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Re: 7.Bf4 against the Benoni
Reply #1 - 03/31/07 at 07:59:22
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I think the game Khenkin-Ward shows that the taking of the b3 pawn is bad.
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7.Bf4 against the Benoni
03/31/07 at 06:11:36
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Since I am interested enough in this topic, I am going to give it its own thread.  The conversation to date:

Scholar wrote on 03/31/07 at 02:57:55:
thibdb13 wrote on 03/05/07 at 21:14:21:
In his later book about the Modern Benoni, Richard Palliser is not so affirmative about Bf4 lines. He says: "7.Bf4 must be treated with some respect, but Black can get a perfectly reasonable position against it, especially with 7....a6!?"
Another idea for black is playing his bishop to e7 instead of g7, which gives him good perspectives.
So, if black knows what he is doing, the Bf4 lines will not be so dangerous for him but if he doesn't, white can get a lot of fun with quite vicious opportunities!!

I am curious what caused the change of heart.  Already at the time of publication of Play 1.d4! Watson's endorsement of 7...a6 and 9...Be7 was well-known (Palliser discusses this line in depth).  The section of Palliser's d4 book isn't entirely convincing, but I am curious if there is something in particular that led to the change in opinion.  I mean, something more interesting than the fact that he found himself writing a book from the black side of the board!

sssthepro wrote on 03/31/07 at 05:34:01:
is it because of the ...b3 move? It seems okay if white plays Qd3 instead of taking the pawn.

For concreteness, let me give the line here:
1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 c5 4.d5 d6 5.Nc3 exd5 6.cxd5 g6 7.Bf4 a6 8.e4 b5 9.Qe2 Be7 10.Qc2

10.e5 seems complicated and rare enough to be worth re-investigating, so if there are new ideas on that I'm happy to discuss that as well.

Play probably continues 10...0-0 11.a4 b4 12.Nb1.  Now 12...b3 is one possibility.  Not incidentally, there is an annotated version of Pert-Emms 2001 on chesspub which follows this line.

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