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TheomisNeo-SmithyQ, April 2017: Dull, Symmetrical Positions

If you talk to some chess players, you will find some refuse to play the French or the Slav as Black because of the exchange variations, which lead to symmetrical pawn structures and are notoriously drawish.

First off, yes, these positions ARE more drawish than most openings, but that doesn’t apply to most amateurs.  If you’re under 1700 or so, the draw is practically non-existent.  Here’s what does happen regardless of rating: the pawn structure is symmetrical, piece development is generally symmetrical and the game is pretty colourless.  Not the most fun chess positions.

As I approach expert level, I’ve become keenly aware of the drawish tendencies of these positions.  It’s very hard to win a game without any imbalances, and that’s true regardless of how much I may out-rate my opponent.  In this game, I reach such a position and do my best to give myself winning chances in a dead-equal position. Continue reading

Game 10: Gavacho_Iberico-SmithyQ: My Luckiest Draw Ever

On my chess.com account, I currently have 8 losses out of just over 100 games.  I should have many more, but I have a few miracle draws and swindles to my name.  The one I show today, though, might take the cake.

I should have known this game would be a tragicomedy when, somehow, I ended up playing the French defence.  I play well and win a pawn … and then I start hallucinating and think White has major threats.  I overreact to these threats, and the next thing you know I’m in a losing endgame where White is up several pawns, one of which is two moves from Queening and mating.

And I escape.  Beware, I evidently possess dark mystical powers, because that’s the best explanation for what you are about to witness. Continue reading