Modern Themes in the Benoni – IM Bryan Smith

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Modern Themes in the Benoni – IM Bryan Smith
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The Modern Benoni was invented in 1927 by Frank Marshall at the New York Chess Tournament. Marshall played it twice, first for a draw against Capablanca, and again later losing to Aron Nimzowitsch whom labeled the Modern Benoni an “unfortunate extravagance” in his annotations. In the 1950s interest in the system revived, as the King’s Indian Defense gained in popularity among Soviet players and their investigations branched into related opening systems such as the Benoni.
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Modern Themes in the Benoni

The Modern Benoni was invented in 1927 by Frank Marshall at the New York Chess Tournament. Marshall played it twice, first for a draw against Capablanca, and again later losing to Aron Nimzowitsch who labeled the Modern Benoni an “unfortunate extravagance” in his annotations. In the 1950s interest in the system revived, as the King’s Indian Defense gained in popularity among Soviet players and their investigations branched into related opening systems such as the Benoni. The imbalance inherent in the pawn structure of the Modern Benoni and the counter-chances this implies for Black appeals to aggressive players.

Content: 3.4 hours of chess theory and discussion, with example games, over a series of 7 lectures on 2 DVDs.

Includes: ECO: A70, A67, A77

Recommended for: Intermediate Players.

Users rated this series: 4.05 out of 5

Chess Fans have said: A great game by Tal, demonstrating some typical black ideas. Well presented.

IM Bryan Smith grew up in Anchorage, Alaska, and currently resides in Philadelphia, PA. Some of his accomplishments include clear first in the 2008 National Chess Congress, first place in the 2006 U.S. Masters (qualifying to the 2007 U.S. Championship) and first place in the 2008 King’s Island Open, as well as winning many other Grand Prix tournaments. He was on the national champion UMBC chess team from 1999 to 2001. Bryan is the highest rated player ever from Alaska.

Outline

DVD 1

  • Part 1: Introduction
    Benoni Defense: Classical Variation
    Jan Hein Donner vs. Mikhail Tal
    Run Time: 00:33:50
  • Part 2: Pressure on the Center
    Benoni Defense: Taimanov Variation
    Daniel Tapia vs. Bryan Smith
    Run Time: 00:27:01
  • Part 3: The e5 break
    Benoni Defense: Taimanov Variation
    Mikhail Tal vs. Dragoljub Velimirovic
    Run Time: 00:30:48
  • Part 4: The Dark Squares
    Benoni Defense: Classical Variation
    Jose Hernando Rodrigo vs. Alfonso Almeida
    Run Time: 00:34:10

DVD 2

  • Part 5: White’s Kingside Pressure
    Benoni Defense: Taimanov Variation
    Garry Kasparov vs. John Nunn
    Run Time: 00:22:59
  • Part 6: Lightning Attack
    Benoni Defense: Classical Variation
    Alexander Evdokimov vs. Andrei Volokiti
    Run Time: 00:33:41
  • Part 7: Fighting Chess
    Benoni Defense: Classical Variation
    Spyridon Skembris vs. Lev Psakhis
    Run Time: 00:37:59
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