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The Famous Advance Bind; or, Who’s Attacking Whom?
The title refers to the well-known line 3 e5 c5 4 c3 Nc6 5 Nf3 Nh6/Nge7 6 Bd3 cd 7 cd Nf5 8 Bf5 (I’m less worried about 8 Bc2!? Qb6 9 Bf5 ef 10 Nc3 Be6 11 0-0 h6 12 Na4, e.g. 12 … Qb5 13 Ne1 Be7 14 Be...

Started 09/20/20 at 08:14:46 by Michael Ayton
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By: Michael Ayton
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help me.
I'm new in this forum and I already enjoy reading the messages.  Cheesy
I have one question about the French Advance (C02/04) with the moves 4.Nf3 cxd4 ; 5.Bd3 Nc6 ; 6.0-0
Do you kn...

Started 01/12/18 at 07:23:56 by petertohen
5 2992 Last Post 02/01/18 at 09:39:44
By: Karpfenkopf
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lines with early
Hello all,
Since i sometimes play the French, I am thinking of actually learning some theory in the Advance variation! Smiley
The lines with an early ...f6 recommended in Play the French 3 c...

Started 01/12/18 at 07:25:42 by petertohen
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By: fling
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C02: 3...b6
In his book How to play against e4, Neil Mcdonald suggest 1.e4 e6 2.d4 d6 3. e5 b6, and then after ...Ba6 exchange of bishops.
What are your opinions of this line?
Is this line something you...

Started 01/09/17 at 20:26:32 by msiipola
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By: ReneDescartes
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C02: Does Sadler’s TN 13..b6!! kill Milner-Barry?
This subject line is from an advetisement for the latest issue of New In Chess Yearbook, number 110, with Anish Giri on the cover.
Has anyone here seen this analysis yet? There is a kid at my cl...

Started 06/20/14 at 19:05:37 by notyetagm
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By: CanadianClub
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French with e4-f4
See a lot of 1.e4 and 2.f4 online. Wondering how to play against this. Sometimes White doesn't play d4 and I am not sure what to do.
If he plays c3 and d4 then I assume it is like a F...

Started 04/11/15 at 07:01:23 by Gerry1970
10 6088 Last Post 04/27/15 at 19:37:09
By: Aziridine
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C02: French Advance - solid lines for Black?
I've decided that my Black repertoire is too ambitious and unbalanced and I should include some strategic options as well, for tired days or against attacking maniacs. This should be possible within t...

Started 02/03/11 at 14:59:51 by Stigma
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By: ChessIsWar
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Advance Variation playable eBook
I've just added a new-style, completely up-to-date CBV Advance Variation eBook for French Defence subscribers to download. Smiley
Here is the link:

Started 12/17/14 at 14:28:36 by GMTonyKosten
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By: GMTonyKosten
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A Cousin in the Hecht-Reefschlager/Guimard Family
After 1 e4 e6, 2 d4 d5, 3 e5, Black can play 3 ... Nc6.  Now, 4 Nc3 transposes to the Hecht.  But 4 Nf3 gives the line an independent character.  After 4 ... f6, 5 Bd3, the standard plan of 5 ... Qe7,...

Started 08/18/14 at 15:23:53 by MikeMurray
5 5281 Last Post 08/22/14 at 01:45:03
By: Glenn Snow
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C02: Milner-Barry Gambit
What do you think of the Milner-Barry Gambit (1 e4 e6 2 d4 d5 3 e5 c5 4 c3 Nc6 5 Nf3 Qb6 6 Bd3 Bd7 7 0-0!? cxd4 8 cxd4 Nxd4 9 Nxd4 Qxd4 10 Nc3) as an attacking weapon against the French for white? It ...

Started 08/19/05 at 11:54:30 by condor
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By: chandrashekharkoravi
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C02: Game Analysis of 5.Be3 (with a N+B ending)
This is an analysis of a 90 60 game.
1. e4 e6 2. d4 d5 3. e5 c5 4. c3 Nc6 5. Be3
Slightly uncommon and outside of my book knowledge but when in doubt I follow the normal plan of Akobian by playin...

Started 05/14/13 at 11:39:52 by Plyo
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By: Plyo
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C02: Advanced French à la Simon Williams
I just tried the recommendation in Attacking Chess: The French, and met the following line:

I thought about answering it with a pa...

Started 12/22/12 at 10:15:30 by fling
8 7206 Last Post 12/23/12 at 16:15:13
By: MNb
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C02: Advance with Be2
Is it worth playing the Advance French as white with Be2 instead of a3? 
I don't really want to play a3 lines, but haven't been thrilled with my results with Be2 so considering going to 3. Nc3 i...

Started 09/19/12 at 00:33:40 by zepled37
8 7574 Last Post 09/26/12 at 08:32:49
By: chk
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C02: Video on Advance Variation Nimzowitsch System
Hi all, I remember way back, I think I had a Roman video on the advance variation with an early queen g4 for white (Advance Variation, Nimzowitsch System.) Well I do not have it anymore. Lately someon...

Started 09/06/12 at 02:22:11 by Mtal
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By: dom
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C02: French Advance ...Qb6 & ...Bd7
I'm new to this site, and very happy to be here as I'm doing my best to improve my game. The French was the first defense against 1 e4 I ever looked at in any depth. After looking arou...

Started 07/18/11 at 12:48:32 by Krames
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By: Vass
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C02: New take on the Milner Barry
The traditional Milner-Barry Gambit reached by
1 e4 e6 2 d4 d5 3 e5 c5 4 c3 Nc6 5 Nf3 Qb6 6 Bd3 is relatively rare as the pawn offer can be accepted with 6 ... cxd4 7 cxd4 Bd7 8 0-0 Nxd4

Started 09/05/11 at 11:12:41 by RdC
8 8791 Last Post 09/14/11 at 18:39:34
By: Smyslov_Fan
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C02: Is the French Advance a good weapon?
I decided to change from 1.d4 to 1.e4. I am trying to have a main line repertoire but one that is not so wide. I am thinking in the advance French as my weapon against The French. Is it a good choice?...

Started 07/19/11 at 02:26:42 by Pingudon
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By: BPaulsen
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C02: Advance Line
Just something which seemed intriguing. Not critical for 6.. a5 as thats 8 o-o and other black options at need, but it did strike me as a really horribly obscure feeling variation. Even by the 'usual'...

Started 05/28/11 at 23:17:08 by MartinC
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By: MartinC
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C02: Milner-Barry Gambit Declined
In The Flexible French Moskalenko suggests that 5 ...Qb6 6 Bd3 Nh6!? 7 0-0 cd 8 cd Nf5 9 Bf5 ef 10 Nc3 Be6 is OK for Black (11 Ne2 h6!) even though Black has played ...Qb6 instead of ...Be7, given tha...

Started 12/17/10 at 11:16:56 by Michael Ayton
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17 17184 Last Post 02/11/11 at 08:51:25
By: OldGrizzly
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C02: French Advance Uhlmann's: ...c4 and ...f6
Stigma wrote on 11/18/10 at 22:07:07:
When I taught the French I just followed Uhlmann's anti-Advance repertoire; great on lower levels and if someone approaches master level they can simply add 5...Qb6 6.a3 Nh6 or 6.a3 c4...

Started 11/19/10 at 02:37:42 by Paddy
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