Glendale March Swiss
March 10, 2001
An irregular variation of the French where Black ends up with more space than white. In the middle game, Black shows the advantage of knights over bishops in closed positions.
Usually when I play the French I'm accepting that I'm going to be cramped for a while. Here, I've ended up with the space advantage.
8. Nf3 Nc6 9. Bg5 Nf6 10. c4 h6 11. Bh4 Bg4 12. Bg3 Qa5+ 13. b4 cxb4 14. Be2 bxa3+ 15. Qd2 Qxd2+ 16. Nxd2
With a two pawn advantage, I'd be happy to simplify by giving up two knights for a rook and pawn.
I demonstrate how not to play the Trompowsky Attack.
"Book" here is 4. Bc1 But I had had decent results with 4. Bg3 in informal games, so decided to try it. However, none of my opponents to this point had found...
Not liking my position much, I decided to sac the Bishop for an attack. In retrospect, 5. f3 is probably OK, as f3 is common in the 2... Ne4 line of the Trompowsky.
Solid play on both sides, ending in a drawn bishops of opposite color endgame.
In the French, doubled c-pawns are sometimes useful to Black in attacking d4.
But here, White volutarily abandons the d-pawn.
White exploits Black's weak square.
White is planning 22. Rg3 but Black has a defense:
24. Qf4 Qf5 25. Qxf5 exf5 26. Bd4 Be6 27. f4 dxc4 28. Rd1 Red8 29. Rd2 Rd7 30. Bc3 Rxd2 31. Bxd2 Rd8 32. Bc3 Kg8 33. Rf3 Rd3 34. Rxd3 cxd3 35. a4 Bb3 36. a5 g6 37. Kf2 Kf8 38. Ke3 Bc2 39. Kd4 Ke7 40. Kc5 Kd7 41. Kb6 d2 42. Bxd2 Bd3 1/2-1/2
Black applies pressure throughout the game, but eventually gives up a pawn allowing White to get to a won endgame.
1. d4 Nf6 2. Bg5 e6 3. e4 Be7 4. Nc3 Nc6 5. Nf3 b6 6. Bd3 Bb7 7.