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Georgy Ivanovich Ustinov vs David Bronstein
URS Cup (1970), Dnepropetrovsk URS, Aug-??
French Defense: Advance Variation (C02)  ·  0-1


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Apr-09-08  Whitehat1963: Tuesday/Wednesday puzzle after 40. Qxd5. (Opening of the Day)
Sep-14-14  tranquilsimplicity: This is the best plan by Black in my view against the French, of exchanging the light colour Bishops; the advantage is two-fold. Firstly, the light colour Bishop is a constant problem for Black as it is not easy to develop. Secondly, White often uses his/her light colour Bishop to win the game using the Classic Bishop Sacrifice theme (I've done so several times). And with this idea in mind, I will begin to play the French Defence.#
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  Domdaniel: <tranquilsimplicity> I agree with you, although I've also had games where Black's LSB becomes active eventually. But exchanging is also a good plan, and there are a few ways of doing it. The ...b6/...Ba6 plan has the advantage that it can be used in different variations: I've played it against the Tarrasch (1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nd2 b6 etc) and the Winawer (3.Nc3 Bb4 4.e5 b6 etc) though Black must be alert to the tactic c3 and Qa4+.

Another idea is ...Bd7-b5, usually in the Advance variation. The Bishop can be supported on b5 either by ...a6 or ...Qb6 (Wade variation).

Have fun with the French.

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  fredthebear: If instead 28.gxf4, then 28...Qg4+ forks the loose Nf3. The White knight will meet an inglorious fate anyway.

The pawn block 39...g4 sacrificing the d-pawn works out perfectly for Black. It sets up the winning skewer, as the Black rook captures the White knight with check on the second rank.

What's better than a centralized queen? A queen in close to the opposing king.

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