GM David Navara – GM Svane Rasmus, French defense, Rapid chess

Mikhail Tal memorial, Riga, 2019
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The French Defense is a sharp counterattacking weapon against white’s first move 1.e4. From black’s first move, he looks to black the a2-g8 diagonal which is usually a big weakness for black and prepares to take control of the light squares in the center after 2.d5. Some of the greatest players of all time have had a hard time playing against the French Defense because it plays so much differently than a normal black defense.

The biggest problem you will see if you are black is the blocked bishop on the queen side that is blocked by the very first move of 1.e6. Many times the entire game will revolve around this key weakness of black’s. Always know your weaknesses in a chess game.

One of the big concepts to notice about the French Defense is that black usually counterattacks on the queen side while white will normally focus on the king side. This type of game can many types turn into a race to see who can strike first.

The French Defense ranks second in popularity only to the Sicilian against white’s 1.e4 and as many chess games start with 1.e4, the French Defense is a very good tool to have your chess repertoire.

GM David Navara – GM Svane Rasmus
1. e4 e6 2. d4 d5 3. Nd2 c5 4. Ngf3 cxd4 5. Nxd4 Nf6 6. exd5 Nxd5 7. N2f3 Bb4+ 8. Bd2 O-O 9. c3 Bd6 10. Bd3 Nd7 11. O-O a6 12. Re1 N7f6 13. c4 Nf4 14. Bc2 b6 15. b4 Bb7 16. c5 bxc5 17. bxc5 Bc7 18. c6 Bc8 19. Rb1 Re8 20. Qc1 Ng6 21. Bg5 h6 22. Bxf6 Qxf6 23. Bxg6 fxg6 24. Qc5 e5 25. Rb7 Bd6 26. Qd5+ Kf8 27. Rd7 Bxd7 28. cxd7 exd4 29. dxe8=Q+ Rxe8 30. Rxe8+ Kxe8 31. g3 Kd7 32. Nxd4 Qe5 33. Qc6+ Ke7 34. Qb7+ Kf8 35. Qc8+ Kf7 36. Qc4+ Kf8 37. Nc6 Qb5 38. Qe4 Qf5 39. Qxf5+ gxf5 40. Nd4 g6 41. Kf1 Ke7 42. Ke2 Kd7 43. Kd3 Bc5 44. Kc4 Kd6 45. f3 Bb6 46. Ne2 g5 47. Nd4 Ke5 48. Nc6+ Kd6 49. Nd4 Ke5 50. Nc6+ Kd6 51. Nb4 a5 52. Nd5 Bf2 53. a4 Bg1 54. h3 Bf2 55. g4 fxg4 56. fxg4 Ke5 57. Ne7 Kf4 58. Kb5 Kg3 59. Nf5+ Kxh3 60. Nxh6 Be1 61. Kc4 Bb4 62. Kb5 Kg3 63. Kb6 Kf4 64. Kb5 Be1 65. Kb6 Bd2 66. Kb5 Bc3 67. Kb6 Bb4 ½-½

Blitz chess (also known as speed or fast chess) is a type of chess in which each player is given less time to consider their moves than normal tournament time controls allow. Openings, tactics and strategy are same.

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