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Steinitz 4 e5, 4 Bg5, McCutcheon, Alekhine Chatard Attack & Hecht-Reefschlaeger [C10-14]
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Burn Variation
I was thinking of taking up the French again after many years, and am trying to decide what to play against 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.Bg5.  I always disliked the McCutcheon, and am not really keen to give up the da...

Started 05/29/20 at 10:53:09 by Monocle
2 321 Last Post 06/01/20 at 12:57:22
By: tapchess
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Mastering the French by Lenderman and Tillis
Hi French section,
I am taking up the French defense and I am considering buying "Mastering the French" by Lenderman and Tillis on chessable. Mostly because I like the format and the videos are u...

Started 05/23/20 at 18:10:58 by HAJS
7 631 Last Post 05/24/20 at 19:56:13
By: Stigma
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I am thinking about playing the McCutcheon but it does not seem to be popular at elite level: can someone advise what the critical lines are now please?

Started 01/29/19 at 21:56:30 by Krudos
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By: LeeRoth
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"Beginner" Resources on the Steinitz 5.f4
I currently play the Advance against the French, using Collins' old book in conjunction with Sveshnikov's old work and some own analysis.
I'm not too unhappy with the line, but I'd stil...

Started 08/13/18 at 17:06:11 by IsaVulpes
3 2064 Last Post 08/14/18 at 06:29:01
By: nestor
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C10: French 3.h6 !?
Hi all,
I found recently a guy playing this line :
1.e4 e6
2.d4 d5
3.Nc3 h6 !? the waiting move.
while the move seems wasting tempo, but it's far from easy to take immediate a...

Started 06/29/04 at 00:42:51 by Susanto (Guest)
9 5042 Last Post 05/14/18 at 07:47:04
By: Michael Ayton
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C11: How to bust Black Gambit in Steinitz
Hey All,
Does anyone have a bust to the following gambit? I know that 13...b5 is bad, but how do you combat 13...b6? I've encountered this in blitz a few times and it is difficult to play against...

Started 05/19/17 at 18:20:40 by Reverse
5 3295 Last Post 03/01/18 at 15:49:16
By: Bancrates
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C12: 6. Bc1 MacCutcheon
The MacCutcheon is becoming ever more my mistress as I continue to explore its nuances.  I believe that the following is a TN of some interest in a not altogether obscure line of the MacCutcheon, and ...

Started 06/04/05 at 20:46:35 by HgMan
3 3540 Last Post 02/18/17 at 11:26:03
By: ArKheiN
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Status of Morozevich's 9...g5
What is the theoretical status of Morozevich's 9...g5 in the 7...a6 line of the Steinitz/Boleslavsky?  Below I'm giving the score from a FICGS game of mine below (where I now have a forced checkmate) ...

Started 12/31/16 at 12:17:32 by George Jempty
0 1894 Last Post 12/31/16 at 12:17:32
By: George Jempty
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French Defense Update August 2015
I noticed my game against Bart Michiels was discussed by IM John Watson:
He mentions that black has played before 12...Rc8 followed by

Started 09/19/15 at 09:15:41 by brabo
2 2972 Last Post 11/12/16 at 10:41:24
By: chessfreak
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C08: A forgotten line against the Classical
I have for sometime now been persevering with a line against the French Classical which Tim Harding described as obsolete some 35 years ago. The analysis has been mostly from blitz games on the net re...

Started 07/13/14 at 12:48:16 by alnilam
5 6378 Last Post 03/06/15 at 22:57:34
By: Pcal
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C13: Alekhine-Chatard Gambit
Hello friends
          i want to discuss Alekhine-Chatard Gambit...Its a gambit with h4..What are your recommendation on it ??
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Started 08/13/13 at 05:50:18 by chandrashekharkoravi
14 13048 Last Post 06/05/14 at 20:56:30
By: chandrashekharkoravi
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C11: Steinitz: 7. Be3 Qb6
So, I am getting tired of playing against the steinitz for black and was looking for a way to complicate things.  Is this variation playable?  The line goes like this.
e4 e6 d4 d5 nc3 nf6 e5 nfd7...

Started 06/09/13 at 00:39:53 by chidori251
5 6292 Last Post 06/02/14 at 20:32:11
By: brabo
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C11: Steinitz French 5 f4 c5 6 Nf3 Nc6 7 Be3 Qb6
I played a tournament game this weekend in which the above line occurred, and I mixed up my preparation and played 8 Qd2?? Qxb2 9 Rb1 Qa3 10 Rb3(?) Qa5 11 Bb5 c4 12 Rb1 Bb4 13 Rxb4 Qxb4 -/+.  That I t...

Started 04/14/14 at 15:41:16 by OrangeCounty
6 5144 Last Post 05/23/14 at 23:18:12
By: BladezII
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C12-C14: Best variation for black after 4.Bg5?
1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 Nf6 4. Bg5... what answer for black is scoring better? A) 4... de4... 5. ..Be7-- or B) 4...de4 5... Nbd7 C)  MacCutcheon d) 4...Be7Or should we try our luck in  E) the Winawer. I...

Started 01/05/13 at 16:23:43 by Pingudon
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By: BladezII
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C11 is all the rage but 4.Bg5 is a cold blanket
Hi friends: I have seen a lot of games following the line 1. e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3. Nc3 Nf6 4. e5 Nfd7 5. f4 c5 6. Nf3 Nc6 7 Be3 and so on, and I think Black has a lot of chances to play to win. But what ab...

Started 08/20/13 at 21:55:09 by Pingudon
6 6014 Last Post 08/22/13 at 09:34:22
By: ghenghisclown
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C11-C19: FrenchClassical by Byron Jacobs(Everyman)
Does anyone know if this book covers just the Classical French or the MacCutcheon as well?

Started 09/08/08 at 01:11:28 by Carld
3 1967 Last Post 09/11/08 at 13:08:06
By: Carld
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C12: Be3 vs. Bc1 Mac
In a couple of my correspondence games, I have been confronted with 1 e4 e6 2 d4 d5 3 Nc3 Nf6 4 Bg5 Bb4 5 e5 h6 6 Bc1.  On the surface, this move looks fairly interesting but not altogether dangerous,...

Started 04/15/05 at 10:20:04 by HgMan
3 2130 Last Post 04/18/05 at 03:40:01
By: memers
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C14: What's the latest on Albin-Chatard attack?
Hi everyone,
I am considering studying the Albin-chatard attack of the french defense (1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.Bg5 Be7 5.e5 Nfd7 6.h4) and I was wondering what is the latest opinion of this l...

Started 01/15/11 at 23:35:55 by everalexfor
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15 13911 Last Post 10/09/16 at 11:12:32
By: flaviddude
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C11: Classical variation 4..Ne4
I have just read Chapter 9 of the book "Opening for White according to Anand 1.e4" Khaliman Chess Stars Ed. book 6  (books 6 and 7 contains some French) and noticed some playable moves for Black, not ...

Started 06/11/06 at 14:59:53 by dom
9 8641 Last Post 08/11/13 at 00:37:15
By: Lanark
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C11: 4 ... Ne4 line in the French?
Does anyone know about the line in the French that goes 1.e4 e6  2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 (or 3. Nd2) Nf6  4.e5 Ne4!?
lt sounds interesting!

Started 01/18/03 at 03:54:17 by Kiwi
9 5048 Last Post 10/14/03 at 06:34:56
By: Reykjavik
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