Late Benoni against 1.d4 - Part 3

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Chapter 3 - Move Orders And Rare Lines


As I mentioned in my previous articles, one of the ideas to play Late Benoni is that quite often the opponent is not able to use all the theoretical lines in his repertoire against King's Indian or Modern Benoni. In our system, the main line is far from King's Indian theory and the most dangerous lines against Modern Benoni - early f4 with Bb5+ and Bf4 with e3 are not possible here. But when preparing for a certain player, it is good to note what he plays in these openings, what kind of positions he is familiar with. Because many players have not even faced in their practice Late Benoni and probably would like to transpose to a line they already know. Also, some of them might be reluctant even to push d4-d5. That is why over the years, I have employed practically all move orders - always searching to stage a war on an unknown for the opponent territory! Sometimes that is a very effective strategy, like in my game with Kortchnoi, sometimes it might just result in going into some original and tricky positions. 

Now I would like to focus on some rare lines which can be very dangerous if we are not familiar with them.

1) White plays 6.Bd3 followed by 7.Nge2


In this variation, White develops his knight on "e2" because he wants to play f2-f4 in a suitable moment (mostly after Bg5). In long-term, his plan consists in creating a kingside attack. 

In this position, I recommend the natural 6...0-0 7.Nge2 e6 8.0-0 exd5 9.cxd5 Nbd7


We have reached a complex position which is extensively covered in my analysis. In my comments, I also provide the reader with detailed explanations concerning the difference between the moves 9...Nbd79...a6 and 9...Re8.


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