Category Archives: Benoni

Budapest Open 2013-Zentai P(HUN)

Zentai,P and Toth, Sarolta shared first place with 7.5/9. Here are two of Zentai’s dramatic games.

A happy Bodrogi,L
Photo by Thomas Heyl.


Game 1

Zentai,Peter (2234) – Szalanczy,Emil (2285)
Benoni g3[A62]
III. Budapest Open
Budapest, Hungary (6.2), 22.08.2013


Position 1
White’s has an extra exchange and is very active. What do you recommend for white now?

White to Play

27..Nxf4

Game 2
Zentai,Peter (2234) – Bodrogi,Laszlo (2015)
Catalan-Benoni[A60]
III. Budapest Open
Budapest, Hungary (4.8), 20.08.2013


Position 1
The position looks chaotic but if black does nothing white will simply push the h-pawn. What do you recommend for black?

Black to Play

30.Bf3
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Budapest Open 2013 Rd3

Zoldy, and Erdos share first with the only perfect scores. A large group follows with 2.5/3. Zoldy continued his incredible upset streak with another win over Kormos,Adam.

Zoldy is also the organizer of the Frech Karolyi Open and RR events held in June.

Frech Károly (1922-2013)

A képen látható sakktársak balról-jobbra: 
Metzger István, Máth Benedek, Dánffy Ákos, Tornai Imre, Dánffy Ábel, Bakacs János, Bolyki István, Szakács Dániel, Zöldy Róbert, Puszta Márton, 
Juhász Márk, Puszta Zsófia, Bödő Lajos, Bödő Lajos Géza
Zoldy in in the center right behind the bench(4th from left) with the big smile.

From the Frech Karolyi RR in June 2013
Yip,M(left)-Kormos,Adam(right)
Photo-Zoldy,Robert(organizer of Frech Karolyi Open and RR)


Here’s my game with IM Szalancy,E.

Yip,M (2026) – Szalanczy,E (2285)
Benoni 7.Nge2[A65]

Budapest Open(3), 19.08.2013

I tried a new anti-Benoni system with the d5-e4-f3 central pawn chain which gave a good position after some risky play by black.

Position 1
I played 19.Nfe4 taking the center and aiming at the hole on g5 but 19.Ra4! was better and the h-pawn falls.

18..Bxf5
Results
Zoldy continued his incredible upset streak with another win over Kormos,Adam. IM Meszaros used a London System and a queenside attack to win against the veteran Lakat. Heyl’s Sicilian Kan was broken with an exchange sacrifice.

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Table White Rating Black Rating Result
1 Papagorasz, Takisz 2163 IM Farago, Sandor 2270 ½-½
2 Szepes, Tamas 2248 Juhasz, Mark 2154 ½-½
3 Erdos, Boglarka 2189 Gubics, Peter 2113 1-0 
4 Kormos, Adam 2198 Zoldy, Robert 1962 0-1 
5 WFM Toth, Sarolta 2138 Zentai, Peter 2234 ½-½ 
6 Palla, Akos Botond 2054 FM Juhasz, Bela 2194 0-1 
7 Abraham, Lajos 1821 Koncz, Imre 2181 0-1 
8 Mester, Attila 2073 Heyl, Thomas 1997 1-0 
9 Yip, Michael 2020 IM Szalanczy, Emil 2285 0-1 
10 IM Meszaros, Andras 2261 Lakat, Gyula 1863 1-0 
11 Ritter, Gabor Dr. 2108 Rajcsanyi, Peter 1850 1-0 
12 FM Mihok, Laszlo 2102 Balla, Attila 1813 1-0 
13 Adrien, Vincent 1994 Bakk, Zoltan 2070 0-1 
14 Bartuszek, Andras 1844 Csabai, Viktor 2034 0-1 
15 Szurkos, Andras 1786 Bodrogi, Laszlo 2015 0-1
16 Mihaly, Zoltan 1774 Alvin, Leo 2005 0-1 
17 Bihari, Mihaly 2004 Foldi, Martin 1783 – +  
18 Pakh, Alex 0 Schatzer, Andras 1827 ½-½
19 Peczeli, Zoltan 2036 Gyimesi, Peter 1646 1-0 
20 Furedi, Erik 1927 Kovacsy, Barnabas 1508 ½-½ 
21 Ronyai, Imre 1591 Czipp, Janos 1417 ½-½ 
22 Karacsonyi, Kata 1288 Czimer, Jozsef 1704 0-1 
23 Birovecz, Ben Jordan 0 Kancz, Csaba 1648 0-1 
24 Gyulai, David 1435 Breznyan, Annamaria 1302 1-0 
25 Danffy, Abel 1380 Breznyan, Dorina 1261 0-1

Standings
Zoldy, and Erdos share first with the only perfect scores. A large group follows with 2.5/3.

