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Re: Current Concensus on Modern Benoni
Reply #33 - 06/23/14 at 20:09:45
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flaviddude wrote on 08/21/07 at 13:53:43:
I shall be writing three articles for "The Australian Correspondence Chess Quarterly on the piece blunder variation of the Taimonov Variation. I shall post them here.


1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 c5 3. d5 e6 4. Nc3 exd 5. cxd d6 6. e4 g7 7. f4 Bg7 8. Bb5 Nbd7 9. e5 dxe 10.fxe Nh5 11.e6  Qh4 and now three variations

a) 12. g3 Ng3 13. Nf3 this line has become extinct in my opinion for very good resons. Nevertheless it should be analyed to show how black has at least a draw.

b) 12. g3 Ng3 13. hxg this is the old main line with games on this web site.

c) 12 Kd2 I have been examining this for a long time. I shall publish my analysis but it is so treacherous that there may be errors. I think that white is better but one slip and the wheels come off.



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Re: Current Concensus on Modern Benoni
Reply #32 - 10/27/07 at 16:06:47
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sssthepro wrote on 10/27/07 at 06:23:07:
I have one question about the Modern Benoni. After 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 c5 4.d5 exd5 5.cxd5 d6 6.Nc3 g6 7.e4 Bg7 8.h3 0-0 9.Bd3 b6

I have quite a bit of problems in this line, because I dont know how to win. Black's plan is to play ...Ba6 to exchange the white squared bishop. If White plays Bxa6, then Black will play Na6-c7, pressuring d5 to prevent e4-e5. Else, Black will whack on d3, prevent e5 with Re8, Nbd7 and Qc7, and then slowly expand with a6-b5.

Is there a line here that allows White to gain an advantage? If not, can someone tell me what is the best line here? Thanks


I don't think anyone can give a recipe for "how to win"; I suppose you remember this thread, though http://www.chesspub.com/cgi-bin/yabb2/YaBB.pl?num=1182467733 .  I think your idea of a quick e5 deserves attention (it was played by one GM that I recall, though he ended up losing).  A slower preparation of e5 could involve the idea that e5, if it comes (with White having played f4 and Black ...f6), should lead to greater exposure of Black's king.

  
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Re: Current Concensus on Modern Benoni
Reply #31 - 10/27/07 at 06:23:07
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I have one question about the Modern Benoni. After 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 c5 4.d5 exd5 5.cxd5 d6 6.Nc3 g6 7.e4 Bg7 8.h3 0-0 9.Bd3 b6

I have quite a bit of problems in this line, because I dont know how to win. Black's plan is to play ...Ba6 to exchange the white squared bishop. If White plays Bxa6, then Black will play Na6-c7, pressuring d5 to prevent e4-e5. Else, Black will whack on d3, prevent e5 with Re8, Nbd7 and Qc7, and then slowly expand with a6-b5.

Is there a line here that allows White to gain an advantage? If not, can someone tell me what is the best line here? Thanks
  
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Re: Current Concensus on Modern Benoni
Reply #30 - 10/26/07 at 11:17:12
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I'm avoiding the taimanov attach with the move order 1. d4 e6 2. c4 c5
e.g. 3. d5 exd5 4. cxd5 d6 5. Nc3 g6 6. e4 Bg7 7. f4 a6 8. a4 Nf6 and we have reached the 4 pawn attack of the KID which is playable for black (black has an extra tempo compared to the taimanov attack).
The downside of this move order is that around 10 % of the white players play 2. e4.
The best move for black is of course d5, transposing to the french. Black can also try c5, hoping for Nf3 and transposing to the sicilian, but white can play d5 transposing to the franco-benoni and that is not much fun for black.
From a practical point of view, the 1. .. e6 move order is worth a try. You can then also avoid the modern main line with Ne7 instead of Nf6, but I would not recommend that.
  
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Re: Current Concensus on Modern Benoni
Reply #29 - 09/17/07 at 06:57:00
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Ok,

I'll start a new thread on the Franco-Benoni.
  
