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10 Nov 2017

C18 French: 3.Nc3 Bb4 Main line, 7.h4 and 7.Qg4 (1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.e5 c5 5.a3 Bxc3+ 6.bxc3 Qc7 7.Qg4 f5 8.exf6 Nxf6 9.Qg3)

C18 French: 3.Nc3 Bb4 Main line, 7.h4 and 7.Qg4 (1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.e5 c5 5.a3 Bxc3+ 6.bxc3 Qc7 7.Qg4 f5 8.exf6 Nxf6 9.Qg3)

This game was played in the invitational only mini-tournament called ichthus's mini-tournament v. 9 players participated in the tournament, which became the first mini-tournament I actually was able to win at GameKnot! Out of the 16 games I won 11, drew 4 and lost only one. However, two of those games were not played because one of the players withdrew from the tournament before it ended. In this very short draw I faced willy_13, who offered a draw in both of our games and both times I accepted the offer. In our other game draw was agreed upon after willy_13's 18th move, so neither game lasted that long. In both games I thought that I had already ended up on the worse side of the board, so accepting the draw seemed to be reasonable in both cases. This is almost not long enough game to be even shared in this blog and actually only the last move of the game, 11...c4, deviates from previously played games in my reference database. That being said, even in the theoretical part of the game, there is something to look at because the engine does not like the line all the way through.

Willy_13 played 7...f5 in the game, which is somewhat inaccurate, but my reply to it, 8.exf6 was even worse. It basically let my opponent off the hook a bit. I should not have taken taken en passant, because it allowed the knight development to f6, which is arguably a better square for the piece than e7. The last move that is considered to be theory according to Deep Fritz 14's opening classification, 9.Qg3, is not actually a good move according to Stockfish 8 64 POPCNT and it thinks that the position after the move is clearly favorable for Black at depth 42. I would not recommend this line for White.

Willy_13 should have played 9...Qa5 in reply, but instead my opponent traded queens, which resulted in a position that is roughly even. The rest of the moves played in the game were made accurately enough, so that neither player gained an advantage.

[Event "ichthus's mini-tournament v"] [Site "http://gameknot.com/chess.pl?"] [Date "2016.10.08"] [Round "?"] [White "Vierjoki, Timo"] [Black "willy_13"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [ECO "C18"] [WhiteElo "1792"] [BlackElo "1913"] [Annotator "Stockfish 8 64 POPCNT (30s), TV"] [PlyCount "22"] [EventDate "2016.??.??"] 1. e4 e6 2. d4 d5 3. Nc3 Bb4 4. e5 c5 5. a3 Bxc3+ 6. bxc3 Qc7 {French Defense: Winawer Variation. Classical Variation} (6... Ne7 7. a4 {French Defense: Winawer Variation, Advance Variation} (7. Nf3 {French Defense: Winawer Variation, Positional Variation}) (7. Qg4 Qc7 8. Qxg7 Rg8 9. Qxh7 cxd4 10. Ne2 {French Defense: Winawer Variation. Poisoned Pawn Variation Main Line})) 7. Qg4 f5 8. exf6 Nxf6 9. Qg3 {C18 French: 3.Nc3 Bb4 Main line, 7.h4 and 7.Qg4} Qxg3 10. hxg3 Nc6 11. Nf3 (11. dxc5 e5 12. Nf3 O-O 13. Bb2 e4 14. Ng5 h6 15. Nh3 Bxh3 16. gxh3 Rad8 17. O-O-O Nh7 {1/2-1/2 (17) Fleck, J (2390)-Gross,K (2215) Germany 1985}) 11... c4 $146 (11... O-O 12. Bd3 Bd7 (12... c4 13. Be2 Ne4 14. Ng5 Nxc3 15. Nxh7 Nxe2 16. Be3 Nexd4 17. O-O-O e5 18. Nxf8 Bf5 19. c3 Nb3+ 20. Kb2 d4 21. g4 Bxg4 22. f3 Rxf8 23. cxd4 exd4 24. Bf2 Be6 25. Rde1 c3+ 26. Kc2 Bc4 27. Rh4 {Kaderabek,J (2234)-Richter,M (1996) Klatovy 2013 0-1}) 13. Rb1 c4 14. Be2 b6 15. O-O Ne4 16. Bb2 g5 17. Rbd1 Be8 18. Nd2 Bg6 19. Nxe4 Bxe4 20. Rd2 b5 21. Bg4 Bf5 22. Bxf5 exf5 23. Re2 Rfe8 24. Rfe1 Kf7 25. Bc1 h6 26. Be3 { Medvec,M (1872)-Karas,M (1951) Banska Stiavnica 2012 0-1 (48)}) 1/2-1/2