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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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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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French or Caro Kann?

I find the French more aggressive, as black gets easy queenside play with pieces and generally a pawn avalanche. However, my friend debates that the Caro is better than the French because the Caro ...
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Please help me understand the f6 break in the French defense

I'm really struggling to understand this move to be honest. Even after carefully reading a similar question posted here, I still just don't get it and, more importantly, when it's good to play the f6 ...
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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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How this game is denoted as French Advanced Variation?

I had started playing this game with Scandinavian Defense opening. How it is been denoted as French Advanced variation as of 3rd move. Please refer to the attached screen-shot.
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What is the rationale behind Black playing e6 in so many openings?

I am new to this stack exchange, so apologies if this question doesn't fit here. Though I have advanced through the game, and now have a somewhat respectable rapid rating of 1550, I have always found ...
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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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Why is Leela so good at beating Stockfish in the French/Slav?

I notice Lc0 is especially good against Stockfish in French / Slav pawn structures. However, I don't understand why. Here're a couple of games where Leela smoothly outplays Stockfish. Can anyone ...
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Good and in-depth books on Queen's Gambit and French Defense?

After following the studying advises of a Chess Stack Exchange fellow (PhishMaster, if you read this, thank you!) I'm about to break 2200 Lichess elo finally. I think it is time to truly and deeply ...
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Seeking in-depth coverage of this French defense sideline

[FEN ""] 1. e4 e6 2. d4 d5 3. Nc3 Nc6 I am seeking high-level, in-depth coverage of the above line. I was able to find small coverage in ECO C and liked what I saw there. Is there any book/...
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What's the best way to learn the French?

Recently, I have been very attracted to the French defense, as I feel as though it is perfect for my style. However, I am aware that the French is highly theoretical, which is why I need a good, ...
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French defense: Key ideas on the Winawer

I am beginning to study the Winawer variation (1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 Bb4), mainly because the only line I actually know against 3.Nc3 is the Rubinstein (3...dxe4), which is very dry and boring to my ...
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Flexibility over solidity? Defending against 1. e4

When defending against 1. e4, I'm a French Defense player. I enjoy the French Defense very much, and my win rate with it is fairly good. Lately, though, I've been wanting to explore new defenses, only ...
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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. [fen ""] 1. e4 e6 2. d4 a6 3. c4 What is the ...
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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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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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What is a good French-like defense against 1. d4?

I enjoy playing the French Defence as black against 1. e4, for the following reasons. It often creates a closed position without wild tactics It takes white away from the more familiar lines (1... e5 ...
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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...