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Wilhelm Steinitz vs Serafino Dubois
Steinitz - Dubois (1862), London ENG, rd 6
Philidor Defense: Boden Variation (C41)  ·  1-0

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Kibitzer's Corner
Apr-04-05
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  Chessical: Steinitz plays aggressively against Dubois' Philidor with an early <g4>, and Q-side castling.

Dubois' <11...Nh5> eyeing the <f4> square is too ambitious (11...Ne8); and after <15.e5> Steinitz dominates the board foreseeing the sacrifice of the exchange at <h1>.

Apr-04-05  JustAFish: Hmm. It seems to me like it's not really an exchange sacrifice, as black loses two minor pieces for the rook. Even so, it's a neat combination.
Jun-08-06  Rocafella: It's not a great opening, but is there any particular reason the Philidor isn't used much in top competition? Or have I answered my own question ;)
Jul-25-18
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  fredthebear: <Rocafella: It's not a great opening, but is there any particular reason the Philidor isn't used much in top competition?>

White has easy development and an active game w/little effort, while Black is a bit cramped. What's more, one slip and Black gets miniaturized. That being said, the Philidor Defense is patiently playable for a draw.

Tony Kosten's Philidor Defense book has chapters for each version, including one that explains Bent Larsen's Bg7 system and why it's not as effective as the Indian Defenses against 1.d4. There are more recent books on this defense, often arrived at by 1.e4 d6 now instead of 1.e4 e5.

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