17 moves into the French Advance, comments welcome

GuitarPhilosopher

I'll just post the game. This is specifically the opening and variation I am trying to get better at. It looks like I had chances up until 17 moves. Then, I lost understanding of the game and missed the a pawn (just trying to get the game done so I can post it and go to sleep, it's 4:30 am here). I am sure there were earlier things to have been considered.

strom425

ok

CrackPipeLion

Play Sicilian instead.

GuitarPhilosopher

Maybe ThrillerFan will have some comments.

GuitarPhilosopher
rychessmaster1 wrote:
Play 3. Nc3 or 3. Nd2 French advance is bad

 

I understand there are alternatives, but I would like to be solid in this opening to a certain point. If you don't like it, that's fine. Post elsewhere.

IHaveTHECoronaVirus

play Advance: Milner Barry 

GuitarPhilosopher

You can't play the Milner Barry if black plays Bd7.

IHaveTHECoronaVirus

just play Bd3

GuitarPhilosopher

Why not Nf3? Why Bd3?

ThrillerFan

Your biggest mistake is ...Bd7.  Playing this move early is an error because it gives White time to consolidate (i.e. Castle).

 

Black must put no delay into attacking d4.

 

1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.e5 c5 4.c3 Qb6 5.Nf3 Nc6! (NOT 5...Bd7?!) 6.a3 and now Black has 2 options.

A) 6...c4.  The idea here is to shut the center, castle Queenside, and play a positional game where White attacks the Kingside and Black the Queenside

B) 6...Nh6 7.b4 cxd4 8.cxd4 Nf5! (Again, MUST PRESSURE d4 ASAP! 8...Bd7? Allows White to castle safely) 9.Bb2 (Stronger than 9.Be3) and only now 9...Bd7!, posing the threat to d4.  Notice here White has not played his Kings Bishop or castled yet because Black has not given him the time to do so.  Now the only good move for White is 10.g4.  10.Bd3? Simply drops the pawn.  After 10.g4, Black can play 10...Nfe7, intending to go to g6, or 10...Nh6 11.h3 f6 12.exf6 gxf6 with play for both sides.

 

White's King is still stuck in the center and the Kingside is also loosened with the g4 push.

 

If 10.g4 is not played to dislodge the Knight, Black is slightly better after something like 10.Be2 h5, securing the outpost for the knight and continuing to put massive pressure on White's center.

ThrillerFan

Oh wait, you were White.  After seeing the opening moves, White is better.  Give me a second to look further.

ThrillerFan

First off, on move 8, Black took the wrong pawn.  If they take the b-pawn, take advantage of his mistake and play axb4!  Not cxb4.

ThrillerFan

After taking back the wrong way on b4, the Bishop should go to b2 instead of e3.  Also, no need to play it right away.  Black is giving you time with his Bishop move.  Only play Bb2 when the pawn is attacked a third time.

ThrillerFan

Play the g4 push BEFORE castling.  Would have been even better with no Bishop to take on e3.  Waiting to do it until after Black plays ...Be7 just allows Black to execute a favorable trade of knights.  You dislodge the knight when it CANNOT go to h4 or you simply do not play g4.

 

And you say 17 moves?  After 17 moves by each player, I would rather have BLACK in that position!