Monday, August 15, 2016

Bernie Wins in French Defence

The name “Bernie” was popular in 2016 when Bernie Sanders ran for President. Bernie was a senator from Vermont. I lived in Vermont for the summers of 1975 and 1976. While it is a very small state, I found it to be unique and quite interesting. This Green Mountain state of Vermont borders the French speaking Quebec province south of Montreal in Canada. French was one of my favorite subjects in school, but I forgot a lot of it.

Bernie Hagerty played the White pieces against my rare French. I was playing Steve Surak in another French at the same time. Hagerty chose the same Tarrasch Variation that I also played as White. We followed the main line for the first eleven moves.

Black defends in the French Defence, but Black can also attack. I played along the c7-h2 diagonal after 10.0-0 Bd6 11.Nf3 Qc7. It looked funny to me to see White develop the knight to f3 after he castles. That is because the White knights crisscross with 3.Nd2 to 11.Nf3 and 7.Ne2 to 13.Nc3. I played the opening well. However the more we entered the middlegame, the worse I did. I struggled to find good moves.

White had a clear advantage in this French Defence. Because of my bad light squared bishop, I suffered a weak end at Bernie's. Bernie Hagerty was a postal expert. My APCT games were lost when I failed to renew my membership, but I hope I resigned this game. Earlier our King’s Indian Defence ended in a draw.

Hagerty (2003) - Sawyer (1950), corr APCT 1986 begins 1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nd2 Nf6 4.e5 Nfd7 5.Bd3 c5 6.c3 Nc6 7.Ne2 cxd4 8.cxd4 f6 9.exf6 Nxf6 10.0-0 Bd6 11.Nf3 Qc7 [11...0-0 12.Bf4 Bxf4 13.Nxf4 Ng4=] 12.h3 0-0 13.Nc3 a6 14.Re1 Bd7 15.Be3 [15.Bd2!?] 15...Rae8?! [15...Be8 16.Rc1 Bh5=] 16.Rc1 Kh8 17.Ne5 Bc8? 18.f4 g6 19.Qe2 Bxe5 20.fxe5 Ng8? 21.Qg4 [21.b4+/-] 21...Qg7 22.Qh4 Nce7 23.g4 [23.Na4+/-] 23...h6 24.Bg5 Nf5 25.gxf5 gxf5 26.Kf2 Qxg5 27.Qxg5 hxg5 28.Rg1 g4 1-0

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