Saturday, June 18, 2016

Alapin French Defence in France

Here is a classic example of the Alapin-Diemer Gambit in the French Defence played in France. Frankly it makes sense to me. The Alapin-Diemer Gambit in the French has the feel and look of a Blackmar-Diemer Gambit. The game began 1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Be3 dxe4 4.Nd2 Nf6 5.f3 exf3 6.Ngxf3. Black’s defensive set up is identical to a BDG Euwe. In the BDG, White would have had Nc3 instead of Nd2, and likely Bg5 instead of Be3.

White is Franck Guezennec. At the time he was rated 2193. His rating later rose to 2232. Black was played by Lucas Bajoni. His rating later rose to 2016. Both sides played good logical moves. Black was up the gambit pawn. He used several tempi to successfully force the minor exchange of his knights for the White bishops. Undeterred, White aimed at the Black king with his knights and queen. To avoid mate, Black returned the two bishop advantage. The White knights chopped off the Black bishops on f6 and e6.

Both sides threatened checkmate, on g7 and g2 respectively. Tricky play ensued with the rooks and queens. In the end, Black fell to a combination that would cost him a rook.

Guezennec (2193) - Bajoni (1930), 7th d'Ille et Vilaine Open 2014 Rennes FRA (8.7), 10.07.2014 begins 1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Be3 dxe4 4.Nd2 Nf6 5.f3 exf3 6.Ngxf3 Nbd7 7.Bd3 Nd5 8.Qe2 c5 9.0-0 [9.0-0-0 can work well too.] 9...Nxe3 10.Qxe3 Be7 11.Kh1 [Another idea is to play 11.c3 to keep a pawn on d4.] 11...0-0 12.Rae1 cxd4 13.Nxd4 Nc5 14.Bc4 Bg5 15.Qf2 Bf6 16.c3 e5 17.N4f3 Nd3 18.Bxd3 Qxd3 19.Ne4 Qa6 20.Qg3 [Or 20.Nxf6+ Qxf6 21.Rxe5=] 20...Kh8 21.Nfd2 [21.Nxf6! gxf6 22.Qh4 Rg8 23.Nd2 Rg6 24.Ne4=] 21...Rd8? [21...Be7 22.Qxe5 Be6=/+] 22.Nxf6 Rxd2 23.Ne4 [23.Qg5+/-] 23...Re2 24.Ng5 Be6 25.Nxe6 fxe6 26.Rd1 Qc6? [26...Rd2=] 27.Rf7 Rg8 28.Rxg7 Re1+ 29.Qxe1 Kxg7 30.Qxe5+ [Even more powerful is 30.Qg3+! Kf7 31.Rf1+ Ke7 32.Qxg8+-] 30...Kf7? 31.Rf1+ Ke8 32.Qb8+ 1-0

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