Chess Opening Theory/1. g3

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Benko Opening
a b c d e f g h
8 a8 b8 c8 d8 e8 f8 g8 h8 8
7 a7 b7 c7 d7 e7 f7 g7 h7 7
6 a6 b6 c6 d6 e6 f6 g6 h6 6
5 a5 b5 c5 d5 e5 f5 g5 h5 5
4 a4 b4 c4 d4 e4 f4 g4 h4 4
3 a3 b3 c3 d3 e3 f3 g3 h3 3
2 a2 b2 c2 d2 e2 f2 g2 h2 2
1 a1 b1 c1 d1 e1 f1 g1 h1 1
a b c d e f g h
Position in Forsyth-Edwards Notation(FEN)

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Moves: 1.g3
ECO code: A00

Benko Opening[edit]

1. g3[edit]

This move ready to fianchetto the Bishop to g2 has many long term prospects of applying pressure on the centre and Black's Queenside. The ease with which White can castle Kingside often aids White's position; the difficulty with this opening is that it doesn't immediately put pressure on Black's position and therefore Black can usually take a setup of choice.

Statistics[edit]

Approximate chances: White win 38%, Draw 36%, Black win 28%
Estimated next move popularity: d5 34%, Nf6 18%, g6 18%, e5 16%, c5 10%, f5 3%, e6 1% other moves less than 1%

Theory table[edit]

For explanation of theory tables see theory table and for notation see algebraic notation

1.g3
1 g3
d5
Bg2
Nf6
Nf3
c6
O-O
Bg4
=
2 ...
Nf6
Bg2
d5
See
above
3 ...
g6
Bg2
Bg7
e3
Nf6
Ne2
O-O
O-O
d5
d3
e5
4 ...
e5





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References[edit]

  • Batsford Chess Openings 2 (1989, 1994). Garry Kasparov, Raymond Keene. ISBN 0-8050-3409-9.