Pal Benko left the world of chess an enormous legacy. Not only was he a formidable study composer, he also gave his name to the gambit line 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 c5 3.d5 b5. In this DVD, Erwin l’Ami guides you through the fascinating Benko Gambit. As early as move three Black starts a fight for the initiative, a strategy that has proved to be successful in countless amateur and master level games.

Through model games l’Ami explains all topical lines of the Benko Gambit, occasionally asking the viewer interactive questions that help the viewer to grasp the ideas behind this opening. The exercises on this DVD will also surely be of help. Many top players followed in Benko’s footsteps, most notably Garry Kasparov, Veselin Topalov, and Magnus Carlsen. Will you be next?

• Video running time: 6 hours 30 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
  • Sidelines with an early Nf3
  • 2.Nf3 Jakovenko-Goganov
  • 3.Nf3 Matlakov-Giri
  • 3.d5 b5 4th move alternatives
  • Sidelines 4th move Carlsen-Ivanchuk
  • 4.a4 Jussupow-Chekhov
  • 4.Bg5 Ivanisevic-Vuckovic
  • 4.Nd2 Kramnik-Leko
  • 4.f3 Anand-Adams
  • 4.Qc2 Dreev-Ivanisevic
  • 4.Nf3 Korchnoi-Topalov
  • 3.d5 b5 4.cxb5 a6 5th move alternatives
  • 5.f3 Lahlum-Bus
  • 5.e3 Adhiban-Ramirez
  • 5.Nc3 Selivestrov-Dobrov
  • 5.b6 Karpov-Christiansen
  • 3.d5 b5 4.cxb5 a6 5.bxa6 Bxa6 Main Line
  • 6.Nc3 g6 7.f4 Murey-Hodgson
  • 6.Nc3 g6 7.d6 Nielsen-Plachetka
  • 5...g6 6.Nc3 Bg7 7.e4 Demuth-Giri
  • 5...Bxa6 6.Nc3 g6 7.Nf3 d6 8.g3 Bg7 Van Wely-Carlsen
  • 5...Bxa6 6.Nc3 g6 7.e4 Bxf1 8.Kxf1 d6 9.g4 Seirawan-Belotti
  • 5...Bxa6 6.Nc3 g6 7.e4 Bxf1 8.Kxf1 d6 9.f4 Gelfand-Carlsen
  • 5...Bxa6 6.Nc3 g6 7.e4 Bxf1 8.Kxf1 d6 9.Nge2 Bg7 10.h3 Shulman-Khalifman
  • 5...Bxa6 6.Nc3 g6 7.e4 Bxf1 8.Kxf1 d6 9.Nge2 Ng7 10.g3 Korchnoi-Borik
  • 5...Bxa6 6.Nc3 g6 7.e4 Bxf1 8.Kxf1 d6 9.Nf3 Karpov-Georgiev
  • Tactics & Strategy
  • Exercise 1
  • Exercise 2
  • Exercise 3
  • Exercise 4
  • Exercise 5
  • Exercise 6
  • Exercise 7
  • Exercise 8
  • Exercise 9
  • Exercise 10

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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