A57-59 Benko Gambit

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In the Benko Gambit Black sacrifices a pawn in the opening just to get a strategic superiority. That is different from most gambits in which the compensation for the sacrificed pawn is a dangerous attack.

With 4.cxb5 a6 5.bxa6 White accepts the challenge. Black will control the a1-h8 diagonal (by means of his Bishop in g7) and also the "a" and "b" columns; moreover White will have some difficutlty in the development of his light Bishop.

White has several ways to decline the offer:  4.Nf3, 4.a4 or even  4.cxb5 a6 5.b6.


Benko Gambit

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November 2017