Monday, May 1, 2017

French Favors White vs Urgena

I like the open Tarrasch 3.Nd2. Helen Warren attracted players to APCT such as Chris Urgena. He and I played the same French Defence line two times in 1979. Black chose 3…c5 4.exd5 Qxd5. This keeps Black from having an isolated pawn on d5. White drives the queen back with 5.Ngf3 Nc6 6.Bc4 Qd8. Temporarily Black may have an extra pawn after 7.Nb3 cxd4. The risk to White is minor since there is no good way for Black to keep the pawn. Here I regained the pawn with 11.Nbxd4.

In our other game, I reached the position below after 8.0-0. Urgena played 8…g6. I should respond 9.Nbxd4 Nxd4 10.Nxd4 a6 11.Qd3 Bg7 12.Rd1 Bd7 13.Bf4+=. White would have an advantage due to the better bishops. But I played 9.Bg5. We drew a long game. This shorter game featured a tactical skirmish. White led in development and better-placed pieces. My strategy led to a positional advantage for White. My pieces had the better scope, especially the bishops. One knight move that jumps out at me in this game is 16.Nd7. This move headed toward complications. White had multiple possibilities. Black chose the wrong defensive arrangement and apparently miscalculated.

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

Sawyer (2000) - Urgena (1840), corr APCT 1979 begins 1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nd2 c5 4.exd5 Qxd5 5.Ngf3 Nc6 6.Bc4 Qd8 7.Nb3 cxd4 8.0-0 Be7 [8...Nf6 9.Nbxd4 Nxd4 10.Nxd4=] 9.Qe2 Nf6 10.Rd1 0-0 11.Nbxd4 Qc7 12.Nxc6 [12.Bg5+/=] 12...bxc6 13.Bg5 Bb7 14.Qe5 [14.Ne5!?] 14...Qxe5 15.Nxe5 Rfd8 16.Nd7 Nd5 17.Bxe7 Nxe7? [17...Rxd7 18.Bc5+/=] 18.Nc5 Rxd1+ 19.Rxd1 Rb8 20.Nxb7 Nd5 21.Na5 g6 22.Nxc6 Rb7 23.Bb3 1-0

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