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Re: Current Concensus on Modern Benoni
Reply #28 - 09/16/07 at 19:01:26
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kylemeister wrote on 09/16/07 at 18:05:50:
That the Franco-Benoni is "a blunder," "completely busted" and "comes very close to losing by force" does seem to have escaped the notice of for instance (a) a number of GMs and IMs who have played it in recent years; (b) the authors of all those opening encyclopedias which assess its main lines as slightly better for White.


...and (c) myself  Wink

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Re: Current Concensus on Modern Benoni
Reply #27 - 09/16/07 at 18:05:50
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That the Franco-Benoni is "a blunder," "completely busted" and "comes very close to losing by force" does seem to have escaped the notice of for instance (a) a number of GMs and IMs who have played it in recent years; (b) the authors of all those opening encyclopedias which assess its main lines as slightly better for White.
  
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Re: Current Concensus on Modern Benoni
Reply #26 - 09/16/07 at 15:45:19
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Word of Warning

(From someone who thought this might be an easy way to get away from some of the deeply theoretical lines of the Modern Benoni):

The Franco-Benoni is just bad.  Even bad openings can have nice names.  In this case, White has all the fun.  I now only play it as White and have a perfect score in slow time controls.  This isn't a Schmidt Benoni or some almost playable line.  This line is completely busted and should rightly be considered a blunder.  (Oh yeah, some people have argued that a blunder is only a move that loses outright.  This comes very close to losing by force.)
  
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Re: Current Concensus on Modern Benoni
Reply #25 - 09/15/07 at 21:47:04
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There's one game that has stuck in my memory under "Franco-Benoni" ...


[Event "San Antonio"]
[Site ""]
[Date "1972.??.??"]
[Round "1"]
[White "Browne, Walter Shawn"]
[Black "Evans, Larry Melvyn"]
[Result "1/2-1/2"]
[NIC "OI 8.4"]
[ECO "A43"]
[PlyCount "49"]

1. e4 e6 2. d4 c5 3. d5 exd5 4. exd5 d6 5. Nc3 Nf6 6. Nf3 Be7 7. Be2 O-O 8. Nd2 Na6
9. Nc4 Nc7 10. a4 b6 11. O-O Bb7 12. Bf3 Qd7 13. Bf4 Rfe8 14. Qd3 h6 15. Bg3 Bf8
16. Rfd1 Ba6 17. b3 Ng4 18. Re1 Rxe1  19. Rxe1 Re8 20. Rxe8 Qxe8 21. Qe4 Nf6 22.
Qxe8 Nfxe8 23. Ne3 g6 24. h4 h5 25. Ne4 1/2-1/2
  
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Reply #24 - 09/15/07 at 21:05:31
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o.k., looked up some games, the critical continuation is e4 e6 d4 c5 d5!
in these symmetrical positions black is just cramped without much counterplay,
but for someone playing french could be quite a good move order, he is more flexible with the knight ...
  
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Reply #23 - 09/15/07 at 20:45:24
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I have another question, I now came accross a book on the "franco-benoni" in a shop,
where you play e6 and c5 leaving out Nf6, since I play the sicilian taimanov with c5 and e6, this system could suit me, but does anyone know what is the downside of this system? I do not think there is flick knife attack in this.
  
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Re: Current Concensus on Modern Benoni
Reply #22 - 09/12/07 at 07:00:08
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The Averbakh KID (with Black playing ...c5) does transpose into the Benoni, but only with the collusion of both players.  Many of the most interesting lines don't transpose.
  
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Re: Current Concensus on Modern Benoni
Reply #21 - 09/12/07 at 01:08:41
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also can't you just enter the benoni in the KID move order?
1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 Bg7 4.e4 d6 5.Nf3 0-0 6. Be2 c5


If you want to play like this the correct moveorder is 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 c5 3.d5 (3.Nf3 cxd4 4.Nxd4 e5) d6 4.Nc3 g6 5.e4 Bg7 6.Nf3 0-0 7.Be2 e6 as 8.dxe6 Bxe6 is quite playable for Black, despite the backward pawn on d6.
White has many other systems available of course, eg 6.Bd3 or 7.h3 and 8.Bd3.
I have played this as Black for a while and it served me well.
  

