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Blumenfeld Gambit [E10

Written by GM Glenn Flear & GM Jon Tisdall
Last updated Tuesday, February 18, 2014



he Blumenfeld loses a pawn. I mean, of course, sacrifices a pawn, in true gambit
style. The payback is a powerful pawn presence in the centre and lasting activity.
But it definitely loses a pawn. As is often the case with counter−gambits, White

often prefers to decline the offer for a quieter life. But if you are going to play this opening
you should share the outlook of GM Michael Rohde, who once told me that he had not
sacrificed anything in a game where he had offered four pawns. "Oh, you mean the little
guys," he said when pressed. If you have a streak of this attitude, the Blumenfeld may be for
Does that mean that the gambit is unsound? Maybe − in a perfect world − but in an

over−the−board fight, almost certainly not. I have to confess to a real affection for the
Blumenfeld. As long as it remains largely unexplored, I think it has a lot to offer the bold
Black player. I actually prepared it as a main defence in a zonal tournament, and learned
something interesting about the aspect of surprise.

com. Here. then you should give it a rest. the opening has never quite caught on. The Blumenfeld is a state of mind. If you keep getting distracted by the point count. 2 . In this early Blumenfeld heyday. the opening was popular enough that one player could establish a reputation as a gambit− killer — Ernst Grünfeld. History The Blumenfeld Gambit enjoyed quite a bit of popularity at high levels in the roaring '20s.When I played it for the second time in the event. too. The Blumenfeld was only for surprise value he said. perhaps on the strength of the heavyweight bout Tarrasch−Alekhine. it is a dangerous weapon. my opponent confessed afterwards that it was a bigger shock than when he had seen it the first time. Close study of this game alone will give the student a deep understanding of what Black aims for in the Blumenfeld. though it has always been a dangerous surprise weapon. which is a textbook classic on the possibilities for Black in this opening. Alekhine himself tended to decline the Gambit as White.chesspublishing. and also a preference for turning down the offer. you will find an intriguing selection of strong players who find the Blumenfeld a worthy choice on the right occasion. and playing it consistently was − simply amazing. If you are in the right mood. All the game references highlighted in blue have been annotated and can be downloaded in PGN form using the PGN Games Archive on www. Since then. who showed keen positional understanding.

All rights reserved Chess Publishing Ltd 3 . then click on the appropriate bookmark to go straight to that section.fxe6 6 cxb5 Blumenfeld Gambit Accepted [E10] Press F5 to toggle the Navigation Pane. Ctrl + 2 resizes the page..Contents 1 d4 ¤f6 2 c4 e6 3 ¤f3 c5 4 d5 b5 XIIIIIIIIY 9rsnlwqkvl-tr0 9zp-+p+pzpp0 9-+-+psn-+0 9+pzpP+-+-0 9-+P+-+-+0 9+-+-+N+-0 9PzP-+PzPPzP0 9tRNvLQmKL+R0 xiiiiiiiiy 5 dxe6 5 ¥g5 Blumenfeld Gambit Declined [E10] 5..

