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Theriomorphic French Games
Compiled by Domdaniel
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'Theriomorphic' means 'a god manifesting in the form of a wild beast'. Speelman used it once on TV to describe Kasparov's play. I think it succinctly describes a certain kind of chess...

How to treat a King with too much trust in the pawn chain
Reshevsky vs Vaganian, 1976 
(C05) French, Tarrasch, 28 moves, 0-1

Nimzowitsch's distinctive style made Kmoch's pastiche possible.
Nimzowitsch vs Systemsson, 1927  
(C00) French Defense, 24 moves, 1-0

Zugzwang in the opening?
P Carreras Mendiolea vs V Bashkite, 2006 
(C01) French, Exchange, 63 moves, 0-1

Carlsen vs P Brantzeg, 2000 
(C18) French, Winawer, 52 moves, 0-1

Viktor busts Monte Carlo
R Kuijf vs Korchnoi, 1992 
(C01) French, Exchange, 31 moves, 0-1

Exquis Knight Ending: WK stalemated on h1 for 25 moves
Tartakower vs Botvinnik, 1946 
(C01) French, Exchange, 54 moves, 0-1

Six-pawn steamroller vs two pieces
E Kovalevskaya vs V Gunina, 2008 
(C00) French Defense, 41 moves, 0-1

Chistyakov 2014...
A Ramirez Alvarez vs Lenderman, 2014 
(C07) French, Tarrasch, 62 moves, 0-1

Vaganian's last significant win with the Swarm, 5...Ba5
Kulaots vs Vaganian, 2004 
(C17) French, Winawer, Advance, 25 moves, 0-1

P Ofstad vs S Williams, 2005
(C05) French, Tarrasch, 44 moves, 0-1

R Persitz vs R Blumenfeld, 1958 
(C17) French, Winawer, Advance, 45 moves, 1-0

S Sulskis vs Hjartarson, 1997 
(C16) French, Winawer, 70 moves, 1/2-1/2

Grischuk vs Short, 2000 
(C02) French, Advance, 32 moves, 0-1

Missed opportunities, eg 26...Qh3+!, but still a win for Black.
K Zvorykina vs E Bykova, 1959 
(C16) French, Winawer, 44 moves, 0-1

Braun Schoon
Nijboer vs A Braun, 2008 
(C18) French, Winawer, 39 moves, 0-1

S Sulskis vs M Bartel, 2007 
(C17) French, Winawer, Advance, 23 moves, 0-1

Advance, Wade var
A Ubushiev vs E Bystryakova, 2001
(C02) French, Advance, 30 moves, 0-1

Timman's 23...Qb4! refutes White's attack
P Carlsson vs Timman, 2007 
(C06) French, Tarrasch, 26 moves, 0-1

The return of ...Ng6 in the Qg4 Winawer.
F Libiszewski vs Rozentalis, 2010 
(C18) French, Winawer, 23 moves, 0-1

Howell you run
D Howell vs J Levitt, 2005 
(C07) French, Tarrasch, 47 moves, 0-1

S P Tanin vs G Sanakoev, 1960 
(C18) French, Winawer, 34 moves, 0-1

Jan bites with ...a6, ...h6, ...g5.
P B Petersen vs Timman, 2013 
(C05) French, Tarrasch, 15 moves, 0-1

Letelier vs W Heidenfeld, 1966 
(C13) French, 57 moves, 0-1

Kholmov vs Matulovic, 1963 
(A07) King's Indian Attack, 33 moves, 0-1

J Loughran vs O Benson, 2005
(C02) French, Advance, 44 moves, 0-1

Tarrasch 4.Ngf3
Sutovsky vs Caruana, 2013 
(C07) French, Tarrasch, 34 moves, 0-1

Hjartarson vs J Nogueiras, 1988 
(C18) French, Winawer, 30 moves, 0-1

S J Hutchings vs Keene, 1975  
(C06) French, Tarrasch, 27 moves, 0-1

Accountancy and pawn collection: the French a la Uhlmann
J Rotstein vs Uhlmann, 2007 
(C01) French, Exchange, 54 moves, 0-1

Rublevsky vs A Riazantsev, 2010 
(C07) French, Tarrasch, 56 moves, 0-1

Fischer vs W Hook, 1970 
(C18) French, Winawer, 28 moves, 1-0

Charge of the pawn brigade
Short vs F Vallejo Pons, 2010 
(C11) French, 39 moves, 0-1

Mainline Winawer with g4 and Rb1 demolished.
S Sanden vs Y Shulman, 1996 
(C18) French, Winawer, 31 moves, 0-1

Rapport strikes
D Larino Nieto vs R Rapport, 2014 
(C10) French, 30 moves, 0-1

Lerch vs Igor: monster mash
P Lerch vs I Naumkin, 2007 
(C00) French Defense, 33 moves, 0-1

E Najer vs Glek, 2013 
(C16) French, Winawer, 53 moves, 0-1

Topalov vs Kamsky, 2009 
(C07) French, Tarrasch, 45 moves, 1-0

Collapse of the Swarm?
G Solis de Ovando vs C Issler, 2002 
(C17) French, Winawer, Advance, 31 moves, 1-0

perp
O Renet vs P Motwani, 2005
(B28) Sicilian, O'Kelly Variation, 30 moves, 1/2-1/2

a5-a6 vs Swarm
A Volokitin vs Lputian, 2004 
(C17) French, Winawer, Advance, 40 moves, 1-0

E Paoli vs L Schmid, 1960 
(C18) French, Winawer, 40 moves, 0-1

Ivanchuk vs W So, 2009 
(C01) French, Exchange, 39 moves, 0-1

P Cafolla vs I Gelip, 2016 
(C02) French, Advance, 41 moves, 0-1

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