Wednesday, April 14, 2021

French Defence Alapin Normand

Nicolas Normand ventured the Alapin Gambit 3.Be3!? against the French Defence. He wrote: “Hello, I send you a new nice victory of the white in the Alapin defense. I hope you will enjoy it. Best regards from France, Nicolas Normand.”

White’s move 3.Be3!? is a gambit with two options. One is Alapin's approach of 3…dxe4 4.Nd2 Nf6 5.c3 Nbd7 6.Qc2 which he played in 1897. Second is the Alapin-Diemer 4.Nd2 Nf6 5.f3 exf3 6.Ngxf3. Normand played 4.Nc3 and continued in the style of E.J. Diemer with 5.f3. White sacrificed material and the kingside attack led to a forced win in the game between Nicolas Normand and TimiNeutron.

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Normand (1622) – TimiNeutron (1859), Rated Blitz game lichess.org, 13.03.2021 begins 1.d4 e6 2.e4 d5 3.Be3 [French Alapin Gambit] 3...dxe4 4.Nc3 [4.Nd2 avoids issues with Black's ...Bb4.] 4...Nf6 5.f3 exf3 [5...Bb4=+] 6.Qxf3 Nc6 7.Bd3 Bb4 8.Nge2 Bd7 9.0–0 0–0 10.Qh3 e5 11.Qh4 exd4 12.Rxf6 g6 13.Bg5!? [13.Nxd4+/-] 13...Be7 [13...dxc3 14.Rxc6!+-] 14.Ne4 Bf5
15.Rf1 [15.Rxf5! gxf5 16.Nf6+ Bxf6 17.Bxf6+-] 15...Bxe4 16.Bxe4 Bxf6 17.Bxf6 [Black resigns.] 1–0

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