4. Benko Gambit

Why Benko ? ChessMood Family, Welcome to the video course Crushing Benko Gambit

About This Course

Against 1.d4 there are plenty of good openings. Why our choice is the Benko Gambit?

When we were discussing with our GM team against 1.d4 what is the opening that is easiest to learn, easiest to play, most unpleasant for white- our choice was definite - the Benko Gambit!

First of all, it's very easy to play with black pieces. Especially in blitz games, it's so unpleasant to play against this opening with white pieces, that you can notice, many GMs avoid accepting the pawn sacrifice.

Despite the mentioned factors, there are more reasons, why we advise our students to learn and practice the Benko Gambit during their chess career.

You will have a better understanding of the importance of:

  • active pieces
  • open and half-open lines
  • the strength of g7 bishop that occurs from many openings

Below you can see some of the diagrams of this video course. 


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Another great point is that you will lose the fear of sacrificing a pawn, which is an essential skill, to grow your chess level. Benko Gambit is in the playing repertoire of many super-Grandmasters like  Carlsen, Caruana, Topalov, Ivanchuk and many others.

Now you can add Benko Gambit to your repertoire too.

Let's begin the journey!

About Coach

GM Avetik Grigoryan
Name GM Avetik Grigoryan
Title GrandMaster
Rating 2568

In 2010 Avetik won Armenian National Championship and joined their national team.

After 2 years he stopped playing chess professionally and started coaching career.
Now he is the coach and the second of more than 10 GMs, co-author of video courses "Right Mood Openings", and the author of the book "Right Mood - Right Move"  which will be published soon. 

In 2018 he founded ChessMood.  

What do you think about this course?


jirapak pitirotjirathon
2 years ago
ARNAV maheshwari
2 years ago
Martin Wittke
2 years ago
Marc Sicina
2 years ago
Well explained. What about other reason that white via other moves gets in be Bb2 a4!?
Franck steenbekkers
2 years ago
Why not 12 A4 which is recommend by avrukh
IM David Shahinyan
2 years ago
David Hakhinyan
1 year ago
Aayush Shirodkar
1 year ago
Gor Avetisyan
1 year ago
Wolfgang Weiler
1 year ago
The best course about the Benko-Gambit I ever used with many novelties. The author, GM Grigoryan, is very competent in didactics and methodics. That means the whole course is outstanding concerning the contents and the way he presents the Benko. Every user will profit from this course - not only by learning and understanding the Benko but also improving his general abilities in chess.
WIM_Susanna Gaboyan
1 year ago
Devansh Shah
1 year ago
Simple yet very effective Easy to remember Gives practical problems to opponents Super!
1 year ago
Sharan Sridhar
1 year ago
WIM_Siranush Ghukasyan
1 year ago
Artyom Manukyan
1 year ago
Mateo Jackson
1 year ago
Pratham Lohakare
1 year ago
Captain Hook
10 months ago