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The Benko
Gambit

How To Play The Benko Gambit,
The Theory Behind It,
And How To Counter It

1
Main Line 2 White’s Plans
3 Protect King With This Formation
4 Expand on Queenside
5 Prevent Knight From Coming To This Square
Black’s Plans
6 Use Bishop To Attack Queenside
7 Use Queen To Attack Queenside
8 Swing Rooks Over To Queenside
Fianchetto variation 9 White’s Plans
10 Secure control of center
11 Use this pawn to open up lines for attack
12 Expand on Queenside
Black’s Plans
13 Use Queen To Attack Queenside
14 Swing Rooks Over To Queenside
Benko Declined 15 White’s Plans
16 Secure control of center
17 Expand on the Queenside
Black’s Plans
18 Block White’s pawn in
19 Use Knight To Capture Back Pawn