Little Known Openings: Part 5

Today’s little known opening idea is 2.f4 against the French. It leads to closed positions in which White has more space but there’s very little theory. Personally I like this kind of game which is similar to my 2.d3 against the Sicilian. But it’s probably not for everyone.

The following highly highly creative game was played by Vadim Zviaginsev and features the positional sacrifice of the exchange and a pawn. The computers will count the pieces and say it isn’t enough, but White has wonderful control of the dark squares.

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Nigel Davies is an International Chess Grandmaster living in St. Helens in the UK. The winner of 15 international tournaments he is also a former British U21 and British Open Quickplay Champion and has represented both England and Wales on several occasions. These days Nigel teaches chess through his chess training web site, Tiger Chess, which has articles, recommendations, a monthly clinic, videos and courses. His students include his 15 year old son Sam who is making rapid progress with his game. Besides teaching chess, Nigel is a registered tai chi and qigong instructor and runs several weekly classes.