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Old Benoni Defense (A44)
1 d4 c5 2 d5 e5

Number of games in database: 661
Years covered: 1841 to 2014
Overall record:
   White wins 52.5%
   Black wins 23.3%
   Draws 24.2%

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PRACTITIONERS
With the White Pieces With the Black Pieces
Lajos Portisch  4 games
Jay R Bonin  4 games
Vlastimil Hort  4 games
Bozidar Ivanovic  16 games
Goran A Kosanovic  13 games
Faik Aleskerov  10 games
NOTABLE GAMES [what is this?]
White Wins Black Wins
Alekhine vs Tartakower, 1926
Furman vs Simagin, 1965
Alatortsev vs Riumin, 1935
Bogoljubov vs Alekhine, 1934
Kmoch vs Alekhine, 1936
Rubinstein vs Spielmann, 1919
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 page 1 of 27; games 1-25 of 661  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. Hanstein vs Von Der Lasa 1-023 1841 BerlinA44 Old Benoni Defense
2. S F Lebedev vs Schiffers  0-139 1901 RUS-ch02A44 Old Benoni Defense
3. Von Scheve vs Albin  0-140 1902 Monte CarloA44 Old Benoni Defense
4. A Kramer vs O Wegemund  1-027 1912 DSB-18.Kongress-CA44 Old Benoni Defense
5. Rubinstein vs Spielmann 0-129 1919 08, StockholmA44 Old Benoni Defense
6. B Kostic vs Spielmann 1-050 1920 GothenburgA44 Old Benoni Defense
7. M Marchand vs Euwe 0-150 1920 Amsterdam m3A44 Old Benoni Defense
8. A Becker vs Tartakower  ½-½44 1923 ViennaA44 Old Benoni Defense
9. F Apsenieks vs H G Wright  1-012 1925 Bromley prel BA44 Old Benoni Defense
10. Alekhine vs Tartakower 1-055 1926 DresdenA44 Old Benoni Defense
11. H Gebhardt vs W Springe 1-031 1926 Master TournamentA44 Old Benoni Defense
12. H Saunders vs Tartakower 1-023 1929 ScarboroughA44 Old Benoni Defense
13. Rokhlin vs Alatortsev 1-039 1929 LeningradA44 Old Benoni Defense
14. E R Lundin vs W Hasenfuss 1-078 1931 Prague ol (Men)A44 Old Benoni Defense
15. F Gygli vs Alekhine 0-140 1934 ZurichA44 Old Benoni Defense
16. Bogoljubov vs Alekhine 0-146 1934 Alekhine - Bogoljubov World Championship RematchA44 Old Benoni Defense
17. S Landau vs Alekhine 0-157 1934 Rotterdam Quad (01)A44 Old Benoni Defense
18. Euwe vs Alekhine ½-½26 1934 HollandA44 Old Benoni Defense
19. V Makogonov vs P Dubinin  1-024 1934 USSR Championship 1934/35A44 Old Benoni Defense
20. S Belavenets vs I Rabinovich 0-137 1934 USSR Championship 1934/35A44 Old Benoni Defense
21. V Makogonov vs F Bohatirchuk 1-045 1934 USSR Championship 1934/35A44 Old Benoni Defense
22. Riumin vs I Rabinovich 1-036 1934 USSR Championship 1934/35A44 Old Benoni Defense
23. Levenfish vs I Rabinovich  ½-½76 1934 USSR Championship 1934/35A44 Old Benoni Defense
24. B Stupan vs T Drezga  1-071 1934 MariborA44 Old Benoni Defense
25. A C Sacconi vs Z von Balla  1-024 1935 Tatatovaros itA44 Old Benoni Defense
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Kibitzer's Corner
Apr-23-02  spassky407: I am the worst player at chess!!!
somebody please play me!!!
Apr-23-02
Premium Chessgames Member
  Sneaky: visit http://www.instantchess.com/ there are lots of beginners there
Mar-24-04  ruylopez900: Do any white players take ep here? I wouldn't know since I've never played this but I'm just wondering.
Mar-24-04  Kenkaku: 3. dxe6 always bothered me in this line, as I don't like playing moves such as fxe6.
Mar-24-04  ruylopez900: <Kenkaku>, correct me if I'm wrong but I don't think 3.fxe6 is an available option.
Mar-24-04  Kenkaku: <ruylopez900> I meant when I was playing the black side of this opening. 3. dxe6 fxe6
Mar-24-04  ruylopez900: Ahh, gotcha! =D
Apr-16-04  Dillinger: i think taking ep is mainline czech, where black gets an extra central pawn in exchange for a slightly exposed king. if retake with d pawn black loses castling rights so f pawn is probably better - i dont know the theory too well.
May-02-04  Reti Incarnate: This would have to be one of my favourite openings! Black, despite the statistics above, can score quite well if you play ambitiously (check out the game by Alekhine). The move 3. dxe6 e.p. has always bothered me too, but you'll find that playing simply 3. fxe6 gives Black a central majority and White has little chance of obtaining any advantage. Follow up with ...d5 at some stage, and you'll control the entire centre! Moo ha ha ha ha ha ha!

Good Day.

P.S. does anyone know how i can get a 'signature' for my comments? like, so that i can put 'good day' at the bottom of my comments automatically? thxs

May-02-04  BiLL RobeRTiE: Fortunately, you can't put a signature at the bottom of your comments. ;)
Dec-11-04  tacticsjokerxxx: it's not only about the central pawns, fxe6 gains an open rook file on F after castling, which is why dxe6 e.p. is considered theoretically wrong.
Jun-19-05  crumpy: when I play d4 on chessmaster on my gba, the reply is always c5 but now since i have seen this opening, I can use this to my advantage.
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