Jul 22, 11 Reb wrote: Fischer also didnt believe the french was "sound" in general and the winawer in particular. Yet, he lost to the winawer french 10 times , drew 10 times and won 14 games against it. I dont think its a bad opening at all. Playing the French takes guts and playing the Winawer takes a lot of guts. WilsonRS Jan 21, 13 Theoretically speaking, the French Winawer is bad for black, giving White an advantage but not enough to win and likely to come out as a draw but as with any opening, it comes down to which player knows the position the best so the Winawer offer good chances for both sides.
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Now play Kb5 and if Kb3 then Maybe White needs to move the K up instead and try to trade off a c-pawn? My idea has a ridiculous logical flaw: if Black can penetrate to a4, he can also penetrate to c4 straightaway. So Black to Play in this ending is a trivial win: Ke8-d7-c6-b5-c4 White resigns. Kxd4 does seem to win, but I would have played Kxb4 instantly because I know that such positions are easy wins for Black.
White must play 9. Kd3 to keep the Black king out of c4, but Black just moves his king on b3 and b4 until White rund out of pawn moves. Then, after say Kd2 Kc4 Perhaps Kxd4 is a bit quicker and more exact, but given my endgame skills in general I always prefer not having to calculate any possible counterplay at all.
Nc6 7. To me, then, this seems inferior. Is there more to this than I am seeing? Kxd2 does not just take back a piece. Nc6 one tempo faster than in the macCutcheon. Oct Timeline : Qa5 is an interesting choice in this line. Vaganian plays this variation almost exclusively.
At least, statistically it has done better than its Ne7 and Qc7 counterparts. I certainly made my share of mistakes, and was getting sloppy towards the end due to time trouble, but overall this was a decent game.
Improvements for either side, suggestions, comments, etc would be greatly appreciated. I think he made a lot of pointless moves with his rook that just cost him tempos without doing anything, and he should have leveraged his queenside passed pawns better and earlier to cause more trouble. I actually think that after my blunder on move 40 Black was probably better, even winning, because of the passed pawns and because of the tortuous route my king had to take on the kingside to help those pawns forward.
He did, however, make excellent use of his LSB, which normally is not so active in the French. After I got up 2 pawns, I was largely trying to trade down because his pieces seemed more active than mine for much of the middlegame and I wanted to get down to an ending that I could win.
Another motive to trade down was my king being effectively trapped in the middle of the board. Also Bg4 looks like Bg5.
You may like to post an efficient pgn. Qg4 f5 variation is pretty OK too. It should be Bd3 and 33 Bg5.
French Defense Winawer Plans / Ideas
At the time I really thought my opponent played beautifully. Nc6 which gives you three more isolated pawns to go with the two you already have. It does develop your queenside though. What about Bc5, pressuring the f2 pawn and meeting Ndb5 with Bb6
Winawer french defense chess games [Queen attacks]