I have played the Benoni for a while, and I frequently play bad moves in the opening. How could I play the Benoni - Pawn Storm Variation safely?

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    What's the "pawn storm variation"?
    – David
    Commented Aug 4, 2020 at 6:17
  • Where White play e2-e4 and f2-f4.
    – user24344
    Commented Aug 4, 2020 at 7:25
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    I don't think it's very helpful to try and play the Benoni of all openings in a safe manner. It's an inherenly risky opening that will lead black to very bad positions if played without a willingness to play risky chess.
    – Scounged
    Commented Aug 4, 2020 at 9:42
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    the Modern Benoni "is definitely not an opening for cowards." - GM Lev Psakhis
    – Ian Bush
    Commented Aug 5, 2020 at 8:02
  • Not answering because I have no idea about the Benoni but pawn pushes tend to be bad because they weaken all squares behind them. There is a nice outpost on d4 eventually and your dark bishop has great potential. Also many have mentioned this but this variation looks to be about unbalances(like the KID or Sicilian) so if you want safe play, this isn't the best opening for you.
    – A.Shetye
    Commented Aug 14, 2020 at 6:38

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You shouldn't give a fig about "variations". Players don't lose games in the opening because they're bad at this variation or that system, they lose short games because they're bad at tactics (and that's your experience, yeah?).

Forget the dumb names of things. Pawn Storm This, Big Attack That. You have to learn enough tactics first.