.d6 is the latest fashion when 7 e4 is sharp: b1) instead after 7 e3 a6 8 a4 b4 9 ¤bd2 ¥e7 10 ¤c4 (10 £b3 0-0 11 h3 ¤h5 12 ¥xe7 £xe7 13 ¥c4 a5 14 0-0 White has a bind on c4... Kozul.M/Kragujevac YUG 2000) 8.¥b7!? (10. 5. 1 d4 ¤f6 2 ¤f3 c5 3 d5 e6 4 c4 b5 5 ¥g5 XIIIIIIIIY 9rsnlwqkvl-tr0 9zp-+p+pzpp0 9-+-+psn-+0 9+pzpP+-vL-0 9-+P+-+-+0 9+-+-+N+-0 9PzP-+PzPPzP0 9tRN+QmKL+R0 xiiiiiiiiy 5... Vanderstricht. Maksimovic..0-0 4 ..£a5+ In the 1990s this became Black's most trusted answer to 5.d6 (8. However by pressing against d5 and c4 Black can makes White's task of central expansion difficult to achieve under favourable circumstances. 11 ¤bd2 ¤d7 12 ¥d3 g6 13 0-0 ¥g7 14 ¤c4 0-0 15 ¦fe1?! (15 a5!? hindering Black's development... Possession of c4 and a pair of knights to graze there guarantee black some long−term discomfort.¥e7 9 e4 £b6 10 a4 bxa4 Zoler..G−Ikonnikov.) 15.a5! with counterplay.exd5 6 cxd5 £a5+ a) 6.. and there is not much difference at all here.h6 7 ¥xf6 £xf6 8 £c2 (8 ¤c3 b4 9 ¤b5 A remarkable novelty that appears to be accidental.D−Pardo Simon.. has a better record...Z−Volokitin..B−Cajic.. However Black still has great opportunities for dynamic play − White cannot guarantee himself a quiet life simply by declining the pawn.¥g5. b) 6..Blumenfeld Gambit Declined [E10] Last updated: 18/02/14 by Glenn Flear Here we look at the Blumenfeld Counter Gambit Declined..A/Celje SLO 2004) 10.V/Belgium BEL 2001.) 9 e4 a6 10 a4 b4 This would an extremely grave concession in a Benoni.D/Benasque ESP 2012.

H−Csiszar.¥e7 8 e3 A cautious move. although White seems to keep a nagging pull once his knight is installed on c4) 10.b4 8 e4 ¥a6!?N 9 £c2 ¥xf1 10 ¦xf1 with an unclear position occurred in Bunzmann.0-0 9 d6 ¥d8 10 ¥xf6 ¥xf6 11 ¤d5 £xd2+ 12 ¤xd2 Mira..¤xd2 9 ¤xd2 d6 10 e4 a6 when White hits at the b−pawn to obtain access to the c4−square.. However the plan of f4−e5.¥e7 9 ¥xf6!? (9 ¤bd2 ¤xd5!...C Zalakaros 2002. Particularly noteworthy is 8 £d2 which led to a White advantage after 8...) 13 £b2 Farago.E/Melbourne AUS Masters 1998) 8.... b2) 7 a4!? b4 8 e4 ¥e7 9 ¥b5+ ¥d7 10 ¥xf6 (10 £d3 0-0 11 ¤bd2 Neverov.b4 gives away the c4− square e.V−Gajewski. if timed right.R− Gonzalez. 6 ¥xf6 £xf6 7 ¤c3 b4 8 ¤b5 ¢d8 5 . 8. 7 ¤c3 After the exchange of pawns on d5.I−Csiszar.C Scuol 2001) 8.¤e4 (7.. from possible Benonis to some hybrid positions.V/Balaguer ESP 2006....D−Zhang Pengxiang/Yerevan ARM 2000) 8 e4 d6 A sensible new move which introduces a wide range of continuations.£xc3 is better for White after 12 ¦c1 £a3 13 ¥xb5) 12 £b3 c4!? (After 12.....M/Merida MEX 2013. 11 a4 b4 12 ¤c4 £d8 13 ¤b1 a5 14 ¤bd2 ¥e7 15 g3 0-0 16 £c2 ¥f6 17 ¥g2 ¦e8 18 0-0 ¥a6 Leitao..R−Mateo.S/Porto Carras GRE 2011.. Davidovic. although nowadays 5..E/Dubai UAE 2009) 10..A− Levi.a6 White can keep an edge with 13 ¥e2 d6 14 a4 followed with 0-0..¥xf6 11 £b3 0-0 12 ¤bd2 Krasenkow. Black can't hold his pawns together so he tries something more active. (7 ¥d2 £b6 (7.¥e7 with ideas of .a5 ) 11 ¥xf6 ¥xf6 12 a5 0-0 Delchev...h6 The sharpest response.. Ivanchuk. but Black's baying bishops will snap away if White makes a wrong step. (8 d6 ¥d8 9 £d3 led to unclear complications after 9..P/Nancy FRA 2009.. and Black seems to have full equality as in Dautov.E Istanbul 2004.A−Mamedyarov.V−Baklan.G/Polanica Zdroj POL 2007.11 ¥d3 a5 Laznicka. Kiril Georgiev prefers 10... should yield the advantage.B Copa Itau Mercosul 1997.V−Nisipeanu...¥xf6 10 £c2 (10 axb5 ¥xb2 11 ¦a2 ¥f6 was unclear in Jobava.A Bundesliga 2004...) 8 ¥d2 (8 £d3 A double edged move. 9 ¤b1 d6 10 ¤bd2) 9 ¥xf6 ¥xf6 10 ¤d2!? (Black has a good game after 10 £d2 a6 11 d6 ¥b7) 10. 9 ¥f4 ¥g4 10 ¤bd2 ¤bd7 11 h3 ¥h5 the bishop heads for g6. 8 ¤bd2 ¥e7 9 ¥f4 0-0 10 a4 bxa4!? Black hopes to activate his queenside. bearing down on e4.a6 8 a4 critical (8 ¥d3 is too slow..¥xc3 11 bxc3 0-0 (11. 5.R−Volokitin.Ba−Ghaem Maghami. The strong bind on the c4−square guarantees White some pressure..c4 10 £e3+ ¢f8 11 £c5 ¥a6 12 ¤d4 h6 13 ¥xf6 ¥xf6 14 0-00 ¥xd4 15 ¦xd4 ¤c6 16 ¦f4 ¦e8 in Suto.M− Tregubov...£a5+ is considered the main line. 7.C/Balatonlelle 2004 (Sept 2004) White prepares a2−a4 and thus keeps an edge.V−Ghaem Maghami. Rodrigues.¤xd5. Csiszar has also faced 8 £d2 and 8 d6.L/Khanty−Mansiysk RUS 2007) 8. Bhat.£a5+! Borges Mateos...G−Csiszar. White no longer has the option of interposing his queen....J−Leon Hoyos.h6 (8.R/Lisbon POR 2000) 7.) 9.g.

