Benko Gambit – The Ultimate Chess Opening Guide

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Overview

benko gambit course

The Benko Gambit is an aggressive and tactical reply to 1.d4. It will help you get an aggressive position, full of tactical possibilities. This is the best way to guarantee victory!

Usually d4 players would like to have a stable situation in the center and are hoping for a maneuvering positional game. With the Benko Gambit, you can destroy their plans and ideas and force them out of their comfort zone…

The Benko Gambit is not similar to other gambits with unclear compensation – this is a robust opening system that has survived throughout centuries of play at the top level. The main idea of this system is to give up a pawn on the queenside and then pressure White’s weak pawns with the rooks and a powerful fianchettoed g7 bishop.

Additionally, the Benko Gambit will provide a good base for you to also understand more complex openings like the Benoni and King’s Indian Defense. It should be your first step before learning more advanced openings.

It has a lot of positional ideas that will help you improve your level with easy-to-remember plans and moves.

It is a system that helped the presenter Angelo Kesaris get his best win against a player rated 400 Elo higher – with the Black pieces! The Benko Gambit is a powerful opening repertoire against 1.d4. You’ll never fear this first move again.

The lessons are suitable for:

  • 1200 – 2000+ Fide Official Rating
  • 1100 – 2200+ Online Rating (LiChess or Chess.com)

What You Will Learn:

  • A very aggressive system against 1.d4
  • Master Benko Gambit (with White and Black pieces)
  • A complete repertoire with Black pieces
  • Middlegame ideas and plans for both colures
  • Learn from 57 illustrative analyzed games
  • Positional themes which can be applied to your games
  • The lines checked by strong computer engines

Curriculum:

Lessons

  1. Introduction | 4′ 34” // 1 game
  2. The Most Amazing Games | 16′ 36” // 6 games
  3. Nf3 // Without d5 // Gambit from Black | 20′ 20” // 7 games
  4. All Sublines Analyzed | 9′ 45” // 3 games
  5. Strategical System Qc2 | 20′ 57” // 9 games
  6. Sublines Nf3 with d5 | 14′ 45” // 2 games
  7. The f3 line | 20′ 57” // 3 games
  8. Benko Declined // b6 Variation – Part 1 | 18′ 44” // 7 games
  9. Benko Declined // b6 Variation – Part 2 | 20′ 17” // 3 games
  10. Fianchetto Variation | 17′ 51” // 5 games
  11. The f4 Line | 11′ 59” // 4 games
  12. King Walk | 22′ 14” // 7 games
  13. Trompowsky – Aggressive a | 18′ 38”
  14. Trompowsky – Aggressive b | 09′ 00”
  15. Trompowsky – Save Line | 22′ 08”
  16. Symmetrical English Gambit a | 14′ 17”
  17. Symmetrical English Gambit b | 07′ 25”
  18. Symmetrical English Gambit c | 06′ 23”
  19. Like Samisch 5.f3 | 25′ 40”
  20. The Modest 5.e5 | 13′ 11”
  21. Benko Declined 5.b6 | 11′ 32”
  22. Benko Accepted – King Walk 7.e4 | 14′ 01”
  23. Fianchetto Variation 8.g3 | 08′ 33”

Exercises – Practice
Level 1000 – 1200 = 10
Level 1200 – 1400 = 10
Level 1400 – 1600 = 10
Level 1600 – 1800 = 10
Level 1800 – 2000 = 10

In Total:

  • 23 Theoretical Video Lessons | 348 Minutes | 5.8 Hours
  • PGN Files with games and analysis
  • Exercises = 50
Angelo Kesaris
Angelo Kesaris

About the Author

Angelo Kesaris is a professional chess coach and FIDE National Instructor with 20 years of experience.

He started teaching chess in primary schools, organizing lessons in chess clubs, private classes, and online teaching. Angelo quickly made a name for himself by publishing practical strategies that new players can use to improve their chess.

 


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