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Benko Gambit (A59)
1 d4 Nf6 2 c4 c5 3 d5 b5 4 cxb5 a6 5 bxa6 Bxa6 6 Nc3 d6
7 e4

Number of games in database: 484
Years covered: 1951 to 2019
Overall record:
   White wins 43.8%
   Black wins 21.1%
   Draws 35.1%

Popularity graph, by decade

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With the White Pieces With the Black Pieces
Yury Shulman  13 games
Svetozar Gligoric  12 games
Mikhail Gurevich  9 games
A Ramirez Alvarez  8 games
Lev Alburt  7 games
Vitaly Tseshkovsky  6 games
NOTABLE GAMES [what is this?]
White Wins Black Wins
G Kuzmin vs Alburt, 1971
Y Shulman vs Khalifman, 2005
Illescas Cordoba vs Topalov, 1994
J Bonin vs Zsofia Polgar, 1988
Gligoric vs T Nyback, 2004
D Antic vs D Milanovic, 1996
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 page 1 of 20; games 1-25 of 484  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. P Trifunovic vs Kozomara  ½-½241951YUG-ch 6thA59 Benko Gambit
2. E E Book vs S Witkowski  ½-½271959KrakowA59 Benko Gambit
3. Saidy vs R Martens  1-0431960WchT U26 07thA59 Benko Gambit
4. Gligoric vs G Svensson  1-0291967EU-ch U20 clock sim1A59 Benko Gambit
5. H Avram vs Benko 0-131196869th US OpenA59 Benko Gambit
6. R J Gross vs Benko  0-126196869th US OpenA59 Benko Gambit
7. J Halfdanarson vs J Aijala  1-0331969WchT U26 fin-B 16thA59 Benko Gambit
8. E Formanek vs Browne 1-0481970Atlantic CityA59 Benko Gambit
9. Gligoric vs Browne  ½-½291970Rovinj/ZagrebA59 Benko Gambit
10. Gligoric vs Udovcic  1-0731970Rovinj/ZagrebA59 Benko Gambit
11. Gligoric vs J Diez del Corral  ½-½301970Siegen ol (Men) fin-AA59 Benko Gambit
12. P Parr vs Browne 0-1361971AdelaideA59 Benko Gambit
13. G Kuzmin vs Alburt 1-0391971USSRA59 Benko Gambit
14. F Kuijpers vs J Dueball  1-0411971FRG-NEDA59 Benko Gambit
15. Uhlmann vs J C Benjamin 1-0321971SimulA59 Benko Gambit
16. Keres vs H Pohla  ½-½391971ParnuA59 Benko Gambit
17. Keres vs H Pohla  ½-½391971ParnuA59 Benko Gambit
18. H Schaufelberger vs Parma  0-13519717th Luxembourg OpenA59 Benko Gambit
19. J H Donner vs Benko  ½-½201971Palma de MallorcaA59 Benko Gambit
20. B Malich vs V Ciocaltea  ½-½331972Skopje ol (Men)A59 Benko Gambit
21. Kholmov vs I Platonov  ½-½631972URS chA59 Benko Gambit
22. Bagirov vs N Zilberman ½-½571972USSRA59 Benko Gambit
23. B Enklaar vs H Ree  1-0451972NED-chA59 Benko Gambit
24. Antoshin vs Vasiukov 0-1381972Moscow blitzA59 Benko Gambit
25. L Popov vs Tringov  ½-½421972VarnaA59 Benko Gambit
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Kibitzer's Corner
Jul-22-05  chessboyhaha: The old main line.
My is that in the Benko Gambit the endgame is , in the most of the times, better to black. However White has a pawn ahead that's why i guess that the black should play to the attack and/or endgames's advantages. I play the Volga/Benko Gambit same I was 8 years old and I loss 40% of the times 45% I won and 5% I drawn. I guess that Shereshevsky's bring up great games (pages 84 to 92). I had never trust on MCO I prefer to see games of Grand Masters.
Jul-22-05  OneBadDog: I love the Benko Gambit. I played it a couple of time in OTB tournaments. When I play at FICS, I no longer play the Benko because too many white players avoid it by playing Veresov, Torre or Trompowsky openings.
Jul-23-05  midknightblue: Move 5... Bxa6 should be 5. g6 (with Bxa6 played on move 6... Just as Benko ;) I am trying to learn this opening better, as I live in a fairly small area - and most of the chess players around here know that I usually play the Gruenfeld. <OBD> What is your FICS handle? I am midknightblue. We could practice a few Benko Gambits against each other, or just play a few regular games. I have the same handle as here - midknightblue.
Mar-14-06  WTHarvey: Here is a collection of puzzles from A59 miniatures:
Jul-09-08  Chessman100: IMO, this is the best way to play against the Benko.
Jan-07-09  Chessman100: <midknightblue> Playing 5... Bxa6 or 5...g6 dosen't make a big difference because it leads to the same position. Correct me if I'm wrong.
Jan-07-09  MaxxLange:
Jan-07-09  ganstaman: Since we've cited the source, I'd like to copy the info here:

<The view that an immediate 5Bxa6 is inaccurate has been generally accepted for a couple decades. However, this is based on the assessment of the following line: 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 c5 3.d5 b5 4.cxb5 a6 5.bxa6 Bxa6 6.g3 d6 7.Bg2 g6 8.b3! Bg7 9.Bb2 0-0 10.Nh3 Nbd7 11.0-0 and though Black has tried just about every possible move and idea, White seems to come out on top.

Because of this, 5g6 became Blacks main choice. Now Black can meet 6.b3 Bg7 7.Bb2 0-0 8.g3 with 8Nxa6 9.Bg2 Bb7 when Black is doing well due to the possibilities of Nb4 and/or e6.

In a nutshell, you lose nothing by choosing 5g6, since you can always hack off the pawn later by Bxa6. Since theres no downside, why not use this move, which keeps your options open and guards against the double fianachetto line mentioned above?>

Jan-09-09  MaxxLange: <ganstaman> good idea, and seems like a fair use quote to me

this reminds me of the Ruy Lopez ...we bang out so many "automatic" moves, some of which are there to bust some obscure sideline that no one even plays anymore, based on games played decades ago. That's Theory for you!

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