Guard against this scenario in the French Tarrasch
Dec 31, 2015, 1:00 AM 2
Exchange sacrifices! Knight forks! Weakness at f2!
These were the nasty surprises that awaited me in my blitz game against Eugene in the last Singapore Social Chess meetup of 2015
Black to Move: Can you find the best continuation?
Post Moretom analysis: Capturing with the Queen?
Above all, the biggest lesson I learnt here was to prepare the Bc2 and Qd3 battery with the prepartory Rf1.
It's important for White to remove threats to f2, which is the key to making Black's combination work.
Black will inevitably offer an exchange sacrifice on f3, but this is nullified if f2 is secured.