|Jul-30-02|| ||smichellel: Don't you put only one game of the day? |
|Jul-30-02|| ||chessgames.com: We have one "game of the day" each day, but we also have an opening of the day. Today the opening is the French Tarrasch. |
|Sep-08-05|| ||ArturoRivera: doesnt this variation loses the right to castle as white?
lets say after
doesnt white must move now the king.
|Sep-08-05|| ||Resignation Trap: <ArturoRivera> Actually, you mean after 8...cxd4 9. cxd4 Bb4+, right?|
Yes, White should play 10. Kf1 here, but the loss of the castling privilege is no big deal in such a blocked position, unless White gets a bit careless as in Spielmann vs Stoltz, 1931 . Generally speaking, White does quite well in this line, and two early examples which I can cite with it are Alekhine vs Capablanca, 1938 and Spielmann vs Dekker, 1934 .
|Jan-23-06|| ||chessboyhaha: No thatīs wrong, White has to lay very well to stay better or even fight for a drawn because in this variation that white loss the castle, the blacks should open the game in some moment with ...g5 as in this variation: 1.e4 e6
And the black has clear advantage because white has an uncastled king in a open position.
|Jan-23-06|| ||chessboyhaha: <ArturoRiviera> But I prefer to play 9...Be7!? thatīs quite interesting because black play with f6, 0-0(the e pawn is falling with check!)and g5!? and attack the white king at any cost as in Poliantsev vs Kaplun. That game was in 1983!|
|Feb-27-06|| ||sirduke: <ArturoRivera> and <Resignation Trap>, in your line how about 8...cxd4 9.cxd4 Bb4+ 10.Bd2? Why move the King? If BxB, then QxB and the b2 is covered. Is there some reason for not playing this line?|
|Oct-08-06|| ||WTHarvey: Here's a collection of puzzles from C05 miniatures: http://www.wtharvey.com/c05.html|
|Apr-16-07|| ||artemis: Chessboyhaha: the difference is that in this line, white is not playing f4, so his position is not that open and g5 is not as serious of a threat.|
|Jun-12-07|| ||OJC: I encountered the following unorthodox 5th move recently:|
1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nd2 Nf6 4.e5 Nfd7 5.Bd3 Qg5
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I'd never seen this one before and it turns out it is not in chessgames' or chessbase's database. The French defense isn't ideal for early Queen adventures from the black side and the g2 pawn looks poisoned...
6.Ngf3 Qxg2 7.Rg1 Qh3 8.Ng5!
White has a won game already:
Possible continuations are:
(1) Black accepts a second pawn 8. ...Qxh2 9.Ndf3 Qh5 10.Rg3! and black's queen will be trapped.
e.g. (i) 10. ...Qh1+ 11.Bf1 h6 12. Nh3
(ii)10. ...Be7 11.Rh3 Qg4 12.Rh4 Qg2 13.Bf1
(2) If black ignores the h2 pawn the same basic outcome occurs 8. ...Qh4 9.Ndf3 Qh5 10.Rg3 Be7 11.Rh3 Qg4 12.Rh4 Qg2 13.Bf1 Qh1 14.Rg4 with Rg1 to follow.
So, the g2 pawn is strategically and tactically poisoned in this line.
The actual game was line (1,ii).
|Feb-14-11|| ||Lennonfan: Why such a dip in popularity in the 1910-20's,then a massive resurge thereafter??|
|Feb-14-11|| ||suenteus po 147: <Lennonfan> I'm guessing World War I played its part in that dip in popularity.|
|Feb-14-11|| ||Lennonfan: <suenteos po 147> Well world war 2 never bothered this opening??? And the first world war never bothered other openings neither...would you like to take another guess??|
|Feb-14-11|| ||Marmot PFL: As the Winawer became more popular, players turned to 3 Nd2 to avoid it.|
|Feb-14-11|| ||Lennonfan: <marmot PFL>thank you...so im guessing that the war had nothing to do with it then??comparing the winawer's popularity to world war one is ridiculous,is it not?|
|Feb-14-11|| ||Lennonfan: <Marmot PFL>And for some reason iv never liked nor played nd2! even though i see the winning percentage is double that of black in this excellent database....il try it next time now the war's long over...|
|Mar-24-11|| ||ryanaly2010: Can somebody please tell me why black seems to never take the unprotected pawn on b2 with his queen on b6 after white moves his bishop to Bg5? I find this very confusing. Thanks!|
|Mar-25-11|| ||SimonWebbsTiger: @ryanaly
Qxb2 runs into Nb5, and the black queen is compromised (depending on the variation, but I guess you mean the line in the Tarrasch where the Knight goes to c3 before the bishop moves from c1).
|Nov-25-11|| ||Penguincw: Opening of the Day:
1 e4 e6 2 d4 d5 3 d2
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|Jun-09-12|| ||Tigranny: I love beating my opponent playing this system as Black by using Viktor Korchnoi's gambit like in this game - Korchnoi vs Udovcic, 1967.|
|Dec-02-13|| ||hedgeh0g: A tip for players on the White side of this opening:|
After 4.e5 Nfd7 5.f4 c5, the setup with 6.Ngf3 has been gaining in popularity recently, with the idea of provoking Black into closing the centre after 6...Nc6 7.Nb3! c4 8.Nbd2.
Regardless of where Black castles, he faces some difficulties: White has a natural space advantage and better development on the kingside, but retains the option of opening some lines on the queenside in the event Black castles over there.
White's recent results here speak for themselves, although there aren't really enough games to offer a definitive evalutation of this system.