Welcome to my French Defense (ECO C02) game number 1 with Jerome Lindsey page!
On this page I have one of my chess games in which I played the White side of the French Defense against Jerome Lindsey.
This is the first game that I lost to him. He avoided a trap that I almost played on him. I figured out the move I was supposed to play against him about ten minutes after I played the wrong move! I remember the look on his face after the game was over when I showed him what I should have played! Jerome avoided that trap the next time that I played the Milner-Barry Gambit against him. In this game, Black started off with the Center Counter Gambit and transposed into the French Defense, Advanced variation.
Rhine Main August Open
Rhine Main AFB, Frankfurt, Germany
17 August 1985
White: Mike Serovey (1596) Black: Jerome Lindsey (1504)
1. e4 d5
Black wants to play the Center Counter Gambit but White has other ideas.
2. e5 e6 3. d4 c5
Now we have the Advanced Variation of the French Defense, which is what White wanted.
4. c3 Nc6 5. Nf3 Qb6 6. Bd3 Bd7 7. O-O cxd4
Black accepted the first gambit pawn in the Milner-Barry Gambit. White will also offer the pawn at e5, which Black will take. In this gambit, White will sacrifice two pawns for an attack against the Black King and Queen. In the opening, a pawn is worth three tempi, and the person giving up the pawns does not have sufficient compensation without these tempi.
8. cxd4 Nxd4 9. Nxd4 Qxd4 10. Nc3 Qxe5
So far Black has played exactly what White wanted him to! White is now down 2 pawns but believes that he has to gain time (tempi) by attacking the Black Queen.
11. Re1 Qb8
So far, things are going according to White’s plan. Playing 12. Nxd5 does win back one of his pawns and threatens 13. Bf4 attacking the Black Queen and also 14. Nc7+, but it also gives Black a way to stop all of this with Bd6. Also possible was 12. Qf3. If then 12… Bd6 13. Nxd5 Bxh2+ 14. Kh1 Bd6 15. Bf4 Bxf4 16. Nxf4 Nf6 and Black seems OK. Instead of 12. Qf3 White can try 12. Qg4 which prevents the immediate Bd6. However, Black can develop a piece and attack the White Queen with 12… Nf6. Perhaps 12. Nxd5 was the best move here after all.
12. Nxd5 Bd6 13. Qg4
White is now down only one pawn and has a slight lead in development. White now offers the pawn on h2 in order to be able to play Bf4 and get control of the diagonal the the Black Queen is on. Black wisely declines this pawn and prevents the capture on g7. If Black had played 13… Bxh2+ then play would have continued with 14. Kh1 Be5 (to protect the pawn on g7) 15. Bf4 Bxf4 16. Qxg7 winning the Rook at h8. No better is 15… g6?? because of 16. bxe5!! and if 15… Nf6 attacking the White Queen then 16. Nxf6+ gxf6 17. Bxe5 fxe5 18. Qg7 Rf8 19. Bxh7 and the pawn at e5 is still hanging.
Instead of 14. Qg5 White could try 14. Qd4! attacking the Rook at h8 and keeping Bf4 as an option. If now 14… f6 then 15. Nxf6 Nxf6 16. Qxf6 Rf8 17. Rxe6+! Bxe6 18. Qxe6+ Be7 19. Bg5 Rf7 20. Bb5+ Kf8 21. Bc4 Qe8 22. Bh6+ Kg8 23. Re1! followed by Qe5!! and Black cannot prevent checkmate without losing material. If instead of 15… Nxf6 Black plays 15… Ke7 then 16. Nxd7! kxd7 17. Qxh8 and White is now up a Rook with the Black King stuck in the Center.
14. Qg5 Qd8 15. Qxd8+ Rxd8
Trading queens when down a pawn is not good for White. White’s attack has now fizzled out and White must find some compensation for his gambit pawn. White decided to play his dark-squared Bishop to g5 in order to attack a piece and discourage the pawn or Knight from going to f6. However, White forced the Black Rook to a better square.
16. Bg5 Rc8 17. Rad1 Bc6 18. Nf6+ Nxf6 19. Bxf6 O-O
Black finally gets to castle in this game! Black is up a pawn and has all of his pieces developed so he now has the advantage. White is now playing for the draw.
20. Bg5 Bb4 21. Re2 Bd5
White is still down a pawn and should thus avoid trading pieces. Black is now trying to get some play by attacking the White rooks with his bishops. White should probably try 22. b3 followed by Bf6 here instead of 22. a3.
22. a3 Bb3 23. Rc1 Rxc1+ 24. Bxc1 Rd8
Because White is still down a pawn he wants to avoid trading pieces and doubling pawns here. However, if he moves the Bishop on d3 now Black can simply play Rd1#! Defending the Bishop with 25. Re3 doesn’t work after 25… Bc5 26. Rh3 Bc4!! and White must lose a piece in order to avoid checkmate.
25. axb4 Rxd3
White now sees that Black is threatening to play the Rook to d1 with check winning the Bishop on c1. White can avoid checkmate and losing the Bishop by now playing 26. Re1 but that still allows Black to force the Rook exchange with 26… Rd1 and that would leave White in effect down two pawns because of his doubled pawns on the b file. White missed the check on move 27 that wins the Rook on e1 with mate.
26. Kf1 Rd1+ 27. Re1 Bc4+ 0-1