From winning to loosing: GM Gleizerov – GM Navara, Benoni defense: Rapid chess

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Blitz chess (also known as speed or fast chess) is a type of chess in which each player is given less time to consider their moves than normal tournament time controls allow. Openings, tactics and strategy are same.

The Benoni Defense is a very aggressive line that black can play to counter the very common open by white d4. While many defenses against the queen pawn opening are closed and drawish, the Benoni Defense gives black many opportunities to not only equalize the position, but also to gain an advantage and play for the win.

In the Modern Benoni Defense, the main focus of the game is white’s center control of the light squares with it’s key pawn on d5 and black’s control of the center from the dark squares. Black will usually fianchetto his bishop on the kingside to g7 to add extra support to the dark squares.

For a white player you want to keep constant pressure on the d5 square and use it later on to set up outposts for your minor pieces and to apply pressure on black. For black players you want to keep white from applying pressure and keep them from getting any outposts on the e6 and c6 squares. The Benoni Defense usually opens up after the opening which means that bishops are more powerful than knights so be cautious about trading off your bishop.

Black should get lots of counter play and should have a very good game after things open up in the middle.

Gleizerov, Evgeny (Russia) – Navara, David (Czechia)
Tal Memorial Rapid 2019 round 03
1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. g3 c5 4. d5 exd5 5. cxd5 d6 6. Nc3 g6 7. Nf3 Bg7 8. Bg2 O-O 9. O-O Re8 10. Bf4 h6 11. Qc1 g5 12. Bd2 Bf5 13. h4 g4 14. Ne1 Kh7 15. Nc2 Nbd7 16. Ne3 Bg6 17. h5 Nxh5 18. Nxg4 f5 19. Nxh6 f4 20. g4 Bxh6 21. gxh5 Bf5 22. Bxf4 Rg8 23. Bxh6 Bh3 24. Ne4 Rxg2+ 25. Kh1 Qh4 26. Ng5+ Kg8 27. Nf3 Qxh5 28. Bf4 Rg4 29. Bh2 Bg2+ 0-1
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Tournament organized with support of Coca-Cola company, Rietumu Bank, Tolmets, Latvijas Balzams.


  1. David…david, kebiasaan klo menang ksh komentar, tp klo keok, dokem aja

  2. Ganz großartig wie GM Navara bei Begrüßung und Spielende sich aus guten Charakter erhebt.
    Immer wieder schön mitanzusehen!

  3. Disini ada orang indonesia gak sih? Bisa artiin gak navara ngomong apa ke gliserov waktu gliserov nyerah

  4. давид еще и по русски понимает!-молодец

  5. You knew he knew he was in trouble when he stopped rocking.

  6. 27.Qe3! (instead 27.Nf3?) and white is winning. 23….Bh3? seems good, but is'nt the best move. Better 23….R:g2+! 24.K:g2 Qh4 with probabily draw after 25.Bf4 Rg8+ 26.Bg3 Qh3+ 27.Kg1 R:g3+ etc.

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