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Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Benoni 7.Bf4 a6 [A61]-TWIC 756

TWIC 956
The Benoni is a hot opening now. I just lost a tough team game to this opening and it's time to admit that my knowledge needs a serious upgrade. I have used the sharp 7.Bf4 line which is now quite topical.

The Modern Benoni by Petrov(Quality Chess 2013)

One way black can play is to launch an immediate kingside attack by pushing the f-pawn. The following position can arise. 

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 c5 4.d5 d6 5.Nc3 exd5 6.cxd5 g6 7.Bf4 a6 8.a4 Bg7 9.h3 0–0 10.e3 Nh5 11.Bh2 f5 12.Be2(diagram)


Now it is necessary to know what happens on 12...f4. This was the move played in the feature game.

Postny,E (2622) - Djurovic,G (2406)
Benoni 7.Bf4 a6 [A61]
Zagreb Open A 2013 CRO (5.3), 01.03.2013

Position 1
The ending is a technical win with the doubled h-pawns and good knight vs. bad bishop. What should white do now?

White to Play


Black's kingside attack turns out to be a big bluff. White can safely castle kingside and weather the not so ferocious storm.

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