The f5 Breakthrough In The French

NM ih8sens
Jan 9, 2014, 9:25 AM |

Hi guys! I'd like to show you a very simple game which demonstrates the central attacking theme in many structures where black has a pawn on e6.  Of course, this occurs most commonly in the French Defense, where black has played e6 on move 1.  It can also occur, however, in Sicilian positions where black hasn't played e5.

This game started as a Classical French where black provokes e5 and hopes to quickly counterattack the d4 square.  It quickly left known theory and simplified into a position where I might not have had that much.  Knowledge of the potential danger of the f5 breakthrough was the decisive factor.