Category Archives: French Defence

Brasschaat Open 2013-IM Gergacz A(HUN)

TWIC 981-Brasschaat Open 2013
GMs Dgebuadze, Alexandre and Zhao, Xue shared first with 7.5/9. Top Hungarian was IM Izsak, Gyula, who won the event previously in 2011. IM Gergacz,A had 6/9 while IM Peredy had 6.5/9.

IM Gergacz,A HUN


More on Brasschaat

In 2006 Brasschaat won the award of most liveable community of the world. This prestigious award was given by the LivCom Awards, a division of the United Nations.

Standings

GMs Dgebuadze, Alexandre and Zhao, Xue shared first with 7.5/9.

GM Zhao, Xue

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Rank Name Score Fed. Rating TPR
1 GM Dgebuadze, Alexandre 7.5 BEL 2515 2604
2 GM Zhao, Xue 7.5 CHN 2562 2642
3 GM Kasparov, Sergey 7 BLR 2484 2523
4 IM Izsak, Gyula 7 HUN 2452 2370
5 FM Sadkowski, Daniel 7 BEL 2245 2328
6 FM Beukema, Stefan 7 BEL 2321 2232
7 IM Docx, Stefan 6.5 BEL 2490 2429
8 IM Hovhanisian, Mher 6.5 ARM 2507 2471
9 FM Piceu, Tom 6.5 BEL 2321 2379
10 Colijn, Stefan 6.5 NED 2276 2262
11 FM Dardha, Arben 6.5 BEL 2272 2168
12 IM Peredy, Ferenc 6.5 HUN 2198 2241
13 Miesen, Fabian 6 NED 2145 2300
14 IM Gergacz, Attila 6 HUN 2370 2339
15 Roggeveen, Pieter 6 NED 2200 2218
16 Sadikhov, Ulvi 6 AZE 2233 2277
17 Mengerink, Ynze 6 NED 2187 2216
18 Leenaerts, Robin 6 BEL 2265 2196
19 WIM Kasparova, Tatiana 6 BLR 2145 2148
20 FM Hamblok, Roel 6 BEL 2304 2187
21 Schuermans, Robert 6 BEL 2132 2148
22 Kabos, Tobias 6 NED 2294 2139
23 Boucquet, Emile 6 BEL 2055 2146
24 CM Steenbekkers, Franck 6 NED 2228 2061
25 Ijzermans, Cees 6 NED 1959 2097
26 De Vos, Nils 6 BEL 2221 2073

Hungarian Results
Top Hungarian was IM Izsak,Gyula, who won the event previously in 2011.

IM Gyula Izsak

(winnaar Masters 2011) 

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Name Score Fed. Rating TPR
IM Izsak, Gyula 7 HUN 2452 2370
IM Peredy, Ferenc 6.5 HUN 2198 2241
IM Gergacz, Attila 6 HUN 2370 2339


Here is IM Gergacz’s rd5 attacking victory over IM Hovhanisian in the topical French Tarrasch 3..h6.

Gergacz,A (2370) – Hovhanisian,M (2507)
French Tarrasch 3..h6[C03]
Brasschaat Open 2013
Brasschaat BEL (5.3), 21.08.2013

Position 1
White has sacrificed two pieces for the attack so far. What do you recommend for white now?

White to Play

31..Kg7
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French Top 12 2013 Rd1-GM Rapport(HUN)

More on Haguenau, France
Haguenau has a notable army base. Here is a bit more(French language).

‘Rencontre avec les hommes du plus grand centre de renseignement militaire français et présentation de leur activité avec le Lieutenant Colonel André et le Sergent Richer.’ 



TWIC-969
GM Rapport played a fabulous ending giving an exchange for the bishop pair and a pawn.

Rapport,R (2674) – Apicella,M (2532)
FR Advance 5.Nf3 Qb6 6.a3 c4 7.Nbd2 [C02]
French Top 12 2013 Haguenau FRA (1.1), 30.05.2013

Position 1
The passed pawn is the key. What do you recommend for white?

White to play

26…Nc6

French Winawer Review 2013-05

e4ChessNews
A review of 7 recent games in the French Winawer. Material should be useful to French Defence and/or 1.e4 players. Most games come with  videos.

For example: More About Poland
Gdańsk is Poland’s principal seaport as well as the capital of the Pomeranian Voivodeship. It is also historically the largest city of the Kashubian region. 



Game 1
Robson,R (2620) – Shulman,Y (2570)
FR Winawer 4.ed ed[C15]
ch-USA 2013 Saint Louis USA (6), 09.05.2013
Game 2
Vocaturo,D (2511) – Bruno,Fabi (2428)
FR Winawer 4..b6[C16]
45th Italian Teams 2013 Bratto ITA (2), 28.04.2013
Game 3
Hector,J (2512) – Berg,E (2561)
FR Winawer 4.e5 c5 5.Bd2 [C17]
21st Sigeman & Co Malmo SWE (3.2), 24.05.2013
Game 4
This brilliant positional game is my favorite.


