The Modernized Benko In this modern era, Black players tend to prefer solid, computer- approved open- ings. I wanted therefore to present a completely new approach for Black. The Benko Gambit has been an unpopular choice since the computer isn’t too happy to lose a pawn unless absolutely necessary.
When he started playing the Benko 10 years ago, it was a very good choice for open tournaments and weaker opponents, since it leads to an active game for Black. In time, he started using it against strong players as well, and came to realise that the opening was entirely applicable at even top levels. There is a secret danger for White: so long as White is up a pawn, the computer claims an advantage, but in practice it is very difficult for humans to make use of this theoretical advantage.
The Benko Gambit is the ideal way to fight and seize the initiative for Black. Grandmaster Perunovic revisited all the modern lines and provided unbiased coverage of the more recent ideas, the most important being the delay of the recapture on a6. He found and tested in practical play, many new but still typical Benko manoeuvres. If you wanna surprise the 1.d4 player, this book and opening is the perfect tool!
Milos Perunovic is a renowned Benko Player. In his professional chess life he collaborated with the famous Russian coaches Nikitin and Averkin. He participated in 4 Chess Olympiads and 6 European Championships and was the Serbian national champion in 2005 and 2007.
We also remember amongst his greatest performances being the winner of the ‘Veselin Boskovic’ tournament 2006 and the Berlin Open 2014. He also took second place in the Chicago Open 2012 and shared first place in the Grenke Open 2016.