b4!? 6 a3 (6 e4 d6 (6.) 7 ¥d3 (7 a3 ¥e7 Neelotpal..e5 with .. but Ian Rogers suggested 11 £a4 ) ) 10. Kinsman..) 10 e5 (10 ¥d3?! ¥b7 11 e5!? Very ambitious..¤a6.exd5!? is a very plan that is well worth a closer look.R−Rodriguez.. 29) Maiko. 6 e4 h6 7 ¥xf6 £xf6 XIIIIIIIIY 9rsnl+kvl-tr0 9zp-+p+pzp-0 9-+-+pwq-zp0 9+-zpP+-+-0 9-+p+P+-+0 9+-+-+N+-0 9PzP-+-zPPzP0 9tRN+QmKL+R0 xiiiiiiiiy 8 £c2 (8 e5 led to a spectacular win for White in Legky.£g7 and .bxc4 has a poor reputation as ceding the c4 square is usually the first step in white establishing a vice on the centre. (1-0... leaving White's knight safe as houses on b5 and making Black very vulnerable to a timely a3 (with the idea axb4 and ¦xa6)... this might be a bit premature as there has not been a lot of testing.) 8..I/Haguenau FRA 2013..F/Paris 1994.E/Kallithea GRE 2009.A/Santos BRA 2005.. Azmaiparashvili..¥b7 12 £a4 a5 13 0-0-0! and Black is in trouble.L−Rogers.M−Salgado Lopez. 10 e5 £b6 11 £xd5 ¥b7 12 £xf7 a6 led to very comfortable play for Black in De Saegher.S/Dieren NED 2002.D− 6 . 5. and is probably a sterner test.C/Plymouth ch 1989) 11. (9.. 5.J− Dumchikov.h6 7 ¥xf6 £xf6 8 e5 £d8 Llanes Hurtado.. Portisch.C−Van Eijk.I/Reggio Emilia 1984 (11 0-0!? is Leitao.Z−Miroshnichenko... to answer 10. However..A−Ward.£g7 11 h3! (11 g4 and Black's position may not be as awful as it looks. 9 e4 g5 The second part of Knaak's idea.N−Peltrault..exd5 9 exd5 d6 10 ¥xc4 ¥f5 11 £e2+ ¥e7 12 0-0 0-0 13 ¤c3 ¤d7 and Black had a sound and dynamic position..XIIIIIIIIY 9rsnlmk-vl-tr0 9zp-+p+pzp-0 9-+-+pwq-zp0 9+NzpP+-+-0 9-zpP+-+-+0 9+-+-+N+-0 9PzP-+PzPPzP0 9tR-+QmKL+R0 xiiiiiiiiy The blame for this amazing opening idea should be directed at German GM Rainer Knaak.V/Kharkov UKR 2002. Previously Black had tried 8.g4.

