The Benoni is characterised by the moves 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 c5 3.d5 e6 and is a popular opening weapon amongst club players. On top level it’s a rarer guest but with this DVD Rustam Kasimdzhanov, opening expert and second and coach of Fabiano Caruana, will turn the tables. New ways and approaches in most lines and countless improvements of official theory will show you how to play this opening at any level with success. His preferred move order into the Benoni arises through 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 c5 which complements his already published DVD on the Nimzoindian (1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Bb4). The variations of the original Benoni are reached through move order transposition.

Kasimdzhanov goes into extreme detail, showing that the Benoni is a reliable opening that often leads to truly fascinating positions. Players of all levels will enhance their knowledge of the opening and their general understanding of dynamic positions. Moreover, you’ll be able to practice the lines shown in the Opening Trainer and you can play key positions to improve your understanding of typical structures and patterns of the Benoni.

• Video running time: 5 hours 45 minutes (English)
• With interactive training including video feedback
• Extra: Database with model games
• Further Training chapter with repertoire and play features


This is what is delivered:

  • Fritztrainer App for Windows and Mac
  • Available as download or on DVD
  • Video course with a running time of approx. 4-8 hrs.
  • Repertoire database: save and integrate Fritztrainer games into your own repertoire (in WebApp Opening or in ChessBase)
  • Interactive exercises with video feedback: the authors present exercises and key positions, the user has to enter the solution. With video feedback (also on mistakes) and further explanations.
  • Sample games as a ChessBase database.
  • New: many Fritztrainer now also available as stream in the ChessBase video portal!

That's what the FritzTrainer App can do for you:

  • Videos can run in the Fritztrainer app or in the ChessBase program with board graphics, notation and a large function bar
  • Analysis engine can be switched on at any time
  • Video pause for manual navigation and analysis in game notation
  • Input of your own variations, engine analysis, with storage in the game
  • Learn variations: view specific lines in the ChessBase WebApp Opening with autoplay, memorize variations and practise transformation (initial position - final position).
  • Active opening training: selected opening positions are transferred to the ChessBase WebApp Fritz-online. In a match against Fritz you test your new knowledge and actively play the new opening.

Even more possibilities: Start FritzTrainer in the ChessBase program!

  • The database with all games and analyses can be opened directly.
  • Games can be easily added to the opening reference.
  • Direct evaluation with game reference, games can be replayed on the analysis board
  • Your own variations are saved and can be added to the own repertoire
  • Replay training
  • LiveBook active
  • All engines installed in ChessBase can be started for the analysis
  • Assisted Analysis
  • Print notation and diagrams (for worksheets)

Sample video


  • Introduction
  • Famous Games
  • Nimzowitch-Marshall 1927
  • Geller-Tal 1959
  • Spassky-Fischer 1972
  • Leko-Kramnik 2004
  • 7.h3 Bg7 8.e4 0-0 9.Bd3 b5
  • Introduction
  • 10.Bxb5 Nxe4 11.Nxe4 Qa5+ 12.Nfd2 Qxb5 13.Nxd6 Qa6
  • 10.Nxb5 Re8 11.Nc3/Bg5/Nd2
  • 10.Nxb5 Re8 11.0-0 Nxe4 12.Qa4/Qb3/Bxe4/Bf4
  • 10.Nxb5 Re8 11.0-0 Nxe4 12.Re1 a6 13.Ng5/Qa4/Na3/Nc3
  • 10.Nxb5 Re8 11.0-0 Nxe4 12.Re1 a6 13.Rxe4 Rxe4 14.Nxd6 Rb4
  • 7.Nd2 Bg7
  • Introduction
  • 8.Nc4 0-0 9.g3 Ng4
  • 8.Nc4 0-0 9.Bg5/Bf4 Nbd7
  • 8.e4 0-0 9.Be2 Na6 10.0-0 Nc7
  • 8.e4 0-0 9.Be2 Re8 10.0-0 Nbd7 11.f4/Qc2
  • 10...Nbd7 11.Qc2 Ne5
  • 10...Nbd7 11.Re1/h3
  • 10...Nbd7 11.a4 Ne5/a6
  • 7.g3 Bg7 8.Bg2 0-0 9.0-0 Re8
  • Introduction
  • 10.Nd2 a6 11.a4 Nbd7
  • 10.a4 Ne4
  • 10.h3/Re1
  • 10.Bf4 Ne4 and 10...Bf5
  • 10.Bf4 Bf5 11.Nh4 Bg4
  • 7.Bf4 Bg7
  • 8.e3/e4/Qa4+
  • 8.Qa4 Bd7 9.Qb3 b5 10.Bxd6 Qb6 11.Be5 0-0 12.e3 c4 13.Qd1 b4
  • Sidelines
  • 8.Bb5+/Be2/Bd3
  • 8.h3 0-0 9.Be3 Re8 10.Nd2 a6
  • 8.h3 0-0 9.Be3 Re8 10.Bd3 Nxe4
  • 8.h3 0-0 9.Bg5 Qe8
  • Avoiding the Benoni
  • Outro
  • Excercises 1-18

Benoni/Benko Gambit

The Modern Benoni is a fighting and doubleedged opening, in which Black deliberately takes risks in order to achieve active play. The move order 2...c5 3.d5 e6 4.Nc3 exd5 5.cxd5, which characterises the Modern Benoni, creates for White a dangerous pawn majority in the centre; his simple and effective plan is, after due preparation by f4, the pawn thrust e4-e5. It is however not easy to seize the best moment for this pawn advance. There are systems in which White gets in the move e5 at a very early stage, and there are others in which he holds back his main trump for a long time. But Black has of course got something in return: the pawn majority on the queenside which he can mobilise by means of ...a6 and ...b5, the semiopen e-file where he can exert pressure against the e4-pawn, the Bg7 which can become very strong on the h8-a1 diagonal and the outpost on e5 which is an ideal square for the knight.

In the Benko Gambit, named after the Hungarian-American grandmaster Pal Benko, Black offers his b-pawn as early as on move three. If White accepts the sacrifice with 4.cxb5 a6 5.bxa6 g6 6.Nc3 Bxa6 then Black will for a long time exert unpleasant pressure on the queenside via the semi-open a- and b-files.

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