By Marian Petrov
The trendy Benoni arises after 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 c5 3.d5 e6. It results in unbalanced constructions and interesting play, so it has evidently been a favorite of formidable attacking avid gamers reminiscent of Tal, Fischer and, extra lately, Topalov, Ivanchuk and Gashimov.
The smooth Benoni is a daring solution to 1.d4 and GM Marian Petrov exhibits it really is attainable to play this line hopefully with out memorizing severe degrees of thought. Black needs to definitely be organized, however the workload is under so much competitive defences – this e-book offers all Black must understand.
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1"1ae8?! fails to equalize. If Black is determined to explore this path then the 24 ... 1"1d2!? line looks like the way to go, although I am not convinced that it represents an improvement over the main line. 41 Chapter 3 - Flick-Knife Attack - 8 . . N or 26 ... N. �xd5 I checked a couple of other ideas, but in this case the obvious move is the best: 24 . . c;t>e2± 24 ... a4 led to an eventual victory for White in Schoen - Blokh, corr. 1 995, but I like the more forcing approach. 28... bS 28 ...
I am less keen on 1 2 . . a6, and will say no more abou� it other than mentioning one game showmg a good path for White: 1 3 . �b3 lll d7 ( l 5 ... ixe4 l 9 . g4 h6t Black has arranged his pieces in as good a way as he can hope for in this line. He is well placed to meet any immediate attacking try from White, but on the other hand it is hard to see how Black can improve his position further. Perhaps his best winning strategy will be to offer a draw and hope the opponent overreaches. b a c d e f h g l 8 ...
0-0 line (which we will encounter in the next chapter), especially for players who prefer a more cautious approach against the Flick-Knife Attack. I devoted quite a lot of space to the provocative 1 0 . '\Wd8 move, but found that White was slightly better in quite a lot of the ensuing lines. '\We7 seems more solid, and I failed to find any major problems for Black in the ensuing positions. f4 Systems Flick-Knife Attack - 9. ib5t 8 ... 0-0 63 63 64 65 67 68 69 70 71 72 72 73 76 A) l l ... id3 B) 1 1 ...