Modern Benoni is one of the openings that chess players can’t be indifferent about – they either love it or dislike it!
After 6… g6, one of the simplest set-ups for White is 7. Bf4, with the idea to meet the logical 7… Bg7 with an unpleasant check: 8. Qa4+. For that reason, Black usually proceeds with 7… a6 8. a4 Bg7, knowing that White’s main idea is 9. h3, followed by e2-e3, Be2 and O-O.
Uhlmann Variation (7. Bg5) is rarely seen nowadays, since Black can easily get a very comfortable play.
Knight Tour Variation (7. Nd2) is definitely one of the best options for White, and though it’s slightly preferable for him, it’s not without its venom. This line, just like many others in Modern Benoni, require not only good opening knowledge, but also a very accurate treatment from both sides.
[Diagram: Black to Move] Black knight on g4 is under attack, but fearless Benoni players know that such pieces could sometimes be left hanging. So, Black to play and launch a strong attack!
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