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TheFrench
Member since Aug-12-05 · Last seen Nov-23-06
I recently started studying chess more seriously, and decided, for starter, to learn the secrets of one opening and one defense. So I picked, at random, The Ruy Lopez as White, and the French Defense as Black. From those, I developped a taste for closed systems and learned to appreciate the subtelties of positional play. The French thought me to prepare more precisely for the endgame, and the Spanish led me to realize the importance of fighting for space. But I never could have imagined the complexity behind one single opening, all the possible variations and traps. I became addicted to chess. After having found some ways to win with my prefered opening and defense, I am now trying to understand how to defeat them, when played by my opponent, which is harder than it seems. In one year, my rating went approximately from 1400 to 1650. As for GMs, I like especially Karpov's style, gradually depriving his opponent of all counterplay. Tal and Morhpy also amaze me with their stunning attacks.
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   TheFrench has kibitzed 14 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Nov-15-05 K Chojnacki vs W Schmidt, 2003
 
TheFrench: 18.Bc5 ! is a very good move. It prevents 19.Nxg6 19.fxg6 followed by 19.Ne6, because Black could play Bxf2+ and gain the initiative. Before that move (Bc5), White's 2 Knights completely dominate Black's 2 Bishops. But after the exchange on d4, Black can place his light-squared ...
 
   Nov-13-05 Karjakin vs Ni Hua, 2005
 
TheFrench: Nice Knight maneuvers by Black.
 
   Nov-12-05 M Lomineishvili vs A Maric, 2005
 
TheFrench: I'm having some trouble understanding the purpose of 24.h4. So far I've narrowed it to 3 possible reasons : 1-To lose tempo; 2-To create a target for Black; 3-To restrict the mobility of own rook (and Queen!) Even 23.Rg4 seems hard to justify without resorting to the ...
 
   Nov-12-05 V Colin vs A David, 2005 (replies)
 
TheFrench: What's wrong with 30.Ng4 for Black ?
 
   Nov-11-05 J Parker vs Topalov, 1990 (replies)
 
TheFrench: 40.Rd6 and Qe6 must be wrong moves
 
   Nov-10-05 A Flomin vs E Lueers, 1991 (replies)
 
TheFrench: 0-1 ??
 
   Nov-06-05 Karpov vs L Tagmatarxis, 2001 (replies)
 
TheFrench: Nice Tactics by Karpov there ! lol
 
   Nov-05-05 Karpov vs J Moles, 1968 (replies)
 
TheFrench: 37.Rb3 can't possibly be the move that was played. 38.Ne3 doesnt make any more sense.
 
   Sep-23-05 Karpov vs Korchnoi, 1981 (replies)
 
TheFrench: Nice game by Karpov. It just looks odd to me that he moved his Bishop 3 times in the first 13 moves.
 
   Sep-23-05 Karpov vs Timman, 1981 (replies)
 
TheFrench: Very, very nice.
 
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