Chess Life - March 2009 by Daniel Lucas

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E4 c6 2. d4 d5 3. exd5 cxd5 4. Bd3 Nc6 5. c3 Qc7 I lost to Nick in a previous game in this same Exchange Caro Kann line so I went over this with Robby around mid night the night before the round. The purpose of this move is to prevent White from playing Bf4 and gaining instant con trol over e5. 6. Nf3 Robby and I spent most of our time looking at 6. Nf3 because 6. Ne2 is not as easy to find if you have not seen it before. I was happy when 6. Nf3 was played because Black gets easy equality. Black aims for a queenside attack, and White usually tries to attack the kingside, though as the game shows, this is diffi cult to accomplish.

19. Bh8?! White’s attack is even stronger with the pair of black bishops on the board. 20. h4 e5!? Black refuses to wait until he is killed. 21. dxe5 fxe5 22. h5 e4 23. hxg6! exf3 r+ +r+kl pl+q+ +p +p+ +PL +pPn+ + + + +N+ + + +p+ PP Q PP+ + KR+ +R French Defense, Tarrasch Variation (C03) Mitchell Powell (2113) Conrad Holt (2256) Pan Am Under 20 Scholastic (3) 1. e4 e6 2. d4 d5 3. Nd2 Mitchell said that he usually plays 3. Nc3, but noticed in pre game prepara tion that Conrad plays 3. Nf6. And Mitchell didn't want to play against that line.

Rb6 to keep my rook active. 24. Bxc8 I didn't expect this capture. I thought he would play 24. Bd3, and then I Chess Life — March 2009 31 College Chess planned 24. Bf5 and an eventual ... a7 a5. I also thought he would not capture, because after the capture I have the homogenous pair (two knights). (12. Ne5 e3 13. f4 c5 with a double edged position) 12. e3 13. Nde4 exf2+ 14. Kxf2 c5 then I would have had play against the white king. 24. Rxc8 25. Qb5 Qf7 26. Qb7 Nd6 11. dxe5 12. e4 If 27. Bxd6 then 27.

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