35 ( +1 | -1 ) Benoni questionThis seems really easy to answer, but I'm not very well versed in the 1. d4 openings. I know the Mikenas/Taimanov Attack (1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 c5 3. d5 e6 4. Nc3 exd5 5. cxd5 g6 6. e4 Bg7 7. Bb5+) is considered strong for White, but what should White do if Black simply postpones ...exd5 (or ...e6) until after ...Bg7 and ...0-0? Is there a favorable move order to take advantage of this? Thanks.
25 ( +1 | -1 ) Build up your center and threaten e4-e5:
For example 1 d4 Nf6 2 c4 c5 3 d5 e6 4 Nc3 g6 5 e4 Bg7? 6 e5 and the Knight has no favorable retreating squares.
Or without e6: 1 d4 Nf6 2 c4 c5 3 d5 g6 4 Nc3 Bg7 5 e4 0-0 6 Nf3 e6 7 Be7 and after exd5, white can recapture the d pawn with exd5 and avoid the normal backwards e pawn that usually results in the benoni.
38 ( +1 | -1 ) Benoniquestion/Taimanov...When I first tried online play on an early national site back in the late 80's, an Expert then, I asked a Master Benoni player... Hey, what can I play against the Taimanov, I need a good line. He said tome, "That's right,YOU and EVERYONE does!" Said he didn't know, and if anyone did, they weren't talking. Sound familiar?
38 ( +1 | -1 ) personnal experienceThis is the setup with which I kick a** (can I say that ?) at my chess club in blitz games. They never move Nfd7 which the only move for black and they get a quick clubbering with e5. If you really want to avoid this line you should play an early a6 or something like that to distract the atention or to change the move order.
30 ( +1 | -1 ) As far as I know, the best thing to play against the Taimanov is to avoid it :) The exd5 line is interesting, seems like a variation out of the King's Indian. Specifically I am interested in the transposition from the Modern Defense, e.g. 1. e4 g6 2. d4 Bg7 3. c4 c5 4. d5 d6 5. Nc3 Nf6 followed by ...0-0, ...e6, etc. (1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 c5 3. d5 d6 4. Nc3 g6 5. e4 Bg7 is the more 'normal' way to reach this), but also Benoni positions in general.
41 ( +1 | -1 ) I am struggeling ...with the Taimanov Variation for quite some time playing Benoni more often now. How about some unrated matches Matt testing interesting lines. e.g 8. ... Nbd7; 8. ... Kf8 9. ... Qh4+ or 9. ... Na6
The problem with transpositions is that I do think more how to get into the transposition than to look at the moves played on the board ;-).