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Re: Exchanging the white square bishop in the Beno
Reply #3 - 10/18/03 at 04:12:49
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Yeah, I think you're right, now looking at the post again.  The avoidance of confusion is a good reason for providing concrete lines!  I am little guilty of this myself out of laziness.  Tongue
  

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Re: Exchanging the white square bishop in the Beno
Reply #2 - 10/16/03 at 08:39:38
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Hmm ... I may be wrong but I think Michael was talking about White exchanging his light-squared bishop for a black knight.

In general I think it can be quite a good idea - check out the famous Kasparov-Nunn game in the Benoni Slayers section on the main site, in which Bb5xd7 is quite an important part of the attack.

But as sacanode says, there are no hard and fast rules, and it may be that in some positions the exchange favours Black as it relieves some of the cramp in his position and also takes away some of the power of an eventual e4-e5 thrust.
  

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Re: Exchanging the white square bishop in the Beno
Reply #1 - 10/16/03 at 04:52:38
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...Bg4 and  ...Bx(N)f3 is a common theme in the Benoni, as it takes away from White's control of e5 and d4 (dark squares), which is consistent with Black's strategy of gaining control of the dark squares.  Also this makes the e5 break difficult for white to achieve.  Another advantage is that it gets rid of the "bad" bishop and frees up the back rank for communication between the rooks.  But there are no general rules, so it's dangerous to talk about strategy without concrete lines.
  

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Exchanging the white square bishop in the Benoni
08/25/03 at 16:17:07
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I recently played a very interesting game against the benoni. I used a dynamic line (1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 c5 3.d5 e6 4.Nc3 exd5 5.cxd5 d6 6.e4 g6 7.f4). After an interesting move I played I had the opportunity to exchange my white square bishop with one of my opponent's knight, which I did. I thought that I could exchange one of his knights which are good because of the pawn structure and decrease the pressure in the centre. But in general, in this variation, is it right to exchange this bishop for a knight? Is it preferable to keep this bishop to support the centre? If there is no general rule I can publish the game to give me your opinion as I am still not sure if I made the right decision, even if I got a winning position. Thank you!!! Smiley
  
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