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Re: Benoni, Taimanov with Qh4+
Reply #2 - 06/01/03 at 14:15:00
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I am currently playing a game using this line as black.


Nett,P (1955) - Elcoate,I (1930)
CB-2003-0-00074 IECG (1), 30.03.2003
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1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 c5 3.d5 e6 4.Nc3 exd5 5.cxd5 d6 6.e4 g6 7.f4 Bg7 8.Bb5+ Nfd7 9.a4 Qh4+ 10.g3 Qd8 11.Nf3 0-0 12.0-0 a6 13.Be2 Re8 14.Re1 Bxc3 15.bxc3 Rxe4 16.Bb2 Nf6 17.c4 Bg4 18.Qb3 Nbd7 19.h3 Bxf3 20.Bxf3 Rxe1+

We are actually 20 moves past this, so I'm not giving away any secrets, and I believe I am drawing the game....but I could be proven wrong.

The main point is that I think black can safely equalise with this line but I have never felt that I could get an advantage or have the usual Benoni tactical melee.  ???

I am considering switching to the Dutch as my first line of defence against 1.d4  and wheel out the occasional Benoni when I don't feel that my opponent will play in this way.
  
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Re: Benoni, Taimanov with Qh4+
Reply #1 - 05/14/03 at 04:14:48
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I had a club game (with black) in just this line earlier this season.  I lost on time eventually, and that is not wholly unconnected to the fact that I felt a little bit constricted for a lot of the game, but in fact my position was OK and at the end I was much better and even probably winning when my flag fell Sad

I prefer to take the queen all the way back to d8 after Qh4+ g3, irrespective of where W puts his bishop after ...a6, so I tend to play the check straight away, rather than inserting ...a6 first.

I find the line really quite playable for black and would be happy to repeat it.
  

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Benoni, Taimanov with Qh4+
05/13/03 at 00:04:06
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Hi, Maybe this is covered somewhere in the site (and I havent subscribed to this section yet)...but does anyone have any thoughts on the Qh4+ idea advocated by Watson in his recent book to counter the taimanov (flick-knife) in the modern benoni after white plays the critical 9a4? 

He suggests 9...Qh4+ or 9...a6 followed by Qh4+.  In both instances the idea is to provoke g3 and weaken white's kingside, which is thought to compensate for the loss of time after the queen retreats.  But a lot of the section is just analysis without games, so I am wondering if its really sound??   Undecided
  
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