Latest Updates:
Classical Classical
Steinitz 4 e5, 4 Bg5, McCutcheon, Alekhine Chatard Attack & Hecht-Reefschlaeger [C10-14]
(Moderators: Smyslov_Fan, proustiskeen)
Topics: 120
Posts: 1956
Pages Pages: [1] 2 3 ... 6
There are no actions to perform.
Subject / Started By Replies Views Last Post Sort (Z-A)
Hot Topic (More than 10 Replies)
French Repertoire from GM Ivan Cheparinov
This repertoire is available at It looks to be a very good product. Ivan Cheparinov has done good work in the past and this appears to be thorough.
His selection of lines captur...

Started 09/13/23 at 12:20:57 by FreeRepublic
11 1873 Last Post 09/20/23 at 23:16:35
By: Nernstian59
Hot Topic (More than 10 Replies)
C11: Steinitz options
After 1.e4 e6 2. d4 d5 3. Nc3 Nf6 4. e5 Nfd7 5. f4 c5 6. Nf3 Nc6 7. Be3
I was wondering what are the differences between the options cd4, a6 Qb6 and Be7. In most books I found the first t...

Started 09/27/09 at 12:03:49 by jitb
« Pages 1 2 all »
18 14283 Last Post 05/24/23 at 13:58:09
By: ArKheiN
Normal Topic
ChessPublishing eBook, Sep 2021
There is a new Ebook available on the Classical French and Rubenstein variations. The authors are the ChessPublishing team, primarily Neil McDonald, John Watson, and Kevin Goh Wei Ming. It is availabl...

Started 09/16/21 at 16:38:07 by FreeRepublic
0 646 Last Post 09/16/21 at 16:38:07
By: FreeRepublic
Normal Topic
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 3863 Last Post 05/24/20 at 19:56:13
By: Stigma
Hot Topic (More than 10 Replies)
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
This topic contains 1 attachment
11 6403 Last Post 04/10/20 at 18:25:04
By: LeeRoth
Normal Topic
"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 3509 Last Post 08/14/18 at 06:29:01
By: nestor
Normal Topic
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 7610 Last Post 05/14/18 at 07:47:04
By: Michael Ayton
Normal Topic
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 5164 Last Post 03/01/18 at 15:49:16
By: Bancrates
Normal Topic
Death of the Hecht-Reefschlaeger??
GM Luther reckons that this approach with 10.cxd3 and playing for good Knight v bad Bishop is big trouble for Black. Would be interested in thoughts/suggestions etc. as he seems to be on to something ...

Started 08/30/17 at 19:28:14 by ACReed
9 7546 Last Post 09/01/17 at 19:35:03
By: Glenn Snow
Normal Topic
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 4991 Last Post 02/18/17 at 11:26:03
By: ArKheiN
Normal Topic
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 2665 Last Post 12/31/16 at 12:17:32
By: George Jempty
Normal Topic
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 3974 Last Post 11/12/16 at 10:41:24
By: chessfreak
Hot Topic (More than 10 Replies)
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
« Pages 1 2 all »
15 19187 Last Post 10/09/16 at 11:12:32
By: flaviddude
Normal Topic
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 8351 Last Post 03/06/15 at 22:57:34
By: Pcal
Hot Topic (More than 10 Replies)
C13: Alekhine-Chatard Gambit
Hello friends
          i want to discuss Alekhine-Chatard Gambit...Its a gambit with h4..What are your recommendation on it ??
[Event "Survey"]
[Site "Opening"]
[Date "1993.??.??"...

Started 08/13/13 at 05:50:18 by chandrashekharkoravi
14 16952 Last Post 06/05/14 at 20:56:30
By: chandrashekharkoravi
Normal Topic
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 8064 Last Post 06/02/14 at 20:32:11
By: brabo
Normal Topic
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 6997 Last Post 05/23/14 at 23:18:12
By: BladezII
Hot Topic (More than 10 Replies)
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
« Pages 1 2 all »
18 26588 Last Post 02/20/14 at 04:30:23
By: BladezII
Normal Topic
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 8149 Last Post 08/22/13 at 09:34:22
By: ghenghisclown
Normal Topic
C12: What do you think about Bc1 line??

Started 08/18/13 at 18:31:03 by chandrashekharkoravi
7 7261 Last Post 08/21/13 at 10:32:46
By: TalJechin
Pages Pages: [1] 2 3 ... 6
There are no actions to perform.
Normal Topic Normal Topic
Sticky Topic Sticky Topic
Locked Topic Locked Topic
Locked Topic Sticky Locked Topic
Moved Topic Moved Topic
Global Announcement Global Announcement
Locked Global Announcement Locked Global Announcement
Hot Topic (More than 10 Replies) Hot Topic (More than 10 Replies)
Very Hot Topic (More than 25 Replies) Very Hot Topic (More than 25 Replies)
You can view Topics in this Board.

You cannot post replies to Topics in this Board.
You cannot start new Topics in this Board.
You cannot post Attachments in this Board.
You cannot start Polls in this Board.
  ‹ Board Index   Top