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Re: Current Concensus on Modern Benoni
Reply #20 - 09/12/07 at 00:09:17
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Hello,

isn't the 4-pawns attack in the KID quite like a benoni pawn storm system?

d4 Nf6 c4 g6 Nc3 Bg7 e4 d6 f4 0-0 Nf3 c5 d5, but the KID is still playable, and the benoni is not?

also can't you just enter the benoni in the KID move order?
1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 Bg7 4.e4 d6 5.Nf3 0-0 6. Be2 c5




1.  Indeed, that sort of Four Pawns can be reached through either the Benoni or KID, but you seem to be lumping it together with the "Flick-Knife Attack," which is considered more promising for White, and can only be reached via the Benoni.

2.  It's not that simple, since after 6...c5 White can (and probably should) play 7. 0-0.  Then one line is  7...Nc6 8. d5 Na5, when you might say we have a Benoni-ish position, but it's considered better for White than the position after 7. d5.

  
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Reply #19 - 09/11/07 at 22:24:59
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Hello,

isn't the 4-pawns attack in the KID quite like a benoni pawn storm system?

d4 Nf6 c4 g6 Nc3 Bg7 e4 d6 f4 0-0 Nf3 c5 d5, but the KID is still playable, and the benoni is not?

also can't you just enter the benoni in the KID move order?
1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 Bg7 4.e4 d6 5.Nf3 0-0 6. Be2 c5

  
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Re: Current Concensus on Modern Benoni
Reply #18 - 08/21/07 at 23:36:05
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Markovich wrote on 08/21/07 at 14:43:19:
flaviddude wrote on 08/21/07 at 13:53:43:
I shall be writing three articles for "The Australian Correspondence Chess Quarterly on the piece blunder variation of the Taimonov Variation. I shall post them here.


1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 c5 3. d5 e6 4. Nc3 exd 5. cxd d6 6. e4 g7 7. f4 Bg7 8. Bb5 Nbd7 9. e5 dxe 10.fxe Nh5 11.e6  Qh4 and now three variations

a) 12. g3 Ng3 13. Nf3 this line has become extinct in my opinion for very good resons. Nevertheless it should be analyed to show how black has at least a draw.

b) 12. g3 Ng3 13. hxg this is the old main line with games on this web site.

c) 12 Kd2 I have been examining this for a long time. I shall publish my analysis but it is so treacherous that there may be errors. I think that white is better but one slip and the wheels come off.



White is doing quite well with (b), isn't he?


This line is one which is critical. I think that I will analyze this line last as it has been covered well. Look at the game on the latest update, whereas the line with Kd2 has not been looked at in depth.
  

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Re: Current Concensus on Modern Benoni
Reply #17 - 08/21/07 at 14:43:19
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flaviddude wrote on 08/21/07 at 13:53:43:
I shall be writing three articles for "The Australian Correspondence Chess Quarterly on the piece blunder variation of the Taimonov Variation. I shall post them here.


1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 c5 3. d5 e6 4. Nc3 exd 5. cxd d6 6. e4 g7 7. f4 Bg7 8. Bb5 Nbd7 9. e5 dxe 10.fxe Nh5 11.e6  Qh4 and now three variations

a) 12. g3 Ng3 13. Nf3 this line has become extinct in my opinion for very good resons. Nevertheless it should be analyed to show how black has at least a draw.

b) 12. g3 Ng3 13. hxg this is the old main line with games on this web site.

c) 12 Kd2 I have been examining this for a long time. I shall publish my analysis but it is so treacherous that there may be errors. I think that white is better but one slip and the wheels come off.



White is doing quite well with (b), isn't he?
  

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Re: Current Concensus on Modern Benoni
Reply #16 - 08/21/07 at 13:53:43
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I shall be writing three articles for "The Australian Correspondence Chess Quarterly on the piece blunder variation of the Taimonov Variation. I shall post them here.


