Thursday 27 September 2007

Hacking the French

Looking through the games from the Monarch Assurance Isle of Man Open I came across this effort by Moulthun Ly. It seems a sensible method of meeting the French, using the straightforward idea of checkmating Black. Of course if Black had found 20 ... f5 instead of 20. ... Qc3?? then Moulthun had some more work today (eg 21.g4) but in a practical sense, pressure moves do cause your opponents to blunder.

Ly,M (2295) - Fraser-Mitchell,J (2097) [C05]
Monarch Assurance Isle of Man (4.33), 25.09.2007

1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nd2 Nf6 4.e5 Nfd7 5.f4 c5 6.c3 Nc6 7.Ndf3 Qa5 8.a3 Be7 9.Rb1 Nxd4 10.Nxd4 cxd4 11.b4 Qc7 12.cxd4 Nb6 13.Nf3 Bd7 14.Bd3 Ba4 15.Qe2 Rc8 16.0-0 0-0 17.f5 Bc2 18.f6 gxf6 19.Bh6 Bxb1 20.Bxb1 (D)
20. ... Qc3 21.Qf2 Kh8 22.Qh4 Rg8 23.exf6 1-0

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