Learning to defend against the French part 3

Oct 24, 2015, 9:54 PM |

What is the purpose of the French Defense?  It's basically a counter attack in the center, and if the advanced variation is played, the game is spent attacking the pawn chain.  In my previous blogs I mentioned that in the variation where white moves pawn to c3 4th move white usually ends up losing those two central pawns.  In this next game the game is again the advanced variation with an early c3 push, however, I manage to defend those pawns with my dark squared bishop, however, this leaves the possibility of my opponent intruding with his knight and snatching up that bishop, doubling up my pawns.  Most masters say that the bishop pair is worth about a half a point, and those doubled pawns arn't very helpful now are they?  Anyway in this game before he intrudes with his knight I weak my kingside by doing a premature pawn storm.  This left g3 a very weak square that was exploited in game.  This game demonstrates my inability at times to make good decisions by deciding to do an attack that wasn't even there, and also not considering the weaknesses left behind, and how my opponent can exploit them.  After seeing my weakness I made an even greater mistake, and I resigned.

Here is the game:

Black actually gave me a break in the opening, however I created a weakness in my camp that worked inconjunction with a weakness he created, and it left me open to attack.  Had I of handled it better I would have just lost my castling rights, but still, causing your opponent to lose the ability to castle is a nice accomplishment.  

Takeaway of the blog... Play real chess.  Not hope chess.  Hope chess is not considering what your opponent can do in response to what you do.