4 French Defense Games played as Black on Sunday

Sep 18, 2016, 6:04 AM |

This is a newbie's game. Comments within the games are based on my own view, without checking the engines. Comments after the games ("Engine checked") are checked with the engines.

All comments and criticisms are welcomed to help me improve. Thanks in advance.

Game 1: Vs Elliott

Engine Checked:

At the interesting position of 7.Bb5, Black can play 7...Bb4+. If White response with the natural looking 8.Nc3, Black has 8...Qd5! Attacking the b5 Bishop and g2 pawn (as well as d4 to a certain extent) at the same time. White does not have many good options (e.g. 9.Qg5 Nge7 10.Qxg7 Rg8, the retaliation with ...Qxg2 is more important.

14.Bc7 is indeed playable, so I guess I deseve some "brownie points" =)

The idea of 19...Qd3 is playable, but 19...Rc2 is better. This would address the concern over"which White Rook is better on c1". 19...Rc2 would've ignored this consideration.

20...Qb5 was an inaccuracy, losing all Black's advantage. I thought it was hard to see, however. The top line given by the computer is: 21.Nh5 Bf8 22.Re1 Qxb2 23.Bg5 Bd3 24.Bxd8 Rxd8 25.Rac1 Qb8 26.Rc7 a5 27.Rec1 Bg6 28.R1c6 Qb1+ 29.Rc1 Qb8, and assessed to be 0.00.

Finally, if 27.Nf6+ Kh8? There seems to be a forced perpetual check: 28.Bxg7+ Kxg7 29.Ne8+ Kg8 30.Nf6+ Kh8 31.Ne4+ Kg8 32.Qg5+ Kh8 33.Qf6+ Kg8 34.Qg5+

Game 2 was played against a 9-year-old who played well. Or perhaps, I'm not familiar with his approach to the game =)

Game 2: Vs Arsh

Engine Checked: Nothing to add! It opines Black's position to be better throughout the game. The couple of inaccurate nuisances have already been covered in the comments within the game.

In the next 2 games, my young opponents did not play very accurately, so I shall just merge the engine analysis within in game comment for convenience.

Game 3: Vs young boy (I didn't catch his name) Cry

Game 4: Vs Nakun