Welcome to my French Defense (ECO C02) game number 2 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 second game that I lost to him. He avoided the trap that I almost played on him in our first meeting.

Rhine Main November Open
Rhine Main AFB, Frankfurt, Germany
17 November 1985
White: Mike Serovey (1499) Black: Jerome Lindsey (1547)

1.e4 d5 2.e5 e6 3.d4 c5 4.c3 Qb6 5.Bd3 Nc6 6.Nf3 Bd7 7.O-O cxd4 8.cxd4

French Defense - Advanced Variation after 8. cxd4

French Defense – Advanced Variation after 8. cxd4

Here we have the French Defense Advanced Variation and I’m playing for the Milner-Barry Gambit. Lindsey accepts the gambit.

Nxd4 9.Nxd4 Qxd4 10.Nc3 Qxe5 11 Re1 Qd6 12.Qf3 Nf6 13.Bf4 Qc5 14.Rac1 Qa5 15. Bc7

French Defense - Advanced Variation after 15. Bc7

French Defense – Advanced Variation after 15. Bc7

All “book” so far. I’m down 2 pawns but have the lead in development. Black can’t capture with the Queen on C7 because then 16.NXd5 Qa5, Qb8 or Qd6 then 17.Nc7+ winning the Rook and forcing Black’s King to move which nixes castling. 17. NCf6+ loses. If 17…gXf6 then 18.QXf6 Rg8 19.BXh7 Be7 20.Qd4 Rf8 21.Red1 Bc6 22.Bc2 Qc7 and black can hold.

If instead of 15.Bc7 I had played 15.Be5 threatening to capture the Knight on f6, then 15…Be7 16.BXf6 BXf6 17.Qe2 a6 and Black holds. On 15.Qg3 Black can’t play Be7 right away. If 15…Nh5 then 16.Qg4 NXf4 16.QXf4 Be7 and Black is OK. Somewhere in here is a better move than what I played but I have yet to find it.

15…b6!

French Defense - Advanced Variation after 15... b6!

French Defense – Advanced Variation after 15… b6!

16.Nxd5 (If instead of NXd5 White plays Bg3 with the idea of putting a Knight on c7, then 16…Be7 17.Bh4 O-O and Black is solid and up 2 pawns. Now Qg3 makes more sense. The Bishop can’t go to e7 right away and on Nh5 the Queen can go to attacking the Knight and putting some pressure on the Rook. I.E. 16.Qg3 Nh5 17.Qe5 Nf6 18.Bd6 Rc8 19.BXf8 KXf8 20.Qd6+ and White has an edge for the 2 pawns.)

16…Qxd5 17.Qxd5 Nxd5 18.Be4  (Be5 was better. Do not trade pieces when down material.) Nxc7 19.Bxa8 Nxa8 20.Red1 Bc5
21.Rd2 Ke7 22.Rcd1 Bc6 23.a3 a5 24.Rc1 Bd5 25.Kf1 Rd8 26.Rcd1 Nc7 27.Ke1 Nb5 28.f4 Nd6 29.Ke2 Ne4 30.Rc2 Bb3 31.Rxd8 Kxd8 32.Rc1 f5 33.Kd3 a4 34.g4 Nf2+ 35.Kc3 Nxg4 36.h3 Nf6 37.Re1 Nd5+ 38.Kd2 Nxf4 39.h4 Ke7 40.Rf1 e5 41. Rf3 Kf6 42. Rg3 Bd4 0-1

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