Benko Gambit Half-Declined

The idea of the “half-declined” lines in the Benko are that White takes the first pawn, then declines the second one. It’s not actually a “declined” gambit if White tries to still hang onto the pawn, rather than exchanging on a6.

Diagram: Benko Gambit Half-Declined with e3

Diagram: Benko Gambit Half-Declined with Nc3

Diagram: Benko Gambit Declined with b6

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