Wednesday, 3 October 2018

A nice attacking french game

I really love the French Defence. Been playing it since 2008. Merci! =)
It's been a while since I had a nice attacking game.


A game that I liked (ChessBase 14)
[Event "Live Chess"] [Site "Chess.com"] [Date "2018.10.03"] [Round "?"] [White "Opponent"] [Black "myself"] [Result "0-1"] [ECO "C01"] [WhiteElo "1813"] [BlackElo "1873"] [Annotator "mark"] [PlyCount "62"] [EventDate "2018.??.??"] [TimeControl "900+10"] {It's been a while since I last had a good attacking game.} 1. e4 e6 2. d4 d5 3. exd5 exd5 {The French Exchange variation.} 4. Nf3 (4. c4 {is the other main line}) 4... Bd6 5. Bd3 (5. c4) 5... Ne7 6. O-O Nbc6 7. c3 Bg4 $5 {provocative and indicating my desire to play for a win} ({all the main engines according to the chessbase cloud are screaming} 7... Bf5 {up to depth 40 plus and beyond. }) 8. Bg5 $6 {a slight inaccuracy} f6 $1 $15 {interestingly, in one of my earlier chess tournaments back in Medical school days, an expert level player crushed me with Black in reversed colors. Now, I use that variation as Black. The point is that Black gains a vital tempo or even tempi harresing the Black squared bishop with pawns.} 9. Bh4 Qd7 {preparing queenside castling.} 10. Nbd2 O-O-O 11. b4 {White plans to pawnstorm kingside, whilst Black is doing likewise queenside.} Nf5 $1 {the best move, attacking the dark square bishop and preparing ...Nce7 when White plays b5} 12. Bg3 Nxg3 {now Black gets the double bishops and slightly disturbs Black's kingside pawns.} 13. hxg3 { the pawn on g3 now becomes a 'hook'} Kb8 $1 {prophylaxis before beginning the attack. Black doesn't want to be caught with any potential Bf5 move which would pin his queen to his majesty.} 14. Qc2 g5 (14... h5 $1 {was probably the most accurate.}) 15. a4 h5 16. a5 ({If} 16. b5 {simply} Ne7 $17) 16... h4 $1 $17 {touchdown. Black gets to open files first.} 17. gxh4 Bxf3 $5 (17... Rdg8 $1 {was the best} {If} 18. hxg5 f5 $1 19. Ne5 Bxe5 20. dxe5 Qh7 $1 21. f3 Qh2+ 22. Kf2 Bh3 23. Ke1 Bxg2) 18. Nxf3 g4 $1 {forcing open the h file.} 19. Bf5 Qg7 20. Nh2 Rxh4 $1 (20... Bxh2+ 21. Kxh2 Rxh4+ 22. Kg3 Rdh8 {is playable as well}) 21. g3 (21. Nxg4 Ne7 22. f3 Bg3 23. Rfe1 Qh8 24. Nf2 Nxf5 25. Qxf5 Rh1+ 26. Nxh1 Qh2+ 27. Kf1 Qxh1+ 28. Ke2 Re8+) 21... Rxh2 $1 22. Kxh2 Qh6+ 23. Kg1 Rh8 { a classic h file attack} 24. f4 gxf3 $2 ({I'm quite upset that I didn't find.} 24... Qh1+ 25. Kf2 Qf3+ 26. Ke1 Re8+ 27. Kd2 Re2+ {winning instantly.}) (24... Nxd4 25. cxd4 Qh1+ 26. Kf2 Qf3+ 27. Ke1 Bxb4+ {was another winning possiblity.} ) 25. Kf2 Qg5 $1 {[%csl Gg3,Gh2][%cal Gh8h2,Gg5g3,Gd6g3,Gh2c2]} 26. Ke1 Bxg3+ ( {Better was} 26... Nxd4 27. cxd4 Qe3+ 28. Kd1 Qxd4+ {winning the rook}) 27. Kd1 Rh2 28. Qd3 Bf4 $1 29. Qxf3 Qxf5 30. Rc1 $4 {allowing a mate in 3 but already White is lost.} (30. Rg1 a6 31. b5 axb5 32. a6 bxa6 33. Rg8+ (33. Rxa6 Qb1#) 33... Kb7 {and white faces mate in 12 according to stockfish}) 30... Rd2+ 31. Ke1 Qe6+ {White resigned} 0-1

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