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gibo ♡ 228 ( +1 | -1 )
Impressive game in the french this is a blitz 5min game i played on I'm white my opponent is black we are about the same rating (about 1750 at the time)

1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nd2 (the tarasch system much different to Nc3 where crazy tactical ideas can fly around, Nd2 opts for a small plus) 3...Nf6 (this is the most popular move also playable is 3..c5!? where black often has an IQP)
4.e5 Nfd7 5.Bd3 c5 6.c3 Nc6 7.Ne2 Qb6 more common is a setup with Qc7
8.Nf3 Be7 (this exits theory according to fritz but this is the sort of position in the tarasch black is preparing f6)
9.0-0 cxd4 10.cxd4 Nb4?! (this i dont think is best as white gets a dangerous setup for the kingside, perhaps simply 10...f6)
11.Bb1 f6 12.exf6 Nxf6 (white has a solid bind in the centre but he now looks towards the kinside)
13.Re1 0-0 14.a3 (had black not have played Nb4 ealier white would still have had to play this move probably and his kindside play would not be so lethal so black loses crucial tempo with that mistake)
14...Nc6 15.Nf4 (white appears to be ganging up on the e6 pawn but his real play is the kingside)
15...Nd8 16.Qd3 (compare whites active piece play to blacks crampt position)
15...Ne4?! (not the best but blacks position is already difficult with Ng5 comming soon, h6 may be playable but whites light coloured squares are weak)
17.Rxe4!! (white sacrifices a rook but grabs blacks most active piece, and the rook had no real part in the attack, whites bishops, knights and queen all work well for the attack against the black king)
17...exd4 18.Qxd4
18...Rf5 (perhaps not best but black had problems he could not properly answr, fritz suggests g6 but after Nxg6! it does not appear must better to the text)
19.g4 Bd7?! (not best, but even the better move Bd7 cannot hold black together)
20.gxf5 Bc6 21.d5! (fritz suggests Qc2 but i think this is better as blacks bishop is somewhat closed in)
21..exd5 22.Qxe7 d4?! (nf7 is better not that it matters anymore)
23.f6! (an attractive finish white has mate in 5)

what i found interesting in the game is that black never played anything horribly wrong, just as we played on he found himself in a lost position, when i anaylised with fritz it did not make a comment until blacks move 18 and even there it didn't have much of a helping suggestion
caldazar ♡ 108 ( +1 | -1 )
Black was playing without a plan. Granted it was a blitz game, but still. He just moves from one single-move idea to the next until White genuinely threatens something and then Black gives over to defense.

8... Be7 isn't really bad per se, but I think Black should be playing required moves before optional ones. He knows he'll want to play 8... f6 and he can play it right then and there. Maybe the bishop will indeed wind up on e7, but it could also be put to use on, say, d6, so he loses nothing by holding off until it's clear exactly where the bishop goes. Especially since he has a constructive idea to carry out in the meantime.

10... Nb4 is just bad. It's a one move threat that White counters easily, removes pressure from d4 (why else ...Qb6?), and forces the bishop to a pretty good square anyway (the bishop-queen lineup on the diagonal and the bishop moves out of the way of the queen's defense of d4). It doesn't really even cost White anything since he'll get the tempo back with a3.

15... Nd8? Eww. 15... Re8 and White is still probably better but Black's position isn't completely awful either.
ccmcacollister ♡ 76 ( +1 | -1 )
A Blitz game! Hey, nice game especially for a blitz. I have a wager with myself gibo, that you will be from the UK? When you said "Qc7" being more common than "Qb6, I got suspicious, thinking "that sounds like someone that has studied Short & some of the British French players !?".....Here in USA I think Qb6 is Much more common than Qc7, since J.Watson's "Play the French" books anyway (and we usually ofter say his "phenomenal" PTF book). Then you said "colour" & convinced me ?!
His Nb4 sure was a big blunder. I didn't like his Nd8, but the "usual remedy" for BL instead, Nxd4 then ...e5 doesn't seem to play well in the game. Since he's out of position and tempos behind the more normal play, where his B's would be Bd6 and Bd7 already. Regards,CAC
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gibo ♡ 35 ( +1 | -1 )
interesting theory ccmcacollister, but im actually from australia! I play 3.Nd2 line because my coach does he has actually written books on "how to beat the french" but in this book he actually suggests 3.e5, yet he never plays this move. His influence of 3.Nd2 is because he used to live in england and i think he new micheal adams and nigel short well.
sly_lonewolf ♡ 20 ( +1 | -1 )
It's... interesting game nonetheless! Good game! My opening repertoire is actually very limited & it seems that the French offers a wide variety & an interesting play!
Thanks you!