Black Jet in the Steinitz French
|Position after 1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 Nf6|
4.e5 Nfd7 5.f4 c5 6.Nf3 Nc6 7.Be3 h6 8.Qd2 g5!?
FM Steve Stoyko annotated an interesting game from the recent World Amateur Team Championship in Parsippany, New Jersey that featured a "Black Jet in the Steinitz French." The idea is that Black plays a sort of “mirror Benko Gambit” -- or “Black Jet” as GM Victor Moskalenko likes to call it -- challenging White’s center on all fronts by advancing with ...h6 and ….g5 (see diagram). Steve came up with the idea on his own and had tried it a number of times in blitz games on ICC, unaware that it had been played once before back in 2005 at the HB Global Chess Challenge. Steve’s success in Mo - Stoyko, World Amateur Team 2013, suggests that it is definitely worth a look.
This game was critical to helping Steve’s team, “Knightmare III,” to win their Round 5 match and they went on to play for the championship against the only other team with a 5-0 record going into the final round, “Princeton A.” In that final match, Steve drew his own game against a 2500-player, but the team lost and had to settle for “Best New Jersey Team.”
Note: I have updated the PGN file to include some additional games I have found with this line.