Kindred’s Special: The French Revolution

Black in this game decides upon a rather unusual system which the former World Champion T. Petrosian experimented with some success. Romanischin hopes to catch his opponent unprepared by adopting this peculiar French line. Thus, the French Revolution continues and this variation lends itself to further testing by my readers who find this particular game suited to his or her style.

1.e4  e6  2.d4  d5  3.e5  b6  4.c3  Qd7.

Black must beware of making natural looking moves because if now 4….Ba6? 5.Bxa6  Nxa6  6.Qa4+ wins the unprotected Knight.

5.Nf3  Ne7  6.Bd3  Ba6  7.Bxa6  Nxa6  8.Qd3.

The exchange of Bishops has forced the Knight to a bad position. White uses it to gain a tempo but even stronger might be 8.a4.

8…Nb8  9.Nbd2  Nbc6  10.O-O  Ng6!  11.Re1  f6!

Black poses problems for White to solve in the central complex.

12.exf6  gxf6.

Anyone want to try 13.Qf5 here? Beware! Things are not as they appear.

13.Nf1  O-O-O  14.Qa6+ Kb8  15.a4  e5.

Black follows the classic approach of meeting a wing demonstration with counterplay in the center.

16.a5  e4  17.N/3d2  Rg8!

This strong move adds pressure on the half-open file.

18.b4  Bxb4!

A tactical remedy where White’s plans are shattered.

19.axb6  cxb6.

If you play by rote principle of pawn captures toward the center, then you will get checkmated by 20.Qa8#, so you must keep your wits about you every second.

20.cxb4  Nxb4  21.Qa4  Qxa4  22.Rxa4  Nd3  23.Rd1  Ngf4  24.Ng3  Nxc1  25.Rxc1 Rxg3!   (0-1).

Another of those famous RxN sacrfices that seem fairly common in the chess battles I have played or seen published.

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I have adopted the French Defense off and on for variety and to keep my opponents from my favored 1..e5; 1…c5, 1…g6 (d6) or 1…c6 I have employed likewise. 

Rochester Chess Center, 1992 All-Experts Championship

White:  Warren Lohr      vs  Black: Don Reithel

This game shows a Frenchie/Sicilian system.

 1.e4  e6  2.d3  c5  3.Nd2  Nc6  4.Ngf3  g6  5.g3  Bg7  6.Bg2  Nge7  7.O-O  O-O  8.Re1  d5  9.Qe2  d4  10.h4  e5  11.Nh2  Be6  12.Ndf3  h6  23.h5   Qd7  14.Nh4  g5  15.f4  gxh4  16.g4  exf4  17.Bxf4  Ne5  18.g5  hxg5  19.Bxg5  h3  20.h6  hxg2  21.hxg7  Kxg7  22.Qxg2  Ne7g6  23.Rf1  f6  24.Bd2  Bh3  25.Qg3  Bxf1  26.Rxf1  Rh8 27.Qf2  Ng4  28.Nxg4  Qxg4+  (0-1).

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