Chess Gambits: The Benko Gambit with GM/ Lev Alburt – Complete Black Repetoire

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In the Benko Gambit, black sacrifices a pawn very early to generate long-term counterplay on the A and B files. However, white has a mountain of options at his disposal. White can decline the Benko Gambit immediately, he can delay the capture of the a6-pawn, or he can simply ignore the Gambit and proceed with normal development in the center. GM Lev Alburt’s extensive experience and success with the Benko Gambit at the highest level of chess makes it very clear that the Benko Gambit is a very playable alternative to main line responses for black against 1. d4. However, you must be prepared! This opening is ideologically simple, however black can encounter some early tactical complications. The above video excerpt explains how black should react against an interesting sideline with 5. f3!? – where white is basically ignoring the pawn sacrifice and instead prefers to focus on establishing a very strong pawn center. While you can bet on facing a variety of different lines from white in the Benko Gambit, your basic instinct should remain the same: Active piece-play and a flexible mindset will guarantee you success. The 2-Volume DVD set “Play The Benko Gambit!” by GM Lev Alburt is currently on sale and waiting to take your opening repertoire with black against 1. d4 to the next level!


  1. Lev Alburt has excellent material.  All his material is just too good to be true!

  2. buen video y que buena esa última jugada de Dxh2

  3. subtitles are a joke right? It's really funny to try to follow both audio and subtitles.
    Great upload, I really appreciate all your work on this channel!

  4. why does black get an extra move? 1:12 see d4 nf6 c4 c5 d5 b5 cb5 a6 f3 g6 why are you showing extra moves for black???

  5. he means that black will get an extra move when he recaptures/develops w/ Bxa6 or Nxa6

  6. really good video on the Benko. Thanks for making it.

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