SUMMARY GRAND PRIX FRENCH DEFENSE ARENA FINAL RANKINGS
After 5 amazing tournaments we have the winners! This was a thematic series of tournaments showcasing the French Defense, we sure hope every participant of this grand prix has now acquired a very good knowledge about this defense! In total, any given participant played around 40 to 50 games this week, that should count for some learning experience!
Outstanding performance by Baffledbear 80 out 80 perfect score.
GAME OF THE TOURNAMENT
The best game of the tournament was played between Henryli2012 vs Baffledbear, this was one of the few losses for Baffledbear. Link below to see complete game.
In this position due to low time black blundered his bishop.
TIP ON THE FRENCH DEFENCE WITH GRAND MASTER ANDRES
This is the most typical center pawn structure where white has a strong pawn on e5, this allows white to win space on the king side. The pawn on e5 also protects the squares f6 and d6 preventing the Bishop and Knight to develop! Normally a plan for white after developing pieces is to try to go for moves like f4-f5 to try and break on e6, continuing to open the f file and create lines directly to the king. For black normal plans are on the queenside starting with the pawn-break c5! This is a move that must be played as a French defense player! As this is a key move to help develop and free our pieces