One of my previous articles was a French Defence miniature White won in 20 moves after a vicious attack on the castle. You can review it HERE I have been looking ever since for an opportunity to level the balance and show a nice game played by Black; now I have found it. This one is also a correspondence chess game, meaning both sides had time to ponder their moves and plans like in the previous one. The players involved are 2400+ ICCF rated, giving even more value to it.
Hope you liked it! What conclusions can we draw out of it?
- Black was very focused on making sure his plans on the queen side were applied as soon as possible
- Choosing one of the main moves 9… Bxc5 proved to be (again) a better option
- Black’s attack rolled on faster
- It is not obvious where White went wrong
- After 18… g6 White’s late attack stalled and his pieces were left in passive positions
If the French is part of your opening repertoire, consider this a reference game you could use in future. You can actually consider both games, the previous one as a clear example of how not to play it. If you have any games and/ or positions you would like me to look at, please do not hesitate to let me know. I will gladly include them in my column for everyone’s benefit. Looking forward to your messages!
Valer Eugen Demian