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The French Defense begins with 1. e4 e6 2. d4 d5. Black plans to play a solid setup and contest white's center with moves like c5 and Nc6. The biggest drawback to the French Defense is that black's light square bishop is hemmed in by the e6 pawn.

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Why is the Exchange French considered drawish?

Why is the Exchange French considered so drawish since it is very early in the game, so it seems like there would be a lot more play left. A lot of lower rated players play it against me, although I ...
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Playing against the 2…c5 systems in the Kings Indian Attack against the French

[FEN ""] 1. e4 { Shockingly, I did not play 1.a3} 1... e6 2. d3 c5 This can still transpose into the main line with 3...d5. But I played a game with this yesterday, and my opponent played Nc6, d6, ...
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Central control disliked by engine in 1.e4 e6 2.d4 a6 3.c4

Recently I played a chess game that started with the moves: 1. e4 e6 2. d4 a6 and then I played 3. c4 which according to Stockfish is inaccurate. What is the reason for that? How is this situation ...
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Why isn't 5. f4 considered strong in the French Advance, main line?

Why isn't 5. f4 considered a strong move in the main line French Advance, after [fen ""] 1. e4 e6 2. d4 d5 3. e5 c5 4. c3 Nc6 Everyone plays 5. Nf3 here, but isn't it logical to support e5 with ...
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Why is Na5 not played in this line of the French Defense, Advance Variation?

I find Na5 a good resource for black in this line of the french, profiting from the fact that white's b-pawn is binned to the bishop. As far as I can understand this position with my limited chess, I ...
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Winning plan for black in this line of French Defense: Advance Variation Main Line

I play the French Defense as both white and black. I often play this line with black suggested by Korchnoi if I am not wrong. I have found a way to prevent the sudden b4, via Bd7 (if 8.Rb1 Bd7 9.b4 ...
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What are good resources for how to play against the french as white? [closed]

I have been looking all over the web for a good way to counter the french defense, but nothing really helps. If you have any suggestions please tell me.
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Why doesn't white play Bd2 after this …Qa5+?

I was looking at an analysis which shows this position ( from Bacrot - McShane 2018). At this point Black just played ...Qa5+, and the only moves that are analyzed for white are Kf2, c3 and Qd2. This ...
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Morozevich variant in the Tarrasch french

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 ...
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Comparison between best defense moves

I am a novice player. I have just come across the Sicilian defense on the Internet which is also stated as "aggressive defense". The French defense (1.e4 e6) also is good. Does the French defense ...
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Evaluation of this alternative to French exchange lines

I am a French Defense opening player from both sides. I don't like exchange line of the French Defense. They are drawish positions and my brain gets bored resulting in a positional or small mistake. ...
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Where can I find learning material on how to play the Alekhine-Chatard Gambit Declined?

I'm looking for materials on how to play the Alekhine-Chatard Gambit Declined. Which books and references are available for this variation? I'm looking for possible good moves to play for when this ...
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What is the main idea of the Morozevich variation in the French vs. the Tarrasch?

What is the main idea of the Morozevich variation in the French vs. the Tarrasch variation? 1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nd2 Be7 In other words, how can Black benefit from the slightly unusual development ...
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Is there any published research into the Mighty Thor gambit against the French Defense?

Are there any annotations on the obscure Mighty Thor Gambit? [FEN ""] 1.e4 e6 2.a3 d5 3.e5 c5 4.b4 (which is different from The Wing Gambit:) [FEN ""] 1.e4 e6 2.Nf3 d5 3.e5 c5 4.b4 At a ...
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Why is it a good idea to retreat the bishop into the pawn chain in this variation of the Caro Kann?

I am reading a book about the Caro-Kann defence. In this position the author suggests playing 5...Bd7. (Although they assert that Bg6 is not a bad move either). In fact, the whole idea of playing Qb6 ...
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How could I have extracted an opening advantage in this Owen's defence game?

I played as white against Owen's defence from black, which is seen as being quite dubious. After 21 moves, we agreed to a draw. My question is, how could white have extracted an opening edge here? [...
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French Defense ECO C00 game for analysis

Here is the game for analysis which had been played between two matured person. [fen ""] 1.e4 e6 2.d3 g6 3.f3 Bg7 4.g4 a5 5.h3 a4 6.b3 a3 7.Nxa3 Bxa1 8.Bd2 Rxa3 9.Qxa1 f6 10.Qc1 Rxa2 11.Qb1 Ra3 12. ...
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White fights for equality in French classical?