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Rank Name Score Fed. Rating TPR
1 Zoldy, Robert 3 HUN 1962 2932
2 Erdos, Boglarka 3 HUN 2189 2722
3 Papagorasz, Takisz 2.5 HUN 2163 2292
4 IM Farago, Sandor 2.5 HUN 2270 2337
5 Szepes, Tamas 2.5 HUN 2248 2298
6 Juhasz, Mark 2.5 HUN 2154 2282
7 FM Juhasz, Bela 2.5 HUN 2194 2243
8 Koncz, Imre 2.5 HUN 2181 2149
9 Mester, Attila 2.5 HUN 2073 2054
10 IM Meszaros, Andras 2 HUN 2261 2598
11 IM Szalanczy, Emil 2 HUN 2285 2081
12 Gubics, Peter 2 HUN 2113 2090
13 Zentai, Peter 2 HUN 2234 2137
14 WFM Toth, Sarolta 2 HUN 2138 2115
15 Bakk, Zoltan 2 HUN 2070 2096
16 Ritter, Gabor Dr. 2 HUN 2108 1965
17 Foldi, Martin 2 HUN 1783 1428
18 FM Mihok, Laszlo 2 HUN 2102 2053
19 Csabai, Viktor 2 HUN 2034 2014
20 Bodrogi, Laszlo 2 HUN 2015 2436
21 Alvin, Leo 2 FRA 2005 1972
22 Palla, Akos Botond 1.5 HUN 2054 2021
23 Abraham, Lajos 1.5 HUN 1821 2067
24 Heyl, Thomas 1.5 GER 1997 1913
25 Kormos, Adam 1.5 HUN 2198 1862
26 Yip, Michael 1.5 CAN 2020 2029
27 Peczeli, Zoltan 1.5 HUN 2036 1825
28 Pakh, Alex 1.5 USA 0 1862
29 Bihari, Mihaly 1 HUN 2004 1879
30 Szurkos, Andras 1 HUN 1786 1736
31 Lakat, Gyula 1 HUN 1863 1862
32 Mihaly, Zoltan 1 HUN 1774 1345
33 Balla, Attila 1 HUN 1813 1776
34 Kovacsy, Barnabas 1 HUN 1508 1783
35 Adrien, Vincent 1 FRA 1994 1357
36 Rajcsanyi, Peter 1 HUN 1850 1810
37 Schatzer, Andras 1 HUN 1827 1817
38 Czipp, Janos 1 HUN 1417 1617
39 Kancz, Csaba 1 HUN 1648 1313
40 Bartuszek, Andras 1 HUN 1844 1779
41 Furedi, Erik 1 HUN 1927 1689
42 Birovecz, Ben Jordan 1 HUN 0 1074
43 Czimer, Jozsef 1 HUN 1704 1704
44 Gyulai, David 1 HUN 1435 1532
45 Kertesz, Aron Borsa 1 HUN 0 1149
46 Breznyan, Dorina 1 HUN 1261 1442
47 Ronyai, Imre 0.5 HUN 1591 1527
48 Gyimesi, Peter 0.5 HUN 1646 1730
49 Danffy, Abel 0 HUN 1380 872
50 Karacsonyi, Kata 0 HUN 1288 953
51 Breznyan, Annamaria 0 HUN 1302 878

GM
IM Hagen is in the sole lead with 2.5/3.

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Rk. Name Rtg FED 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Pts.
1 IM Hagen Andreas  2415 DEN * ½ 1 1 2.5
2 GM Medvegy Zoltan 2560 HUN ½ * ½ 1 2
3 GM Gonda Laszlo 2538 HUN * ½ ½ 1 2
4 FM Jovanovic Dusan  2402 SRB ½ * 1 0 1.5
GM Hera Imre Jr. 2567 HUN ½ 0 * 1 1.5
IM Galyas Miklos 2409 HUN 0 * ½ 1 1.5
7 IM Mihok Oliver 2451 HUN 0 * 1 ½ 1.5
8 FM Vertetics Attila 2404 HUN ½ ½ 0 * 1
9 IM Ludwig Daniel 2479 USA 0 1 0 * 1
IM Arngrimsson D 2385 ISL 0 0 ½ * 0.5

IM
IM To has the only perfect score and has the sole lead with 3/3.