1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 c5 3. d5 e6 4. Nc3 exd 5. cxd d6 6. e4 g7 7. f4 Bg7 8. Bb5 Nbd7 9. e5 dxe 10.fxe Nh5 11.e6  Qh4 and now three variations

a) 12. g3 Ng3 13. Nf3 this line has become extinct in my opinion for very good resons. Nevertheless it should be analyed to show how black has at least a draw.

b) 12. g3 Ng3 13. hxg this is the old main line with games on this web site.

c) 12 Kd2 I have been examining this for a long time. I shall publish my analysis but it is so treacherous that there may be errors. I think that white is better but one slip and the wheels come off.
  

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Re: Current Concensus on Modern Benoni
Reply #15 - 08/06/07 at 19:00:37
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lnn2 wrote on 08/06/07 at 16:39:19:
If i were a benoni player i would be most worried about the modern main line with h3/Bd3/Nf3...[...] in the MML. because if 9... b5 doesn't work then Black's position is just passive. [...]

Well, 9...b5 seems to work insofar as it is not losing, but there are no winning chances for black in the Bxb5 variation.
  
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Re: Current Concensus on Modern Benoni
Reply #14 - 08/06/07 at 16:39:19
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If i were a benoni player i would be most worried about the modern main line with h3/Bd3/Nf3...
I can see how Black can attempt to muddle the waters in other lines like the Taimanov or Samisch (f3), but don't see how that will happen in the MML. because if 9... b5 doesn't work then Black's position is just passive. Emms (or was it Palliser ?!) covered the Davies plan with Qe7-Qf8 recently in a few very interesting games but i think White is  also better there.
  
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Re: Current Concensus on Modern Benoni
Reply #13 - 08/06/07 at 14:51:54
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Sacapawn wrote on 08/04/07 at 00:29:00:
That this is a difficult position for Black can be confirmed by a database search:

In my database there are 8 games with 13.-,b5 (6 White wins and 2 draws) and 12 games with 13.-gxf5 (7 White wins, 3 draws and 2 Black wins).

One of these games is annotated by John Emms and can be found in the chesspublishing archive (M Houska - D Tebb, 1-0). In ECO from 2001 there is a game Chiburdanidze-Kotsur, Luzern 1997, 1-0, with 13.-,gxf5 and the assessment "with compensation for the material" after White's 24th move.

Has John Watson written about this variation?



Frankly I'm surprised that White's result is so good after 13...b5, only in that I would've thought that the absence of the light-square bishop would help Black.  Shows what I know, I guess.
  

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Re: Current Concensus on Modern Benoni
Reply #12 - 08/06/07 at 13:00:51
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I just did an expanded search of the Modern Benoni positions arising from 11...Nc7.  It seems that White is just doing a bit better than average on first blush (about 58% when both opponents are rated over 2200), but a closer look reveals that White is virtually winning regardless of whether he plays 12.Bd3! 12.Bc4! or 12.Bxd7!?  (White tends to throw away most of his advantage with 12.Be2?/?! heading back into the Four Pawns Attack.)

12.Bxd7 Bxd7 13.f5 may be the most forcing variation of the bunch, but Black may as well take the pawn because refusing to do so is (statistically) even worse.  In other words, if Black insists on playing 11...Nc7, the best he can hope for is a pawn extra in an ugly defensive position.

Once again, I am not sure I'd allow White to play the Taimanov Benoni.  If Black plays 8...Nfd7, which I consider to be objectively the best but practically a lost cause, then he'd better hope for 9.Be2 leading back into A69, the old Four Pawns Attack.

I'm still itching to take that f-pawn though. Embarrassed
  
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Re: Current Concensus on Modern Benoni
Reply #11 - 08/04/07 at 00:29:00
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That this is a difficult position for Black can be confirmed by a database search:

In my database there are 8 games with 13.-,b5 (6 White wins and 2 draws) and 12 games with 13.-gxf5 (7 White wins, 3 draws and 2 Black wins).

One of these games is annotated by John Emms and can be found in the chesspublishing archive (M Houska - D Tebb, 1-0). In ECO from 2001 there is a game Chiburdanidze-Kotsur, Luzern 1997, 1-0, with 13.-,gxf5 and the assessment "with compensation for the material" after White's 24th move.

Has John Watson written about this variation?

  
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Reply #10 - 08/03/07 at 22:07:14
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Smyslov_Fan wrote on 08/03/07 at 07:31:08:
13.f5 is new to me too.

