Play The Benko Gambit Like a Master with GM Lev Alburt
“Play The Benko Gambit!” is a 2-Volume DVD set that establishes the foundation for a successful future for black against 1. d4.
GM Lev Alburt headlines the DVD, utilizing his strong experience in researching, developing, and playing the Benko Gambit at the grandmaster level.
GM Alburt is a 3-time US Champion (1984, 1985, 1990) and 3-time Ukranian Champion (1972, 1973, 1974) and also holds the title of FIDE Senior Trainer.
GM Lev Alburt’s success with the Benko Gambit is unquestionable, having toppled famous grandmasters such as Reshevsky, Browne, Petursson, Benjamin, and Dlugy.
About the Author:
Lev Alburt is an International Chess Grandmaster, chess writer, and chess coach.
He was born in Orenburg, Russia, and became three-time Ukrainian Champion. After defecting to the United States in 1979, he became three-time U.S. Champion.
Lev Alburt won the Ukrainian Chess Championship in 1972, 1973 and 1974. He accomplished the International Master title in 1976 and became a Grandmaster in 1977.
Alburt won the U.S. Chess Championship in 1984, 1985 and 1990, and the U.S. Open Chess Championship in 1987 and 1989. In 1986 he drew an eight-game match with British champion Jonathan Speelman.
Is this course for me?
The Benko Gambit is a very eccentric opening as black sacrifices a wing pawn very early in the game to achieve long-lasting positional pressure.
This gambit is very unique as black is not really trying to gain immediate pressure and counterplay in the center, but rather wants to play for static pressure on the queenside via the open A and B files.
GM Lev Alburt proceeds to explain that even though black has sacrificed a pawn, it’s OK to trade pieces!
While black definitely wants to keep the rooks on the board, trading certain minor pieces (notably the knights and the light-squared bishop) can actually help black increase his pressure on the open A and B files.
Another very interesting discovery and contribution GM Alburt has made to the Benko Gambit is that black can actually benefit from trading queens.
When the Benko Gambit was beginning to develop as a serious opening tool for the black pieces against 1. d4, many players simply could not believe that trading the queens while down a pawn could help black.
However, GM Alburt’s objective analysis and practical successes have shown that with active piece-play, black has very good chances of winning these types of endgames even though he is down material!
In Volume 1 of “Play The Benko Gambit!”, GM Alburt is guided by chess commentator and producer GM Ron W. Henley as he analyzes and explains the fundamental strategic and tactical associated with this sound and flexible defense.
If you are looking for a different type of opening against 1. d4, want to place immediate and long-term pressure on your opponent, and are not scared to sacrifice to win – the Benko Gambit is the opening for you!
“Play The Benko Gambit!” introduces the concepts and general ideas in Volume 1, while Volume 2 is exclusively dedicated to building a complete black opening repertoire by addressing all of the main lines.
“Play The Benko Gambit!” features nearly 4 hours of grandmaster content at an affordable price while presenting analysis that greatly benefits the beginner and intermediate chess player.
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