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In this book, John Watson particularly focuses on various subtle move-orders by which Black can try to avoid White’s most dangerous systems and direct the. All about The Gambit Guide to the Modern Benoni by John Watson. LibraryThing is a cataloging and social networking site for booklovers. Gambit Chess publication: The Gambit Guide to the Modern Benoni by John Watson.

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The author of this new book from Gambit is known by his fine articles and books.

It was therefore with great expectations that I sat down to “read” his new book about one of the most difficult variations right now: A guide to the Modern Benoni.

Of course John Watson knows that the Modern Benoni is a difficult opening to play, but at the backcover he writes with great optimism: I think tthe believes in the black position! This book is a repertoire book for Black guive in every variation John Watson tries to give the reader variations that he can choose between. If the reader doesn’t like the first variation or the variation is bad!

I like the idea that Watson also used in his previous book about the French Defence.

Writing this book the author has used no less than 3 computer engines to ensure that he didn’t make to many blunders! But as he writes the most original ideas of significance came when he sat down with ” Moxern this introduction the author then starts with the “proper” Modern Benoni after the moves: John Watson doesn’t ignore this, but tries to give some new variations a lot of new ideas!

And he does a fine job! One of the most dangerous variations at the moment for black!


Modern Benoni

Back to the above variation, and lets take a look at what Watson has to say about this particular variation. He bwnoni with Black lost a tempo to get white to play g3!! Maybe this move I don’t know, but its entertaining stuff! Personally I like to try it out in a tournament game, the ideas witha6, Nf6, Bh3 and Ng4 is worth a try. And there is plenty of variations to analyse!

Qc2 Rfc8 is mentioned in the book. Maybe white can try the odd looking Nd1 – I think white has a small advantage after that, a possible variation is Another line that has been a formidable weapon for white in the past is “The Modern Main Line”: Watson also investigates this thoroughly and in the variation 7.

Bd3 tries to rehabilitate the underestimated An unusual and interesting move that gives an complicated game for both sides. At the end of this chapter Watson writes “I won’t pretend that I don’t have some intuitive doubts about this system achieving absolute and incontrovertible equality although it may do so Maybe “The Modern Main Line” is whites best choice at the moment?

I played some of these variations years ago, and I was curious what he had to say about the variation with Bd3 and Nge2: This was the position I was looking for and the variation goes on: But it is in fact an idea of Perenyi’s, and it looks like black can secure equality in this variation.

After reading this book one is tempted to try this opening over the board! One thing that could benonni my mind is that there is so many different moveorders to remember, and I think that this is one of gambkt main problems with “The Modern Benoni”. You have to play it regularly to get a “feeling” about what to do in the different variations.


Watson mdoern the standard plans very well in the introduction, but its still a mess.

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If you like chaos and want to play an opening that is not investigated in every detail then this opening is perfect for you – and this book is a good start. This book is really good, Watson doesn’t pretend that he has all the answers but in some variations just gives some new ideas based on his own analyses.

And as he writes at the end of chapter 2 Bf4-Systems ” I strongly encourage tje to do independent work on the variations herein “! This book gives a lot of new ideas, and in some of the variations there is still a lot of work to do.

The Gambit Guide to the Modern Benoni

I want to add that the layout, print and diagrams as always with Gambit-books are highest quality. In 9 chapters besides the introduction the author examines these variations: Maybe I should try to play Modern Benoni after all? John Watson has made a fine book about one of the most difficult openings “The Modern Benoni”. Watson gives a lot of new ideas and tries to improve the existing theory. Most of the time he succeed, and I can recommend this book. Watson has again written a fine book.

The Gambit Guide to the Modern Benoni.