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Rk. Name Rtg FED 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Pts.
1 IM To Nhat Minh 2296 HUN * 1 1 1 3
2 FM Torma Robert 2385 HUN * ½ 1 1 2.5
3 IM Orso Miklos 2327 HUN ½ * ½ 1 2
4 FM Lyell Mark 2219 ENG 0 * 1 1 2
5 Balint Vilmos 2216 HUN ½ * 0 1 1.5
6 Gal Tamas 2240 HUN 0 * ½ 1 1.5
Koczo Kristof 2282 HUN 0 ½ * 1 1.5
8 IM Ianov Viktor 2314 UKR 0 0 1 * 1
9 WFM Grigoryan Meri 2052 ENG 0 0 0 * 0
FM Brustkern Juergen 2227 GER 0 0 0 * 0

Frech Károly 2013-06 Rd8

Here is my rd8 game.

I was getting crushed by Stern,T(black) who moved in for the kill with 32…Bh2, threatening ..Bg3#.

White to Play
32…Bh2

In the analysis with Stern and Varga,A(who I play in rd9), I showed what I missed-33.Re8+! Kg7 34.Rg8+ Kxg8 35.Qe8+ Kg7 36.Bh6+!! Kh6(or 36…Kf6 37.Qd8#) 37.Qf8#.

Too bad. Now my tactics have improved to the point where I can see things a bit too late. 

Rakosmente Open 2013-02 Rd3

Here is my tough rd3 effort against my RAC teammate.

Yip,M (2019) – Suranyi,P (2149)
Benoni 7.Bf4[A61]
Rakosmente Open (3), 09.02.2013

Position 1
Black has just attacked the a-pawn with 24..Qd8. What do you suggest for white?

White to Play

24…Qd8

Tata Steel 2013 Rd13,GM Rapport(HUN)

Here is Rapport’s rd 13 game.

Rapport got a difficult position from the opening but fought back creatively to win the game by sacrificing a pawn for a chance at generating counterplay.

Rapport(l) playing Nikolic(r)

Nikolic,Pr (2619) – Rapport,R (2621)
Benoni g3[A62]
75th Tata Steel GpB Wijk aan Zee NED (13.4), 27.01.2013

Position 1
Black has been fighting back hard and now has some compensation for the pawn. How should black continue?
-34…gf to open up white’s kingside
-34…h6 to reinforce the kingside
-Something else

Black to Play

34.Kg2

Tata Steel 2013 Rd3, GM Rapport,R(HUN)

Here is GM Rapport’s nice rd 3 win.

Black just rolls down the queenside with two passed pawns.

Ernst,S (2556) – Rapport,R (2621)
Benoni h3/Bd3[A70]
75th Tata Steel GpB Wijk aan Zee NED (3.6), 14.01.2013

Position 1
Everything is going black’s way with an extra pawn on the queenside while white has nothing tangible on the kingside. What do you suggest for black?

Black to Play


20.Qh4

North American Open Las Vegas 2012 Rd8

Here is another Cheng,Bindi game, this time from round 8 with Cheng on the white side. White had chances to take the upper hand in the topical g3 line. 

Cheng also has a Youtube Channel for chess Youtube barkyducky 

IM Cheng,Bindi(CAN)

Cheng,Bindi (2397)-Molner,M (2479)
Benoni g3 [A64]
22nd North American Open Las Vegas USA (8.11), 29.12.2012

Position 1
The position is tense. The mobile pawn center is white’s major weapon. What should white do next?

White to Play

21…Nh5

Position 2
The battle lines are clearly marked. Black wants to destroy the pawn center and white’s king. White wants to push forward. How should black proceed?

Black to Play

24.Qxb3

North American Open Las Vegas 2012

IM Bindi Cheng(CAN) was on both sides of the Benoni in the North American Open Las Vegas 2012. Here is one of his games.

IM Cheng,Bindi(CAN)
Photo-Botez,A twchesssafari

Hammer,J (2633)-Cheng,Bindi (2397)
Benoni 7.Bf4 [A61]
22nd North American Open Las Vegas USA (7.4), 29.12.2012

Position 1
White has a stable endgame edge to work with. Black’s pawn structure is weak and the passed a-pawn is a key factor. How should black defend?

