Friday, November 25, 2011

Steinitz - Sveshnikov Attack Revisited

I have posted The Steinitz - Sveshnikov Attack, Part Two (download PGN), which revisits the topic of my earlier article on this interesting variation of the Giuoco Piano.  This new installment focuses on the most challenging line Black can play, which is 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Bc5 4.c3 Nf6 5.d4 exd4 6.e5 d5 7.Bb5 Ne4 8.cxd4 Bb6! (see diagram).

A recent win by Gawain Jones over David Howell in the 2011 British Championship in Sheffield, England, inspired me to put together my notes on this line, which remains rather complex and double edged.  I have been very impressed by Jones's play of late, especially in the Commonwealth and South Africa Open Tournament earlier this year, where Jones, Nigel Short, and David Smerdon (who finished in the top spots) all had success with the Modern Variation of the Two Knights.  Food for thought for those interested in constructing a Urusov Gambit or Scotch Gambit repertoire with these lines.

1 comment:

Michael Goeller said...

Mihail Marin's free online update of Beating the Open Games, mentioned in my notes and bibliography, can be found here:

It is also available as a PDF from the publisher's website: