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Re: June 2020 - ~2000 FIDE - Starting BenOni from Zero
Reply #5 - 06/17/20 at 18:22:40
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Thanks all!

Looks like I will try Palliser. Adding it with data bases is normal these days. Practising will show if it is a possible choice.
  

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Re: June 2020 - ~2000 FIDE - Starting BenOni from Zero
Reply #4 - 06/13/20 at 20:14:35
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Endre Vegh's Starting Out Modern Benoni

It has a massive 60-page introduction that covers the strategic ideas and is aimed at stronger club players.  Since you've never played these structures before, would start there and then turn to the theory-heavy,  more up-to-date books.

  
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Re: June 2020 - ~2000 FIDE - Starting BenOni from Zero
Reply #3 - 06/13/20 at 19:47:47
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hicetnunc wrote on 06/13/20 at 17:54:26:
I've played the Benoni on and off in the past. I have a couple of books and although I can't single one and one only as a sufficient resource, here's what's good/bad about each of them :

- Kinsman, the Modern Benoni, Everyman - it's an old book, but the explanations and typical games are good

- Petrov, Modern Benoni, Quality Chess : reams of variations, most of them computer generated - fairly useless imo

- Guide to the Modern Benoni - Watson (Gambit) : lots of good ideas and devious sidelines, more or less easy to play/remember - more of an ideas book

- Modern Benoni revealed - Palliser (Batsford) : the format makes it an easier read than the rest, with inspirational games mixed with typical ideas : it's a good intro, but the reference part is missing

If I had to pick only one, that would be Kinsman's or Palliser's as they both give a very decent overview of the defence, but as they are old, you may want to supplement them with a more recent text, or some database research


The Palliser book doesnt cover all lines though from what i remember.
  

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Re: June 2020 - ~2000 FIDE - Starting BenOni from Zero
Reply #2 - 06/13/20 at 17:54:26
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I've played the Benoni on and off in the past. I have a couple of books and although I can't single one and one only as a sufficient resource, here's what's good/bad about each of them :

- Kinsman, the Modern Benoni, Everyman - it's an old book, but the explanations and typical games are good

- Petrov, Modern Benoni, Quality Chess : reams of variations, most of them computer generated - fairly useless imo

- Guide to the Modern Benoni - Watson (Gambit) : lots of good ideas and devious sidelines, more or less easy to play/remember - more of an ideas book

- Modern Benoni revealed - Palliser (Batsford) : the format makes it an easier read than the rest, with inspirational games mixed with typical ideas : it's a good intro, but the reference part is missing

If I had to pick only one, that would be Kinsman's or Palliser's as they both give a very decent overview of the defence, but as they are old, you may want to supplement them with a more recent text, or some database research
  

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Re: June 2020 - ~2000 FIDE - Starting BenOni from Zero
Reply #1 - 06/13/20 at 15:58:35
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Jupp53 wrote on 06/13/20 at 12:24:29:
Hi all,

the subject tells the situation. Which single source would you recommend today for someone never having played fianchetto openings.

I prefer books over books over books over other media. But in this case a film or a database would be worth a trial.

Waiting full of interest to read the opinions here.

Jupp

If you are thinking of playing the Modern Benoni, i would recommend the recent book by John Doknjas. I've only just started reading it but it looks to be well laid out, with good explanations of the positions and plans. I think Glenn Snow also liked it.

I previously used David Norwood's book to learn the opening back in the 90's. Since then there have been several good books but i dont think they are that good that they should be read ahead of the Doknjas one.

Basic idea is to try to restrain white from pushing e5, often using pawns on the queenside to create counterplay. Tactics are your friend. Your lsb is in some ways a problem piece as it doesnt have many good squares to move to (so in some lines such as the classical swapping off for the knight on f3 gives you some space, weakens whites control of e5 square.
  

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June 2020 - ~2000 FIDE - Starting BenOni from Zero
06/13/20 at 12:24:29
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Hi all,

the subject tells the situation. Which single source would you recommend today for someone never having played fianchetto openings.

I prefer books over books over books over other media. But in this case a film or a database would be worth a trial.

Waiting full of interest to read the opinions here.

Jupp
  

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