Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Benko Gambit with King Fianchetto

Back when I regularly had an ICC rating over 2200, I accepted a Benko Gambit played vs me by ChessBeta which was rated 3266. I include this game because it was one of the few times in my life that I played the king fianchetto line with 10.Kg2.

In covering my 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 games, gradually I am moving from the Budapest, Benko and Benoni to the Catalan, Queen's Indian and Nimzo-Indian Defence. After that, we reach the final frontier with the Gruenfeld and King's Indian Defences, which I played more often from each side. I plan to post my own games with Indian Defences in that general opening order about once a week.

After the Benko Gambit is accepted by 4.cxb5 a6 5.bxa6 Ba6, White loses the right to castle after 6.Nc3 d6 7.e4 Bxf1 8.Kxf1. Therefore is it logical to protect the king and connect the rooks with 9.g3 and 10.Kg2. Historically this is one of the main ideas of the Benko Gambit. In the game below, I blunder in haste and am quickly punished.

Sawyer (2391) - ChessBeta (3266), ICC 3 1 u Internet Chess Club, 15.03.2002 begins 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 c5 3.d5 b5 4.cxb5 a6 5.bxa6 Bxa6 6.Nc3 d6 7.e4 Bxf1 8.Kxf1 g6 9.g3 Bg7 10.Kg2 0-0 11.Nge2 Na6 12.f3 e6 13.dxe6 fxe6 14.Bg5 h6 15.Bxf6 Qxf6 16.Qd2? [I was moving too quick and did not realize that he had taken with the queen until too late. 16.Rf1] 16...Qxf3+ 17.Kh3 g5 18.Rhf1 g4+ 19.Kh4 Qg2 20.Kxg4 h5+ 21.Kg5 Kh7 22.Rxf8 Rxf8 23.Qxd6 Bh6+ 24.Kxh5 Qh3# White checkmated 0-1

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