French, another Steinitz
After some break (I didn’t post my last OTB game from 2 weeks ago since, though won, I played too bad
and was ashamed to publish it), I am posting the game I played this Sunday, regular G/90.
My opponent was a boy, rated 200+ lower, I had a win against him before.
So I play French, third time. It’s probably good that I can try it against lower rated
opponents, where I can compensate later for my opening/transition to middlegame mistakes,
being still able to win/draw and getting a valuable experience at the same time.
I should admit they all played decent opening lines, as opposed to freaking FICS, where 25% play
C00, i.e. something like 1.e4 e6 2. Nf3, 30% Exchange, and another 25% – Advanced variation.
My opponents followed the Canadian (and general) OTB stats with 3. Nc3 being the most popular,
followed by 3. Nd2.
OK, here is the game.
1. e4 e6 2. d4 d5 3. Nc3 Nf6 4. e5 Nfd7 5. f4 a6 6. Nf3 c5 7. Ne2 Nc6 8. c3
Pic 1
8. … cxd4 9. cxd4 f6 10. Nc3 Be7 11. Be2 O-O 12. O-O fxe5 13. fxe5 Nb6 14. Be3 Nc4
Pic 2

After some break  (I didn’t post my last OTB game from 2 weeks ago since, though won, I played too bad and was ashamed to publish it),  I am posting the game I played this Sunday, regular G/90.

My opponent was a boy, rated 200+ lower, I had a win against him before.  So I played French,  third time.  It’s probably good that I can try it against lower rated opponents, where I can compensate later for my opening/transition to middlegame mistakes,  being still able to win/draw and getting a valuable experience at the same time.  I should admit they all played decent opening lines, as opposed to freaking FICS, where 25% play C00,  i.e. something like 1.e4 e6 2. Nf3, 30% Exchange, and another 25% – Advanced variation.  My opponents followed the Canadian (and general) OTB stats with 3. Nc3 being the most popular,  followed by 3. Nd2.

OK, here is the game.

1. e4 e6 2. d4 d5 3. Nc3 Nf6 4. e5 Nfd7 5. f4 a6 6. Nf3 c5 7. Ne2 Nc6 8. c3

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8. … cxd4 9. cxd4 f6 10. Nc3 Be7 11. Be2 O-O 12. O-O fxe5 13. fxe5 Nb6 14. Be3 Nc4 – it was tempting to get a bishop pair, but later in the game I realized it wasn’t a good idea – leaving e4 square undefended.

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15. Bxc4 dxc4 16. Ne4 b5 17. a3 Rb8 18. Qc2 h6 19. Nfd2 Qb6?  I miss here 19. … Nxd4,  also it allows 20. Nf6+!  Bxf6 21. exf6 Qd8 22. fxg7 Kxg7 23. Qe4 Bd7 24. Qg4+ Kh7 25. Qh5 Rf6 26. Ne4 Rg6 – with Crafty’s estimate – 2.03.  Accepting sacrifice  –  20. … gxf6 leads to checkmate – 21. Qg6+ Kh8 22. Qxh6+ Kg8 23. Qg6+ Kh8 24. Rf3 fxe5 25. Rh3+ Bh4 26. Rxh4#

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20. Rxf8+ Bxf8 21. Rf1? Nxe5

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22. dxe5 Qxe3+ 23. Kh1 Bb7 – the “bad” French bishop becomes a very good one.

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24. Rf3?? Bxe4! White resigned (because of  losing a piece or getting checkmate after 25.  Nxe4 Qe1+ ).

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