Dominate the Benko Gambit by GM Damien Lemos (My Own Game)

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Grandmaster Damien Lemos has frequently employed the Benko Gambit with black against 1. d4, achieving notable success at the highest levels of competitive chess. The Benko Gambit is a fascinating chess opening where black sacrifices a pawn very early in the opening to obtain active piece play and long-lasting positional compensation in the form of open files on the A and B files. The true value of this video lies in Damien’s unusual ability to explain the importance of specific move orders with respect to the deep positional ideas behind them. This chess video is an excerpt from the Empire Chess DVD ¨Balling with the Benko¨, specifically focusing on how black should play against the solid Fianchetto Variation by white.

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