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The Benko Gambit [Paperback]

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The Benko Gambit is one of the most dynamic defences for Black against 1.d4 and is favoured by world class players such as Veselin Topalov and Alexander Khalifman, both of whom have used this defence to score memorable victories. The dynamic counterplay Black receives in return for the sacrificed queenside pawn gives Black compensation, often lasting all the way into the endgame. In this entertaining and instructive book renowned theoretician Jan Pinski clearly identifies the critical lines every player needs to know in order to play this opening, and clearly explains the core ideas of the opening. Besides being completely up-to-date and thoroughly researched, the book also contains a large amount of new analysis, including in the currently popular Epishin variation.

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Studio: Quality Chess
Pages   124
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.5" Width: 6.75" Height: 9.75"
Weight:   0.28 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Nov 30, 2005
Publisher   Quality Chess
ISBN  9197524387  
ISBN13  9789197524384  

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! International Master Jan Pinski is a young and talented player from Poland, who is also well regarded as an openings expert. His earlier works for Everyman Chess include "The Four Knights" and "The Two Knights Defence,"

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as good as it gets for the benko  Oct 30, 2009
I have quite a few different books on the benko, and have played it religiously for over a decade at the club and tournament level. The introduction in the book is worth the price alone. I dont agree with all of the author's recommendations as far as repetoire, but he is rated far higher than me and perhaps at top level chess he is correct, but I doubt many people here play top level chess. Strongly recommend the book for class players who play the benko of want to know what to do against it.
Simply incredible.  Jul 10, 2009
There are few Benko Gambit works out there, and most of them are clearly outdated. This book however provides complete ,up-to-date, and original analysis. In the introduction, Pinski goes over key themes, ideas, pawn structures, and knight maneuvers! Theory is presented in illustrative games format which suits the Benko Gambit opening where it is not theory intensive. Pinski plays the Benko gambit himself, and this is a confidence boost to see the authors games included in here. It is also proof that Pinski knows what he is talking about. Here are the table of contents:
1. Gambit Accepted I
2. Gambit Accepted II
3. Gambit Accepted III
4. Positional 5. b6
5. Ambitious 5. e3
6. 5. f3
7. 5. Nc3
8. Sidelines

Another thing about this book that is also incredible is the fact that after EVERY game, Pinski has a Game Conclusion...not every chapter but every game! Which helps reinforce man ideas and plans and to also explain where the losing player went wrong. That is provided on top of his lucid "in game" annotions.
All in all, this is an excellent book on the Benko, while his love for this system is evident and inspiring. I would even reccommend that you take up this opening because it causes quite a few headaches for white players who don't know how to handle it well, especially club players. The Benko is both extremely sound, and fully playable, providing complete winning chances. Pal Benko (creator of this gambit) only lost 3 games in his career I believe with this opening.

Can't reccomend this book enough.
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