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Philidor Game as white

  • 6 months ago · Quote · #1


    Feel free to give any opinions on the following game.  I have a general question though and this game is more to illustrate it.  I didn't play the normal moves I see mentioned in opening explorers.


    The main question is about black's queen.  How do you deal with the queen?  With the French Defense the queen is on the other side.  With the Phildor we see black's queen has an easier time jousting to either side in a diagonal fashion.


    1. It doesn't show h3 as a commonly played opening, same with h6 for black.
    2. d4 is played earlier on, but it's not listed as an option after h3.  Is there a reason or is what I did a good thing to then play through with the d4 as if h3 never happened?
    3. Was d5 good or should I have taken the e pawn?
    4. I didn't pay attention before 8...Nxe4, and after it happened I thought maybe it would be ok to try to open the e file.  What about the g pawn push by black?  Any better responses?
    5. At move 19, I was getting hopeful that I could start some attack by opening the e file. 


  • 6 months ago · Quote · #2


    h6 was ok but I would have played f6. It would have also stopped the bishop's advance and secured the pawn chain a lot better. h6 really blocks in the bishop and then when g5 is played it ruins any protection the King would have if 0-0.

  • 6 months ago · Quote · #3


    I probably would have played 19. Nxh4 because the only thing protecting that pawn was the queen, followed by a queen and bishop fork with Nf5. For black at move 22. Rooks certainly are more enticing than pawns but I think there is an opportunity for checkmate and certainly a chance to gobble up a lot more pieces for black with the c1-h6 diagonal and g file guarded along with a queen fork if white moves to d3.

  • 6 months ago · Quote · #4


    To answer your questions:

    1. That's because d4 is the strongest move by far, followed by Bd4. A prophilactic move like h3 is not necessary and overly defensive. If you play 1. e4 you're expected to be agressive.

    2. Since your opponent played h6, playing d4 is still possible.

    3. Playing d5 was a mistake. You transitioned into a type of KID in which black gets an easy and even unstoppable f5 pawn break, while your queenside attack hasn't even begun yet. By playing d5 I would say the black now has the advantage.

    Furthermore, black's little maneuver put his queen in an ackward square, blocking the DS bisshop. So you'd like to open up the game because bisshops do better in an open game. By taking on e5 you also effectively make the queen the only defender of the e5 pawn. You'd be at an advantage since Nf6 can easily be answered with Bb5 and black has issues with his development.

    4. Since black has already started his kingside assault, you should've gotten the knight out of there and block the kingside as much as possible. I wouldn't have castled kingside either, way too risky.

    5. I would seriously question your idea to open the e-file, because black has both a stronger central and kingside presence. At that point you should've considered closing up the kingside, maybe by giving him a passed pawn and then blocking it with a knight, and then attack on the queenside.

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