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    Fun in the French Defense

    One of my better games in the French Defense, despite the fact that it was a loss. Things got much more interesting once I freed my light squared bishop. In hindsight, expanding in the center via playing with the central pawns would have been a safer strategy.

    [Event "Rated game, 15m + 1s"]
    [Site "Main Playing Hall"]
    [Date "2008.12.29"]
    [Round "?"]
    [White "Nigdeantalya"]
    [Black "Zwischenzug"]
    [Result "1-0"]
    [ECO "C00"]
    [WhiteElo "1749"]
    [BlackElo "1576"]
    [PlyCount "77"]
    [EventDate "2008.12.29"]

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    Are there any tricks that work with 26...Rxf2 ? So far I can't find any lines that work, but I have been only lazy calculating.

    33...Qd7!! 34. Qc3 Rf3!! 35. Nxf3 Qxh3+!! 36. gxh3 Rh2#!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mangafranga
    Are there any tricks that work with 26...Rxf2 ? So far I can't find any lines that work, but I have been only lazy calculating.
    Hmmm. 26...Rxf2 I didn't analyze that variation deeply in the game because it wasn't as forcing. You are right, it seems to be a better alternative. Lets see...

    26...Rxf2 27.Nf3 Rxf1+ 28.Rxf1 a5 and white's bishop on c2 will be lost
    26...Rxf2 27.Bd3 Ng3+ 28.Kxf2 Nf1+ 29.Kg1 Qh2+ 30.Kxf1 Qh1#

    Yes, black wins in both variations.

    Quote Originally Posted by Mangafranga
    33...Qd7!! 34. Qc3 Rf3!! 35. Nxf3 Qxh3+!! 36. gxh3 Rh2#!!
    Yes 33...Qd7!! does look strong, I can't seem to find a refutation for it.

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    I like 3...dxe4 against 3.Bd3. Then you gain a tempo by hitting the bishop and then after that you get an easy ...c5. 4...dxe4 in your game is probably even better, it looks like a cheap pawn although a pawn on that square can be a bit of a pain to hold on to.

    However as it happened you did a nice job of making white's position look silly using more standard black French counter-attack strategies.

    26...Rxf2 27.Nf3 Rxf1+ 28.Rxf1 a5 and white's bishop on c2 will be lost
    26...Rxf2 27.Bd3 Ng3+ 28.Kxf2 Nf1+ 29.Kg1 Qh2+ 30.Kxf1 Qh1#
    In the latter line black has a mate in 2 with 27...Rxf1+ then ...Nf2# which is just as well because I think you have some squares messed up in the line you give.

    How about 27.Bb3+ for white to avoid the risk of losing the bishop, then Ned3? Looks scary but white might live.

    Quote Originally Posted by The artist soon to be no longer known as Mangafranga
    33...Qd7!! 34. Qc3 Rf3!! 35. Nxf3 Qxh3+!! 36. gxh3 Rh2#!!
    Very spectacular but 35.Qxf3 tossing queen for rook and piece takes the sting out of it. But black should have other nasties instead of Rf3 anyway.

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    Interesting game. White played to passively out of the opening but black overpressed.
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    I agree with Kevin on the opeining. I too would play 3...dxe4 and hit the bishop with ...Nf6. White's K-bishop is one of his most important attacking pieces against the French and he will not want to concede it for a knight.
    So what's your excuse? To run like the devil's chasing you.

    See you in another life, brotha.

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    The Exchange French is not without sting.


    [Event "Friendly Game, 5m + 0s"]
    [Site "Café"]
    [Date "2009.02.27"]
    [White "Guest1488307"]
    [Black "Boris"]
    [Result "0-1"]
    [ECO "C01"]


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    Yes, the Exchange French should not be considered "boring" just because it is symmetrical and roughly level according to theory. It often leads to open positions where players can be quite aggressive. At club level this can make for fun games, especially in the case of opposite-sides castling.

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    Look up the Jackal Attack, that seems pretty fun for white.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nicholas D-C
    Look up the Jackal Attack, that seems pretty fun for white.
    1.e4 e6. 2.Nc3 d5. 3.Nf3 Nf6. 4.e5 Nfd7. 5.d4 c5. 6.Bg5 instead of the normal 6.Bf4.

    Glad I saw your post as I have never heard of this line before and no doubt someone would have sprung it on me.

    There's some stuff about it at the following links for others who haven't heard it before.

    http://www.rct26.dial.pipex.com/jackal_attack.htm
    http://homepage.ntlworld.com/adrianskelton/
    http://www.kenilworthchessclub.org/k...sate-2009.html

    There's even a book!

    He also mentions Black can avoid this and all other two knights lines with 1.e4 e6 2.Nc3 d5 3.Nf3 d4. I have tried this once and obtained what appeared to be a reasonable position, then blundered horrendously.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kevin Bonham
    Nf6. 4.e5 Nfd7. 5.d4 c5. 6.Bg5 instead of the normal 6.Bf4.

    Glad I saw your post as I have never heard of this line before and no doubt someone would have sprung it on me.

    There's some stuff about it at the following links for others who haven't heard it before.

    http://www.rct26.dial.pipex.com/jackal_attack.htm
    http://homepage.ntlworld.com/adrianskelton/
    http://www.kenilworthchessclub.org/k...sate-2009.html

    There's even a book!




    He also mentions Black can avoid this and all other two knights lines with 1.e4 e6 2.Nc3 d5 3.Nf3 d4. I have tried this once and obtained what appeared to be a reasonable position, then blundered horrendously.
    You can avoid this line with the line

    1.e4 e6. 2.Nc3 d5. 3.Nf3 Nc6 which has been dealt with in not one not two but three recent books. It qualifies as a secret opening surprise and a dangerous weapon and by transposition from various things. It shocks white players who think that black should not block the c pawn.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Davidflude
    You can avoid this line with the line

    1.e4 e6. 2.Nc3 d5. 3.Nf3 Nc6 which has been dealt with in not one not two but three recent books. It qualifies as a secret opening surprise and a dangerous weapon and by transposition from various things. It shocks white players who think that black should not block the c pawn.
    This is true. As a French player, when white springs something unexpected on you, you can almost always be sure that ...c5 is a good idea. That position is the reason for the "almost".
    So what's your excuse? To run like the devil's chasing you.

    See you in another life, brotha.

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