IM Artemiev(left)


Aravindh,Chithambaram VR (2328) – Artemiev,V (2524)
FR Winawer 6…Qa5[C18]
The Black Queen Blues Variation
Somov Memorial 2013 Kirishi RUS (6.4), 13.05.2013
Game 5
Franklin,S (2322) – Pert,N (2557)
FR Winawer Poisoned Pawn 12..d4[C19]
4NCL 2012–13 Hinckley ENG (10.116), 05.05.2013
Game 6
Tazbir,M (2555) – Socko,B (2651)
FR Winawer 7.h4 [C19]
ch-POL 2013 Chorzow POL (6.4), 18.04.2013
Game 7
Bartel,Mat (2619) – Socko,B (2651)
FR Winawer 7.a4[C19]

ch-POL 2013 Chorzow POL (8.1), 20.04.2013

Sigeman & Co Malmo 2013 Rd6-GM Rapport,R(HUN)

More on Sweden
The Siegman tournament is being held in Malmo. Here’s some background on the Swedish city.



TWIC 968
GM Rapport played a thematic game against the French and won a sharp ending. Of note was the nice Ra2-d2!? way of bringing the rook into play in the opening.

Rapport,R (2674) – Berg,E (2561) 
French Advance 6.a3 Nh6 7.b4 C02]
21st Sigeman & Co Malmo SWE (6.1), 27.05.2013


Position 1
White is winning but what is the most precise way to end the game?

White to Play
34…Rb3

Bundesliga 2012–13 Rd11-IM Galyas M(HUN)

TWIC 958
3.e5 b6 4.c3 Qd7 5.Nf3 Ne7 6.Na3 h6!?(diagram)


6…h6

Hungarian Super-IM Galyas(FIDE high 2487-2010 Fide) used the 3..b6 sideline to duck away from a theory battle. Galyas now has branched into coaching and is a regular contributor to Sakkvilag, the Hungarian chess magazine.

Photo by Diana Mihajlova  Chessbase


Diaz,Joa (2176) – Galyas,M (2423) 
French Advance 3…b6[C02]
Bundesliga 2012–13 Baden Baden GER (11), 16.03.2013


Position 1
Black is on the attack but the breakthrough on the 2nd rank has been stopped. How should black continue now?

Black to Play

31.Rb2

Josef Varosi Open 2013 Rd4

Here’s a nice attack game from a harmless opening.

Kovacs K,Arpad (1985) – Zahonyi-Abel,Mark (1788)
French Exhange[C01]
Józsefvárosi Open (4), 16.03.2013


Position 1 
White has loosened the kingside up and black is poised and ready to strike. What do you recommend for black?

Black to Play

21.Rf1

e4ChessNews March 9 Posts-French Defence

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The French was my primary defence to 1.e4 at one point so now I’m preparing to use it again.

TWIC 956
3 games in the French examined.

Game 1
Georgiadis,N (2380) – Rodshtein,M (2616)
French Winawer 6…Qc7 7.Nf3 [C18]
29th Open Cappelle la Grande FRA (1.9), 23.02.2013

Black to Play

Game 2
O’Connor,Jon (2124) – Short,N (2697)
French Winawer 6..Qc7 7.Qg4[C18]
20th Bunratty Masters, IRL (1.2), 01.03.2013

Game 3
Valuet,B (2290) – Ulibin,M (2521)
French Tarrasch 3…Nd2 Nf6 4.e5 Nfd7 5.Ngf3 [C05]
29th Open Cappelle la Grande FRA (3.53), 25.02.2013

Black to Play

Hungarian TCH 2012-13 Rd7-Szabo K(HUN)

TWIC 955
The French Winawer Poisoned Pawn is a popular line but the attempt to duck massive theory with 11…dc puts black on the wrong end of a sharp line after 12.h4!  Black badly needs a good idea here as white gets big pressure with the simple Rb1/Rg1 formation.

Szabo,Krisz (2541) – Toth,E (2473)
French Winawer 7.Qg4-11..dc [C19]
TCh-HUN 2012–13 Paks HUN (7), 17.02.2013


Position 1
Black’s king has been exposed so white is looking for attacking ideas only now.What do you recommend for white?

White to Play

20…Rxg2

French Defence Steinitz 7.Be3 cd Trends 2012

Mekhitarian showed a new attacking idea in the Americas Continental 2012 tournament but black had clear improvements.

Mekhitarian,K (2503) – Matamoros Franco,C (2534)
Steinitz 7.Be3 cd-11.Nb3[C11]
7th Americas Continental 2012 Mar del Plata ARG (9.8), 19.10.2012

Position 1
Both sides have attacking plans. What do you suggest for white now?

White to Play

20…Rb8

French McCutcheon Trends(TWIC 950) 2013

Volkov showed the typical themes at the Dvorkovich Memorial tournament in January.

Predke,A (2503) – Volkov,Sergey (2590)
French McCutcheon 8.Qg4 Kf8 [C12]
Dvorkovich Mem 2013 Taganrog RUS (4.8), 18.01.2013

Position 1
Both sides have made progress in the typical kingside vs. queenside strategic race. What do you suggest for black now?

Black to Play

24.f5