While browsing the internet I found an interesting article here about the origins of the word benoni. As we all know there is a chess openings called the Benoni defense but the interesting things is there is a place in
The Benoni Defense is a group of chess openings generally characterized by the opening moves 1.d4 c5 2.d5 although Black's ...c5 and White's answer d5, is often delayed until move 2 or 3. The most usual opening sequence for the Benoni is 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 c5 3.d5. Black can then sacrifice a pawn by 3...b5 (leading to the Benko Gambit). If Black elects not to sacrifice then 3...d6, 3...e6 or 3...g6 are common moves, leading to the mainline Benonis.
There are many variations of the Benoni.
Here are the excerpt from Edwin winter article
.....4435. Benoni confusion
Before quoting a reader’s contribution, we supply the context by reproducing C.N. 2250.
Modern books record that the word Benoni comes from the Hebrew for ‘child/son of (my) sorrow/sadness’.
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