Originally Posted by KyleJRM82
Any suggestions for learning the Benoni?
Oh, I play that. Can't remember how I learned it, though. Well, I mean, besides doing what I always do for openings -- check them out through chessgames.com, play through some older games to see how it developed, then some newer games to see the current theory, play it in blitz and then look up where I went wrong. And going to chesspub.com: http://www.chesspub.com/cgi-bin/yabb...rd=nimzobenoni
I do have some advice, though. A good number of players around what I think your rating is will not play d4-d5, so you'll need to know what to do when they just leave their d-pawn there or if they play dxc5 (to get the pawn back, I don't know if ...Na6 or ...Qa5+ or something else is best).
When you do get the standard Benoni positions, there are some general things you should know:
-Your position will look ugly, but that doesn't mean you're losing.
-Pawn breaks you want will generally be ...f5 and ...b5. To prepare for ...b5, you will sometimes play ...a6 first, but that will usually be met by a4. I've seen a number of things from there. Sometimes, you play ...b5 anyway. Sometimes, you do it after white plays a4-a5 even though he's take the b-pawn e.p. Some have played ...b6 first so that a4-a5 can be met by ...b6-b5 without e.p. capture. Also, ...Nb8-a6-c7 can help prepare for ...b5. There are also lines where you play ...b5 when the pawn will be captured because it can give you white's e4-pawn. I believe the Modern Main Line (I've seen it called MML somewhere) involves black sacrificing the b-pawn to get a pawn-down ending that is supposedly drawn, but I have no idea why anyone would want to get that from the Benoni.
-Watch out for white playing e2-e4-e5 and rolling over your position. I'd also try not to lose the d6-pawn, and sometimes if you play ...Nb8-d7, you might forget that your queen on d8 is no longer defending the pawn and it can drop off.
Some may discourage you from playing the Benoni, calling it unsound. I have no problem playing it anyway. I've played it twice in correspondence-style games online, both times against higher rated players, winning once (as mentioned here: http://forumserver.twoplustwo.com/sh...&postcount=131
) and drawing once: http://www.chessvideos.tv/chess-game...r.php?id=66892