.gxf6 8 e4 ¦g8 (8.dxe6 14 ¥c4 fxe4 15 ¤xe4) 14 ¤xe4 £b6 15 ¤c3 £xe6 16 ¦d1 b) 7. but Black was already fine in Van Wely.) 8 e5!? was unclear in Rychagov.b4 (8..M Pardubice 2003 c) 7.I/Wijk aan Zee 1994.C Hungary 1997 White went wrong with 13 d6...L/Medias ROU 2010) 7 ¥h4 a5 8 axb4 cxb4 9 ¤d4 ¥e7 10 ¤b5 d6 11 c5! 0-0! with sharp play. 8. 6 £d2 6 ¤c3 ¤e4 (6..bxc4 9 e4 ¥e7 10 ¥xc4 0-0 11 0-0 ¥a6 12 ¤b5! and Black had problems on the Queenside in Lobo.¥e7 7 b4 was a bizarre randomising try in Malinin.g.....M−Swicarz..) 7 ¥d2 (After 7 cxb5! Black has only one way to equalize e.R−Nisipeanu. Fressinet...D−Depasquale.... 8 ¤xf6+ gxf6 9 ¥h4 ¥e7 10 g3 Sargissian.¤bd7!? 8 dxe6 fxe6 9 e5!? Goryachkina.G−Gurevich.¥e7 11 ¤gf3 ¥f6 12 £b3 0-0 13 e4! ¦e8 14 e5! Kaidanov.P/ Las Palmas ESP 1999.L− Sokolov.) 8..) 9 ¥xc3 £xb5 10 e4 £b6 11 ¥c4 with an excellent game for White.Kryvoruchko.G−Robson.B/Harkany HUN 2000) 7..Y−Iljinsky.0-0 11 d6?! Over ambitious. but he can aim to minimize any discomfort.a6! a) 7.) 7.¤xc3 8 bxc3 £xc3+ 9 ¥d2 £c4 10 dxe6 £xe6 11 g3 Flear.S/St...¤xd2 9 ¤xd2 axb5 10 e4 c4 11 a4 ¥b4 12 ¤xb5 exd5 13 exd5 0-0 14 ¥e2 ¥b7 offered balanced chances in Johansen......) 9 g3 7 .D−Molnar.A Manresa 1997) 9 dxe6 fxe6 10 ¤d6+ ¥xd6 11 £xd6 ¤c6 is given by Ionescu as unclear.¤xd2 9 ¤xd2 ¥xd5 10 ¤xd5 exd5 11 e3 with problems for Black with both his development and light−squares..V−Sciortino. 6 ¤bd2 bxc4 (6.V−Nisipeanu.B/Khanty−Mansiysk RUS 2013.a6 6 ¤c3 b4 7 ¤e4 ¥e7 (Here 7. Ivanchuk..¤xg5?! 8 ¤xg5 ¥e7 9 £d2 ¥b7 10 e4 0-0 11 ¥e2 h6 12 ¤f3 f5 and now in Nagy.. White could also try this plan in the main line.C Melbourne 1991.Y/Novgorod 1999) 7 ¥xf6 (7 e4 ¤xe4 8 ¥xc4 h6 9 ¥f4 ¥d6 and it was not clear if White had enough for his pawn in Belotelov.A−Savchenko.f5?! 9 ¤f6+ ¢e7 10 £d2 d6 leaves Black's king in an ugly spot but it's not clear if White can exploit it.A−David..Affrique 2011.C−Kogan.b4 7 ¥xf6 gxf6 8 ¤e4 ¥e7! (8.d6 has over the years been the choice of Alburt and Dzindishashvili.A−Csiszar..M/Lido Estensi ITA 2002 (35) is an extremely interesting and patient way to play for white which poses black interesting problems.Y/Rethymno GRE 2012. Roiz.fxe4 (or 13.R/Saint Louis USA 2010) 8..R−Rensch.......G− Ravot.. 8 ¥d2 (8 £a4!? is interesting hoping to exploit the b6−square: 8....D/Las Vegas USA 2008.) 7.a5!? 7 e4 h6 8 ¥xf6 £xf6 9 e5 Ponomariov..D/San Francisco USA 2000) 9 ¤e4 ¥e7 10 e3 (10 ¤g3) 10..£xa4 9 ¤xa4 ¥b7 10 ¤b6 ¤xg5 11 ¤xg5 ¦a7 12 e4 ¥e7 13 ¤f3 axb5 14 ¥xb5 ¥d8 Black's position is playable. Instead 13 dxe6! is analysed by Roiz as leading to a White advantage after 13.D−Lezcano Jaen.¥b7?! 8 ¥d2! ¤xc3?! (or 8.. 5..L−Gurevich.) 10.D/Las Vegas USA 2009) 8 ¥xf6 ¥xf6 9 £c2 0-0 10 e3 exd5 11 cxd5 d6 12 ¥d3 g6 13 ¤fd2 a5 Black can't do a great deal about White's control of the c4−square.A/Kavala GRE 2010) 6..¥a6 trying to maintain the option of castling kingside was met by 9 ¥e2!? Bukal...¤xd2 8 £xd2 (8 ¤xd2 b4 9 ¤ce4 f5!? 10 ¤g5! (10 ¤g3 with an interesting and difficult position in Barlov.b3+? 9 ¤c3 bxa2 10 ¦xa2 £b4 11 e4 ¦g8 12 g3 proved better for White in Ionescu.L/Khanty−Mansiysk RUS 2007... 7.h6 (6.¥e7 (7....

