My Game, (on 50 megs); Number One. (# 01)    

This is a game that many of my friends - and chess students - have asked my to put on the web. (More than once!) 

I finally got to it!!!

The long version contained a very in-depth opening repertoire. (I really never even finished that version.) 

Anyway, what I did to get this version was to take the long version  ...  and just hack it down to a more reasonable size. Enjoy!!! 

  A.J. Goldsby I (2239) - Brent Inman (2146)  
   A.S.M.S. Summer Chess Open  
    J.C. Davis Auditorium    
    Chickasaw, AL / USA  (Rd. # 05)July 16th, 2000.    


An interesting game, that is cut short by a blunder. (Brent was probably a little tired from several long games. His game in Round Four vs. Richardson went the full four hours! {And over 70 moves.} 


The original version of this game contained a very in-depth repertoire of ALL the book lines of the Advance 
Variation of the French. (Plus about 30-50 games - and game fragments ... plus game analysis.) All this was removed for this version of the game. (NO-WAY!!! - - - I try to make a web page out of that!!)  


The ratings are the correct ones, and those assigned on the tournament's wall chart and also the cross-tables as well. 

 1.e4 e6;  2.d4 d5;  3.e5!?,  {See the diagram, just below here.}     
The Advance Variation. 

I wanted to get Brent out of his preparation. 



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     [  I almost always play:  3.Nd2,  which is the Tarrasch Variation.
         (I am sure Brent counted on this, he looked terribly disappointed 
          when I played 3.e5, here.)  ]  


 3...c5;  (Pawn-lever)     
Attacking the base of the pawn structure.  (The d4-square.) 

     [ Possible was: 3...b6!?; ]   


The most sensible move, protecting a pawn with a pawn. 

     [ MCO gives:  4.Nf3!?,   ...  {See that Book.} ]  


The most normal move here, and the Main Line, according to book. 

     [ An interesting try is:  4...Qb6  with good play for Black. ]  


 5.Nf3 Bd7;   
Developing the Queen-side before the King-side is common by many 
French Defense advocates.   

     [ Some players like: 5...Nh6?! {now} MCO gives:  6.Bd3,  ... 
        but White should be OK.  {In these lines.};   


       The most normal continuation is:   5...Qb6 {Diagram?}   
       The main line of  ... the Advance Variation.  
       [ See any good reference work. ]  ]   


Simple, sane development.  (This can never be bad!)  

     [ A simple trap was:   6.Bb5? Nxe5!;  "/+"  {D?}  
        and Black wins a pawn.  


       MCO gives:    (>/=)  6.a3!?,  "~"  {Diagram?}    
       here for White. (The main line.) ]  


I do not know if this is good or bad.  
I am not sure, at this point anyway, if this move is even in the book. 
(Maybe a dubious idea?)   

     [  Another idea for Black was:   
         White takes up the challenge.  

            ( Or 7.b3 Nf5;  8.Bb2 Qb6;  9.0-0, "+/="  {Diag?}     
                and White is (also) slightly better. )    

         7...gxh6;   8.0-0 Qb69.Qd2 Bg710.Na3 0-0  
         11.Nc2,  "+/="  {Diagram?}   
         GM V. Topalov - GM A. BareevNovgorod, 1997.   

         [ See MCO-14;  pg.'s # 200-202, column # 4, and note # (p.), part (B.).]    


        Another idea here for Black is to play the Knight to e7 first; then head for f5.   

         For example:  6...Nge7!?7.Na3 cxd4;   8.cxd4 Nf5 
         9.Nc2 Qb610.0-0 Rc8;  "~"  {Diagram}   
         Many books rate this position as being better for White, (I.e. - "+/=");   
         I choose the more sober assessment that Black is probably OK here.   

         GM Evgeny Sveshnikov (2557)  -  GM Goran Dizdar (2530)  
         National Championship Tournament / (Rd. # 8) / Celje, SLO; 2003.    
         {The game was eventually drawn.} ]    


I do not know if my next move is good or bad. But I decided I was happier   
in a more open-type position, than a closed one.  
 7.exf6!?,   {Diagram?}   
Opening the game up. 
{And also creating some slightly weak squares in Black's camp.}  

(But this was not White's only option.)   

     [ I spent a lot of time looking at:  7.Bf4!?, "+/="   ... {Diag?}   
       (I go on to give a very long line that takes several pages. Of   
        course I did not see all of this over the board!!);     


       MCO gives:  7.0-0, ('!')  {Diagram?}   
       and White should come out of the opening with a solid edge. ]   


 7...Nxf6;  8.0-0 Bd6;  9.Na3! a6;      
Twice in one tournament! (A search of my database reveals that I have again, 
 in less than ten moves, gone outside the scope of known theory.)  

     [ During the game, I thought that I was clearly better after Black exchanges 
        on the d4-square here. (After the game, Brent agreed with me.)   

        But the following analysis would seem to indicate that after the moves: 
        9...cxd410.Nb5 Bb811.cxd4 0-012.Re1 e513.dxe5 Nxe5  
        14.Nc3,  "~"   {D?}    Black might be OK. ]  


 10.dxc5! Bxc5;  11.b4!?,  ('!')   {See the diagram - just below.}      
Not the only move that I looked at.  



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(This is a good place for a diagram.)  


     [ Also possible was:  11.Nc2 0-012.Be3 Bd613.c4, "~"  ]  


 11...Bd6;  12.b5 Bxa3?;  ('??')   
A horrible blunder.   

     [  Best was:  >/=  12...Ne5; ('!')  13.bxa6 bxa6; 14.c4, "~"  {D?}  
        when White plans to give Black an isolated pawn. ]   


My next move is a very alert  ...  "in-between"  move. 
  13.bxc6!,  Black Resigns1-0.     
(Black will lose a piece when White captures on d7 with check.)   

Not as short of a game as it seemed. I used 47 minutes on my clock. Black used 39-40 minutes.  

NOTE:  Brent is a former Master.  


  Copyright (c) A.J. Goldsby I  

  Copyright, (c) A.J.G; 2000-2005. 
  Copyright () A.J. Goldsby, 2006.  All rights reserved.   



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