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Alexander A Evdokimov vs Andrei Volokitin
Aeroflot Open (2008), Moscow RUS, rd 5, Feb-18
Benoni Defense: Classical Variation. Czerniak Defense Tal Line (A77)  ·  0-1



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Feb-19-08  notyetagm: How can a 2569-rated GM who plays 1 d4, 2 c4 lose to one of those <STANDARD BENONI TRICKS>, the 15 ... ♘f6xe4!, 16 ... ♗g7-d4+, 17 ... ♘g4xh2! trap?

Position after 17 ... ♘g4xh2!

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I saw IM Palliser win a game in almost this exact same fashion in 2006. Again, a <STANDARD BENONI TRAP> that is sprung when the White f3-knight leaves the kingside for the c4-outpost (weakening the h4- and h2-squares) and White advances his f2-pawn to support the thematic breakthrough e4-e5 (weakening the dark-squared d4-g1 diagonal to the White g1-king).

I -hate- facing the Benoni as White, because of all these @#$%*!& traps that Black has in the position. For example, in Uhlmann vs Fischer, 1970, GM Uhlmann lost a pawn to another <STANDARD BENONI TRAP> on move 12(!) (12 h2-h3? ♘f6xe4!) in an Interzonal(!) tournament!

Feb-19-08  DarthStapler: So try avoiding the Benoni by playing d4 Nf6 Bg5
Feb-19-08  notyetagm: <DarthStapler: So try avoiding the Benoni by playing d4 Nf6 Bg5>

Yes, that would solve the problem of dealing with all of those damn <BENONI TRAPS>. :-)

Feb-19-08  Eyal: Position after 16...Bd4+:

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There's a very elegant sideline to Volokitin's combination in case White plays 17.Nf2:

17...Bf5 18.Qd2 (18.Qd1 Qh4 19.Bxg4 Bxg4 followed by Re2 after the white queen retreats with a massacre) 18...Rxe2! 19.Qxe2 Qh4 20.h3 Nxf2 21.Rxf2 Bd3! followed by Bxc4, as well as picking up the exchange on f2 and the d5 pawn; or 21.Be3 (Ne3 comes to the same) Nxh3+ 22.gxh3 Qg3+ 23.Qg2 Bxe3+ 24.Bxe3 Qxe3+ 25.Kh2 (25.Qf2 Qxh3) 25...Be4 followed by picking up the d5 pawn with a big advantage to Black.

Feb-20-08  notyetagm: <Eyal: ... There's a very elegant sideline to Volokitin's combination in case White plays 17.Nf2:>

Wow, the Benoni is so tactical. Buy Black needs these tactics just to stay in the game.

Feb-25-08  notyetagm: One of the most entertaining games played at the Aeroflot Open (2008).

Entertaining for everyone except Alexander Evdokimov, that is. :-)

Apr-10-08  Turbaczyk: Benoni, Benoni, over all defenses!
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  GrahamClayton: Apparently 12...♗g4 is a novelty, with 12...g5 or 12...♘h5 the more popular moves. The exchange of the White-squared bishops favours Black, hence Evdokimov plays 13.f3 to avoid the exchange.

Source: Anna Burtasova and Harald Fietz "Young Guns Dictate in Boomtown Moscow", "CHESS", May 2008.

Nov-04-09  Tubba324: An idea similar to 12...Bg4 appeared in Boersma-Timman, Leeuwarden 1977

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