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

Number of games in database: 1382
Years covered: 1841 to 2023
Overall record:
   White wins 50.8%
   Black wins 25.0%
   Draws 24.2%

Popularity graph, by decade

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With the White Pieces With the Black Pieces
Fernando Peralta  6 games
Jay Bonin  5 games
Ivan Farago  5 games
Bozidar Ivanovic  19 games
Peter Rahls  16 games
Goran A Kosanovic  13 games
NOTABLE GAMES [what is this?]
White Wins Black Wins
Alekhine vs Tartakower, 1926
W Hanstein vs von der Lasa, 1841
J H Donner vs W Balcerowski, 1962
Bogoljubov vs Alekhine, 1934
F Gygli vs Alekhine, 1934
M Podgaets vs M Dvoretzky, 1974
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 page 1 of 56; games 1-25 of 1,382  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. W Hanstein vs von der Lasa 1-0231841BerlinA44 Old Benoni Defense
2. S F Lebedev vs Schiffers  0-13919012nd All-Russian TournamentA44 Old Benoni Defense
3. Von Scheve vs Albin 0-1401902Monte CarloA44 Old Benoni Defense
4. A Kramer vs O Wegemund  1-0271912DSB-18.Kongress-CA44 Old Benoni Defense
5. Rubinstein vs Spielmann 0-1291919StockholmA44 Old Benoni Defense
6. R Loman vs H Strick van Linschoten  1-0251920ScheveningenA44 Old Benoni Defense
7. M Marchand vs Euwe 0-1501920MatchA44 Old Benoni Defense
8. Kostic vs Spielmann 1-0501920GothenburgA44 Old Benoni Defense
9. Gilg vs E Kipke  ½-½271922Oeynhausen-Hauptturnier IIIA44 Old Benoni Defense
10. A Becker vs Tartakower  ½-½441923ViennaA44 Old Benoni Defense
11. F Apsenieks vs H G Wright 1-0121925Bromley prel-BA44 Old Benoni Defense
12. Alekhine vs Tartakower 1-0551926DresdenA44 Old Benoni Defense
13. H Gebhard-Elsass vs W Springe 1-0311926Master TournamentA44 Old Benoni Defense
14. A Pokorny vs R Mikulka  1-0251927Czechoslovak ChampionshipA44 Old Benoni Defense
15. J de Souza Mendes vs J Montalban  1-03019283rd South American ChampionshipA44 Old Benoni Defense
16. J Gabarain vs J Montalban  ½-½6119283rd South American ChampionshipA44 Old Benoni Defense
17. E Lindroos vs A Chepurnov  1-0391928m FIN-chA44 Old Benoni Defense
18. Y Rokhlin vs Alatortsev 1-0391929LeningradA44 Old Benoni Defense
19. H Saunders vs Tartakower 1-0231929ScarboroughA44 Old Benoni Defense
20. Flohr vs E Richter  1-0481930Kautsky mem7A44 Old Benoni Defense
21. E Lundin vs W Hasenfuss 1-0781931Prague OlympiadA44 Old Benoni Defense
22. Saemisch vs K Richter  0-1351933GER-ch 1stA44 Old Benoni Defense
23. S Landau vs Alekhine 0-1571934RotterdamA44 Old Benoni Defense
24. Euwe vs Alekhine ½-½261934Exhibition gameA44 Old Benoni Defense
25. Bogoljubov vs Alekhine 0-1461934Alekhine - Bogoljubov World Championship RematchA44 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!!!
Premium Chessgames Member
  Sneaky: visit 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.
Jan-13-19  get Reti: Leela Chess literally evaluated this position (1. d4 c5 2. d5 e5) as +2.25 in a TCEC game against Stockfish. Wow.
Premium Chessgames Member
  perfidious: Really?


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