The Benoni Defense has strategic flaws, but in practice it is not easy to beat and offers Black counter chances. In the following game, however, Black, one of the world’s top players, cannot make it work for him.
After a draw on the top board between Russia and the United States, three teams lead the open section. In the women’s section, after upsetting the Russian team, the United States is now tied for the lead with China.
The World Champion won his penultimate game to once again claim the sole lead of the Qatar Masters Open. Two players — Vladimir Kramnik and Yu Yangyi, last year’s champion — trail by just half a point.
The reigning titleholder’s suggestion last month to do away with the current system and replace it with a yearly elimination tournament has started a debate about the best way to determine the champion.