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mage3070
Jan 26, 2011, 12:23 PM 0

I found a cache of old chess games on the internet.  The openings are interesting enough for a second look. Game #4

[Event "Manchester"]
[Site "Manchester"]
[Date "1890.??.??"]
[Round "?"]
[White "Blackburne, Joseph Henry"]
[Black "Owen, John"]
[Result "1-0"]
[WhiteElo ""]
[BlackElo ""]
[ECO "B00"]

1.e4 b6 2.Nc3 Bb7 3.d4 e6 4.Bd3 Nf6 5.Nge2 d5 6.Bg5 Be7 7.Bxf6 Bxf6 8.O-O Nd7
9.exd5 exd5 10.Nf4 O-O 11.Nfxd5 g6 12.Be4 c6 13.Nxf6+ Nxf6 14.Qf3 Nxe4 15.Qxe4 f5 16.Qe6+ Kg7 17.Rfe1 Qxd4 18.Rad1 Qf6 19.Rd7+ Rf7 20.Qxf7+ Qxf7 21.Ree7  1-0

Chess Arena 3.0 calls this opening The French: Anderssen-Richter variation. When faced with 1.e4 b6 2.Nc3 Bb7 3.d4 e6 4.Bd3 I like to reply 4...c5 right off. Still, Black is playable until 4...Nf6 5.Nge2 d5 6.Bg5 Be7 7.Bxf6 Bxf6 8.O-O Nd7
9.exd5 exd5 10.Nf4 O-O? Had Black played 10...Bxd4, then not only does Black win a pawn but also the Bishop can capture the c3 Knight if things get bad in the center. Sure, 11.Re1 Kf8 is awkward, but it's better than this.

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