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

Number of games in database: 768
Years covered: 1841 to 2020
Overall record:
   White wins 52.2%
   Black wins 23.8%
   Draws 24.0%

Popularity graph, by decade

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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
W Hanstein vs Von Der Lasa, 1841
Furman vs Simagin, 1965
Bogoljubov vs Alekhine, 1934
Podgaets vs M Dvoretsky, 1974
Kmoch vs Alekhine, 1936
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 page 1 of 31; games 1-25 of 768  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. Adolf Kramer vs O Wegemund  1-0271912DSB-18.Kongress-CA44 Old Benoni Defense
5. Rubinstein vs Spielmann 0-1291919StockholmA44 Old Benoni Defense
6. Loman vs H Strick van Linschoten  1-0251920ScheveningenA44 Old Benoni Defense
7. M Marchand vs Euwe 0-1501920Amsterdam m3A44 Old Benoni Defense
8. B Kostic vs Spielmann 1-0501920GothenburgA44 Old Benoni Defense
9. A Becker vs Tartakower  ½-½441923ViennaA44 Old Benoni Defense
10. F Apsenieks vs H G Wright 1-0121925Bromley prel-BA44 Old Benoni Defense
11. Alekhine vs Tartakower 1-0551926DresdenA44 Old Benoni Defense
12. H Gebhard vs W Springe 1-0311926Master TournamentA44 Old Benoni Defense
13. Rokhlin vs Alatortsev 1-0391929LeningradA44 Old Benoni Defense
14. H Saunders vs Tartakower 1-0231929ScarboroughA44 Old Benoni Defense
15. E R Lundin vs W Hasenfuss 1-0781931Prague OlympiadA44 Old Benoni Defense
16. S Landau vs Alekhine 0-1571934RotterdamA44 Old Benoni Defense
17. Euwe vs Alekhine ½-½261934Exhibition GameA44 Old Benoni Defense
18. Bogoljubov vs Alekhine 0-1461934Alekhine - Bogoljubov World Championship RematchA44 Old Benoni Defense
19. F Gygli vs Alekhine 0-1401934ZurichA44 Old Benoni Defense
20. B Stupan vs T Drezga  1-0711934MariborA44 Old Benoni Defense
21. V Makogonov vs F Bohatirchuk 1-0451934USSR Championship 1934/35A44 Old Benoni Defense
22. Levenfish vs I Rabinovich  ½-½761934USSR Championship 1934/35A44 Old Benoni Defense
23. S Belavenets vs I Rabinovich 0-1371934USSR Championship 1934/35A44 Old Benoni Defense
24. V Makogonov vs P Dubinin  1-0241934USSR Championship 1934/35A44 Old Benoni Defense
25. Riumin vs I Rabinovich 1-0361934USSR Championship 1934/35A44 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!!!
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  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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