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Benoni Defense (A60)
1 d4 Nf6 2 c4 c5 3 d5 e6

Number of games in database: 1491
Years covered: 1922 to 2023
Overall record:
   White wins 43.5%
   Black wins 32.5%
   Draws 23.9%

Popularity graph, by decade

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With the White Pieces With the Black Pieces
Andrey Rychagov  7 games
Aleksandra Goryachkina  7 games
Ivan Sokolov  7 games
Normunds Miezis  33 games
Vugar Gashimov  14 games
Levan Pantsulaia  14 games
NOTABLE GAMES [what is this?]
White Wins Black Wins
S Polgar vs P Hardicsay, 1985
Fine vs S Factor, 1932
P H Clarke vs NN, 1978
Udris vs Tal, 1953
J Mileika vs Tal, 1953
Tal vs Spassky, 1954
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 page 1 of 60; games 1-25 of 1,491  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. J A Seitz vs J H Blake  0-1381922Major OpenA60 Benoni Defense
2. Reti vs P Johner 1-0291922Bad PistyanA60 Benoni Defense
3. Alatortsev vs A Vaits  1-0401926MatchA60 Benoni Defense
4. Gilg vs Yates  ½-½511927KecskemetA60 Benoni Defense
5. Gilg vs Yates  1-0451927London OlympiadA60 Benoni Defense
6. Kashdan vs Forbes 1-0401930Simul, 23bA60 Benoni Defense
7. Fine vs S Factor  1-0541932Western ChampionshipA60 Benoni Defense
8. W Schlage vs W John  0-1461933Berlin-chA60 Benoni Defense
9. Alekhine vs Baljet / Lindenaar 1-0321933Blindfold simul, 10bA60 Benoni Defense
10. M Soto Larrea vs H Steiner  0-1421935Mexican International MastersA60 Benoni Defense
11. B Rabar vs K Galia  1-0351949Schlechter MemorialA60 Benoni Defense
12. A Siveri vs M Czerniak  0-1581951Reggio EmiliaA60 Benoni Defense
13. M Germek vs P Lob  1-0411952BelgradeA60 Benoni Defense
14. J Mileika vs Tal 0-1231953Latvian ChampionshipA60 Benoni Defense
15. Udris vs Tal 0-1341953Riga ChampionshipA60 Benoni Defense
16. P Kondratiev vs N Kopilov  0-1331954URS-ch sf LeningradA60 Benoni Defense
17. J Mileika vs Tal 0-1411954RigaA60 Benoni Defense
18. Spassky vs N Kopilov 1-0431954URS-ch sf LeningradA60 Benoni Defense
19. Lutikov vs Spassky  ½-½431954URS-ch sf LeningradA60 Benoni Defense
20. G Borisenko vs A Bannik  ½-½441954USSR ChampionshipA60 Benoni Defense
21. Keres vs Tal ½-½381954EST-LATA60 Benoni Defense
22. Tal vs Spassky 0-1451954URS-chT JuniorsA60 Benoni Defense
23. M Harrow vs J Sherwin  0-122195455th US OpenA60 Benoni Defense
24. B Rabar vs O Kastel  0-1301954Amsterdam Olympiad qual-3A60 Benoni Defense
25. A Beni vs Bronstein  ½-½351954Amsterdam Olympiad qual-1A60 Benoni Defense
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Kibitzer's Corner
May-22-03  levigun: I've taken up an interest in the Benoni opening lately. I've heard that it's a great tactical opening.

I've also started a Benoni thematic tournament on (first moves 1 d4 Nf6 2 c4 c5). The tourney is open to anybody who has a gameknot rating between 1600 and 2000. If you'd like to join, send me a message on gameknot (my ID there is levigun), and I'll invite you. It's a 7-player tournament, and there are still 5 seats available.

After the tournament games are completed, maybe we can post our observations about the opening here on this page.

Premium Chessgames Member
  Domdaniel: And so, eight years since the last post here, we take up the Benoni theoretical cudgels once again. Because the CG admins, in their wisdom, thought that this might be the best place for such a discussion, and certainly better than the CG User Support Forum.

Can't argue with that. Though, personally, I think anyone who still relies on the Benoni might need a lot of User Support.

Just joking. As openings go, this one has mythic status. Back in the 1970s, it was the subject of Stefan Zeuthen's book 'Modern Benoni: Survey of a Structure' which is still among the most conceptually advanced opening books ever written. Back then, most people thought of openings as move sequences, not *structures*. Zeuthen was ahead of his time.

Of course, every opening has a pawn structure associated with it, and books sometimes devote some space to it, its problems and advantages -- light and dark-square complexes, development and piece paths, and so on. But to think of an opening in structural terms is still quite advanced.

Speaking of people who were ahead of their time, I noted that the selection of early Benoni games here did not include that Ur-Benoni classic, Nimzowitsch vs Marshall, 1927 -- where both players, over the board, came up with plans and maneuvers that remain sound. Nimzowitsch's idea of playing Nf3-d2 with an eye on c4 would not have been obvious to many players, but has been theory ever since.

Of course, that game is [A61] and this page is for [A60].

In OTB games, if Black plays 2...c5, I would expect a Benko Gambit to follow. The move order 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 c5 is a safer way into the Benoni complex ... unless one is willing to play it as Black after 3.Nc3, when White has some very aggressive options such as f4, with moves like e5 and Bb5+ (the infamous Flick-knife) to follow.

I know it can be seen as a classic case of Heroic Defence vs possible White over-extension. I just prefer not to risk it.

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