Thursday, October 6, 2016

French Defence 7.f4 vs Tregidga

Many of my French Defence games that reached the position after 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.Bg5 began with the move 1.d4. Here I played a straight 1.e4 opening, but got a French anyway. Email was new. In those days I used AOL (America Online). With every chess move I heard its notification “You’ve got mail!”

John Tregidga and I contested the French Defence Classical line 7.f4 0-0 8.Nf3 c5. Against Clinton Young I played 9.dxc5. Against John Tregidga I chose 9.Qd2. The players quickly exchanged off all the minor pieces. After 26.cxd5 Rcxd5, the pawn structure was symmetrical. White controlled the c-file and had more space. Black controlled the d-file and avoided further exchanges. After 10 more moves of countering threats, the players agreed to draw.

In the notes I added a French Defence game which I played vs Jeff Andersen about that same time. There Black chose 8…a6.

Sawyer (1969) - Tregidga (1940), corr APCT EMQ-1, 11.1995 begins 1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.Bg5 Be7 5.e5 Nfd7 6.Bxe7 Qxe7 7.f4 0-0 8.Nf3 c5 [8...a6 9.Qd2 (9.Bd3=) 9...c5 10.dxc5 Qxc5 (10...Nxc5=) 11.Bd3 b5 12.Qf2 Qxf2+ 13.Kxf2 Nc6 14.Rhc1 Bb7 15.Ne2 f6 16.exf6 gxf6 (16...Rxf6!?=) 17.c3 Nc5 18.Bc2 Ne4+ 19.Bxe4 dxe4 20.Nfd4 Nxd4 1/2-1/2 Sawyer - Andersen,Jeff, corr USCF 1995] 9.Qd2 [9.dxc5 breaks the symmetry. This makes the position more dynamic if White wants to play for a win.] 9...Nc6 10.0-0-0 [10.dxc5 is still playable.] 10...Nb6 [10...a6=] 11.Qe3 [Last chance for 11.dxc5] 11...cxd4 12.Nxd4 Nxd4 13.Qxd4 [13.Rxd4 Bd7 14.h4=] 13...Bd7 14.Nb5?! [14.Kb1 Rfc8=] 14...Bxb5 15.Bxb5 Rfc8 16.Bd3 Nc4 17.b3?! [17.Kb1] 17...Na5 18.Kb2 Nc6 19.Qe3 Nb4 [19...a5=/+] 20.c3 Nxd3+ 21.Qxd3 [21.Rxd3=] 21...Rc7 [21...Rc5 22.Rc1 Rac8 23.Rhf1 b5=/+] 22.Rc1 Rac8 23.Rc2 [23.Rhf1!?] 23...f5 [Black stakes out territory on the kingside and in the center. Another idea is to pressure the c-file and expand the queenside after 23...Rc5=/+] 24.Rhc1 Rc5 25.c4 Rd8 26.cxd5 Rcxd5 27.Qc3 b6 28.g3 Rd3 29.Qc7 R3d7 30.Qc3 Qf8 31.Rg2 Kh8 32.Rcc2 Rd3 33.Qc4 Qe7 34.Rc3 R3d4 35.Qc7 R4d7 36.Qc6 Kg8 37.Qc4 1/2-1/2


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