Category Archives: French Defence

French Defence 6.a3 Nh6 Trends 2012

Black plays a line recommended by Vitiugov in The French Defence Reloaded(Chess Stars 2012).

Sethuraman,S (2520) – Ganguly,S (2630)
French Advance 4.c3 Qb6 5.Nf3 Nc6 6.a3 Nh6 [C02]
5th Kolkata Open Kolkata IND(8), 10.12.2012

Position 1
Black has a very strong position. What do you recommend for black now?

Black to Play


French Advance 5…Bd7 Trends(TWIC 951)

Black plays a repertoire idea also recommended by GM Williams in Attacking Chess The French(Everyman 2011).

Pavlov,S (2471) – Ibragimov,I (2555)
French Advance 5…Bd7 6.a3 f6[C02]
Moscow Open A 2013 MoscowRUS (3.11), 04.02.2013

Position 1
White has recaptured with 19.Rxb3 and now attacks Qb6. What do you suggest for black?

Black to Play


French Winawer 6…b6 Trends(TWIC 952)

Here is a recent attacking effort from the Pan-Ams in Brazil played in January 2013.

Dominguez Perez,L (2723) – Rodriguez Vila,A (2508)
French Winawer 6…b6 7.Qg4[C16]
9th Panamerican Team Campinas BRA (5.1), 28.01.2013

Position 1
White is up a clear pawn and is pressing on both wings. What do you recommend for white now?

White to Play


French Winawer 7.h4(C19) Trends(TWIC 948)

Here is a recent effort by Smirin in the French Winawer played in early January 2013 in the Rilton Cup.

Smirin,I (2652) – Shimanov,A (2630)
French Winawer 7.h4[C19]

XLII Rilton Cup Stockholm SWE (8.1), 04.01.2013

Position 1
White obtained Q+P for RR and now has a strong opposite color bishop attack. How should white continue?

White to Play


Hungarian TCH 2012-13 Rd6

Here is a recent(TWIC 952) game from the Hungarian Team Ch.

Black won the bishop pair for a rook and decided the game in a sharp ending.

Nestorovic,N (2430) – Sedlak,N (2538)
French Rubinstein[C11]

TCh-HUN 2012–13 Decs HUN (6), 27.01.2013

Position 1
The bishop pair should dominate the lone rook in the ending. How should black continue?

Black to Play


Tata Steel 2013 Rd5-GM Rapport(HUN)

Here GM Rapport’s rd5 win over the veteran Tiviakov.

Rapport(l)  playing Tiviakov(r) in rd8

Tiviakov,S (2655) – Rapport,R (2621)
French 3.Nd2 Be7[C03]
75th Tata Steel GpB Wijk aan Zee NED (5.4), 17.01.2013

Position 1
Black would like to attack white on the queenside. What do you suggest?

Black to Play


Montreal Class Ch 2013 Rd5

Here is the critical Rd5 game of GM Sambuev which he won in strong positional style.

Kleinman,Michael (2288) – Sambuev,Bator (2576)
3.Nd2 Be7[C03]
Championnat par classe du Québec A (5.1), 20.01.2013

Position 1
Black has won a pawn but how to convert it? What do you suggest for black?

Black to Play


Montreal Class Ch 2013 Rd1

Here GM Sambuev’s rd1 game from the Montreal Class Ch. 
See fqechecs championnat-par-classe-desjardins-du-quebec-2013
Thanks to Hugh Brodie for posting the links on Chesstalk Class Ch

Liberzan,Thierry (2128) – Sambuev,Bator (2576)
French Winawer 4.Nge2[C15]
Championnat de classe du Québec  (1.1), 18.01.2013

Position 1
White has gathered his pieces on the kingside. What do you recommend for white now?

White to Play


Position 2
White’s pieces are awkwardly placed. How should black continue?

Black to Play


Endgame Master Class-GM Andersson

Here is an instructive queenless game that turns into a RN-RB ending from the endgame Maestro-Sweedish GM Ulf Andersson.

‘Ulf Andersson was born on June 27, 1951 in Vasteras, Sweden. He is a leading Swedish chess player. FIDE awarded him the International Master title in 1970 and the International Grandmaster title in 1972.

At his peak, Andersson reached number four on the FIDE Elo rating list. Tournaments he has won include

  • Belgrade 1977,
  • Buenos Aires 1978,
  • Hastings 1978-79,
  • Phillips & Drew 1980,
  • Phillips & Drew 1982,
  • Turin 1982,
  • Wijk aan Zee 1983,
  • Reggio Emilia 1985,
  • Rome 1985 and 1986.

 He drew a six-game match against former world champion Mikhail Tal in 1983, and played top board in the second USSR versus The Rest of The World Match in 1984. He led the Swedish Olympiad Team during the 1970s and 1980s.

Andersson is a very solid positional player. He draws a high percentage of his games against fellow grandmasters. He is renowned as a great player of endgames, especially rook endgames, and is famous for winning seemingly “unwinnable” endgames, often in very long games.’ Supreme-Chess

Giannino,D (1989)-Andersson,U (2556) [C07]

16th OIBM 2012 Bad Wiessee GER (1.12), 27.10.2012[Yip]

Critical Position 1
Both sides have majorities and will advance them to create a passed pawn which will then(hopefully) go onto promotion. Play will be on both wings as a strategic race is now on. Black has a useful minor piece for this type of play as the bishop can play on both wings simultaneously.

Black also has a temporary advantage in the form of a slight lead in development which takes the form of the active Rc8. How does black execute his plan as quickly and efficiently as possible?

Black to Play

Critcial Position 2
Black has sucessfully infiltrated on the kingside and taken the 2nd rank. Everything is going well for black and the win is in sight. But white has ideas too and has just attack the rook with 38.Ne3. What should black do?

Black to Play

WYCC 2012 Under 12G Tapp(CAN) Rd6

Here is a win by Ashley Tapp.

Ashley Tapp

It’s very tempting to brush aside wins but every game needs to be nitpicked over to meticulously weed out weaknesses that can be exploited by future opponents. Promising junior Ashley Tapp won this game but her future opponents(or coaches) will no doubt be on their computers finding ways to crank up their level. The same work must be done by Ashley to prepare for her next trip to the WYCC.

Blond Hanten,Elsa (1477) – Tapp,Ashley
French Advance 6.Bd3[C02]
Wch U12 girls Maribor (6.47), 12.11.2012[Yip]

Critical Position
White has offered the d pawn as a gambit which black declined in the game. Now the question is, in hindsight, if the same position arose again what should black do?

Black to Play