The Benko Gambit is one of the most profound contributions to the chess opening theory of the 20th century. Black sacrifices a pawn as early as move three for enduring positional pressure.
On this DVD, International Master Andrew Martin traces the history of the gambit from the games of Opocensky, Lundin, and Stoltz back in the 1930s, through the golden age of Bronstein, Benko, and Browne all the way to the present day, where the gambit is as popular as ever.
Martin describes the main themes and ideas of the gambit and gives sound guidelines, so that anyone who wants to play for the initiative with Black and play the Benko Gambit, will be very well equipped.
Do you want to play for the initiative with Black? Then the Benko Gambit is surely for you.
The chess opening DVD contains 6 hours of video lessons, the latest ChessBase 9.0 Reader as well as an unannotated database of the contents.
The 2010 update includes many recent games from top-class play and produces a balanced portrait of how the gambit stands today.
Critical lines such as the Fianchetto variation with an early Rb1 are examined closely and Black is found to be in good shape. The Benko Gambit seems as playable as ever!
About the Author:
Andrew David Martin (born 18th May 1957 in West Ham, London) is an English chess player with the title of international master.
Martin has won various national and international tournaments. He has been playing for years in the Four Nations Chess League, at present (July 2009) for Wood Green Hilsmark Kingfisher, previously for the Camberley Chess Club. Martin received his title as international master in1984.
He earned his first grandmaster norm in the British Championship of 1997 in Brighton. Martin was a commentator on the chess world championship between Kasparov and Kramnik in 2000.
Andrew Martin is a chess columnist, an author of chess books and the author of various instructional videos. He was the publisher of the series Trends Publications.
Minimum: Dual Core, 2 GB RAM, Windows 7 or 8.1, DirectX11, graphics card with 256 MB RAM, DVD-ROM drive, Windows Media Player 9, ChessBase 14/Fritz 16 or included Reader and internet access for program activation.
Recommended: PC Intel i5 (Quadcore), 4 GB RAM, Windows 10, DirectX11, graphics card with 512 MB RAM or more, 100% DirectX10-compatible sound card, Windows Media Player 11, DVD-ROM drive and internet access for program activation.