and seems to be quite playable.. The idea is surprisingly untested.J Hungary 1975 8 .P− Tompa...XIIIIIIIIY 9rsnl+kvlr+0 9zp-+p+p+p0 9-+-+pzp-+0 9wq-zpP+-+-0 9-+p+P+-+0 9+-+-+NzP-0 9PzP-sN-zP-zP0 9tR-+QmKL+R0 xiiiiiiiiy 9.. 8.. After 9. Maly. This is really very consistent with the kind of flank sabotage that features in lines with .J Graz 1981. This loss of time can be justified in that after the capture on f6 Black is able to solidify his central dark−squares.¤c7 10 0-0-0 d6 11 dxe6 fxe6 the thematic advance 12 e5 breaks up the Black pawns.f5!? 10 dxe6 fxe6 11 exf5 ¥b7 12 ¥g2 ¤c6 13 0-0 0-0-0 14 ¤xc4 £c7 15 fxe6 d5÷ Fedorowicz.dxe5 13 ¤xe5 ¥d6 14 ¤df3 with an edge to White in Lukacs. and sideways − seems to be black's motto. 6..Qa5+.) 10 £c2 ¥h6 Bishops before knights..A−Sharapov.E/UKR 2000.J−Speelman..£xd2+ 7 ¤bxd2 ¤a6 8 e4 8 ¦c1!? bxc4 9 e4 ¥b7 10 dxe6 fxe6 11 e5 after this move White threatens to claim a 'positional' edge due to his superior pawn structure.... although in the game Black is able to keep his position active Vorobiov..bxc4 9 ¥xc4 h6 XIIIIIIIIY 9r+l+kvl-tr0 9zp-+p+pzp-0 9n+-+psn-zp0 9+-zpP+-vL-0 9-+L+P+-+0 9+-+-+N+-0 9PzP-sN-zPPzP0 9tR-+-mK-+R0 xiiiiiiiiy Putting the question in order to know where he stands..E−Malakhatko..¥a6!?N (9.V/Zvenigorod RUS 2008. 12.

