Re: IM Renier C.: New trends in the MacCutcheon [25:38]
I had the game published on my blog http://renierchess.blogspot.com
The direct link is http://renierchess.blogspot.com/2011/03
Thanks for the above.
Increasingly I've been drawn towards playing the French as a main 'weapon' against against 1.e4 and, although I'm more than capable of losing games in any line, I have to say that 3.Nd2 causes me more pain than most (though I'm also not wild about giving up the centre with dxe as per the Rubinstein, so the MacCutcheon is definitely of interest!).
In part 3.Nd2 inspires a sinking feeling because I lack a certain 'faith' in black's pawn structure in the main line after 3...Nf6 following ...cd and ...f6. Maybe faith isn't the right word (ability! is probably more accurate) but after some effort I'm reduced to admitting that so far I just 'don't get' what I 'don't get' about this structure. It seems something of an uphill struggle for black to get equality.
So I'm definitely attracted to alternatives to 3...Nf6 but haven't really settled on anything. I've looked a bit at ...Be7 and ...c5: and at ...a6 and ...h6 in John Watson's Dangerous Weapons book. I'm going to have to try and settle down to something over the summer.
Anyway - your game with 3...a6. Very enjoyable (for white). I'm not sure about my level of understanding but black seemed drawn into creating a lot of potential weaknesses on the dark squares all over the place - c5 being the icing on a fairly substantial kind of cake. In this context giving up the dark-squared bishop must have been an unpleasant decision/error of judgement? The central break was nice - and I'm not taking anything away from it because 'you' had to see it -but black was really 'asking' for it!
After that, well there isn't much to say except well played!