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Is the French defense at a 3700 Elo level "completely refuted"?

No I follow computer chess avidly and so have seen lots of such French games where both engines get massacred as Black.* However, this doesn't mean the French is refuted. With engines as strong as ...
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Why is the French defence not played at the highest level?

I'm a French Defense player. As Peter Svidler opined in his interview on Chess24, "If the white player would prefer a quiet life he will find it harder to find a quiet life in the French than in the ...
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Why is the French defence not played at the highest level?

No source, and I understand you're not asking about this, but I'm writing this anyway because I suspect you'll be interested. I'm told at the highest level (correspondence chess), 1. e4 e6 is at best ...
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Is the French defense at a 3700 Elo level "completely refuted"?

For what it's worth, in high-level correspondence play, the French is considered highly suspect. Maybe black can draw with very accurate play, but certainly he has a much harder job than in either 1. ...
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How to reply to an early c5 in the London System?

How you respond depends on your tastes. If you like tactical play then 3. e4 is the Morris Gambit. This is basically the Albin Counter Gambit with colours reversed and an extra tempo. It can lead to ...
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Why is the French defence not played at the highest level?

The French is played at the highest levels today. For example, the number # ranked player in the world Caruana uses it. There is no refutation of the French. It's a sound opening. However, it may ...
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Why is the French defence not played at the highest level?

The French Defense requires a lot of sharp, tactical play. It is "like" the Sicilian insofar as it tries to avoid e5 as a response to e4, and take away the initiative from White. But although "...
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Why is King's Gambit said to be refuted?

Just my totally subjective opinion. Seems to me that at sub-master level - the goal is to have fun and enjoy the thrills and chills of the game. So why not play King's Gambit as well as all the other ...
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Is there any way to gain equality with the QGD Marshall Defence?

The Marshall is considered dubious since Black essentially just gives up full control over the center. For that reason, there is no move that would give Black absolute equality after 4. Nf3 There ...
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Refutation to the Stafford Gambit "magic line"

I think ! is far too generous for 8...Qh4?! worsening an already dubious line. 9. g3 Qf6 as you have then 10. Bf3! (10. f3?! objectively and ?? practically. Voluntary stripping the King before any ...
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Refutation to the Stafford Gambit "magic line"

one improvement could be on move 11. Rg1 rather than 11.f.g4, though they are both good, also on move 15. Na3 doesn't make sense, 15Bd4 with the idea of Qd3 is more playable, aslo g5 could be ...
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