French Defense - Delayed Exchange Variation - against Simone Sobel
For the first time in my life, I gave French Defense as White a try. I had resolved to play the deferred exchange variation. Of course, I did not know any theory - just a strong conviction that I wanted to play exchange variation should Black play French, only not immediately.
It takes a huge amount of courage to try out an opening that you have never played against an opponent who faces it all the time. But, if you are switching repertoires, then there must be a first time. And this game was the first.