Sunday, December 18, 2016

French Defence Winawer 5...cxd4

Carl Waldrep played the French Defence Winawer Variation against me in 1994. This game was in the first round of an open event which served as the APCT championship. If memory serves me correctly I think this was one of the final postal chess events that I played in. Shortly after this I switched from playing by postcard to playing by email for 1995 and 1996. By 1997 I had pretty much given up correspondence chess for the thrill of blitz. I joined the Internet Chess Club at that time.

Carl E. Waldrep Jr of Jacksonville, Florida passed away in 2012. He was a retired Senior Vice President for Wachovia Bank. His chess playing was primarily by correspondence. Waldrep played 97 games in ICCF with a peak rating of 2344 in 1996.

Waldrep was a creative player. Carl Jr. sought complications in the French in those days before strong computer chess engines. I trotted down the main line of the Winawer Variation with 4.e4 c5 5.a3. Then all of a sudden he sidetracked me with 5…cxd4!?

This line tempts White to go pawn chasing on the kingside. If that happens, Black will go pawn chasing on the queenside. In theory White has adequate defenses. In practice without a computer database or chess engine, the position is tricky. White must find the best way to sacrifice his queenside rook. I failed.

My new French 3.Be3 Playbook is a step by step guide to the Alapin Diemer Gambit.

Sawyer (1973) - Waldrep (2241), corr APCT 94R-28, 1994 begins 1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.e5 c5 5.a3 cxd4 6.axb4 dxc3 7.Qg4 cxb2 8.Bxb2 Qe7 9.Ba3 [9.Nf3+/=] 9...Qc7 10.Qxg7 Qc3+ 11.Ke2? [11.Kd1 Qxa1+ 12.Bc1 Nc6 13.Qxh8+/=] 11...Qxc2+ [11...Qxa1 12.Qxh8 Kf8-+] 12.Ke3 Qc3+ 13.Bd3 Qxa1 14.Nf3 [14.Qxh8 Kf8-/+] 14...Qxh1 15.b5 [15.Qxh8 Qxg2-+] 15...Nd7 16.Bxh7 [16.Qxh8 Qxg2-+] 16...Qa1 17.Bd6 Qc1+ 18.Ke2 Qb2+ [18...Ne7-+] 19.Ke1 Ne7 20.Qxh8+ Nf8 21.Qg7 Qc3+ 22.Kd1 Qb3+ 23.Ke1 Bd7 24.Ng5 Qc3+ 25.Kd1 Qa1+ 26.Kd2 Qd4+ 27.Ke1 Qf4 28.Bg8 Qc1+ 29.Ke2 Bxb5+ 30.Kf3 Qd1+ 0-1

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