Here’s a review of a game of chess I played against my regular chess partner, Dr M, at the conclusion of his private English class on Wednesday evening.
I was White and opened with d.4, moving my Queen’s pawn forward two spaces. The opening moves led us into the Marshall Defence:
- d4 d5
- c4 Nf6 (The Marshall Defence kicks in with Nf6)
- cxd5 Nxd5
Here’s a video review of the game. It includes some comments about what John Watson recommends in A Strategic Chess Repertoire For White in response to the Marshall Defence. For a more detailed look at John Watson’s recommendations when faced with the Marshall Defence check out this blog post on my chess blog, EasyChessTips.com.
I Forget John Watson’s Advice…
In the game I played 4 e4 in response to 3. … Nxd5 in the Marshall Defence.
That was in spite of my having reviewed John Watson’s recommended fourth move of Nf3 only a couple of hours before the game. In the heat of the moment, I completely forgot about it.amzn_assoc_tracking_id = “clevercuckoon-20”; amzn_assoc_ad_mode = “manual”; amzn_assoc_ad_type = “smart”; amzn_assoc_marketplace = “amazon”; amzn_assoc_region = “US”; amzn_assoc_design = “enhanced_links”; amzn_assoc_asins = “1906454302”; amzn_assoc_placement = “adunit”; amzn_assoc_linkid = “82a69f5338672eaac8a4d9c573a58881”;
Mind you, I had been “reviewing” of John Watson’s advice while imbibing a carafe of Saizeriya’s finest white table wine in their bunker-like restaurant in a basement of a building on the Hondori shopping mall in the centre of Hiroshima after three Gaigo classes in a row, all dedicated to end-of-term parties and games. ( See yesterdays blog post. )
In Defence of 4 e4 in the Marshall Defence
However, 4 e4 is NOT a bad move, especially when – as often happens in casual games of chess – Black plays 4. … Nb6, allowing White to achieve the ideal set up.
Indeed, from the point of view of the #pubchessbluffer, when up against a casual player who plays 3…. Nf6, 4 e4 is might be worth a try simply to see if you can trick your opponent into moving his Knight to b6.
P. S. I also posted a video about how to respond to the Marshall Defence on this blog earlier this month.
For more of my chess posts, see my other blog: EasyChessTips.com