Nice game, Bibs!
I wonder, is the Clarendon Court (1.d4 c5 2.d5 f5
) really as bad as its reputation? In the last 5 years players like Sakaev, Epishin (twice) and Shabalov (twice) have tried it.
If White plays something solid with g3/Bg2 Black gets his desired "Benongrad", but White is still slightly better anyway if we're to believe Curt Hansen, annotating his win over Henrik Danielsen for Chessbase.
I also thought the "refutation" was 3.e4! fxe4 4.Nc3 Nf6 5.g4!
and now the most played 5...h6 looks too weakening and has horrible reults. So maybe 5...g6!?
is worth a try? Black is willing to get his knight kicked to h5 and sacrifice a pawn there if White spends the tempi on it (g5 and Be2xh5). In return Black gets the f-file and play on the dark squares (and a weak king position...).
True story: I sometimes get the Benongrad pawn structure through the Leningrad Dutch. In a tournament game my opponent, rated around 2150, surprisingly castled queenside! Naturally, a Benko-style ...b5 break and a winning attack followed. Afterwards he explained that he had decided when he got out of bed that morning to castle long, and he wasn't going to let the position on the board get in the way of that promise!