D/Las Vegas 2003 (Oct 2004) Chances are balanced.. 10..f5.gxf6 11 0-0-0 ¦b8 12 ¦he1 ¥g7 13 ¥b3 Making way for the knight to come to c4 and at the same time covering the b2−square from any latent ideas of ..10 ¥xf6 10 ¥h4 comes into consideration.E−Gurevich. 9 ..¤c7 14 ¤c4 0-0 Najer. just keeping the tension. Then 10.exd5 11 exd5 ¥e7 12 0-0 d6 13 ¦fe1 ¢d8 14 ¦e2 ¤c7 looks pretty solid as the slightly misplaced Black king isn't in too much danger..... White's harmoniously centralized pieces are compensated by bishops and dark−squared potential. 13.

dxe6 fxe6 6.d5 b5 5.¥b7 is perhaps more flexible.c4 e6 3.. thus transpositions are common. and probably the better chances.V/Dubai UAE 2002. 2.¤f3 c5 4.. 7 g3 10 . You should be aware that both sides frequently play similar sequences of moves in different orders. However White retains flexible piece play..d4 ¤f6 2...e6 3 c4 c5 4 d5 b5 5 dxe6 fxe6 6 cxb5 d5 XIIIIIIIIY 9rsnlwqkvl-tr0 9zp-+-+-zpp0 9-+-+psn-+0 9+Pzpp+-+-0 9-+-+-+-+0 9+-+-+N+-0 9PzP-+PzPPzP0 9tRNvLQmKL+R0 xiiiiiiiiy Taking the centre. 1 d4 ¤f6 2 ¤f3 2 c4 c5 3 d5 b5 4 ¤f3 ¥b7 5 b3 e6 6 dxe6 fxe6 7 cxb5 A position far more likely to be reached by the move order 1..¥e7 (7.¥h4!?) 10 £c2 0-0 11 ¤bd2 a6© Karpov.Blumenfeld Gambit Accepted [E10] Last updated: 22/06/10 by Glenn Flear The Blumenfeld Gambit Accepted gives Black a flexible and potentially dangerous pawn mass as well as open lines.. although the immediate 6.£a5+!?) 8 e3 ¤e4!? 9 ¥b2 ¥f6 (9. 7.A−Topalov..cxb5 ¥b7 7..b3 − though even that is distinctly odd. in return for a pawn..

