Questions tagged [benko-gambit]

The Benko gambit, also called Volga gambit, is an opening characterized by the moves 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 c5 3.d5 b5.

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What if White declines the Volga Gambit?

rnbq1rk1/p3ppbp/3p1np1/1ppP4/2P2B2/2N2N1P/PP2PPP1/R2QKB1R b KQ - 0 8 In the above position, Black gets a solid initiative and easy play on the weak White queenside pawns after 1.cxb5 (1. Nxb5? Ne4!). ...
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Why …g6 before …Bxa6 in the Benko Gambit?

[FEN ""] 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 c5 3.d5 b5 4.cxb5 a6 5.bxa6 g6 6.Nc3 Bxa6 This is a main line of the Benko Gambit. Black could also have played 5...Bxa6, followed by 6...g6 to get the same position. However,...