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98_S00_Snake Benoni (A60)
Compiled by whiteshark

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The <Snake Benoni> refers to a variant of the Modern Benoni where the bishop is developed to d6 rather than g7. This opening was invented in 1982 by <Rolf Olav Martens> / Rolf Martens, who gave it its name because of the sinuous movement of the bishop—in Martens's original concept, Black follows up with 6...Bc7 and sometimes ...Ba5—and because the Swedish word for "snake", orm, was an anagram of his initials.

Normunds Miezis has been a regular exponent of this variation. Aside from Martens's plan, 6...0-0 intending ...Re8, ...Bf8 and a potential re-fianchetto of the bishop to g7, has also been tried. White appears to retain the advantage against both setups.

Wikipedia article: Benoni Defense#Snake Benoni

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 c5 3.d5 e6 4.Nc3 exd5 5.cxd5 Bd6

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the Snake Benoni runs after the moves: <1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 c5 3.d5 e6 4.Nc3 exd5 5.cxd5 Bd6!?> which has been popularised by the Latvian GM Miezis but after Raetsky & Chetverik it is all a little dubious, specially after the aggressive <6.Bg5> known from the game Chernin – Miezis where played to creative with <6…Bc7?! 7.d6! Ba5+ 8.Nbd2 h6 9.Bh4 g5?!> Both authors give as alternative <6…0-0 7.Nbd2!? Re8 8.e3 Bf8 9.Bc4 h6 10.Bh4 d6 11.0-0> where white only has a slight advantage but I would suggest as alternative the surprising bishop move <6….Be5!?> Game Collection: The Snake Benoni

Stefan Bückers chesscafe articles are offline: (kaiss38.pdf‎ / kaiss56.pdf‎)

Other online sources (random): Annotated game collection, if you follow the link:

Google search link on <snake benoni> for further sources:

And if that were not bad enough, here's the <accelerated snake-benoni>:

Portisch vs Joel Benjamin, 1987 
(A70) Benoni, Classical with 7.Nf3, 55 moves, 1-0

V Zaltsman vs Murey, 1987
(A70) Benoni, Classical with 7.Nf3, 55 moves, 0-1

Accelerated-Snake Benoni.
M Porat vs A Milovic, 2011 
(A43) Old Benoni, 54 moves, 0-1

Accelerated-Snake Benoni.
S Dedijer vs A Milovic, 2009
(A43) Old Benoni, 40 moves, 0-1

M Arabidze vs M Gevorgyan, 2012
(A70) Benoni, Classical with 7.Nf3, 42 moves, 1-0

Plaskett vs Murey, 1983
(A70) Benoni, Classical with 7.Nf3, 36 moves, 0-1

A Kopasov vs N Miezis, 2009
(A60) Benoni Defense, 40 moves, 0-1

K Mielke vs G Kneipp, 1989
(A60) Benoni Defense, 29 moves, 1-0

M Mancini vs N Miezis, 2001 
(A60) Benoni Defense, 22 moves, 1-0

P Ponkratov vs V Rasulov, 2014
(A60) Benoni Defense, 56 moves, 0-1

The Snake Czech Benoni
Radjabov vs Carlsen, 2007 
(A56) Benoni Defense, 30 moves, 1/2-1/2

E O Rodriguez vs M Sana, 2009 
(A60) Benoni Defense, 29 moves, 1-0

Barsov vs N Miezis, 1995
(A60) Benoni Defense, 37 moves, 0-1

N Michaelsen vs G Welling, 1990
(A56) Benoni Defense, 25 moves, 1/2-1/2

Accelerated-Snake Benoni
D Jojua vs J Milovic, 2008 
(A43) Old Benoni, 41 moves, 1-0

B Robertsen vs T Ivarsson, 2015
(A60) Benoni Defense, 49 moves, 0-1

A Muir vs Epishin, 2004
(A60) Benoni Defense, 37 moves, 0-1

Morozevich vs V Gashimov, 2009 
(A60) Benoni Defense, 62 moves, 1/2-1/2

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