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11 Oct 2017

C01 French: Exchange Variation (1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.exd5 exd5 4.Nf3 Bd6 5.Be2 Ne7 6.O-O O-O)

C01 French: Exchange Variation (1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.exd5 exd5 4.Nf3 Bd6 5.Be2 Ne7 6.O-O O-O)

The third round of the tournament called 2014 October Long Haul Split I finally decided the winner of the tournament. This is my only good game from that round, well I made some small mistakes, but nothing that could be called a blunder. The Exchange Variation of the French is not particularly interesting to me, but sometimes I play it against higher rated opponents, against whom I do not like to play the sharper variations. My 14th move, Qe2, was a small mistake.

The idea behind the move 14.Qe2 was to follow it up with 15.Re1 and take the e-file under my control. Caissad4 could have then taken my bishop from h4 and get the bishop pair, but my opponent was more concerned about development and played 14...Bd7. Admittedly, the bishop could not have been taken to safety on my next move, so if my opponent really wanted to take the bishop, he or she could do so later. I then moved my rook to e1 as planned and then we continued to play a few more moves, but agreed to a draw after 18...Nxh4. At the moment when the draw offer was made, I had already lost my other game, so only winning this game would have made sure that I still fought for the win of the tournament and a 4th round would have been needed. However, already at this point I was not that interested in playing chess and the idea of prolonging this tournament did not seem like something I would like, so I accepted the offer. My position was not actually promising either and I probably thought that I may lose this game as well if I continue playing it.

[Event "Long Haul Split"] [Site ""] [Date "2016.07.03"] [Round "3"] [White "Vierjoki, Timo"] [Black "caissad4"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [ECO "C01"] [WhiteElo "1941"] [BlackElo "2110"] [Annotator "Stockfish 8 64 POPCNT (30s), TV"] [PlyCount "36"] [EventDate "2016.??.??"] 1. e4 e6 2. d4 d5 3. exd5 {French Defense: Exchange Variation} exd5 4. Nf3 (4. c4 {French Defense: Exchange Variation. Monte Carlo Variation}) (4. Nc3 Nf6 5. Bg5 {French Defense: Exchange Variation. Svenonius Variation}) 4... Bd6 5. Be2 Ne7 6. O-O O-O {C01 French: Exchange Variation} 7. Bg5 f6 8. Bh4 (8. Be3 Nf5 9. Bc1 Nc6 10. c3 Nce7 11. Nbd2 Ng6 12. Nb3 b6 13. Bd2 a5 14. a4 Ngh4 15. c4 Ba6 16. Nxh4 Nxh4 17. c5 Bxe2 18. Qxe2 bxc5 19. dxc5 Be5 20. Bxa5 Qe8 21. Qg4 Ng6 22. Bc3 Bxc3 {Jevtic, V-Ljubisavljevic,Z (2179) Novi Sad 2014 1/2-1/2}) 8... Nf5 (8... Be6 9. Nbd2 Nbc6 10. c3 Ng6 11. Bg3 Nf4 12. Re1 Nxe2+ 13. Rxe2 Bf7 { 1/2-1/2 (13) Chaves,J (2030)-Boudy Bueno,J (2325) Cuba 1993}) 9. Nc3 c6 10. Bd3 $146 (10. Qd2 Qc7 11. Bg3 Nxg3 12. hxg3 Be6 13. Bd3 Nd7 14. Ne2 Rfe8 15. Nf4 Nf8 16. Rfe1 Bf7 17. Rxe8 Rxe8 18. Re1 Rxe1+ 19. Nxe1 {1/2-1/2 (19) Siponen, Y-Sahlberg,E Finland 1999}) 10... Na6 11. a3 {Controls b4} Re8 12. Re1 Rxe1+ 13. Qxe1 Nc7 {White has an active position} 14. Qe2 Bd7 15. Re1 Qf8 16. Nd1 Re8 {Black threatens to win material: Re8xe2} 17. Qd2 Rxe1+ 18. Qxe1 Nxh4 1/2-1/2