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French Tarrasch Review 2013-06

French Defence Tarrasch Review June 2013-e4ChessNews
A review of 9 interesting recent games that should be of interest to French Defense and 1.e4 players. My favorite games were

  • Game 4-Kamsky’s strategic suffocation of Shabalov in the US Ch(1) 
  • Game 9-Fedorchuk’s technical R-R ending in the Agzamov Memorial(3) 

Material usually has background video(s) for example-Tashkent,Uzbekistan.



Game 1
GM Volkov kept pushing his IQP to dominate the position. The ending was not perfect but the French Defence earned a valuable victory.


Petenyi,T (2455) – Volkov,Sergey (2610)
FR Tarrasch 3…a6[C03]
14th Euro Indiv 2013 Legnica POL (8.69), 13.05.2013


Black to play


Game 2
GM Arizmendi Martinez defended with the ambitious 3…Be7 line and grabbed a pawn but allowed GM Sjugirov fantastic piece play.

Sjugirov,S (2654) – Arizmendi Martinez,J (2571)
FR Tarrasch 3…Be7[C03]
14th Euro Indiv 2013 Legnica POL (7.23), 11.05.2013

White to play


Game 3
GM Howell got nothing special from the opening but GM Williams slowly lost control of the position.

Howell,D (2634) – Williams,Si (2511)
Tarrasch 3.Nd2 Nf6 4.e5 Nfd7 5.Ngf3 c5 6.c3 Nc6 7.Bd3 Be7 [C05]
4NCL 2012–13 Hinckley ENG (8.111), 24.03.2013

White to play


Game 4
GM Kamsky played a model squeeze using a good knight vs ineffective bishop to suffocate GM Shabalov.

Kamsky,G (2741) – Shabalov,A (2544)
FR Tarrasch 3.Nd2 Nf6 4.e5 Nfd7 5.f4 [C05]
ch-USA 2013 Saint Louis USA (1), 03.05.2013

White to play

Game 5
Amanov got nowhere against IM Sevillano’s defensive wall on the kingside.

Amanov,Z (2375) – Sevillano,E (2500)
FR Tarrasch 3.Nd2 Nf6 4.e5 Nfd7 5.Bd3 c5 6.c3 Nc6 7.Ne2 [C06]
27th Metropolitan GM Los Angeles USA (3), 16.05.2013

Black to play

Game 6
5.dc is gaining some popularity but white got nothing special in the game. GM Firman massaged down GM Rustemov’s IQP in a nice ending.

Firman,N (2531) – Rustemov,A (2544)
FR Tarrasch 3.Nd2 c5 4.exd5 Qxd5 5.dxc5 [C07]
Bundesliga 2012–13 Schwetzingen GER (14), 06.04.2013

White to play

Game 7
GM Pavasovic sacrificed a pawn for tremendous compensation and prevailed when Schroll chose an over active defense with a tactical flaw.

Pavasovic,D (2555) – Schroll,G (2403)
FR Tarrasch 3.Nd2 c5
4.Ngf3 cxd4 5.exd5 Qxd5 6.Bc4 Qd6-10…Be7 [C07]
TCh-AUT 2012–13 St.Veit AUT (10.4), 23.03.2013

White to Play

Game 8
GM Akopian used an original plan to gain kingside space and earned a victory when GM Meier opened up his kingside.

Akopian,Vl (2687) – Meier,Geo (2648)
FR Tarrasch 3.Nd2 c5 4.exd5 Qxd5 5.Ngf3 cxd4 6.Bc4 Qd6
7.0–0 Nf6 8.Nb3 Nc6 9.Nbxd4 Nxd4 10.Nxd4 a6 11.Re1 [C07]
40th Olympiad Open Istanbul TUR (9.3), 06.09.2012

White to play

Game 9
GM Fedorchuk played a model R-R ending to capitalize on an isolated pawn.

Fedorchuk,S (2652) – Aitbayev,A (2434)
FR Tarrasch 3.Nd2 c5 4.Ngf3 Nc6 5.exd5 exd5 [C09]
7th Agzamov Memorial Tashkent UZB (3), 16.04.2013

White to play

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