I am confused with the Morozevich variant. I've seen quite a few funny games where they played ...g5, which gives very interesting moves, but I'm surprissed at not having seen any game in which white plays 4.e5, which seems a natural move, blocking the classical square f6 for the king-side knight. Here, What is the main idea of the Morozevich variation in the French vs. the Tarrasch?, Nh6 was proposed in a comment, but I think after Bd3,c5,Ndf3, the black knight is quite weak. How would you play against 4.e5?

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    Are you talking about the 3...Be7 variation against the Tarrasch french?
    – Scounged
    Dec 14, 2018 at 18:37
  • yes, sorry, I am
    – Qwertuy
    Dec 14, 2018 at 19:09
  • Ok good. I thought it was this line, but it never hurts to clarify :)
    – Scounged
    Dec 14, 2018 at 20:35

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I don't think Black is in a hurry to develop the knight. 4...c5 is the main move. If White plays Qg4 the bishop goes back to f8. As a matter of fact the bishop sometimes goes back to f8 even if White doesn't play Qg4.

Of course Nh6 is fine and the knight will then go to f5 where it is happy.

Note: 1. There are other lines where the Bishop returns to f8, like 1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.e5 b6 5.Qg4 Bf8. 2. In non-Nf6 lines it is common for the knight to head to f5 via e7 or h6

  • Okey, that's interesting, I'll have to see some more games. In principle, having to move twice the bishop looks very awkward, and it makes me wonder why not just simply play 3..Nf6. Also, if Nf5, isn't black's pawn structure after Bxf5,exf5 worrysome?
    – Qwertuy
    Dec 15, 2018 at 0:10
  • Such is the French.
    – Ywapom
    Dec 18, 2018 at 16:56

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