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The Benko Gambit Revealed

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224 Seiten, kartoniert, Batsford Chess, 1. Auflage 2004

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The Benko Gambit Revealed is the second in a new and innovative series of books. Using fresh, clear presentation, the key ideas of the openings are explained in an entertaining and accessible way. The aim of this series is to provide the essential knowledge to play the opening, while at the same time revealing the current thinking of the world's top players. For example, 'First Moves' leads readers through the basic opening moves. 'Heroes & Zeroes' gives the best and worst performances with the opening and features some of the leading exponents of the Benko Gambit. Tricks & Traps' reveals how you might catch out your opponent. 'What's Hot' pinpoints the very latest ideas from the world's elite. Detailed variations are given at the end of the book, summarizing the main lines with assessments.

Named after the Hungarian/American player Pal Benko, who pioneered the opening, the Benko Gambit has long been a favourite of dynamic tournament chessplayers. With this opening Black is not attempting to equalize. A pawn is sacrificed in a bid to seize the initiative from the outset.

Neil McDonald is an International Grandmaster, prolific chess author and trainer. He is noted both for the lucidity of his writing as well as his extensive theoretical knowledge. He is author of The King's Gambit, Mastering Chess Tactics, and Chess: The Art of Logical Thinking.

Introduction

The Benko is one of the most exciting responses to I d4. As early as move three Black spurns defence in favour of counterattack. A tense middlegame is in prospect which often turns on its head conventional chess thinking about the value of a material advantage.

This book is also going to be something of a roller coaster ride. Reading about the heroes of the Benko will send you away with a warm glow thinking that you have discovered an opening that wins every time against I d4. After that the Strategy chapter will bring you back down to earth as you'll see that White actually has his chances too. Then in 'What's Hot' we'll examine the most promising recent lines for both White and Black. The Tricks and Traps chapter in essence shows how not to play the Benko as Black, but the Test Positions section, with its emphasis on Black's dynamism, gives you the chance to redress the balance. Finally the Details chapter gives an objective summary of the current state of Benko theory.

At times you'll be thinking that 3...b5 just blunders a pawn, at other moments that White has been crazy to weaken himself with 3 d5. But that is the wonderful thing about the Benko: the player who shows the greatest strategical understanding and tactical imagination can make his opponent look very silly indeed, whether he is White or Black. I hope this book succeeds in revealing the inner workings of this wonderful opening.

Neil McDonald

Gravesend May 2004

The Benko Gambit Revealed is the second in a new and innovative series of books. Using fresh, clear presentation, the key ideas of the openings are explained in an entertaining and accessible way. The aim of this series is to provide the essential knowledge to play the opening, while at the same time revealing the current thinking of the world's top players. For example, 'First Moves' leads readers through the basic opening moves. 'Heroes & Zeroes' gives the best and worst performances with the opening and features some of the leading exponents of the Benko Gambit. Tricks & Traps' reveals how you might catch out your opponent. 'What's Hot' pinpoints the very latest ideas from the world's elite. Detailed variations are given at the end of the book, summarizing the main lines with assessments.

Named after the Hungarian/American player Pal Benko, who pioneered the opening, the Benko Gambit has long been a favourite of dynamic tournament chessplayers. With this opening Black is not attempting to equalize. A pawn is sacrificed in a bid to seize the initiative from the outset.

Neil McDonald is an International Grandmaster, prolific chess author and trainer. He is noted both for the lucidity of his writing as well as his extensive theoretical knowledge. He is author of The King's Gambit, Mastering Chess Tactics, and Chess: The Art of Logical Thinking.

Introduction

The Benko is one of the most exciting responses to I d4. As early as move three Black spurns defence in favour of counterattack. A tense middlegame is in prospect which often turns on its head conventional chess thinking about the value of a material advantage.

This book is also going to be something of a roller coaster ride. Reading about the heroes of the Benko will send you away with a warm glow thinking that you have discovered an opening that wins every time against I d4. After that the Strategy chapter will bring you back down to earth as you'll see that White actually has his chances too. Then in 'What's Hot' we'll examine the most promising recent lines for both White and Black. The Tricks and Traps chapter in essence shows how not to play the Benko as Black, but the Test Positions section, with its emphasis on Black's dynamism, gives you the chance to redress the balance. Finally the Details chapter gives an objective summary of the current state of Benko theory.

At times you'll be thinking that 3...b5 just blunders a pawn, at other moments that White has been crazy to weaken himself with 3 d5. But that is the wonderful thing about the Benko: the player who shows the greatest strategical understanding and tactical imagination can make his opponent look very silly indeed, whether he is White or Black. I hope this book succeeds in revealing the inner workings of this wonderful opening.

Neil McDonald

Gravesend May 2004

Weitere Informationen
Gewicht 300 g
Hersteller Batsford Chess
Breite 13,6 cm
Höhe 21,4 cm
Medium Buch
Erscheinungsjahr 2004
Autor Neil McDonald
Sprache Englisch
Auflage 1
ISBN-10 0713488689
Seiten 224
Einband kartoniert

005 Introduction

007 First Moves

018 Heroes and Zeros

041 Strategy in the Benko

098 What's Hot?

156 Benko Tricks and Traps

182 Test Positions

190 Solutions

204 Details

221 Before the Fight

223 Bibliography