23 ( +1 | -1 ) Benoni DefenseSearched the Forum and found nothing here on the Benoni ! So am wondering if anyone is playing it now? How is it looking these days? Taimanov attack still striking fear into Black? Or anything new and interesting? Any GM's using it much now-a-day?
45 ( +1 | -1 ) BenoniI'm no expert on Benoni, but I studied Benoni recently, thought from whites perspective. I've heard that 9.... Qh4+ is good in most variations of Taimanov attack (of course not against 9. Nf3 on which the a6-b5 plan is fine). Thought, I can't point to the important games now. I would like to know what Benoni experts say about 9. ...Qh4+?
As far as I know Topalov used to play Benoni, but haven't seen him do that lately. Don't know other top GM who plays Benoni.
56 ( +1 | -1 ) The ...Qh4+ is supposed to be okay at the moment, as far as I know, but it is quite weird... But anyway, the standard 8.Bb5+ Nfd7 variation is not really in trouble, is it? Black just needs to get the move order right (usually 9.a4 0-0 10.Nf3 Na6 11.0-0 Nc7 12.Bd3 and then it probably doesn't even matter much whether one plays a6 or Rb8 first - black has nice play on the queenside now). Then there's 8...Nbd7 which is much more risky, but still pretty playable (whatever certain books may say). And finally there's 7...Qe7 which tries to dodge the whole issue and that line is really solid, too.