Anti-Benko Openings

There are many anti-Benko lines whereby White can avoid the main theoretical lines of the Benko Gambit. The main lines are a strong positional gambit where Black gets long-term pressure against White’s queenside pawns, and many White players find such play slow and distasteful. The various ways to avoid the main lines of the Benko include:

  • 2.Nf3 instead of 2.c4: White can simply delay the “2.c4” move, which forces Black into an alternative opening, such as the Queen’s Indian, Blumenfeld Gambit or various sidelines with “…b5”.
  • Benko Declined with b6: White returns the pawn with the plan of messing up the coordination of the Black queenside pieces.
  • Benko Half-Declined Lines