Beating the Benoni Defense in 23 moves | Knaak vs Anastasian 1988

Plenty of games in the Benoni Defense never quite reach the endgame phase because of its sharp middle game play. Featured here is one of them. This game, played in 1988, was held in Yerevan, Armenia between German Grandmaster Rainer Knaak, and Armenian Grandmaster Ashot Anastasian. This model game for white against the Benoni Defense does well not only to highlight a thematic middle game pawn thrust, but also to demonstrate how this very pawn thrust permits a wonderful improvement of the queen knight. Can you spot the game’s final tactical blow? It’s exactly what Bobby Fischer did to Pal Benko at the 1963 United States Chess Championship!

1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 c5 3. d5 g6 4. Nc3 Bg7 5. e4 d6 6. Bd3 O-O 7. Nge2 e6 8. O-O exd5 9. cxd5 Na6 10. h3 Nc7 11. a4 a6 12. Bg5 Rb8 13. f4 Qe8 14. Bc2 h6 15. Bxf6 Bxf6 16. e5 dxe5 17. f5 gxf5 18. d6 Ne6 19. Nd5 Bg7 20. Rxf5 Nd4 21. Nxd4 exd4 22. Ne7+ Kh8 23. Rf6

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