|A Queen's Pawn Side Defence, the Benoni
is a sharp, fighting system where Black's QBPawn threatens
White's QP and hopes to draw it forward (or off-centre) to upset
The P-Q4..P-QB4 system (shown left) is usually encountered in its Modern Benoni form (move 3b, right), a major Indian Defence variation. The name itself is from a Hebrew word Ben-Oni ("child of my sorrow") used in an 1825 chess book title.
|Popularised by world champion Mikhail Tal in the 1950s and 1960s. Variations from a typical leading line (below) include the Blumenfeld Counter-Gambit and the Benko Gambit.|
Groups or see move:
|7 Nf3 Bg7 8 Be2 0-0 9 0-0 Re1|
|7 Bd3 Bg7 8 Nge2 0-0 9 0-0 a6|