9.Nbd2 Gambit/French


Looking for an Aggressive strategy against the French  ..

how about revisiting a Gambit Idea…Posted  by FM Alisa Melekhina July 3 2013

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The rare 9. Nbd2 gambit in the Advanced French is an unexplored line that produces powerful positions for White, rich with tactical opportunities. Reminiscent of the c3 Sicilian, White utilizes a double-bishop piece attack coupled with a strong pawn on e5. The main game and its accompanying exciting sample miniatures demonstrate typical themes in the opening. White sacrifices a pawn for rapid development and devastating control of the c-file. A few inaccuracies can fatally expose Black’s King and give White a decisive advantage in less than 25 moves. This line serves as a viable practical alternative in open tournaments where Black is likely to be caught of guard.

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1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.e5 c5 4.c3 Qb6 5.Nf3 Bd7 6.Bd3 cxd4 7.cxd4 Nf6 8.0-0 Nxd4 9.Nbd2


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  1. 2 examples of Advanced French …..
    [Event “World Junior Championship (Girls)”]
    [Site “Chotowa POL”]
    [Date “2010.08.04”]
    [EventDate “2010.08.03”]
    [Round “2”]
    [Result “1-0”]
    [White “Alisa Melekhina”]
    [Black “Carole Forestier”]
    [ECO “C02”]
    [WhiteElo “2265”]
    [BlackElo “2103”]
    [PlyCount “57”]

    1. e4 e6 2. d4 d5 3. e5 c5 4. c3 Qb6 5. Nf3 Nc6 6. Bd3 cxd4
    7. cxd4 Bd7 8. O-O Nxd4 9. Nbd2 Nc6 10. Nb3 Nge7 11. Be3 Qc7
    12. Rc1 Ng6 13. Nc5 Rc8 14. Re1 Be7 15. b4 a6 16. a4 Nxb4
    17. Nxe6 Qa5 18. Rxc8+ Bxc8 19. Nxg7+ Kd8 20. Bf5 Kc7 21. Qd4
    Nc6 22. Rc1 Rd8 23. e6 fxe6 24. Bxg6 hxg6 25. Ne5 Ba3 26. Nxc6
    bxc6 27. Qa7+ Kd6 28. Bb6 Bc5 29. Qc7+ 1-0

    So,Wesley (2751) – Holt,Conrad (2664) [C03]
    USCL Championship Internet Chess Club, 03.12.2014

    1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nd2 Be7 4.e5 c5 5.c3 Nc6 6.Bd3 Bd7 7.Ne2 cxd4 8.cxd4 f6 9.Nf3 fxe5 10.Nxe5 Nf6 11.0-0 0-0 12.Nf4 Rc8 13.Re1 Nxd4 14.Bd2 Bd6 15.Bc3 Bxe5 16.Rxe5 Nc6 17.Nxe6 Bxe6 18.Rxe6 d4 19.Bd2 Qd5 20.Qe2 Kh8 21.b4 a6 22.a3 Qb3 23.Bg5 Rce8 24.Rxf6 gxf6 25.Bxf6+ Rxf6 26.Qxe8+ Kg7 27.Qe4 Rg6 28.Qf3 Re6 29.Qg4+ Kh8 30.h4 Re7 31.Be4 d3 32.Qf3 Rd7 33.Rd1 Ne5 34.Qf6+ Rg7 35.Rc1 Nc6 36.Bxc6 bxc6 37.Rxc6 Qd1+ 38.Kh2 Qg4 39.g3 Kg8 40.Qd8+ Kf7 41.Rf6# 1-0

  2. Heres a Game that goes the other way, but look who White’s playing against
    [Event “New Orleans”]
    [Site “New Orleans”]
    [Date “1850.??.??”]
    [EventDate “1850.??.??”]
    [Round “?”]
    [Result “0-1”]
    [White “James McConnell”]
    [Black “Paul Morphy”]
    [ECO “C02”]
    [WhiteElo “?”]
    [BlackElo “?”]
    [PlyCount “28”]

    1. e4 e6 2. d4 d5 3. e5 c5 4. c3 Nc6 5. f4 Qb6 6. Nf3 Bd7
    7. a3 Nh6 8. b4 cxd4 9. cxd4 Rc8 10. Bb2 Nf5 11. Qd3 Bxb4+
    12. axb4 Nxb4 13. Qd2 Rc2 14. Qd1 Ne3 0-1

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