Tuesday, July 5, 2016

French Defence vs Travis Corter

A little knowledge is a dangerous thing. So they say. However we all start with no knowledge. You make progress when you gain a little knowledge. Then you move on from there. At the chess club in Williamsport, Pennsylvania I sometimes played a young Travis Corter. I like the name “Travis”. It was popular in Texas. This Travis was learning. We headed toward the Blackmar-Diemer Gambit with 1.d5 d5 2.e4. He avoided the gambit move 2…dxe4. Later Travis would allow me to play the BDG a few times.

This time Corter played the French Defence with 2…e6. Earlier that same year I won a couple Alapin-Diemer French Gambits against his father James Corter after 3.Be3. Here we entered the famous Winawer Variation after 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.e5. Travis probably knew this a little bit from watching his dad. Black prematurely exchanged off his bishop on c3. Usually plays 4…c5 and waits for White to waste a tempo with 5.a3 Bxc3+.

Our game continued 4…Bxc3+ 5.bxc3. Then Black pushed the pawn to 5…f6. That is a good strategy for attacking the pawn center. The alternative is …c5. But this 5…f6 move was tactically dangerous for Black. You do not want to open the center when you have less space and fewer pieces in action. I forced sharp play until White won two pawns.

Sawyer (2010) - Corter (1400), Williamsport, PA, 22.06.1999 begins 1.d4 d5 2.e4 e6 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.e5 Bxc3+ 5.bxc3 f6?! [5...Ne7 6.Qg4 0-0 7.Nf3+/=] 6.Bd3 fxe5? [6...Qd7 7.Nf3+/-] 7.Qh5+ Kf8 8.Qxe5 Nc6 9.Qf4+ Qf6 [9...Nf6 10.Nf3+-] 10.Qxc7 e5 11.dxe5 [11.Ba3+! Nge7 12.Bb5+-] 11...Nxe5 12.Ne2 Nxd3+ 13.cxd3 Qg6 14.Nf4 [14.Ba3+ Ke8 15.0-0+-] 14...Qe8+ 15.Kd2 b6 16.Ba3+ Ne7 17.Rhe1 g5 18.Bxe7+ Qxe7 19.Qxe7+ 1-0

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