Originally posted by Porky1016That's actually not the advance variation. That only comes when the pawn is immediately pushed with 3. e5
A better move at that point might have been Qb6. I was only a little familiar with the French: Advanced variation.
Originally posted by USArmyParatroopera few notes....
Hello, all. This is a game my opponent and I both enjoyed. During the middle game he messaged me saying it was very challenging up to this point and that - win or lose - going to analyze it a few times over. I was also very challenged through most of it, trying desperately to find tactical opportunities to no avail. I was stuck mostly trying to chi 5 Kc7b7 39. Nd2e4 f5 40. exf6 Rg7c7 41. c4 Kb7a6 42. Ne4d6 1-0[/pgn]
Originally posted by erikidoThanks! That does make a lot of sense. I'm trying to remember why I chose the f-rook, and I think it was because I wanted to keep protection on the isolated pawn.
a few notes....
instead of r-fc1 ra-c1 looks more appropriate. You want to get in that c4 break with the king stuck in the center...break it open. That means you want the a rook to support the c4 push and the f rook can come to the e or d file after the exchange of pawns. The a rook can come to c7 with massive pressure against the black king(which seems ...[text shortened]... to be drawn a lot of the time).
Just some general considerations which jumped out at me.
Originally posted by USArmyParatrooperyes, and keep in mind a weakness is only weak if it can be attacked. The only way for black to attack it is to bring the knight to c5. But you still have the n-d2 idea and the exchange still seems to give u some long term pressure with the strong center and open files. It might be a "=" game but if that was the case it is dynamically equal and the better player wins which I personally think is the best way to go
Thanks! That does make a lot of sense. I'm trying to remember why I chose the f-rook, and I think it was because I wanted to keep protection on the isolated pawn.
But perhaps supporting an assault on the king up the middle is a better priority for a major piece.