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
Parent: Starting position


1. g3 - Benko Opening[edit | edit source]

Also known as the King's Fianchetto Opening, with this move, White prepares to fianchetto the Bishop to g2. It 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. When playing this opening, White will often adopt the Barcza System, with a Bishop on g2 and a Knight on f3.

Statistics[edit | edit source]

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 | edit source]

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





5 ...
c5
Nf3
Nc6
Bg2
g6



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References[edit | edit source]

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