How does one get into the "spirit" of the White side of the French Tarrasch 4. e5 variation. Is it ultimately to be prepared to play against Black's IQP after the ... e5 thrust?
I managed to sneak in a blitz game at lunch, which inspired me to investigate further the tabiya position. I felt my opening play was not convincing, and this was confirmed by theory.
What is still lost on me is what occurs if Black was to take the b2 pawn with his Queen in some lines.
Game Analysis: Blitz Game 5 minutes with 5 second increment
Questions to follow up are
* Comparing 12. Bf4 against 12. Bg5
* Unnecessarily playing b3. Need to explore why Black can't play Qxb2 after 13. Nc3
* Improve piece coordination after win of a pawn. Inaccurate moves such as Qe2 rather the Re1; Qb2 rather than Qe5.
Model Game: Geller - Ulibin, Sochi 1989
* White's idea of Bh4 to vacate the g5 square for the Knight and threaten Bxh7
* By avoiding the defence of b2, White gains more time on the Kingside
* Bxh7 ideas with a discovered attack after the following Ng5
* Weak light square around the Black King
Model Game: Rovner - Tal, Riga 1955
* Thematic Black sacrifice of Rxf3 removing guard of d4 and shattering the White pawnshield
Model Game: Adams - Gurevich, Turin 2006
* White's willingess to exchange Queens to enter an endgame against a backward pawn
* The weakness of b6 resulting in the undefended nature of Black's a8 Rook inviting sacrifice
* Bb5 to exchange at b5 and lock Black's Queenside structure
Model Game: Ivanchuk - Ruzele, Kramatorsk 1989
* Observe how White's middle game theory involves exchangin the blockading Knight