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Carrigan – Benko Gambit Declined Page

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    • Carrigan – Benko Gambit Declined PageMore information on chess games, chess strategies and chess analysis can be found athttp://MikeSeroveyOnChess.com.var amzn_wdgt={widget:Carousel}; amzn_wdgt.tag=lipawe-20;amzn_wdgt.widgetType=ASINList; amzn_wdgt.ASIN=1857446348; amzn_wdgt.title=Play theBenko Gambit; amzn_wdgt.marketPlace=US; amzn_wdgt.width=600;amzn_wdgt.height=200;Welcome to my Benko Gambit (ECO A57) game withCarrigan!On this page I have posted one my chess games in which I played the Black side of the Benko Gambit.The game includes analysis and diagrams. This is one of the few times that I managed to beat aplayer rated in the high 1800?s. The game was even until he dropped a pawn and he resignedafter dropping a Bishop on move #39.Orlando December TornadoRound 4, Board 9Date Played: 9 December 1989White: Carrigan (1894) Black: Mike Serovey (1772)1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 c5 3. d5 b5 4. Nf3 d6 5. Qc2 bxc4Benko gambit after 5… bxc4. 1/6
    • White’s last move got me out of “book”. I figured that White was not going to capture on b5 so I decided to captureon c4. I’m not sure if Black had a better move here.6. e4 g6 7. Bxc4 Bg7 8. Nbd2 O-O 9. O-O Ba6Benko gambit after 9… Ba6.The light-squared bishops are often traded off in the Benko Gambit so I tried to trade them off here.10. Rb1 Bxc4 11. Nxc4 Nbd7 12. Re1 Ng4Benko gambit after 12… Ng4. 2/6
    • This Knight maneuver is often done in order to reposition the Knight on e5. Trading off the knights on e5 unleashesthe Black Bishop on the a1 to h8 diagonal.13. h3 Nge5 14. Nfxe5 Nxe5 15. Nxe5 Bxe5 16. Be3 Qa5 17. b3 Rfc8Benko gambit after 17… Rfc8.Black now has his pieces positioned to support the advances of the a and c pawns. Black also has undisputedcontrol of the a1 to h8 diagonal. Although the material is even I think that Black is slightly better.18. f4 Bg7 19. Bf2 Qb4 20. Rbc1 Rc7 21. Qc4 a5 22. e5 Qxc4 23. Rxc4 Rb7 24.Ree4 Rb4 3/6
    • Benko gambit after 24… Rb4.Black wants White to capture the Rook at b4 so that he can recapture with the a pawn and have a pawn chain thatgoes from e7 to b4. White messes that plan up.25. exd6 exd6 26. Kf1 Kf8 27. Be1 Rxc4 28. Rxc4 Bf6 29. Ra4 Bd8Benko gambit after 29… Bd8.White has his pieces attacking the Black pawn at a5 and Black is defending that pawn. Now, both sides move theirkings into the Center. At this point the material is still even and both sides have three pawn islands that include anisolated pawn each. 4/6
    • 30. Ke2 Ke7 31. Kd3 Kd7 32. b4 cxb4 33. Bxb4 Rb8!Benko gambit after 33… Rb8!Black is daring White to capture the pawn at a5. Capturing with the Rook will lose the exchange and capturing withthe Bishop loses after 34. Bxa5?? Ra8!! wining the pinned Bishop. White is now free to capture the White Bishopwith his a pawn so that Bishop must retreat to safety. Playing 33… Rc8 was also good. Shortly, the isolated pawn atd5 falls leaving Black up a pawn.34. Bd2 Rb5 35. Kc4 Rc5+ 36. Kd4 Bb6 37. Ke4 f5+ 38. Kf3 Rxd5Benko gambit after 38… Rxd5. 5/6
    • It is bad enough that White is now down a passed pawn in the Center but his next move blunders away his Bishop! Playing 39. Ke2 protects his Bishop at d2 and keeps the Black Rook off d3. After 39. Ke2 Black probably would have played 39… Rb5 and then started advancing his passed d pawn. 39. Bc3?? Rd3+ 0-1 Back to the Benko Gambit page More information on chess games, chess strategies and chess analysis can be found at http://MikeSeroveyOnChess.com. More chess information can be found at... Carrigan – Benko Gambit Declined Page 6/6Powered by TCPDF (www.tcpdf.org)