104 ( +1 | -1 ) Exchange FrenchI followed Watson's recommendation to "make it interesting" for Black through move 6; Watson's book "Play the French" (2nd not 3rd Edition) does not cover white's 7th move. I must have not responded well because I did not get an interesting middle game. In point of fact, my position was slightly inferior for a long ways, and I was unable to develop a good plan even after white dropped a pawn. Eventually, after my opponent's error on move 26, I started playing quite well (Fritz agrees), eventually made a nice sac which Fritz blesses, and won.
Any guidance on where I went wrong in the opening would be appreciated. The game is board #2332548 If this link doesn't work -- never tried a link before, its my most recent game finished if you click on my name.
I have analyzed from 26 on with Fritz, but some human guidance would be appreciated as to how and where I could have improved earlier.
66 ( +1 | -1 ) InterestingI'm no expert on the French exchange--when I've found myself in that openings(always as black, as I don't play it as white), I've put most of my pieces on the squares they go to in some variations of the Petroff and done okay.
Still, I'm spending a little time looking at the game because it is interesting. Does Watson's book deal with white's 5th and 6th moves? French Defense 2 by Nikolay Minev only gives 5.c3 in this variation.
My database has only two games with white's move 7 as in your game. Black played 7... Bd6 is both of those. In both, the knight on g8 was played to e7, so perhaps that was something to look at, but I'm not certain.
19 ( +1 | -1 ) Well, it seems to me...that there is nothing wrong with your novelty. In fact, you achieved equality rather easily, and the game remained so until your opponent blundered on move 14.