A change in strategy

June 21, 2015


Clément-Auguste Andrieux (1829–1880): Battle of Waterloo. June 18, 1815 (1852)
Oil on canvas, 110 x 193 cm
Conservation site: National Museum of the Palace of Versailles


“The great art is to change during the battle. Woe to the general who comes on the field of battle with a system.”

Napoleon Bonaparte (1769-1821)


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Variation of the month: June 2015

Every month, we bring a new variation to light by publishing a previously edited or unedited game.



il faut trancher


Trench warfare is by nature a static warfare where the defensive aspect prevails, and where launching an attack on the ennemy proves to be extremely risky.

However, if a starting position was to be associated with this kind of war, that would be by far the Classic – which often turns into a muddy deadlock situation, barbed wire against barbed wire – than Trench, where the main problem lies in the delicate handling of the game’s beginning. For the slightest mistake will end up in a blitzkrieg, and one false move will make you regret having chosen the land army. XD Illustration :


(click on the picture to see the game)


Aba-Pro notation for the game:

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