The main focus of our Line 117 is the Pawn Storm Variation: 3… e6 4. Nc3 exd5 5. cxd5 d6 6. e4 g6 7. f4. This line requires nerves of steel paired with very deep knowledge, and our evaluation is that Black should be able to get promising positions.
Apart from the above mentioned line, White can also choose the solid 7. Nge2 Bg7 8. Ng3 O-O 9. Be2, or a very similar one: 7. Bd3 Bg7 8. Nge2 O-O 9. O-O. We recommend both these lines to club level players.
Snake Variation 5… Bd6 of the Modern Benoni has probably been rightfully neglected in recent years, since White can fight for tangible advantage in a number of ways.
Czech Benoni 3… e5 leads to closed positions with long-term spatial advantage for White.
The early fianchetto, where e7-e6 is typically postponed, is an interesting try for Black, though after 3… g6 4. Nc3 Bg7 5. e4 d6 6. Nf3 O-O 7. Be2 e6 8. O-O exd5 9. exd5 White has a generally preferable position.
[Diagram: Black to Move] J. Gil Capape – R. Kuczynski, Sharjah 1985. White only needs to castle to get a dominant position, but Black can turn the tables and get a strong attack after several energetic moves.
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