Welcome to my French Defense – Advanced Variation (ECO B22) ICC online game with Slop

On this page I have posted one my chess games in which I played the Black side of the French Defense – Advanced Variation.

I transposed into the French from a Sicilian. The ICC computer called this a Milner-Barry gambit, but it wasn’t really because White never sacrificed the d pawn. My opponents real name is Joe Richardson and he is from East Sussex, South East England. His correspondence chess rating was 1582.

[Event “ICC correspondence 2004SC18QF.06.03”]
[Site “Internet Chess Club”]
[Date “2004.04.18”]
[Round “-“]
[White “Slop”]
[Black “OnGoldenPawn”]
[Result “0-1”]
[ICCResult “White resigns”]
[Opening “French: advance, Milner-Barry gambit”]
[ECO “B22”]
[NIC “SI.46”]
[Time “13:46:48”]

1.e4 c5 2. c3 e6 3. d4 d5 4. e5 Nc6 5. Nf3 Qb6 6. Bd3 cxd4 7. cxd4 Bd7 8. Bc2 Bb4+ 9. Nc3 Nge7 10. O-O O-O 11. Bg5 h6 12. Bh4 Bxc3 13. bxc3 Qa5 14. Qd3 Ng6 15. Bg3 Nce7 16. Nh4 Bb5 17. Qf3 Bxf1 18. Rxf1 Rac8 19. Qh5 Qxc3 20. Nxg6 fxg6 21. Bxg6 Nxg6 22. Qxg6 Rc6 23. Bh4 Qxd4 24. Be7 Rf7 {White resigns} 0-1

ICC game played against Slop

1. e4 c5 2. c3 e6

French Defense, Advanced variation after 2... e6.

French Defense, Advanced variation after 2… e6.

What we have now is a closed Sicilian defense. 3. d4 d5 transposes into the French Defense.

3. d4 d5 4. e5 Nc6 5. Nf3 Qb6 6. Bd3 cxd4 7. cxd4

French Defense, Advanced variation after 7. cxd4.

French Defense, Advanced variation after 7. cxd4.

Black cannot capture the pawn at d4 just yet because if 7… Nxd4?? 8. Nxd4 Qxd4?? 9. Bb5+!! wins the Queen. Thus, 7… Bd7 is required before Black can capture the d pawn. Playing the Bishop back to c2 does not offer the gambit pawn and thus this game is not really a Milner-Barry gambit.

Bd7 8. Bc2 Bb4+

French Defense, Advanced variation after 8... Bb4+

French Defense, Advanced variation after 8… Bb4+

If White plays either Knight to d2 then Black can capture the White pawn on d4. If 9. Bd2 then Bxd2 10. Qxd2 Qxb2! Playing 9. Nc3 was White’s best move here. Black now plans to complete development as quickly as possible and then start a queenside attack. White plans to attack on the Kingside.

9. Nc3 Nge7 10. O-O O-O 11. Bg5 h6

French Defense, Advanced variation after 11... h6.

French Defense, Advanced variation after 11… h6.

Black wants White to decide now on capturing the Black Knight at e7 or not. If White captures on e7 Black will recapture with the Bishop and then will have his Queen attacking the pawns at d4 and b2. Playing 12. Bh4 is probably best here.

12. Bh4 Bxc3 13. bxc3 Qa5 14. Qd3 Ng6

French Defense, Advanced variation after 14... Ng6.

French Defense, Advanced variation after 14… Ng6.

Black is keeping pressure on c3 and now threatens to capture the White Bishop on h4. White decided that he wanted to keep that Bishop for a while longer.

15. Bg3 Nce7 16. Nh4 Bb5!

French Defense, Advanced variation after 16... Bb5!

French Defense, Advanced variation after 16… Bb5!

Black is now threatening to win the exchange of a Rook for a Bishop. So, White must succeed with his kingside attack or he will go into the endgame down material.

17. Qf3 Bxf1 18. Rxf1 Rac8 19. Qh5 Qxc3

French Defense, Advanced variation after 19... Qxc3.

French Defense, Advanced variation after 19… Qxc3.

Black is now up a Rook and a pawn for a Bishop. Black is threatening to win the Bishop at c2 as well as the pawn at d4. White calmly continues with his kingside attack.

20. Nxg6 fxg6 21. Bxg6 Nxg6 22. Qxg6 Rc6

French Defense, Advanced variation after 22... Rc6.

French Defense, Advanced variation after 22… Rc6.

White is putting pressure on e6 and g7 but Black is able to defend both and win yet another pawn.

23. Bh4 Qxd4 24. Be7 Rf7 0-1

French Defense, Advanced variation after 24... Rf7 (Final position).

French Defense, Advanced variation after 24… Rf7 (Final position).

White is currently down a Rook and a pawn for a Bishop. His best try here is 25. Bd6 winning the pawn at e6. Black could then give back the extra material by playing 25… Rxd6 26. exd6 and then 26… Qe5 wins the pawn at d6 and protects the Black pawn at e6. That would leave Black up two  pawns with a passed pawn on the d file.

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