  • 25…d5 liquidating pawns
  • 25…Ra8 activating the rook
  • 25…Nc6 activating the knight
  • -Something else

25.Nc4

Canadian Jr Ch 2012 Rd2

Results
There were 3 decisive games in rd 2.
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Rtg Name Result Name Rtg
2454 IM Wang Richard 1-0 Chiku-Ratte Olivier Kenta 2187
2351 Kraiouchkine Nikita 0 – 1 FM Jiang Louie 2406
2392 Szalay Karoly 1-0 FM Sapozhnikov Roman 2440
2368 FM Kleinman Michael ½ – ½ Preotu Razvan 2300
2449 Qin Zi Yi (joey) ½ – ½ Song Michael 2322

Here is a powerful game by IM Richard Wang

IM Richard Wang at the WYCC 2012
Photo-FB WYCC 2012

Richard Wang(2454)-Olivier-Kenta Chiku-Ratté(2187)
Benoni 7.Bf4[A61]
CJCC Toronto, ON The Briton House, Toronto, ON (2), 26.12.2012

Position 1
White has pressure on the queenside but black has the bishop pair. How should white proceed?

White to Play

33…Bc8

TWIC(HUN-CAN) 939 2012-11-06

Introduction The Week In Chess(TWIC)
TWIC is Mark Crowther’s work. This is a partial summary. Tournaments featuring Hungarian, players resident in Hungary and Canadian players featured.

TCh-AUT 2012-13
Several Hungarian players participated with Erdos and Rapport doing the best with 2.5/3.

2 Erdos,V 1.0 – 0.0 1.0 – 0.0 0.5 – 0.5 2.5/3
11 Rapport,R 0.5 – 0.5 1.0 – 0.0 1.0 – 0.0 2.5/3
37 Balogh,C 0.5 – 0.5 0.5 – 0.5 0.5 – 0.5 1.5/3
38 Horvath,Jo1 0.5 – 0.5 0.5 – 0.5 0.5 – 0.5 1.5/3
49 Pinter,J 0.0 – 1.0 1.0 – 0.0 0.0 – 1.0 1.0/3
53 Farago,I 0.0 – 1.0 0.5 – 0.5 0.5 – 0.5 1.0/3
56 Prohaszka,P2 0.0 – 1.0 0.5 – 0.5 0.5 – 0.5 1.0/3
60 Horvath,Cs1 0.5 – 0.5 0.0 – 1.0 0.5 – 0.5 1.0/3
61 Juhasz,Kr 0.5 – 0.5 0.0 – 1.0 0.5 – 0.5 1.0/3
65 Hera,I 0. 0 – 1.0 0.0 – 1.0 0.5 – 0.5 0.5/3

Chigorin Memorial 2012
Areshchenko,A and Socko,B =1st 7.5/9. Almasi,Z 6/9 and Portisch,L 5/8

1 Areshchenko,A 2710 -½ +1 -1 +1 -1 +1 +½ -½ +1       7.5/9
2 Socko,B 2619 +1 -½ +1 -1 +1 -0 +1 -1 +1                   7.5/9
3 Shimanov,A 2599 -1 +1 -1 +1 +1 -½ +½ +½ -½             7.0/9
4 Demchenko,A 2610 +1 -1 +1 -1 +1 +½ -½ -½ +½       7.0/9
5 Jumabayev,R 2545 -1 +1 -½ +1 -½ +1 -½ +½ -1             7.0/9
6 Bartel,Mat 2635 -1 +½ -1 +1 -½ +½ +1 -½ +1             7.0/9
7 Akopian,Vl 2703 -1 +½ -½ +1 -1 +1 -½ +½ -1             7.0/9
8 Eljanov,P 2681 -½ +1 -½ +1 -½ +1 +1 -1 +½              7.0/9
9 Sasikiran,K 2680 +1 -½ +1 -1 +½ -0 +1 +1 -1             7.0/9
10 Grachev,B 2672 +1 -½ +1 -½ +1 -½ +1 +1 -½             7.0/9
11 Savchenko,B 2540 -1 +1 -½ +1 +0 -1 +½ -1 +1            7.0/9
54 Almasi,Z(HUN) 2707 +1 -0 +1 +1 -0 +1 -½ +1 -½       6.0/9
150 Portisch,L(HUN) 2495 -1 +½ -0 +½ -½ +1 -½ +1       5.0/8
(281 players)

12th Sautron Open 2012 Chessdom Sautron Iinternational Open
‘GM Mikhailo Oleksienko winner of the Sautron International Open Nov 6, 2012. The 12th Sautron International Chess Open was held from 27th October to 3rd November at the Phelippes Beaulieux Center in Sautron, France. 165 players competed in the 9-round Swiss event that was rated with FIDE and FFE. The prize fund was 7,000 EUR. GM Mikhailo Oleksienko from Ukraine took a clear first place with 7,5 points, leaving Grandmasters Alexander Zubarev and Aleksandr Karpatchev half a point behind. Maxime Lagarde shared the 4th place and earned his second GM norm.’