I am a member of PawnSnatchers Anonymous , and my instinct is to take the offered pawn.  White no longer has a light squared Bishop, his pawn on d5 will soon have to be defended only by pieces, and Black will probably get at least partial control of the e-file. 

The cost is a weakened King-side.  I haven't run this through any engines or databases, but I'm itching to take the pawn and make White prove the advantage.


No, no, why risk your kingside that way?  You'll be crushed over there, or at best, you'll have to worry for a long time about your king.  Bonsai's active 12...b5 looks right.   I think Black may have chances to defend, since White is missing his light-square bishop.
  

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Re: Current Concensus on Modern Benoni
Reply #9 - 08/03/07 at 20:52:51
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Smyslov_Fan wrote on 08/03/07 at 07:31:08:
13.f5 is new to me too.

I am a member of PawnSnatchers Anonymous , and my instinct is to take the offered pawn.  White no longer has a light squared Bishop, his pawn on d5 will soon have to be defended only by pieces, and Black will probably get at least partial control of the e-file.  

The cost is a weakened King-side.  I haven't run this through any engines or databases, but I'm itching to take the pawn and make White prove the advantage.


You want to do WHAT?!

I've played a few Modern Benonis in my time, and beaten a few good players with it, too.  I wouldn't be touching that pawn with a bargepole.

I don't really like the ...Na6 lines for Black though - I am a fan of Watson's recommended ...Qh4+ line against the Taimanov.  The problem is that White doesn't have to allow it and can instead play [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.Nf3!? a6 10.Bd3, just allowing ...b5 and arguing that his development and central control are worth more than Black's queenside expansion.  It is, in my view, a fairly convincing, albeit very far from conclusive, argument.
  

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Re: Current Concensus on Modern Benoni
Reply #8 - 08/03/07 at 07:35:33
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In reply to Swiss_Dragon's 14.Bg5 I'd consider Qc8 instead of f6.  I don't know if that's an improvement.  I was more worried about Ng5 ideas, which still are in the air.  I'd like to see (and work out) some concrete lines.
  
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Re: Current Concensus on Modern Benoni
Reply #7 - 08/03/07 at 07:31:08
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13.f5 is new to me too.

I am a member of PawnSnatchers Anonymous , and my instinct is to take the offered pawn.  White no longer has a light squared Bishop, his pawn on d5 will soon have to be defended only by pieces, and Black will probably get at least partial control of the e-file.  

The cost is a weakened King-side.  I haven't run this through any engines or databases, but I'm itching to take the pawn and make White prove the advantage.
  
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Re: Current Concensus on Modern Benoni
Reply #6 - 08/03/07 at 06:46:46
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Swiss_Dragon wrote on 07/26/07 at 14:01:49:
Bonsai, if you think that the Taimanov is overrated and play 8..Nfd7  10..Nac6 11..Nc7, then you must certainly have something against 12.Bxd7 Bxd7 13.f5 in hand. Isn't Black suffering a lot? I mean after 13..gxf5 14.Bg5 f6 15.Bf4 the "Benoni bishop" is burried and it's hard to see how Black is getting out of the mess here.  Sad

I've never seen the line played, but I think it actually looks very sensible for white.

Since I don't really know it, I am not entirely sure, but in this position after 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 c5 4.d5 exd5 5.cxd5 d6 6.e4 g6 7.f4 Bg7 8.Bb5+ Nfd7 9.a4 0-0 10.Nf3 Na6 11.0-0 Nc7 12.Bxd7 Bxd7 13.f5
http://www.france-echecs.com/diagramme/imgboard.phpfen=rxxqxrkx%2Fppnbxpbp%2Fxxx...
it doesn't look very tempting to me to play 13...gxf5. Why not 13...b5? Presumably the white plan would still be 14.Bg5, but playing 14...f6 15.Bf4 looks vaguely alright for black, at least one can wait for the right moment with playing gxf5...

Still, I admit I am not ecstatic about this position for black.
  
