version of the Austrian Attack as both e4-e5 and a GPA like plan are dangerous;
b) 5.Nf3 Bg7 6.Bb5+; the bishop may go back to e2 and White has a good version of the Classical Pirc (compare 1.e4 d6 2.d4 Nf6 3.Nc3 g6 4.Nf3 Bg7 5.Be2 O-O 6.O-O c5 7.d5).
  

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What to play against the benoni?
07/08/18 at 05:07:09
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Hi all, just wondering, what do my fellow d pawn special players do against c5 on move one? Just lost a game to it and I really don't have a clue how to beat it. I feel I have not found a book that give me good enough coverage on what to do after d5. Black has a lot of ways to go and plans that make it pretty sharp. I usually play d5, then nc3 but I do not get good games with it. Any advice would be great. I usually play the London and tromp, and a colle now and then. Thanks.
  
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