Manoevers such as Ne8-c7-b5 have occured in practice. This is especially effective because the central d4 square has not got white pawns protecting it on either e3 or c3. White has a space advantage and can use the vacant c4 square for a knight. This would bear on the d6 pawn and the b6 square. The strategic breakthrough e4-e5 would be effective therfore in exposing this.
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SimonWebbsTiger : Martijn if white could advance in safety on the queenside, the Benko Gambit would have been out of business decades ago. Even in an endgame! Aug Everett : Quick question: What do opening computers say about this line once they are out of book? How much compensation do they value for Black?
Personally enjoy this play, and often get similar play from the White side when I play the Reti. So, by computer standards, the Benko falls very comfortably into the main stream of openings. The key variation these days is Rb1, where White retains the extra pawn and central pressure.
If White is not in a hurry to reach the endgame, white can gain a significant advantage against best play. I think the Benko is on its way out as a dangerous weapon for Black at the highest levels. Rb1 line with However, if your competition is below about , it should be just fine! Just to illustrate , the strongest player that I ever had the chance to play Volga to Elo went 1.
Other people are often simply playing some unclear english lines no d4-d5 , or even avoiding to play early c4. So the opening is in excellent shape , and I am recomending it to any beginner.
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4. Benko Gambit