Round 8: A French Twist

Posted: 28/11/2012 by Ian in Club News

Perreux Variation of the Two Knights Defense

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Nf6 4.d4 exd4 5.Ng5 Ne5 6.Qxd4 Nxc4 7.Qxc4 d5

The Perreux Variation of the Two Knights Defense typically arises after 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Nf6 4.d4 exd4 5.Ng5. Its name probably derives from the chess club of Perreux-sur-Marne (cercle du Perreux), just outside Paris, where it first became popular in the 19th century. Its sharp tactical themes are easy to grasp and make it attractive to beginning players, but it has also been played by masters who like that many lines lead to interesting endgame positions where good technique can win. As a forcing line, the Perreux Variation also has the advantage of limiting the number of subvariations, so the amount of opening theory is not large. Black is immediately forced to defend his f-pawn by either 5….Ne5 or 5….d5. The resulting positions generally favor White slightly and create interesting games with chances for both sides.

As usual results for the A Division are updated here, and for the B division here. Final two Rounds next week — dont miss out. And feel free to participate in the B division tournament even if you havent done so to date. Remember if we get four Juniors along next week there will be a book prize for the junior with the most points over the two tournaments. In the case of a tie, it will come down to the individual result between the players, and if still tied a special tie break on the last club night of the year.

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