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Saturday, October 27, 2012

Budapest TCh Rd1-Benko Gambit

The Benko Gambit has been getting a lot of attention lately.

Here is an interesting effort from the Budapest TCh Rd1.

Farkas,Lajos Dr (2228) - Juhasz,Mark (2155) [A59]
BUD tch Lilienthal 12/13 Budapest (1), 30.09.2012
1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 c5 3.d5 b5 4.cxb5 a6 5.bxa6 Bxa6 6.Nc3 g6 7.Nf3 d6 8.e4 Bxf1 9.Kxf1 Bg7 10.g3 0–0 11.Kg2 Nbd7 12.a4 Qb6 13.Qe2 Rfc8N

Critical Position 1
Black has just played the novelty 13...Rfc8. Normally black would play ..Rfb8 with play on the a.b files. Now black can support ...c4 and follow with ...Nc5-d3 with light square play. How do you assess the move? What should white do next? Seek a refuation? Play a normal move and keep the tension?

White to Play

Critical Position 2
The position is complicated. What is the right plan for black?

Black to Play

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