Normally, using engines for any given opening I can find ways for White to maintain a slight edge into the middle game. By a "slight edge" I mean an evaluation of around +0.20 The exception to this ...
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Purpose of Tarrasch variation in French

What's the purpose of 3. Nd2 in the French opening? Does it not block the dark-squared bishop and offer space in center for black? What's the sharpest line for white in this variation? [FEN ""] 1. ...
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ECO B40 game for analysis

Here is the game pgn, [fen ""] [Event "Live Chess"] [Site "Chess.com"] [Date "2017.02.15"] [Round "?"] [White "johnybravo001"] [Black "anandsadasivam"] [Result "0-1"] [ECO "B40"] [WhiteElo "827"] [...
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What can be the variation name of this complete game which falls on ECO C02

When I had looked at http://www.chessgames.com/perl/chessopening?eco=C02 there are 4,893 variations found for ECO C02. Is this variation can have some name from among 4893 variation, sorry for ...
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French defence vs Sicilian defence

I'm beginner chess player who like aggressive play. I often counter e4 with e6(french defence) or c5 (sicilian defence). But I still don't know what's detail pros and cons with these openings. Can ...
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How is White compensated in these lines of the Milner-Barry gambit?

After White's sixth move 6. Bd3 in the Milner-Barry gambit line, White hasn't yet truly offered his pawn up for sacrifice yet. It's for this reason that Black will play cxd4, but not continue the ...
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Reference for good French Defense games?

I want to learn this opening right now, and I was wondering what are some good games that have been played in these two openings. I prefer games in between modern players so I can relate to the game. ...
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Does the French Defense have any variation similar to the King's Indian Defense opening

I recently won with the French Defense. Does Nh3 early on have any benefits? [Fen ""] [Event "Live Chess"] [Site "Chess.com"] [Date "2016.08.10"] [White "1itsamovie"] [Black "anandsadasivam"] [Result ...
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When should black make the cxd4 move in French?

[FEN ""] 1. e4 e6 2. d4 d5 Following the structures with black pawn on c5, there is a tension in the center. When does black usually decide to take the d4 pawn, what is usually the trigger?
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What is wrong with f2-f4 against the French Defense?

[fen ""] [Startply "3"] [Title "2.f4 against the French Defense"] 1.e4 e6 2.f4 What is so obviously wrong with this approach? I ask because it is not even mentioned in the complete Black repertoire ...
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Why not 6.Ng3 against the French Rubinstein?

[fen ""] [Title "6.Ng3 against the French Rubinstein"] [Startply "11"] 1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 dxe4 4.Nxe4 Nd7 5.Nf3 Ngf6 6.Ng3 What is so obviously wrong with the move 6.Ng3 against the French ...
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What is a good plan for white against the Rubinstein variation in the French defense?

I always play the Tarrasch variation against the French defense and I have quite some good results with it. Nevertheless, when black exchanges on e4 and the game transposes into the Rubinstein ...
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Please help me understand the f6 break in the French defense

I'm really struggling to understand this move tbh. Even after carefully reading a similar question posted here Why is the f6 pawn break in Advanced French so important for black?, I still just don't ...
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Castling in the French Defense?

How do you decide which way to castle? It seems castling kingside can be dangerous because of white's extra kingside space he often gets in the French Defense. Also most of my pieces are naturally on ...
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French defense plans

I'm working with my 1300 USCF kid on his opening repertoire. In the French defense, I have a few questions/problems I'm trying to resolve: 1) In many of the closed lines (after e5) we go after ...
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Why is the French defence not played at the highest level?

I am a French defence player and I enjoy playing almost all the lines (Tarrasch, Winawer, advance variation, ...) because I think the play that follows the opening suits my style and I feel very ...
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Any reference material on the Franco-Benoni defense?

The Franco-Benoni defense is characterized by the black moves: [fen "rnbqkbnr/pp1p1ppp/4p3/2p5/3PP3/8/PPP2PPP/RNBQKBNR w KQkq - 0 1"] 1. e4 e6 2. d4 c5 The books I've read on the French defense ...
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How does the “French Defense, Winawer Variation, Fingerslip Variation” get its name?

