Tuesday, 11 March 2014

The Benko Gambit: Move by Move by Junior Tay (!)

I am extremely happy to be doing an advert on what has been the first chess book in a long time written by a Singaporean. My co-blogger, Junior Tay, who has been writing incessantly on current affairs in the local chess scene both on this blog and the now defunct Singapore Chess News, has finally put pen to paper to his first book project. I have witnessed first hand how much time and energy he has put in on this book and being the incredily task-focused person that he is, he has managed to complete the project in a little over 6 months, literally spending 4-6 hours on a daily basis. 

While the "move by move" suffix sounds like a series for developing players, Junior has done a remarkable amount of research which can be seen from the extensive list of material in his bibliography. More importantly, I am convinced he has moved theory forward which, citing one example, can be seen, in his incredibly detailed analysis of the critical 12.a4 line of the Benko, currently the most fashionable variation in the Benko at all levels. This makes this book a valuable resource for 1.d4 and Benko exponents of all levels. 

I am certain he is very proud of the final product, one which is written primarily out of love and passion for a subject that he has studied and used to good effect in many battles over the years. I am sure that the book will turn out to be a tremendous success and I'm very proud to have witnessed its evolvement over the last few months.

You can show your support for good chess writing, from a native Singaporean no less, here or download an extract here


  1. Junior Tay's book on the Benko Gambit is so good & comprehensively written covering all variations. His book & GM Veskulov's Benko Gambit book "Attack With Black" are my two favorite Benko Gambit books.

  2. Thanks to Junior Tay's Benko Gambit chess book. In this game, I didn't win, but I didn't lose either.

    4.28.2014: Cesar Francisco (White) = Me (Black) [Benko Gambit]

    1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 c5 3. d5 b5 4. cxb5 a6 5. bxa6 g6 6. Nc3 Bxa6 7. e4 Bxf1 8. Kxf1 d6 9. g3 Bg7 10. Kg2 O-O 11. Nf3 Nbd7 12. a4 Qb6 13. Qc2 Qb4 14. Bd2 Rfb8 15. Rhb1 Qb3 16. Qxb3 Rxb3 17. Ra2 Rb4 18. Re1 Ng4 19. a5 Nde5 20. Nxe5 Nxe5 21. Ne2 Rb3 22. Nc1 Rb5 23. b3 Nd7 24. g4 Ra6 25. Rc2 Bd4 26. g5 Kg7 27. f4 f6 28. Ne2 fxg5 29. fxg5 Rxb3 30. Nxd4 cxd4 31. Rc7 Nc5 32. Rf1 Rb2 33. Rf2 Nd3 34. Rxe7+ Kg8 35. Re8+ Kg7 36. Re7+ Kg8 37. Re8+ Kg7 38. Re7+ Draw 1/2-1/2

  3. Thank you very much! Your kind comments and adoption of the line in the book really made my day, My apologies for taking so long to respond. Been plugging away at the next book!