Beating Your Nemesis: Punishing the Philidor

May 16, 2014
16 min
People that play the Philidor - don't you just want to wipe them off the board? Now you can! An early g4 is always a quick shock to Black's system, and today you'll see why. An open g-file, pressure on f7, and the second-player's king in peril - what's not to like? Shirov laid the groundwork, Finegold filled in the gaps, and now you too can play Fire on Board and dispel the notion that the Philidor simplifies the game!