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Rubenstein French Defense - model attack by White

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Uploaded on Jan 28, 2009

Interesting and instructive chess game in the French Defense, Rubenstein Variation consisting of an example how to respond to passive play, how to bring pieces into an attack, and how to solve a tactical problem.

[Event "Turkey Bowl 2007"]
[Site "?"]
[Date "2007.11.17"]
[Round "3"]
[White "Hall, Charles"]
[Black "Weiss, Jacob"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "C10"]
[WhiteElo "2016"]
[BlackElo "1756"]
[Annotator "Hall,Charles"]
[PlyCount "35"]
[SourceDate "2003.04.29"]

1. e4 e6 2. d4 d5 3. Nd2 dxe4 4. Nxe4 Bd7 {The Rubenstein. Popular among
several of the kids in the area, but objectively bad in today's theory.} 5. Nf3
Bc6 6. Bd3 Nd7 7. O-O Ngf6 8. Ng3 {This preserves pieces on the board and
takes advantage of the phenomenon Dvoretsky describes as "the superfluous
piece". The N at d7 would dearly love to get to f6, and the B at c6 makes the
other use, ... c5, inconvenient. Also good are:} (8. Bg5 ) (8. Qe2)
8... Bd6 (8... Be7) 9. Re1 O-O {Fritz recommended taking on g3, but
that's simply asinine. The doubled Pawns are no compensation for the two
Bishops.} 10. Ne5 {Black's life starts to get awfully brutish.} a6 (10...
Bxe5 {This psychologically tempting exchange either forces the Knight to e8 or
gets mated/loses material by force.} 11. dxe5 Nd5 12. Qh5 f5 (12... g6 13. Qh6
{is pretty close to game over. Nh5!! is threatened.}) 13. exf6 N7xf6 14. Qh4 {
e6 will surely fall.}) 11. Qe2 Qc8 {Planning to defend the Pa6. Fritz is
already recommending chucking it with Bb5 and trying to hold on by fingernails.
} 12. Bg5 Be7 (12... h6 13. Bxf6 {
The bland, but sufficient Fritz recommendation.} (13. Bd2 {is what I planned,
also opening up g6 for a tactical intervention as well as a sacrifice target
at h6.}) (13. h4) 13... Nxf6 14. Nxc6 bxc6 15. Ne4 {
tries to dry up the pieces and win in the ending.}) 13. Nh5! {Reaching critic
al mass. Black's Kingside and center are under attack by all of my pieces
except my QR. Something has to happen.} Re8?? {
Allowing the obvious sacrifice. But what else?} (13... Qd8 {
almost anything reasonable in combination with Nxc6 wins.}) (13... Nd5 14. Bxe7
Nxe7 {Mate threats will cost Black material.}) 14. Nxf7! {Of course. The
thematic sacrifice in French and Caro Kann position works nicely here.} Kxf7
15. Qxe6+ Kf8 16. Bc4 {
Forcing Black to give back the material with interest to avoid mate.} Ne5 (
16... Bd5 17. Bxd5 Nxd5 18. Qxd5 Nf6 19. Nxf6 {and Black should resign.}) 17.
Qxe5 Bd6 {
Allowing the artistic mate, but Black has nothing to play on for anyway.} (
17... Qg4 18. Nf4 {forces Black to continue shedding wood.}) 18. Qxf6+ {
Mate on h6 to follow. Black resigned and honored me with a quiet hand clap.
} 1-0

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