Why is this particular iteration of the "French Defense, Winawer Variation" called the "Fingerslip Variation"? [fen "rnbqkbnr/pppppppp/8/8/8/8/PPPPPPPP/RNBQKBNR w KQkq - 0 1"] 1. e4 e6 2. d4 d5 3. ...
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How can the french opening be avoided?

I'm really not good at the french when I'm with white, is there a good way to avoid it and get my opponent outside of their preparation?
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What is the best way to beat a French? [closed]

I have a tournament game tomorrow, and I'm white against a Pirc/French guy. What is the easiest way, learnable in 10 mins or so, to play against it. In addition to the Pirc question, I play the ...
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How can Black free his game?

What are Black's long term plans in below pawn structure? How can Black free his game? The position arose from the Rubinstein variation of the French defense: [Title "White to move"] [fen "r2rb1k1/...
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Why is the f6 pawn break in Advanced French so important for black?

I am new to the French (so forgive me if the question seems elementary). I've just come across the pawn break ...f6 for black in the French advance variation, and I find the pawn break quite dubious ...
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What are books about the French Defence which feature a Black repertoire that tends to lead to solid/positional/closed/slow/quiet/strategic positions?

I am a 1750 Elo player with a very positional, quiet and strategic style of play. I am looking for one or more books about the French Defence which fits these 3 conditions: It must offer a complete ...
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Aggressive Attacking Lines for Black in the French Defence Exchange Variation

I have recently taken a liking to the French Defence as black because I enjoy the counter-attacking options that black has to undermine white's center in the Tarrasch, Advance, and 3. Nc3 variations. ...
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How should black develop the dark squared bishop in the advance variation of the French Defense?

The following is the French defence, advance variation: [FEN ""] 1. e4 e6 2. d4 d5 3. e5 * My question is how Black should play his King's Bishop. Any time that Bishop moves the White Queen can go ...
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French :: exchange variation - but not quite

I had the following in a game [FEN ""] 1. e4 e6 2. Nf3 d5 expecting White to follow with Nc3 leading to the Two Knight's Variation of the French Instead, the game continuing with: [FEN ""] 1. ...
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1. e4 e6 2. Nc3 - how should Black respond?

I had White deviate from the French main line in a blitz game by playing: [FEN ""] 1. e4 e6 2. Nc3 Since this line is not discussed in the Wikipedia article on French defence I am thinking that ...
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How should Black defend against the Steinitz attack?

[FEN ""] 1. e4 e6 2. e5 This line of attack seems to break so many opening theory principles (don't move same piece twice, don't overextend, develop minor pieces ASAP) that I am surprised it's not ...
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Are there known opening gambit lines for black in the French defence?

I play the French defence with both colours (white and black) and generally play any of the orthodox main line openings (there are many eg Advance, Exchange, Classical,Tarrasch etc giving rise to many ...
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Is the French Defence good against 1.e4 for tactical play?

I usually play 1...e6 (French Defence) against 1.e4. I love to play tactical games. Is the French opening good for me? My primary aim in a chess game is to develop an attack against the opponent's ...
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playing C00 French:KIA `2. d3 d5`

When played C00 French:KIA 2. d3 d5, I choose to move my pawn 8. ... b4 to reply 8. Bd2. After that, 'the battle at early game is held' with 9. a3 bxa3 10. Nxa3 Bxa3 11. Rxa3 and at the end of game, ...
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Reply for C11 French/Steinitz after `5. Nf3 c5`

When playing C11 French/Steinitz, 6. dxc5 Bxc5 is chosen. Even in Shredder, it's most played in C11 French/Steinitz. What should White best reply after 6. dxc5 Bxc5?? [FEN ""] 1. e4 e6 2. d4 d5 3. ...
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French Defense Exchange variation - Qh5?

[fen ""] 1. e4 e6 2. d4 d5 3. exd5 exd5 4. Bd3 Bd6 5. Nc3 Ne7 6. Qh5 I played this as white, and my last move seem to bother my opponent a lot. So I'd like to know if 5. ... Ne7 is correct and if my ...