The Benko Gambitis a great opening for those who like aggressive chess. Black sacrifices a pawn for active play on the queenside and his initiative often continues into the endgame. That’s why the opening is very popular among club players, but also World Champions such as Veselin Topalov, Vishy Anand and Garry Kasparov have played the Benko.
Sergey Kasparov has practiced the Benko Gambit himself for many years. He knows all the subtleties of Black’s and White’s plans in detail. In lively, personal and highly instructive prose he presents a complete repertoire, with many new concepts, for Black.
Kasparov helps the reader to get a firm grip on this opening. He does not present endless computer variations but concentrates on ideas and concepts. After studying The Dynamic Benko Gambit, amateurs as well as professionals will be much more dangerous attackers!
Grandmaster Sergey Kasparov (1968) was born in Baku, AzeRbaijan, and now lives in Belarus. He has won many tournaments throughout the world and is a regular contributor to the New In Chess Yearbooks.
GM Glenn Flear: "Kasparov sets out his ideas with good humour, anecdotes and sensible words of wisdom (..) This is the type of book that many readers desire."
Marshtowers Chess Reviews: "Sergey Kasparov's introduction is very instructive and written in a witty and engaging manner (..) He presents very thorough coverage of all standard Benko lines before moving on to the rarer ones. There's also a section on White's attempts to avoid the Benko altogether. The author cannot be accused of not practicing what he preaches; his own games are used throughout the book (as are plenty of games by other players, including Carlsen and Gelfand). Strong club players will feel at home with the material given in this repertoire book. Dynamic play is guaranteed!"
Joe Petrolito, Australasian Chess Magazine: "Kasparov writes in an engaging and somewhat humurous style. His explanations are clear and concise, and he doesn't go overboard with variations."
Carsten Hansen, ChessCafe: "The book has plenty to like: many games, the author's intimate knowledge of the opening and the width of the coverage."
Max Euwe Center, Amsterdam: "All variations, and the ideas behind them, are being dealt with, with 273 games as examples."
Robert Ris, ChessVibes: "Kasparov describes strategic plans quite well."
Richard Vedder, Schakers.info: 'An inspiring book."
Uwe Bekemann, German Correspondence Chess Federation: "The chapters contain good introductions, that is where one finds the most complete explanations. Regularly a short summary at the end of the chapter shows general ideas."
Elburg Chess Reviews: "One of the most impressive books every written on the Benko Gambit!"
B.H.Wilders, Nederland Dagblad: "It is a good thing that Kasparov does not tire us with endless variations, but manages to explain clearly the ideas behind the moves. A very useful book for the club and tournament player who loves aggressive play."