Featured Game French Exchange

Starting off a new series of featured games by Hampshire players. If you would like to see your game published on the website, consider annotating it or adding some context to the game, eg. ‘played in a recent county match etc’. Please submit your games to the Webmaster in pgn format with annotations and we will endeavour to show as many as we can.

The featured game is Joe Coburn versus Chris Smith played at the Hampshire Congress Major Tournament in 2016. The French Winawer is often viewed as drawish due to the early release of Black;s dark squared Bishop, however this view was not supported by John Watson in his classic book ‘Play the French’.

This interesting game sees White play 4. Bd3 viewed by Watson as the main try but one which has scored poorly at the higher levels of Correspondence Chess and also poorly in 2016/17 at above 2500 elo level.

If you would like to see your game published on the website, consider annotating it or adding some context to the game, eg. ‘played in a recent county match etc’. Please submit your games to the Webmaster in pgn format with annotations and we will endeavour to show as many as we can.

About Michael Blake 56 Articles
Mickey has represented Hampshire at Correspondence Chess for many seasons. He started to play by correspondence in 1984 due to working shifts, nowadays he plays solely by correspondence as there are no local clubs nearby.

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