Dear Mr Crabby Old Chessplayer, Number 5

Mister Chessplayer, should I take up the French Defense? 

– Jacques in Jersey

Dear Jacques: NO NO NO NO NO!!!  A THOUSAND TIMES NO! FOR THE LOVE OF ALL THAT IS SACRED TURN BACK NOW BEFORE YOUR QUEEN BISHOP IS ENTOMBED FOR ALL ETERNITY !!!!!!!

Sincerely, MCOCP

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14 thoughts on “Dear Mr Crabby Old Chessplayer, Number 5

  1. I blame chess coaches. The french will help slow the inevitable string of Scholar’s Mates the coach will have to withness. I sense there is some long term damage there, though. When I see 3. c3 against the sicilian I think the same thing…

    1. Matt, I’m in full agreement. If I was going to coach somebody, I’d definitely encourage openings like the Smith-Morra, or crazy double kingpawn things. Sure, you’ll take some harsh hits on both sides of the board, but you will not be bored. Tedious exploitation of the isolani is just one example of chess stuff that is better left for later when you’re all jaded and crabby.

  2. Exception (based loosely on the Dutch definition of soccer):

    The French is an opening where White plays e4 and Black plays …e6 and Denys wins.

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