The ABC of the Czech Benoni - Martin
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The ABC of the Czech Benoni - Martin

The Czech Benoni has never quite made it to the top of the charts as a reply to 1.d4. Perhaps it's the very nature of blocked central positions which puts people off. After 1.d4... Read More
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The Czech Benoni has never quite made it to the top of the charts as a reply to 1.d4. Perhaps it's the very nature of blocked central positions which puts people off. After 1.d4 Sf6 2.c4c5 3.d5e5, the first impression is that the Black position could become rather passive. It's not difficult to find excellent games by White where he stifles all the life out of Black's game. Repertoire books are similarly pessimistic about Black's chances, but it seems to me that the best Black wins have been forgotten. I'm in good company here, with players of the caliber of Nisipeanu, Ivan Sokolov, Milidanovic taking a fresh look at the opening and using the Czech Benoni with success in recent games.

By playing 3...e5, you angle the game into a path of YOUR choosing, which is very much the modern style and very difficult to do with Black. We are going to see some fascinating chess here and by the end of the DVD, I hope to have convinced you that the Czech Benoni is well worth playing.

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  • Playing time 4 hours.
  • System Requirements:
    • Pentium-Processor at 300 Mhz or higher, 64 MB RAM, Windows XP, Windows Vista, DVD drive, mouse, soundcard.
Andrew Martin is 47 years old and lives in Sandhurst, England, with his wife and four children. He has written several best-selling chess books, including the recent King's Indian Battle Plans and Secret Weapons. He writes for ChessPublishing.com, has several monthly columns at chessville.com, JeremySilman.com, and for CHESS magazine. He is a noted trainer and coach.

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