Little Known Openings: Part 6

This final idea is similar to 2.f4 against the French, but this time you use it against the Caro-Kan. Black’s queen’s bishop isn’t shut in here but he has to lose a tempo in playing …c7-c6-c5 (an almost mandatory pawn advance). I’m not sure who this favours.

One big advantage of playing a little known opening like this is that it deprives one’s opponent of ready made solutions. The disadvantage is that we don’t have them either, so make sure you know how to improvise before giving them a whirl!

Here’s a 2.f4 game by Nigel Short in which his opponent loses his way on move 12.

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Nigel Davies is an International Chess Grandmaster living in Southport 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 he teaches chess through his chess training web site, Tiger Chess, which has articles, recommendations, a monthly clinic, videos and courses. His students include his 14 year old son Sam who is making rapid progress with his game.