.M− Stead.M/BEL 2000..P/FSIMA 2000. d) 7 a4!? The comments to position after 6.S−Karayannis.¥e7 8 ¥h3 £a5+ 9 ¤c3 0-0 10 ¥d2 £b6 11 a4 ¢h8 12 a5 £d8 13 a6 was the interesting continuation of Sadkowski.¤c6 9 ¥g2 ¥e7 10 0-0 d5 11 ¤c3 0-0 unclear..£e8 with a double−edged position in Behrhorst.F−Gausel..P− Sokolov.H/Saint Louis USA 2010. but does not need to be prefaced with .0-0 10 ¥b2 ¤bd7 11 ¤bd2 £e7 with a typically balanced Blumenfeld position in Yu Mingyuan−Froelich... Shulman. Logothetis.. 11 .D−De Waal..a6 There is little justification for playing this move so early.Y−Nakamura.A−Rodriguez..d5 7.¤c6 8 e3 ¥e7 9 ¤c3 0-0 10 ¥b5 Burmakin..) 8...K/Australian Open 2000.R/Wijk aan Zee NED 2010.£b6 (7.¥xa6 (7.. a) 7 ¤bd2 ¥e7 Black continues in the spirit of these lines.E/Gausdal 1998 c) 7 e3 d5 8 ¥e2 ¥d6 9 b3 The best way to play a system with e3..A/Santos BRA 2001 b) 7 ¥g5 ¥e7 8 ¤c3 0-0 9 e3 d5 10 ¥e2 ¤bd7 11 0-0 ¢h8 (11.d5 9 g3 £b6 10 a4 ¤bd7 11 ¥h3 a6 12 a5 £d6 13 b6 e5 14 e4!? was unclear in Hoffman. 7.I− Gausel. 7 g3 The plan that made Sokolov give up the Blumenfeld as black.a6 − though this is nearly a reflex reaction to the a4 advance... which is to avoid unnecessary contact in the centre too early.F/Cannes FRA 2000.a4 above apply here as well − the g3 system is interesting..... Otmani. which might allow White to play e4 at an opportune moment..) 7.. Ivanov.£e8 12 ¥h4 ¥d6 and Black had at least enough compensation for the gambit pawn in Glavas − Pap..E/Troll Masters 1993) 12.) 8..XIIIIIIIIY 9rsn-wqkvl-tr0 9zpl+p+-zpp0 9-+-+psn-+0 9+Pzp-+-+-0 9-+-+-+-+0 9+-+-+NzP-0 9PzP-+PzP-zP0 9tRNvLQmKL+R0 xiiiiiiiiy is again probably the crucial test for the Blumenfeld. 7 bxa6 (7 ¥g5 £a5+!? Peng Zhaoqin−Robson.I/Wijk aan Zee 1994 6. Yug 2001) 12 a4 (12 ¥h4 £e8 13 ¥g3 ¤h5 and Black had his share of the play.K− Liardet.) 8 a4 a6 9 ¤a3 axb5 10 axb5 d5 11 ¥h3!? ¤e4 12 0-0 ¤d7 13 ¤d2 turned out well for White in Nikolic.a6 8 ¤a3 ¥e7 9 g3 ¤e4!? 10 ¥g2 axb5 with interesting complications.A/Metz FRA 2010) 8 g3 (8 ¤bd2 d5 Davidovic..V−Zubarev.A/Halkidiki GRE 2002 (29) 7. 8 £c2 (8 e3 0-0 9 ¥e2 d5 10 0-0 ¤bd7 11 £c2 £e8! The sneaking of the queen out to h5 is often one of Black's best ways of attacking. 9..

