Chess Gambits Against The French Defense – GM Boris Alterman
Looking for ways to defeat the French Defense? Look no further as Grandmaster Boris Alterman covers three sharp and aggressive opening gambits you can play against the French Defense.
About the Author:
Boris Alterman is an Israeli chess Grandmaster, FIDE Senior Trainer (2010), and also an advisor of the Junior chess program.
He started playing chess at the age of 7. His career highlights include earning the IM title in 1991, and the GM title in 1992. He is the winner of the following Open and GM tournaments: Haifa 1993, Bad Homburg 1996, Rishon LeZion 1996, Beijing 1995 and 1997, and Munich 1992.
He plays for Rishon LeZion chess club and produces video lectures on the Internet Chess Club Website.
Is this course for me?
If you’re looking to have more fun from your chess games and create more memorable games, start adding some gambits into your opening repertoire!
Played for 100s of years, chess gambits are openings which deliberately give up a pawn (or more) too rapidly develop their pieces, start an attack and destroy the opponent in record time.
Through the 1920s and 1930s, former world champion Alexander Alekhine was a force of nature with phenomenal tournament results (he won 25 of 44 tournaments he played during his career).
Alekhine’s attacking motifs in his games prove even to this day to be highly instructive. And in a new six-part series for Gambit Guide, our intrepid gambit guru, GM Boris Alterman takes a closer look at two very aggressive Alekhine gambits against the normally solid French Winawer.
Here’s what you’ll see in this course:
Milner-Barry-Gambit (2 Part Series)
The Milner-Barry Gambit (1. e4 e6 2. d4 d5 3. e5 c5 4. c3 Nc6 5. Nf3 Qb6 6. Bd3) is very popular at club level, and one of the sharpest white weapons against the French Defense.
It was invented by legendary World War II Enigma Code breaker Sir Stuart Milner-Barry, who always liked to play with a sense of adventure.
Now, in his latest Gambit Guide series, GM Boris Alterman re-evaluates the Milner-Barry Gambit as a potent weapon for white – and especially for players who like to play actively.
French-Alekhine Gambit (6 Part Series)
In a new six-part series for this Chess Gambits Guide, our intrepid gambit guru, GM Boris Alterman takes a closer look at two very aggressive Alekhine chess gambits against the normally solid French Winawer.
First up will be a four-part series on 1 e4 e6 2 d4 d5 3 Nc3 Bb4 4 Nge2 followed by a two-part series on the apocryphal ‘finger slip’ variation, when Alekhine meant to play 1 e4 e6 2 d4 d5 3 Nc3 Bb4 4 e5 c5 5 Bd2 against Flohr at Nottingham 1936, but instead touched his c1 bishop first so the game went 1 e4 e6 2 d4 d5 3 Nc3 Bb4 4 Bd2 dxe4 5 Nxe4 Qxd4 6 Bd3 Bxd2+ 7 Qxd2.
Chatar-Alekhine-Attack (2 Part Series)
The Chatard-Alekhine Attack in the Classical French Defense with 1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.Bg5 Be7 5.e5 Nfd7 6.h4!? is a formidable weapon in the hands of an aggressive player – and only a few years ago, Alexander Morozevich used it to demolish French expert Viktor Korchnoi in just 20 moves!
White sacrifices his h-pawn for an immensely dangerous initiative. This leads to a complex struggle, where White has a rapid and easy development.
If you want more wins, whether in tournaments or club chess, seriously consider making these chess gambits part of your repertoire.