am 22. Juni 2014
The book is mainly split into eight sections, each focusing on a particular set up how to face the Benko variation. The last two sections 7,8 elaborate on less popular ways to encounter the gambit, namely rejecting the Benko Pawn b5 altogether. Along with these sections the book provides a complete picture of the Benko Gambit.
Each section explains the particular opening-specific strategical and tactical ideas by means of examplary games. In this way the book is very nice to read even if one doesnt have a chess board at hand.Throughout the examplary games the author tries to involve the reader by means of questions (both regarding tactical and strategical ideas) in order to keep the reader focussed. Sometimes this is very helpful, although one shouldnt expect the most insightful answer here all the time (E.g. somtimes the question might be 'Is this idea different from first taking the Bishop h5 nd then exchanging the pawns?' with the answer: 'No, this leads to the same line').
Overall the book is set up very nicely and is one of the nicest opening books I have ever read. However, if one is more interested in book that provides each and every variant and subvariant of the Benko gambit, there are probably more appropriate books out there.