FrenchC01

Madden J.
Eastgate B.

Stratford B c Leamington C
2014


C01: French: Exchange Variation

1. e4 e6 2. d4 d5 3. exd5 exd5 4. Bd3 Nf6 5. Bg5 Be7 6. Nf3 Bg4 7. Bxf6 Bxf6 8. c3 Nc6 8... Qe7+ 9. Kf1= 9. Nbd2 Qd6 10. Qe2+ Kd7 Black loses the right to castle 11. O-O Black has an active position 11... Rae8 Black threatens to win material: Re8xe2 12. Qd1 Black king safety improved 12... h5 Black has an active position 13. h3 White threatens to win material: h3xg4 13... Bg5? 13... Kd8= and Black hangs on 14. hxg4 hxg4 15. Ne5+ Decoy: e5 15... Nxe5 16. dxe5 Qh6 17. Qxg4+ Kd8 18. f4 Qh2+ 19. Kf2 Bxf4?? the position is going down the drain 19... Qxf4+!? 20. Qxf4 Bxf4 20. Nf3 20. Bb5 seems even better 20... c6 21. Rh1 Be3+ 22. Kxe3 Qxe5+ 23. Kd3 Rxh1 24. Rxh1 cxb5 20... Qh6 21. Ke2 Bxe5 22. Be4?? ruins a very nice position 22. Kd1 keeps an even firmer grip 22... f6 23. Kc2 22... dxe4 22... Bf4 and the rest is a matter of technique 23. Kd1 Rxe4 23. Nxe5 Rxe5 23... f5 hoping against hope 24. Nf7+ Ke7 25. Rxf5 Qa6+ 26. Ke3 Qd3+ 27. Kf2 Qd2+ 28. Kg1 Qe3+ 29. Rf2 Rh1+ 30. Kxh1 Qxf2 24. Rad1+ Ke7 25. Qd7+ Kf8 26. Qxf7# 1-0 [Houdini 4 x64B (30s)]

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