GM Miloje Ratkovic reveals… Looking for a heavy-hitting gambit that has stood the test of time and gives Black solid winning chances against White’s 1. d4? Benko Gambit is the RIGHT choice for you. The idea behind this gambit is simple. Give away the b-pawn and get tremendous queenside pressure putting White on the defensive right at the outset. Tired of the positional grind in the Slav Defense or the Queen’s Gambit Declined? Not a fan of the Indian games either? The Benko Gambit is a fine blend of controlled aggression and positional solidity—the easiest to learn, easiest to play, and extremely uncomfortable for White! It is a must-have weapon in your opening arsenal against White’s queen’s pawn opening…
It’s time to go for the jugular right away, and Ratkovic is here to show you how.
What to do when White accepts the gambit? What to do when White rejects it? When to go for the kingside fianchettoed bishop? What to do when White accepts the gambit and then returns the pawn?
Get ALL your questions answered in the Benko Gambit with this 5-hour video training.
Here’s what you would learn:
- Break free from Dlugy. White usually goes for a pawn chain formation from f3 to d5 with his own queenside intentions. Learn how to disrupt White’s plan with an early e6-break, and then… let Ratkovic show you what to do next.
- The Modern woes. White can try to exploit the Black’s backward d7-pawn, lifting his queen and the rook up. Learn the right way to exchange the pawns and destroy White’s pawn structure with a fianchettoed bishop in return.
- 5. b6 trick averted. Instead of taking on a6, White usually pushes its b-pawn ahead after accepting the gambit. Why? To entice Black into capturing it and waste a tempo. Ratkovic shows you how to continue your development instead.
- Dance with the bishop. White tries to put pressure on Black’s kingside with a bishop attacking the knight on f6. Should Black ignore it? Well, there’s a better alternative according to Ratkovic—pushing the bishop away and gaining tempo too!
- A “quiet” White. 4. Nd2 and White says, “I don’t want your pawn. I am losing a tempo on this!” How should Black play? Black should take the pawn on c4 instead… and fianchetto the kingside bishop. More in Chapter 11.
Let Ratkovic show you how to activate your pieces, grab the open or semi-open files, and utilize your g7-bishop to its fullest potential.