Blitz Chess #391: French Defense, Winawer

The French Winawer can very often lead to an imbalanced strategic battle. More specifically one where white has the two bishops and a compromised queenside structure, the very side of the board black looks to exploit due to the many holes in white’s camp. In this game however, black first offers a pawn or two, but white declines the invitation. Instead, one of the black pieces turns into Pac-man, and white’s dark-squared bishop turns into a beast. This was a 5|0 time control game, where I was playing with the black pieces.

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1. e4 e6 2. d4 d5 3. Nc3 Bb4 4. e5 c5 5. a3 Bxc3+ 6. bxc3 Ne7 7. Qg4 Qa5 8. Bd2 Nbc6 9. Ne2 g6 10. h4 h5 11. Qf3 Qa4 12. g4 hxg4 13. Qxg4 Qxc2 14. Ng3 cxd4 15. cxd4 Qb2 16. Rd1 Qxd4 17. Qxd4 Nxd4 18. Bg2 Nec6 19. h5 Bd7 20. Bg5 Nf5 21. Nxf5 gxf5 22. Bf6 Rh7 23. h6 Ne7 24. Bf3 Ng6 25. Ke2 Bc6 26. Rd4 Kd7 27. Ke3 Rg8 28. Bg7 Rgxg7 29. hxg7 Rxg7 30. Be2 Nxe5 31. f4 Ng6 32. Rh6 Ke7 33. Rd1 Kf6 34. Bh5 e5 35. fxe5+ Kxe5 36. Rg1 d4+ 37. Kd2 Be4 38. Bxg6 fxg6 39. Rhxg6 Rc7 40. Rg7 Rc2+ 41. Kd1 Rb2 42. Re7+ Kf6 43. Rd7 Rb1+ 44. Kd2 Rxg1 45. Rxd4 Ke5 46. Rd8 Rg2+ 47. Ke1 Ra2 48. Re8+ Kf4 49. Rh8 Rxa3 50. Rh4+ Ke5 51. Rh8 a5 52. Re8+ Kf4 53. Rh8 a4 54. Rh4+ Ke5 55. Rh8 Ra1+ 56. Kd2 a3 57. Kc3 Rb1 58. Ra8 f4 59. Ra5+ Bd5 60. Rxa3 Rb3+ 61. Rxb3 Bxb3 62. Kxb3 f3 63. Kc3 f2 64. Kd3 f1=Q+ 65. Ke3 Qc4 66. Kf3 Qd3+ 67. Kg4 Qe3 68. Kh4 Qg1 69. Kh5 Kf5 70. Kh6 Qg6

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  1. If you're going to sac the g & h pawns on the k-side, 7…Qc7 is the usual way to do it. This way, you'll get one pawn back after 8. Qxg7 Rg8 9. Qxh7 cxd4, and white will be forced to play 10. Ne2 (to defend against the fork on c3), which messes up his coordination a bit.Playing with Qa5-Qa4 instead seems to offer black less compensation for the pawn(s), so I think white should've tested you on that and grabbed on g7…

  2. always fun to watch you play thanks for the video

  3. cant wait to watch Jerry just got finished a game myself I'm was thinking during the game I'm going to visit your channel to learn more openings. Thanks man. York pa here.

  4. glad you played the french in this one Jerry. as a newbie, I try to play this and it's a good learning lesson.

  5. I attempted French defence for the first time today (fortunate timing on this video later today). Being I was playing against someone who has both more experience and knowledge in openings, I lost.

  6. Oof was that a Seinfeld reference? Making me feel old, Jerry @ChessNetwork

  7. nice game and commentary as usual Jerry. I like your description for this video as well.

  8. Pawns on white squares (hmmm), gives up dark squared bishop (sweating), plays g6 (screams profanities), wins (ugh. Good job Jerry)

  9. Really interesting game. Can I ask for an advice? When I play online with 5 minutes, I usually get to a winning or comfortable position, like winning a piece, but a lot of times end up drawing or even losing. I think it's because in a "already won" mentality and end up underestimating my opponent threats. This happens to others or it's just me? How do you avoid that? Maybe it's an interesting topic to discuss and could be an idea for one of your future videos. Thanks in advance to everyone who will answer! 🙂

  10. I liked the exchange sac, makes your game much easier to play. Well done.

  11. 18:43 Someone needs to tell Stockfish that weird castling is just as much cheating as the supposed 'en passant' is.

  12. Loved how you was able to use the chess engine to evaluate the game after playing. Thanks for taking the time to do that part of the video.

  13. Oh man I would never even consider g6 with my dark bishop off and his on board …. but I guess when you're a national master you can stand to break a few chess "rules"

  14. I don't play a lot of chess mostly watching but at 21:24 white move wasn't better to move his rook to G1 to pin your knight ?
    Don't know the long terms of that move but it felt like a better move.

  15. Tricky. Not sure I am a fan of M. W's offering. All those unpatrolled dark squares…

  16. Hey Jerry, very interesting as usual. Just a question: why didn't you consider "knight to C3" forking the king and grabbing the pawn in the A file (18ish move)?

  17. The a pawn was not really dropping, you could fork with the b pawn

  18. By the way, thanks for including the PGN of the game, most well known YouTube chess players don't do that!

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