Saturday, November 04, 2006

Is it really so simple?

The book of Yasser gave me a lot of insights about pawn play.
Although my knowledge is still in it's infancy I was very amazed about how fast I crushed my opponent at the club tonight by using only "soft" positional means.
White is somebody who plays the French defense for more than 40 years.
The last months he plays everyday against Fritz with the WHITE pieces, forcing Fritz (at full force!) to play the French Defense with black. He told me he wins from Fritz often lately.
I played with black the Scandinavian, what transposed into the French.
Usually this is VERY slow for black. With my new acquired positional insight though I put him simply off the board in 23 moves. He clearly had no idea what I was doing.
You can find the game here.
Man, this positonal stuff is going to give me lots of fun!!

I have to apologize to J'adoube: the French defense is NOT for old men.
I just advice beginners to start with more open games, to get the hang of kingside attacks and gambit play.


  1. Nice game. Though keep in mind that your "french" with the light-squared bishop outside the pawn chain is very favorable for Black in comparison to the "real" french were it remains trapped behind the e6-pawn.

  2. Yes, I know, that's why I play the Scandinavian:)

  3. Congratulations. I really like the style of this one - simple yet strong.

    I laughed when I read this: "He clearly had no idea what I was doing." Compared to your other games , this one seems *much* easier to follow, and the annotations clarify the advantages Black was building on.

  4. Very nice finish!
    I told you this positional stuff can be fun. :)