My First French
I've never played the French Defense before. I didn't particularly want to play it here. I was hoping to play the Dutch and used the move order recommended by Simon Williams (1.d4 e6 2.c4 f5 ), but he warned that e4 could happen and I'd have to learn the French. So I consulted the opening database and the internet and did alright.
I made quite a few errors midgame, but kept the blunders to a minimum. Analysis below is mine unless I specifically credit the computer analysis run after the game.