Also known as the Volga Gambit, after the first article on the opening in the then city of Kuibyshev on the Volga River, it’s more commonly known as the Benko Gambit in the English speaking world, after Hungarian-American GM Pal Benko who wrote a famous book on the opening.
It follows the Benoni Defence but is characterised by b5 on move three. 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 c5 3. d5 b5
Featured Video: One of Alexei Shirov’s favourite games, a Benko Gambit against Hauchard analysed by himself.
- Gelfand vs Carlsen – Benko Gambit -2011 Amber Rapid – close to a perfect attack
- Shirov vs Hauchard – Benko Gambit – Paris 1990