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Re: Pesky Ra3 manoeuvre ...
Reply #3 - 01/17/17 at 18:13:18
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Has there been any theoretical advance in this line since?
  

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Re: Pesky Ra3 manoeuvre ...
Reply #2 - 10/04/15 at 19:58:55
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Michael Ayton wrote on 07/17/15 at 23:25:51:
The Benoni seems to be scoring OK at the moment, but I can’t quite see how Black combats the line 1 d4 Nf6 2 c4 e6 3 Nf3 c5 4 d5 d6 5 Nc3 ed 6 cd g6 7 h3 a6 8 a4 Qe7 9 Ra3!? – can anybody help? It seems 9 Ra3!? has only been played once so it’s logical to think its fangs have been drawn, but how does Black equalise? Watson’s book suggests two ways after 9 …Bg7 10 e4 0-0 11 Bd3, but do they work?:



A bit off topic... But I take it you are afraid of the Modern Main Line proper? If so, there might be a solution in the variation: 6.Nf3-g6 7.h3-a6 8.a4-Bg7 9.e4-Nbd7 10.Bd3-Nh5!? as suggested by Chris Ward in Dangerous Weapons, The Benoni and Benko back in 2008. But it seems to hold up well.

Of course you then better be prepared for Epishins 6.Nf3-g6 7.e4-a6 8.Qe2!?. And also the variation: 6.Nf3-g6 7.e4-a6 8.Bf4-b5 9.Qe2.  But in my opinion these variations are more fun than the MML proper with 9...Nh5!?.

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Re: Pesky Ra3 manoeuvre ...
Reply #1 - 08/04/15 at 00:31:52
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Michael Ayton wrote on 07/17/15 at 23:25:51:
The Benoni seems to be scoring OK at the moment, but I can’t quite see how Black combats the line 1 d4 Nf6 2 c4 e6 3 Nf3 c5 4 d5 d6 5 Nc3 ed 6 cd g6 7 h3 a6 8 a4 Qe7 9 Ra3!? – can anybody help? It seems 9 Ra3!? has only been played once so it’s logical to think its fangs have been drawn, but how does Black equalise? Watson’s book suggests two ways after 9 …Bg7 10 e4 0-0 11 Bd3, but do they work?:

11 …Ne4!? 12 Ne4 f5 13 0-0 fe 14 Re1 Bf5. Here Watson gives only 15 g4 Qf7 =, but 15 Be4 Be4 16 Ng5 looks bad for Black to me …

II  11 …Nbd7 12 0-0 Nh5 13 Bg5 Bf6 14 Be3 Ne5. But instead of 13 Bg5, the ‘typical manoeuvre’ 13 Be2!? seems to me to pose problems. 13 …Ne5 looks natural but after 14 Ne5 Qe5 15 Bh5 gh 16 a5 doesn’t White have an edge?

Thoughts? Does Petrov’s recent book cover this line?


Petrov doesn't mention 9.Ra3.  Seems a very good move indeed.  I tried finding equality for Black a bit but the puter always said no.
  
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Pesky Ra3 manoeuvre ...
07/17/15 at 23:25:51
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The Benoni seems to be scoring OK at the moment, but I can’t quite see how Black combats the line 1 d4 Nf6 2 c4 e6 3 Nf3 c5 4 d5 d6 5 Nc3 ed 6 cd g6 7 h3 a6 8 a4 Qe7 9 Ra3!? – can anybody help? It seems 9 Ra3!? has only been played once so it’s logical to think its fangs have been drawn, but how does Black equalise? Watson’s book suggests two ways after 9 …Bg7 10 e4 0-0 11 Bd3, but do they work?:

11 …Ne4!? 12 Ne4 f5 13 0-0 fe 14 Re1 Bf5. Here Watson gives only 15 g4 Qf7 =, but 15 Be4 Be4 16 Ng5 looks bad for Black to me …

II  11 …Nbd7 12 0-0 Nh5 13 Bg5 Bf6 14 Be3 Ne5. But instead of 13 Bg5, the ‘typical manoeuvre’ 13 Be2!? seems to me to pose problems. 13 …Ne5 looks natural but after 14 Ne5 Qe5 15 Bh5 gh 16 a5 doesn’t White have an edge?

Thoughts? Does Petrov’s recent book cover this line?
  
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