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The Modern Benoni (1.d4, Nf6; 2.c4, c5) is just about the most aggressive method that Black can choose to counter White's 1 d4. In the main line variations Black allows White to have a preponderance of central pawns which, traditionally, grants the first player the advantage. However, in return, Black gains the opportunity for tremendously dynamic counterplay. This places White and under immediate pressure as any inaccurate moves can prove to be disastrous. The Modern Benoni has been used, with devastating effect, by some of the world's most dangerous attacking players, including Mikhail Tal, Garry Kasparov, Bobby Fischer and John Nunn.
In this book, FIDE Master John Doknjas shows how to play the Black side against all White's attacking setups including the Flick-Knife (Taimanov) Attack, Modern and Classical Systems, the Four Pawns Attack, Saemisch setups and the Knight's Tour Variation. He provides the reader with well-researched, fresh, and innovative analysis.
Each annotated game has valuable lessons on how to play the opening and contains instructive commentary on typical middlegame plans. With thorough variations and explanations on pawn structures and piece placement, this book provides insight for both strong masters and less experienced players alike. The format is ideal for the chessplayer keen to improve their game. While reading you are continually challenged to answer probing questions - a method that greatly encourages the learning and practising of vital skills just as much as the traditional assimilation of chess knowledge.
* A complete repertoire for Black in the Modern Benoni.
* A question and answer approach provides an excellent study method.
John Doknjas is a FIDE Master, who has finished first in the Under 18 2017 Canadian Youth Chess Championships. He has won several strong tournaments in British Columbia, Canada, including the Grand Pacific Open. John is a chess teacher with over five years of experience, and has annotated games for distinguished national chess publications. He is co-author of the highly respected Opening Repertoire: the Najdorf Sicilian.
Published 2020, softback, 448 pages.