I won a French Defence in the Steinitz Variation 4.e5 line. It seems to me that this 7.Be3 Qb6 line is one of the most common continuations. My opponent used the handle “Hyde” which became inactive. I do not know if this was the correspondence player Kevin Hyde or someone else completely different. I know “Hyde” drew our other game with his Torre Attack against my Gruenfeld Defence.
The key feature of this game is that both kings got into trouble in the opening. Neither king could castle. Black grabbed the poisoned pawn on b2. The natural follow up was the sacrifice of the rook on a8. Black attacked.
The wide open White king looked to be in trouble, however there were adequate defenses. White slipped on move 21, but Black missed his chance to draw. Then the tables turned. White attacked. This time the Black king was under assault. He could hardly run at all and he did not hide.
Sawyer - Hyde, ICC r 3 0 Internet Chess Club, 26.11.1997 begins 1.d4 Nf6 2.Nc3 e6 3.e4 d5 4.e5 Nfd7 5.f4 c5 6.Nf3 Nc6 7.Be3 Qb6 8.dxc5 [White often plays 8.Na4 Qa5+ 9.c3 cxd4 10.b4 Nxb4 11.cxb4 Bxb4+ 12.Bd2 Bxd2+ 13.Nxd2= when Black has three pawns for his sacrificed knight.] 8...Qxb2 [8...Bxc5 9.Bxc5=] 9.Nb5 Qb4+ 10.Bd2 Qxc5 11.Nc7+ Kd8 12.Nxa8 Nb4 [12...h6 13.a4+/-] 13.Bxb4 [13.c3! Nc6 14.Qa4 a6 15.c4 dxc4 16.Qxc4 Qxc4 17.Bxc4 b5 18.Bb3 h6 19.Be3+-] 13...Qxb4+ 14.Qd2? [14.Kf2+/-] 14...Qe4+ [14...Qb2 15.Qc1 Qc3+ 16.Kf2 Ba3 17.Qe1 Qxc2+ 18.Kg3+/=] 15.Be2 Bc5 16.Kf1 [16.Ng5 Qxg2 17.Nxf7+ Ke7 18.Rf1 Rf8 19.Ng5+-] 16...f6 17.exf6 gxf6 18.Bd3 Qa4 19.Ke2 [19.g3 b6 20.Kg2 Bb7 21.Rhe1+-] 19...e5 [19...Rg8 20.Ke1+/=] 20.fxe5 fxe5 21.Nxe5 [21.Qg5+!+-] 21...Nxe5 [Black could save the game with 21...Re8! 22.Qg5+ Re7 23.Qg8+ Re8= when White must repeat moves for a draw or accept an inferior position.] 22.Qg5+ Be7 23.Qxe5 Bg4+ [Or 23...Qg4+ 24.Kd2 Qg5+ 25.Qxg5 Bxg5+ 26.Kd1 Bg4+ 27.Be2+-] 24.Kd2 Qb4+ 25.c3 Qb2+ 26.Bc2 Rf8 27.Qxd5+ Ke8 28.Nc7# 1-0
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