The Benko Gambit Against The Dlugy System With 5. f3!?
In the Benko Gambit, black sacrifices a pawn very early to generate long-term counterplay on the A and B files. However, white has a mountain of options at his disposal. White can decline the Benko Gambit immediately, he can delay the capture of the a6-pawn, or he can simply ignore the Gambit and proceed with normal development in the center. GM Lev Alburt’s extensive experience and success with the Benko Gambit at the highest level of chess makes it very clear that the Benko Gambit is a very playable alternative to main line responses for black against 1. d4. However, you must be prepared! This opening is ideologically simple, however black can encounter some early tactical complications. The above video excerpt explains how black should react against an interesting sideline with 5. f3!? – where white is basically ignoring the pawn sacrifice and instead prefers to focus on establishing a very strong pawn center. While you can bet on facing a variety of different lines from white in the Benko Gambit, your basic instinct should remain the same: Active piece-play and a flexible mindset will guarantee you success. The 2-Volume DVD set “Play The Benko Gambit!” by GM Lev Alburt is currently on sale and waiting to take your opening repertoire with black against 1. d4 to the next level!
“Play The Benko Gambit!” by GM Lev Alburt is a 2-Volume DVD set that explains the concepts and basic strategies of the Benko Gambit in Volume 1 and in Volume 2 provides detailed guidelines against the different main lines that white can throw at you. This DVD set will make it extremely clear that you must not be scared to sacrifice a pawn in the Benko Gambit – that you must be willing to trade pieces after this pawn sacrifice, and that you absolutely must maintain active piece-play to ensure sufficient compensation. GM Lev Alburt is assisted in his analysis by veteran chess producer GM Ron W. Henley, and this pair of Grandmasters really does a fantastic job of conveying the main points of this double-edged system to the viewers. While Volume 1 is a great introduction to the basic concepts and long-term ideas in the Benko Gambit, Volume 2 of the 2-part DVD series “Play The Benko Gambit!” examines the superficially dangerous Seirawan System with 9. g4, the Murey System with 7. f4, the Dlugy System with 5. f3, the Zaitsev System with 5. Nc3, and other main lines in the Benko Gambit Accepted and Benko Gambit Declined. GM Lev Alburt boasts decades of experience at the grandmaster level in the Benko Gambit, and in this discounted 2-Volume DVD series he has put his practical experience and knowledge of the gambit at the viewer’s disposal. If you are an aggressive player looking to put the pressure on white in the 1. d4 openings, “Play The Benko Gambit!” is the best place to start!