Demolishing The Winawer

NM ih8sens
Apr 17, 2013, 9:42 PM |

Kind of a neat game.  I've always found the French in general, but especially the Winawer, to be extremely optimistic.  Black forgoes "normal" considerations (space, development, bad bishop, etc.) and hopes to play for a win in spite of this.  In all honesty I don't have a lot of faith in the French, and I've done very well against it in the past.  

Here, black opted for an offbeat Winawer system with Qd7.  The idea is to make Qg4 less palatable, thereby slowing white's counterplay and possibly allowing black to get the light squared bishops off safely.

Here's the game.