Final standings:
1. GM OLEKSIENKO Mikhailo 2539 UKR – 7,5

2-3. GM ZUBAREV Alexander 2583 UKR and GM KARPATCHEV Aleksandr 2458 RUS – 7,0

4-11. GM LE ROUX Jean-Pierre 2563 FRA, IM LAGARDE Maxime 2501 FRA, IM PANCEVSKI Filip 2482 MKD, IM KOZIAK Vitali 2503 UKR, IM RIFF Jean-Noel 2473 FRA, GM ULIBIN Mikhail 2529 RUS, GM RUSEV Krasimir 2549 BUL and IM BEDOUIN Xavier 2414 FRA – 6,5

12-26. GM GLEIZEROV Evgeny 2564 RUS, IM NGUYEN Chi-Minh 2392 FRA, FM IDER Borya 2394 FRA, IM COLIN Vincent 2407 FRA, WGM VIDENOVA Iva 2318 BUL, GM SERGEEV Vladimir 2475 UKR, IM MARHOLEV Dimitar 2326 BUL, LE GOFF Ronan 2108 FRA, VIDAL Llewellyn 2043 FRA, WIM MAKKA Ioulia 2119 GRE, WFM NAVROTESCU Andreea-Cristiana, RABHI Chamss-Eddine 1992 FRA, IM PIASETSKI Leon 2298 CAN, GALLANT Aurelien 2110 FRA and GAYON Benoit 1974 FRA – 6,0 etc

4NCL 2012-13
IM Panjwani,R(CAN 2402) drew 2 GMs.

                                             1           2
1 Smerdon,D                     1.0 – 0.0 1.0 – 0.0           2.0/2
2 Hebden,M                      1.0 – 0.0 1.0 – 0.0           2.0/2
3 Cobb,J                          1.0 – 0.0 1.0 – 0.0           2.0/2
4 Lalic,S                          1.0 – 0.0 1.0 – 0.0           2.0/2
5 Chevannes,S                1.0 – 0.0 1.0 – 0.0           2.0/2
6 Alfred,N                      1.0 – 0.0 1.0 – 0.0           2.0/2
7 Zhou,Y                          1.0 – 0.0 1.0 – 0.0           2.0/2
8 Franklin,S                     1.0 – 0.0 1.0 – 0.0           2.0/2
9 Townsend,M                1.0 – 0.0 1.0 – 0.0           2.0/2
10 Adair,J                          1.0 – 0.0 1.0 – 0.0           2.0/2
11 McNab,C                     1.0 – 0.0 1.0 – 0.0           2.0/2
85 Panjwani,R(CAN)         0.5 – 0.5 0.5 – 0.5           1.0/2

e2e4 Basingstoke Int Open 2012
Ghasi,A clear first with 6.5/9. Lyell,M(Lives in HUN) got 4.5/9.

1 Ghasi,A 2430 -1 +½ -1 +1 -½ +1 -½ +½ -½ 6.5/9
2 Arkell,K 2456 +1 -½ +1 -½ +½ +½ -½ -½ +½ 5.5/9
3 Ziska,H 2474 +1 -½ +1 -0 +1 -½ -½ +½ -½ 5.5/9
4 Hawkins,Jo 2511 +1 -½ +½ -½ +1 -½ +½ -½ +½ 5.5/9
5 Cobb,J 2423 +1 +½ -½ -1 +0 -½ +½ +½ -1 5.5/9
6 Hanley,C 2406 -½ +½ -1 +½ -1 +½ +½ -½ -½ 5.5/9
7 Eggleston,D 2337 -½ +1 -0 +1 -0 +1 +½ -½ +1 5.5/9
8 Player,E 2215 +0 -1 +½ -0 +½ -1 +½ -1 -1 5.5/9
15 Lyell,M(ENG) 2219 -0 +1 -1 +0 -0 +½ -0 +1 -1 4.5/9

e2e4 High Wycombe October Open 2012
Three players at 3.5/5 so far. Lyell,M(Lives in HUN) has 2/5.

1 Sowray,P 2362 +½ -1 +1 -1 +0 3.5/5
2 Rees,I 2254 -1 +½ -1 +1 3.5/4
3 Varnam,L 2118 -1 +½ -1 +1 3.5/4
23 Lyell,M(ENG) 2219 +0 -1 -0 +1 -0 2.0/5  

Here is a game by the veteran Portisch from the Chigorin Memorial.

Portisch,L (2495) – Minko,V (2293) [A60] Chigorin Memorial St Petersburg RUS (8.51), 03.11.2012

Critical Position 1
The middlegame is well under way. What is the plan for white? How do you play?

White to play