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Re: Steinitz with 6.f5?!/?
Reply #1 - 10/28/07 at 14:37:24
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I had honestly never seen this move before and I can find no games with it in my database. Surely 6...cxd4 is good for Black. If 7Qxd4 then 7...Nc6 and the e-pawn hangs while after 7fxe6 fxe6 the same problem occurs, only without f-pawns.

I think this is just a surprise blitz weapon, nothing more.
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C11: Steinitz with 6.f5?!/?
09/01/07 at 19:51:27
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I was not going to bother the forum with this line, but I've seen it in blitz games against masters lately so there may be some information that makes this seemingly horrible move playable. The variation is:

1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.e5 Nfd7 5.f4 c5 6.f5

I lost the first game after gaining a decisive advantage on the board only to lose on time.  I've since seen this a few more times from different players and my score has been 100 as Black.

I'm concerned about it because it has become increasingly common and because some of my opponents have ICC blitz ratings over 2200 (and at least one was a FM).  Is this really a dangerous line, or is it just a really good way to confuse someone in a blitz game?
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