. Flear.R/5th Hit Open 2000.) 8.. ) 9 ¥e2 ¥b7 Black continues to develop.H/Istanbul TUR2000 7 ¥g5 £a5+ 8 ¤bd2 ¤e4 9 e3 c4!? Black has big ambitions.D−Rayner.. 9.¥d6 ) 8 e3 c4!? 9 bxa6 £b6 10 ¤bd2 ¤c6 11 £c2 ¥xa6 12 a3 ¥e7 a typical late−opening from the Blumenfeld has arisen.a6 break is often the Blumenfeld's way of seeking compensation when more traditional methods may be lacking.F− Zelcic.¥b7 8 e4 dxe4 9 £xd8+ ¢xd8 10 ¤e5! is not what Black is after in the Blumenfeld...Z−Berczes.a6!? 12 ... Maybe he'll press d2. Sandler. Tarrasch.) 10 e5 ¥xf3 11 £xf3 ¥xe5 12 ¤e4 (12 £xa8? dxc3∓) 12.. Ehlvest.F/Caleta ENG 2010. 7.a6!? This seems a reasonable reaction to a4 − as the .a6 break is the "eject button" in the Benko.... Black is also well advised to control e4 to hinder White playing e3−e4.d4 (9.A Belgorod 1989. Nguyen Anh Dung−Kallio..0-0 9 ¥b2 ¤bd7 10 ¥d3 ¥b7 11 ¤bd2 £e7 12 £e2 and White was ready to deal with Black's activity in Piankov..e5 later.Alternatives: 7 ¤c3! ¤bd7 (7. 8.. Barus.....¤bd7 14 0-0 0-0 15 ¦e1 c4 16 ¤xf6+ ¤xf6 17 £xd5 exd5 18 ¦xe5 cxd3„ with roughly balanced chances. the .. and the bishop does an important job from b7. 7 ¥f4!? a6 (more common is 7.L−Shahtahtinsky. White protects the b5 pawn. he should settle for modest development with (8..G/Tbilisi GEO 2007. I think it would be more correct to wait until white had committed to playing g3 though.. 7. and makes it harder for the black pawn centre to advance. but he has missed White's venomous reply.V−Vallejo Pons. and has a very straightforward plan: Strengthen his position further with .Rad8 and then rumble forward with the centre pawns.. maybe take on g5 and get the bishop pair. in practise at least.A/Bad Pistyan 1922 7 a4 Not strictly speaking necessary as a preface to playing g3.£d5!? 13 ¥d3? (13 ¤xc5!? is the critical test.... it is very important to have control of d5 and e4..F/Port Erin IOM 2000.H/FSGM June Budapest HUN 2000..C− Sebag. Lipinsky. The bishop on c1 will be posted on the long diagonal.C−Kallio.. White's extra pawn.P/Linares ESP 2000) 9 e4! This wrecks Black's centre. 11 f4! 7 ¤bd2 ¥e7 8 g3 0-0 9 ¥g2 a6 An interesting reaction to the g3 systems.. Black's central majority and free development about compensating. but this simple plan worried me a bit when I was playing the Blumenfeld..G−Kacheishvili.¤dxe5 Malakhatko. Giorgadze.J−Rogers.E−Felizes.¥b7 9 e4 The standard recipe against black playing an early d5. 7.¥e7 8 g3 0-0 9 ¥g2 ¥b7 10 ¤d2 ¤bd7 11 0-0 £c7 was fine for White in Gormally..¤bd7!? maintaining the centre is a thematic reaction.M/Marsailles FRA 2001 7 e3 In many respects the most natural move. ) 13.I/Tallinn 1985) 8 e4 d4 9 e5 ¤g4 10 ¤g5 (10 ¤e4 ¥b7 is not very clear) 10.. 10 b3 ¤bd7 11 ¥b2 £e7 Black continues his development.S− Alekhine.¤bd7 (12.. sparking a major shift in position type when the queenside pressure starts to wane. Control of d5 is necessary to have the option of mobilizing the centre with .. Besides preparing to bear down on the White kingside.0-0 (8. Instead. 7.. maybe the b−pawn will fall anyway..e5? Black is cajoled into seizing more space in the centre. I don't like to admit it..) 13 ¥c4!? ½-½ Dub...¥d6 8 ¤c3 (8 b3!? This quiet move sets a positional trap. White has an obvious advantage..D/Budapest HUN 2002.

¥e7 8 ¥g2 ¤bd7 9 0-0 ¦b8 10 a4 e5 11 e4! with a clear advantage to White in Sokolov...A/Wattenscheid GER 2004.M/Ubeda ESP 2001.. Bocharov. keeping Black occupied with his e6− pawn..XIIIIIIIIY 9rsnlwqkvl-tr0 9+-+-+-zpp0 9p+-+psn-+0 9+Pzpp+-+-0 9-+-+-+-+0 9+-+-+NzP-0 9PzP-+PzP-zP0 9tRNvLQmKL+R0 xiiiiiiiiy Recently this move has come to the fore. 8 bxa6 ¤c6 8. 13 ...¥d6 9 ¥g2 0-0 10 0-0 ¥xa6 Nikolic.I−Hussein.N/Istanbul TUR 2000 7.D−Ghaem Maghami.D−Ovetchkin...A−Vasilev.¥d6 8 ¥h3!? an interesting form of development. Chuprov.¥b7 8 ¥h3 £b6 9 a4 a5 10 0-0 ¥e7 11 b3 and White's interesting move order was starting to bear fruit in Fominyh.P−Volokitin.R/Nizhnij Tagil RUS 2007. 9 ¥g2 ¥d6 10 0-0 0-0 11 b3 ¥xa6 12 ¥b2 £e8 13 ¤bd2 ¦d8 14 ¦e1 e5! With typical compensation. 7. 7.E/Moscow RUS 2005.