French Defense, Part 4: Steiner Variation

A Resource for Chess Francophiles About a year ago, I wrote a multi-part series on the French Defense (first part here), the opening that I often cite as having saved my chess career. I played it from 1998-2008, and would not have reached 1900+ without it. Subsequent parts of my series can be found here:

Chess Strategy Lessons

Strategy and Tactics: Yin and Yang? Chess strategy and tactics are intertwined … but ask yourself this: which side of the equation receives most of the focus in lessons and classes? Definitely tactics. And for a lot of coaches, it’s not even close. However … What does it take for a student to gain proficiency

Chess Tactics: Von Scheve — Teichmann, 1907

Richard Teichmann (1868-1925) was one of the best players of the early 20th century. The German master was nicknamed “Richard V,” as that was often his tournament placing. Karlsbad 1911 proved to be a different story: he rose to the occasion and achieved the greatest result of his chess career. Teichmann won the 26-player round-robin by

Beating the Smith-Morra Gambit

The Smith-Morra: A Controversial Anti-Sicilian Faced with the Sicilian Defense (1.e4 c5), many white players avoid the Open Sicilian that comes about after 2.Nf3 and 3.d4. Instead, they choose an Anti-Sicilian like the Smith-Morra Gambit (1.e4 c5 2.d4 cxd4 3.c3) At club level, an unprepared black player can quickly find themselves in serious danger. White