Benoni Defense Old Benoni Mujannah Formation

How to Play the Benoni Defense Ancient Mujannah Formation

  • 1. d4 c5: White opens with the queen’s pawn advancing two squares, aiming to control the center and prepare the development of their minor pieces. Black responds with a symmetrical move, immediately challenging the center, a characteristic feature of the Benoni Defense, which seeks to counter-attack in the center from the outset.
  • 2. d5: White advances their queen’s pawn one more square, declining the pawn exchange and seeking additional space while limiting the mobility of black’s pieces. This move also paves the way for eventual development of minor pieces towards the kingside.
  • f5: Black opts for an aggressive approach, advancing the king’s pawn two squares. This move not only contributes to center control but also prepares the development of the dark-squared bishop and allows for potential kingside castling. It is a characteristic move of the Mujannah Formation, aiming to press on the white king’s flank and create counterplay.

Variations of the Benoni Defense Ancient Mujannah Formation

Variation 1: 3. c4

White can choose to play c4, strengthening their center and preparing the development of the light-squared bishop. This variation aims for solid control of the center and sets the stage for a positional game, where white will attempt to leverage their spatial advantage.

Variation 2: 3. Nc3

By developing the knight to c3, white increases their control over the center, especially on e4. This move also prepares expansion on the kingside and offers flexibility to respond to black’s moves.

Variation 3: 3. e4