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Re: Current Concensus on Modern Benoni
Reply #5 - 07/26/07 at 14:01:49
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Bonsai, if you think that the Taimanov is overrated and play 8..Nfd7  10..Nac6 11..Nc7, then you must certainly have something against 12.Bxd7 Bxd7 13.f5 in hand. Isn't Black suffering a lot? I mean after 13..gxf5 14.Bg5 f6 15.Bf4 the "Benoni bishop" is burried and it's hard to see how Black is getting out of the mess here.  Sad
  
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Re: Current Concensus on Modern Benoni
Reply #4 - 07/19/07 at 04:42:37
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I don't know if the Modern Benoni (after White plays 3.Nf3) is quite good enough for the very best players in the world anymore, but it still has quite a zing below about 2400 elo.

I have stated elsewhere that White has too many good choices besides the ultra-sharp Taimanov line.  However, in each variation, White has to play excellent chess to demonstrate the advantage.  This is hard to do for the amateur, but completely expected for the professional.  (By amateur here, I mean someone who plays the chess as a part-time hobby rather than as a full-time occupation.)
  
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Re: Current Concensus on Modern Benoni
Reply #3 - 07/17/07 at 12:34:33
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An opening that is likely to bring joy to the hearts of any serious 1d4 player. Black gets tactical play but white has strategic dominance.

The f4 and Bb5+ a la Kasparov is very dangerous.

Bd3 + h3 seems to neutralise black's play

Bf4 is tricky for black but not so tricky for white

and even the fianchetto gives white a fair game, although objectively if Black knows what  he's doing he should be fine.

Too many lines where black has to suffer.....better to play the Benoni style position via the Kings Indian where things may be quite good !
  
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Re: Current Concensus on Modern Benoni
Reply #2 - 07/17/07 at 06:13:20
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MNb wrote on 07/17/07 at 01:31:04:
This seems to be the consensus indeed. In 2006 the sequence 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 c5 was more popular (480 games) than 3.Nc3 c5 (about 160 games) and 2...c5 3.d5 e6 (450 games).

I've always been feeling that the Taimanov is overrated, it's not like there's a definite advantage for whtie (as far as I know) and black has a clear plan in the 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 0-0 10.Nf3 line, namely 10...Na6, 11...Nc7, 12....a6 and then Rb8 followed ideally by b5 - usually even if white has played a5 (of course one might have to adjust to what white does). Alternatively the 8...Nbd7 line is far from refuted and probably a most reasonable over-the-board attempt (while somewhat unsuitable for correspondence chess, because with truly precise play only 1-0 or 1/2-1/2 are possible results, where I believe the latter to be "objectively" the "correct" outcome).

There are some other variations though, that deserve very serious attention, the Modern Main Line is a serious try for an advantage for white and black may have to play some slightly unimpressive a6+Nbd7+Qe7 variation to avoid having no winning chances in some of the extremely forced main-main-line variations with an early b5 (not that objectively black is in danger of loosing there, in my opinion). Note that Watson's recommended Nbd7+Nh5 systems is supposedly in a bit of trouble.

Then there's various Bf4 systems, which are extremely tricky move order wise, which are fully viable and theoretically good tries for white. I've had a bit of trouble there when playing black, but I believe that's more due to my unfamiliarity with the true subtleties of these systems than due to black being worse.

I suppose one of the downsides of the Modern Benoni has to be that any number of other lines are also most reasonable tries by white, for example the Sämisch-f3 variation is extremely solid, the Classical main line is also fully viable, even if not that challenging for black, and that Bd3+Nge2 system is also interesting. Did I forget something? Oh, the fianchetto system and the knight-tour variation, which I do not really get to see often, but of course they are certainly not wrong, either.
  
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Re: Current Concensus on Modern Benoni
Reply #1 - 07/17/07 at 01:31:04
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This seems to be the consensus indeed. In 2006 the sequence 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 c5 was more popular (480 games) than 3.Nc3 c5 (about 160 games) and 2...c5 3.d5 e6 (450 games).
  

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Current Concensus on Modern Benoni
07/16/07 at 23:15:39
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I heard that the modern benoni isn't widely played at the top level anymore (mainly due to the Taimanov variation). 

If I start learning the modern benoni as my d4 defense, should I try to avoid the Taimanov, or is it still an OK game for black?
  
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