Traps, Tricks & Mistakes: French Bottleneck

When playing the French Defense -Advance Variation- as Black, the player realizes that pieces on the kingside have only one way to develop: the e7-square. Through that narrow passage, both bishop and knight find the way out. If that way closes, Black faces some trouble.

In today’s game, Black gets trapped because of the e7-square turns into an insurmountable bottleneck.


First, Black made the mistake of closing the queenside with 6…c4 and doing so, any chance for counterplay on that side disappeared. Second, without foreseeing the tactics, Black obstructed the important “French passage” (e7-square), which left his pieces with disrupted coordination.

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