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2.Nf3 in Benoni
I play Modern Benoni but when someone plays 2.Nf3 I get confused. Can you tell GM Avetik sir how to meet 2.Nf3 in the spirit of Modern Benoni? 
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Kevin D

Kevin D 2 weeks ago

Start with 2...g6.
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Chessmood Odysseus

Chessmood Odysseus 2 weeks ago

Also 2...e6 is a good reply, depending on the rest of your repertoire of course...
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Michael Larsen

Michael Larsen 1 week ago

You can play Spielmann-Indian (1.d4 Nf6 2.Nf3 c5). Chessable has a complete course:

Huy's Original Repertoire: Spielmann-Indian by BanhGiaHuy.

The mainline is 1.d4 Nf6 2.Nf3 c5 3.d5 b5.

 


Another possibility is 2…g6. If white plays 3.c4 then you can go for Maroczy Bind or Delayed Benoni.

There is a Gabuzyan example here: https://www.chessbomb.com/arena/2021-avagyan-memorial/09-Paravyan_David-Gabuzyan_Hovhannes

There are some comments about that game here: https://www.chesspublishing.com/content/9/index.htm (King’s Indian Update September 2021)

 

I also play Modern Benoni and answer 2.Nf3 with c5.

1) In case that white plays 3.d5 then I play 3…e6 and in most cases the game will continue with 4.c4 d6 5.Nc3 exd5 6.cxd5

2) If white plays the popular 3.c3 then I play 3…cxd4. After 4.cxd4 I continue with g6, Bg7, 0-0,

a6, b5, d6 and Nbd7. I have great success with this setup.

 3) If white plays 3.e3 then I continue with g6, Bg7 and 0-0. If white then plays plays c4 (e3, d4, c4 setup) then a good version of reversed Tarrasch (black plays cxd4 after castling and d5 if white plays exd4) is possible (more about that in Chessmood’s English course, section 6).

A good delayed Benoni (white plays d4-d5 but wastes a tempo if he plays e3-e4) is also possible.

If white continues with with c3 after 3.e3 then I play double fianchetto.

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Kevin D

Kevin D 1 week ago

@Michael_Larsen

[Quote: 1) In case that white plays 3.d5 then I play 3…e6 and in most cases the game will continue with 4.c4 d6 5.Nc3 exd5 6.cxd5]

What happens after 1.d4 Nf6 2.Nf3 c5 3.d5 e6 4.Nc3.

Michael Larsen

Michael Larsen 1 week ago

Alexey Kovalchuk has three pages of analysis on 1.d4 Nf6 2.Nf3 c5 3.d5 e6 4.Nc3 in “The Modernized

Modern Benoni”. He concludes that black can equalize.

The mainline is 4…exd5 5.Nxd5 Nxd5 6.Qxd5 Nc6 7.e4 (7.Bg5 Qb6 - 7.Ng5 Qe7 - 7.c3 d6 – 7.Bf4 d6) 7…d6 8.Ng5 Qe7 9.Bc4 f6 10.Qf7 Kd7 11.Qxe7 Bxe7 12.Ne6 Nb4 13.0-0 b5 14.Bd5 Nxd5 15.exd5 g6 =

Banh Gia Huy

Banh Gia Huy 1 week ago

Oh Michael, thanks for mentioning my course! I can't imagine my course being mentioned here on ChessMood. If you have any questions about it, feel free to ask me here!