|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.
There was another game with this line:
[Event "EU-ch Internet Cand 3rd"]
[Site "playchess.com INT"]
[White "Jakovenko, Dmitry"]
[Black "Kiriakov, Petr"]
1. e4 e6 2. d4 d5 3. Nc3 Nf6 4. e5 Nfd7 5. f4 c5
6. Nf3 Nc6 7. Be3 h6 8. Qd2 g5 9. fxg5 cxd4
10. Nxd4 Ndxe5 11. O-O-O hxg5 12. Bxg5
Qxg5 13. Qxg5 Bh6 14. Qxh6 Rxh6 15. Be2 Ke7
16. h4 Bd7 17. g4 f6 18. h5 Rg8 19. Rhg1 Nxd4
20. Rxd4 Rxh5 21. Rf1 Rh2 22. Rdf4 Rg6 23. Bd1 Rg2 24. Rb4 b6 25. Rff4 Nc6 26. Ra4 d4 27. Ne4
e5 28. Rf1 Bxg4 29. Rc4 f5 30. Bxg4 fxe4
31. Bh5 Rg1 32. Bxg6 Rxf1+ 33. Kd2 e3+
34. Ke2 Rf2+ 35. Ke1 Kd6 36. Be4 Ne7
37. c3 b5 38. Rb4 Kc5 39. a4 a6 40. axb5
axb5 41. Bd3 Nd5 42. Rxb5+ Kd6 43. Be4
Nf4 44. Rb8 d3 45. Rd8+ Ke7 46. Rxd3
Nxd3+ 47. Bxd3 Rxb2 48. Be4 Kd6 49. Bh7
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I have updated the PGN file to include some games of Petr Kriakov with the line:
The PGN file can now be found here:
Moskalenko discusses this line in the most recent ChessBase Magazine 195:
In his book French Defence: Steinitz, Classical and Other Systems, Lev Psakhis actually suggests "the fairly rare" 7...Rb8. He notes that if White heads toward queenside castling with 8.Qd2 Qa5! 9.dxc5 Bxc5 10.Bxc5 Nxc5 then only Black "can lay claim to the initiative," while 9.Be2 b5 is equal (he gives longer lines). It's just a note, but it pretty much summarizes Korchnoi's approach.
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