The Czech Benoni: An Incredibly Instructive Game


Last week I had the pleasure of attending a lecture by Asa Hoffman at the Marshall Chess Club on “unorthodox openings.” Since Asa plays exclusively off-beat openings, the lecture was really a selection of his games which he thought were particularly instructive. One such game was the following, which I begged him for a copy of and he surprisingly allowed me to have. The game is instructive for a few reasons, but if nothing else it is an amazing introduction to the Czech Benoni with annotated ideas that give enough material to even start playing the opening immediately. Another reason I love this game is because of the interesting plans that Asa finds. The most aesthetically interesting one involves the geometric pattern he traces with his bishop in order to arrive at an ideal square.