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The Modern Benoni, which arises after 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 c5 3.d5 e6 4.Nc3 exd5 5.cxd5 d6, is an attempt by black to unbalance the position at an early stage. He gains winning chances, but at considerable risk, especially if he adopts a move-order allowing white to play an early f4.
White has the advantage in the centre, while black has a pawn majority on the queenside. White's ultimate aim is to force through the advance e4-e5 (either with piece support, or with the aid of f4), so the struggle for control of e5 is a key element in virtually all lines of the Modern Benoni.

In the Benko Gambit, 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 c5 3.d5 b5, black offers a pawn in return for open lines on the queenside. While this opening may not be to everyone's taste, its soundness is no longer in question. Contrary to most gambits, black is happy to exchange pieces as his queenside initiative will persist right into the endgame. White has devised a number of aggresive ways to decline the Benko, the most popular being 5.f3 and 5.e3

from Nunn's Chess Openings.


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