Benoni Structures - White is Going for a Central Strategy

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In the previous article, we have focused on Black advancing his queenside majority. When adopting this plan he frequently relies on the fact that he can keep White's majority under control by defending the e5-square against the central break e4-e5. The g7-bishop plays an important part, of course. Another aspect is that after e4-e5 the d5-pawn is likely to become vulnerable. On the other hand, if properly sustained by pieces, this pawn could become a threatening force. We will distinguish between two main situations: White breaks the center with the help of his pieces or by using the f-pawn to sustain his colleague. We shall start with the optimal situation for White corresponding to the first category when the attack on the wing is effectively met by a central break by perfect piece coordination.


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