Blitz Chess #399: Benoni Defense

When you play the Benoni, you will experience a lack of space, and an imbalanced pawn structure. A good strategy for black is to seek at least 1 minor piece exchange in order to be able to move about more freely within the limited space. Given time to prepare, black should look to set the queenside pawn majority into motion. Would there be time? This was a 5|0 time control game, where I was playing with the black pieces.

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1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. g3 c5 4. d5 exd5 5. cxd5 d6 6. Nc3 g6 7. Bg2 Bg7 8. Nf3 O-O 9. O-O a6 10. a4 Re8 11. Nd2 Nbd7 12. h3 Rb8 13. Nc4 Ne5 14. Na3 Qc7 15. f4 Ned7 16. e4 c4 17. Be3 Nc5 18. e5 Nfd7 19. Nxc4 dxe5 20. f5 e4 21. d6 Qd8 22. Qd5 Rf8 23. f6 Bxf6 24. Rxf6 Qxf6 25. Bxc5 Nxc5 26. Qxc5 Be6 27. Nxe4 Qd8 28. Nb6 Bf5 29. Rf1 Bxe4 30. Bxe4 Re8 31. Bd5 Rf8 32. Qc7 Qg5 33. Bxf7+ Kg7 34. Qc3+ Kh6 35. Nd7 Rbd8 36. h4 Qg4 37. Qe3+ Kg7 38. Qe5+ Kh6 39. Nf6 Qh3 40. Qg5+ Kg7 41. Nh5+ Kh8 42. Qe5

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  1. isn't the benoni just a bad opening. when they play the benoni I am always pleased

  2. I always play the benoni defense with black against d4 c4, and I'm pretty sure (with my experience) you shouldn't do Qc7. The queen in d8 is better place than in c7, in that case, white cant really do e5 bcs you're just gonna take the pawn if you hold that square (do you say square btw?) Maybe another thing, try to play f5, it's really (to me) the key move if your opponent plays with Bg2 and f4), it will grant you some space, and if you can play one knight in f7. So, instead of Qc7 maybe try h6 with Nh7 and f5. (sorry for my bad english and wrote by a 1940 so sry if I said crap in that scenario bcs white dont usually play a lot Bg2 and f4, seems really "computerish" if you know what I mean) Yannis

  3. I always exchange the light squared bishop for the knight on f3 when I play the Benoni just to untangle and make e5 that much harder to execute

  4. Oh nice what better than a Jerry video to learn the Benoni. Thanks for the videos Jerry, I'm trying to switch from KID to Benoni and this is really helpful 😀

  5. I was about to sleep but then I just saw the notification

  6. Sleep…? Or watch the vid? Nah I think I have 21 minutes to spare.

  7. I think it's awesome you would upload a defeat and then analyze it informatively. Sets your channel apart. The Benoni has always been a puzzle to me…still undecided.

  8. Yeah this first game very very fishy. Likely cheating

  9. Gee, you think Jerry thinks that's an engine user? 😉

  10. Definitely a cheater. I thought so before he even started intimating it.

  11. Your wording at the end of the game Jerry really sounded like your suggesting 'the account' was computer-assisted. You have very valid points about the time it took for simple recaptures.

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