Friday, July 4, 2008

The Benko Gambit

Benko was born in France but was raised in Hungary. He was Hungarian champion by age 20. He emigrated to the United States in 1958, after defecting following the World Student Team Championship in Reykjavík, Iceland in 1957. FIDE awarded him the title of Grandmaster in 1958.
The Benko Gambit was originally called the Volga Gambit. I am led to believe that it is still called the Volga Gambit in Russia today, named after the Volga River.

Moves 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 c5 3.d5 b5
ECO A57-A59

Notable Games

Shirov vs A Hauchard, 1990. White Wins
B Leverett vs Judit Polgar, 1987. Black Wins
Karpov vs Topalov, 2002. White Wins
Johann Hjartarson vs Garry Kasparov. Black Wins

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