Benoni Hatred

This game from the last round of the European Team Championships (won by Germany) reminds me of why I hate Benoni formations. Radjabov, being a brilliant tactician, is no doubt attracted by the latent dynamism of such positions. But underlying it all is the inherent lack of space.

In the end White lashes out with 29.g5 which the engines will immediately castigate as being ‘unsound’. But White has to create counterplay in such positions.


Author: NigelD

Nigel Davies is an International Chess Grandmaster living in St. Helens in the UK. The winner of 15 international tournaments he is also a former British U21 and British Open Quickplay Champion and has represented both England and Wales on several occasions. These days Nigel teaches chess through his chess training web site, Tiger Chess, which has articles, recommendations, a monthly clinic, videos and courses. His students include his 15 year old son Sam who is making rapid progress with his game. Nigel has written a number of chess books that are available at Amazon: