Sunday, October 30, 2016

French Defence BethO 7.Be3 a6

I did not completely ignore the advice of Aldo Lopez to play slow games. Here is a slower game played at the speed of 45 45 on the Internet Chess Club. My standard ICC rating has been over 2200 for many years. That is mostly due to inactivity at the slower speeds.

I won a French Defence in the Steinitz Variation after 4.e5. My opponent was BethO. The theme of this game is good bishops and bad bishops. The point of the 7.Be3 line is for White to exchange off dark squared bishops. The dark squared bishops are good for Black if they stayed on the board.

Many exchanges followed until we reached an ending with only pawns and light squared bishops. These bishops favored White. Soon White won a pawn and swapped bishops for an easy win.

Sawyer (2272) - BethO (1809), ICC 45 45 Internet Chess Club, 22.09.2008 begins 1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.e5 Nfd7 5.f4 c5 6.Nf3 Nc6 7.Be3 a6 [Equally popular is 7...cxd4 8.Nxd4 Bc5 9.Qd2=] 8.Qd2 b5 9.dxc5 Bxc5 10.Bxc5 Nxc5 11.Qf2 Qb6 12.Bd3 Bb7 [More common is 12...b4 13.Ne2 a5 14.0-0 Ba6=] 13.0-0 b4 14.Ne2 Qa5 [14...a5 15.f5!?] 15.Ned4 [15.Nc1+/=] 15...Ne4 16.Nxc6 Bxc6 17.Qe3 Qa4? [17...0-0 18.a3=] 18.Nd2 [I did not want to exchange my good bishop for his knight, but White could pick up a pawn with 18.Nd4 Bd7 19.Bxe4 dxe4 20.Qxe4+/-] 18...Nxd2 19.Qxd2 Qa5 [19...Bb5 20.f5 Bxd3 21.cxd3 exf5 22.Rxf5 a5=] 20.a3 [20.f5 Qc5+ 21.Kh1 exf5 22.Rxf5+/=] 20...Qb6+ 21.Qf2 Qxf2+ 22.Kxf2 a5 23.axb4 axb4 24.Rxa8+ Bxa8 25.Ra1 0-0 26.Ra5 Rb8 27.Rb5 [27.Ke3 d4+ 28.Kxd4 Bxg2 29.Rb5+/-] 27...Rxb5 28.Bxb5 Kf8 [Black should play 28...d4! 29.g3 Be4=] 29.g3 Kg8 [29...d4=] 30.Ke3 Bb7 31.Kd4 Kf8 32.Ba4 h5 33.Kc5 Ke7 34.Kxb4 Ba8  [34...f6 35.exf6+ gxf6 36.Kc5 e5 37.fxe5 fxe5 38.c3+-] 35.Kc5 f6 [35...Bb7 36.b4 Kd8 37.b5 Kc8 38.b6 Kd8 39.Bb5+-] 36.Bc6 Bxc6 37.Kxc6 fxe5 [37...g5 38.exf6+ Kxf6 39.b4+-] 38.fxe5 Ke8 39.Kd6 Kf7 40.b4 h4 41.b5 d4 42.b6 hxg3 43.hxg3 Kg6 44.b7 Kf5 45.b8Q Kg5 46.Kxe6 Kg6 47.Qb5 Kh6 48.Qd3 Kg5 49.Qxd4 Kg6 50.Qg4+ Kh7 51.Kf7 Kh8 52.Qh4# 1-0

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