Benoni Defense Mikenas Variation

How to Play the Benoni Defense Mikenas Variation

  • 1. d4 Nf6: White opens with the queen’s pawn, aiming to control the center and free the light-squared bishop. Black responds by developing the knight to f6, attacking the d4 pawn and preparing to challenge in the center.
  • 2. c4 c5: White advances the c-pawn to support the center and create space for the development of the light-squared bishop. Black counters immediately with c5, challenging White’s d4 pawn.
  • 3. d5 e6: White pushes the d4 pawn to d5, gaining central space and limiting Black’s knight’s options. Black responds with e6, preparing to open lines for the dark-squared bishop and potentially break the center with exd5.
  • 4. Nc3 exd5: White develops the knight to c3, defending the pawn on d5 and further controlling the center. Black captures the pawn on d5, beginning to challenge White’s central pawn structure.
  • 5. cxd5 d6: White recaptures on d5 with the c-pawn, maintaining central control. Black plays d6, supporting the advancement of their backward pawn and opening lines for minor piece development.
  • 6. e4 g6: White advances another pawn to the center, strengthening their control and preparing the development of the f1 bishop. Black responds with g6, planning to fianchetto their dark-squared bishop and control central squares along the long diagonal.
  • 7. f4 Bg7: