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Steinitz 4 e5, 4 Bg5, McCutcheon, Alekhine Chatard Attack & Hecht-Reefschlaeger [C10-14]
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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 2732 Last Post 08/14/18 at 06:29:01
By: nestor
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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 1122 Last Post 06/01/20 at 12:57:22
By: tapchess
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C01, C12: MacCutcheon Exchange
What - if anything! - do people think of the line 1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.Bg5 Bb4 5.exd5!? ?
Given that White doesn't seem to be getting anywhere in the main lines of the MacCutcheon, I am su...

Started 05/07/04 at 03:24:09 by alumbrado
5 3083 Last Post 11/05/05 at 00:44:31
By: Smyslov_Fan
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C01,C12,C15:Mac-Exchange. best exchange variation?
Hi chaps
I have been experimenting with the McCutcheon. I ran into a little area which wasnt covered in Moskalenko's book and which to me seems like a very annoying line.
Usually I am happy ...

Started 05/23/09 at 16:00:27 by Willempie
3 3320 Last Post 05/03/10 at 23:24:22
By: Paddy
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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
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By: Pcal
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C10-C14: 3.Nc3 Nf6 Question.......
What's a good system to play with white in the variation 1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 Nf6??
a) 4.e5
b) 4.Bg5
About 4.Bg5 how good is for black 4...dxe4??

Started 08/11/11 at 21:28:35 by XChess1971
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By: XChess1971
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C10-C14: Classical French: Dynamic?
Does anyone think that the Classical French, and I'm not talking about the Burn, is suffiently dynamic to be played for a win?  I think that is unmistakbly true of Black's side of the Steinitz Variati...

Started 10/30/07 at 19:42:43 by Markovich
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C10: 1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 b6?!
What white should response? I play couple blitz games, and without good results for white Sad

Started 06/11/06 at 19:20:12 by Ender
2 2489 Last Post 06/12/06 at 07:55:13
By: Ender
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C10: 3 Nc3 Be7
At the Staunton Memorial event this month, Nigel Davies won as Black vs Lawrence Trent using the rare Kellner variation of the French, 3 Nc3 Be7.
This was developed by the strong Australian post...

Started 08/15/09 at 16:09:56 by Paddy
1 2329 Last Post 08/15/09 at 16:35:45
By: Matemax
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C10: Anand lost TWO French's at Corsica!
Hard to believe. The second game is a blitz tiebreak, I think, while the first game is rapid.
[Event "Corsica Masters Bastia Final"]
[Site "Corse"]
[Date "2005.11.05"]
[EventDate "...

Started 11/07/05 at 16:41:09 by notyetagm
6 2916 Last Post 11/13/05 at 21:13:25
By: Smyslov_Fan
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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 6317 Last Post 05/14/18 at 07:47:04
By: Michael Ayton
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C10: Funny Game: Kosintseva - Berg 0-1 Corus 2007
Did you see this game today at Wijk aan Zee?
N. Kosintseva - Berg 0-1
1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 h6 4.Bd3 c5 5.dxc5 d4 6.Nce2 Nc6 7.Nf3 Bxc5 8.0-0 Nge7 9.a3 e5 10.Ng3 h5 11.b4 Bd6 12.Nh4 Ng8 13.N...

Started 01/21/07 at 18:18:01 by whiteatak shredder
8 8454 Last Post 01/24/07 at 10:25:11
By: TalJechin
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C10: Guimard Variation
I was wondering is is possible to play 1e4 e6 2d4 d5 3nc3 nc6. I think perhaps if one could they could playa highly original frnench with out the counter attack to the d pawn with c5. It might just be...

Started 10/19/05 at 10:23:54 by basqueknight (Ex Member)
10 4210 Last Post 11/05/05 at 11:52:39
By: Smyslov_Fan
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C10: Hecht-Reefschlaeger
I have been playing Hecht-Reefschlaeger with good results for some time mainly based on Watson and Rybka.
Is there any other source I can refer to ? Any help will make a big difference.

Started 01/25/09 at 17:43:44 by saubhikr
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By: flaviddude
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C10: Hecht-Reefschlaeger line 4.e5
After 1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 Nc6 4.e5 Wisnewski doesn't like 4..f6 due to 5.Bb5 saying Black's best is 5..Bd7 and isn't satisfied with Black. Here is a crazy idea I have come up with: 5..Qd7!? instead....

Started 09/20/08 at 15:49:22 by belaji
6 3846 Last Post 12/31/08 at 03:04:02
By: saubhikr
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C10: Hecht-Reefschlaeger line 8...Bb4
I just finished a tournament and tried out 3.Nc3 Nc6 for the first time (actually my first time playing the French at all).
W.Jones (2015) - T.Seymour (2053)
1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 Nc6 4.Nf3 ...

Started 07/20/08 at 20:23:18 by tipau
10 4819 Last Post 08/15/08 at 09:31:02
By: dom
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C10: Hecht-Reefschlager Variation
There have been a few comments on this line (2 d4 d5 3 Nc3 Nc6!?) in the 1 ...Nc6 thread in the Daring Defences section, but I'm not sure there's a separate thread on this interesting line, so I thoug...

Started 10/30/07 at 14:45:06 by Michael Ayton
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By: Michael Ayton
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C10: Help with 3. Nc3 Be7
Just a quick question. Any advice against 1. e4 e6 2. d4 d5 3. Nc3 Be7 ? Looking at some master games, it looks like 4. e5 and 4. Nf3 are the two main moves. I'm reluctant to play Nf3 since after Nf6 ...

Started 08/15/08 at 04:45:27 by swingdoc
4 2425 Last Post 08/18/08 at 09:20:33
By: MartinC
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C10: Is 1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 Nc6 playable?
Hi guys,
since a few weeks I am experimentating with this variation:
1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 Nc6 , the Guimard variation. I know it is rather popular after 3.Nd2 to play 3... Nc6, is this also playable a...

Started 04/18/05 at 13:02:22 by culdesac
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45 21660 Last Post 07/13/06 at 12:49:02
By: BadPritt
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C10: Kevin's Nov'09 update: Hecht Reefschlager
Thanks again to Kevin for one more interesting Hecht Reefschlager update. However, one of his comments made me curious....
"After 1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 Nc6 4.Nf3 Nf6 5.Bd3 Bb4, White normally ...

Started 11/23/09 at 21:46:45 by saubhikr
6 4091 Last Post 11/28/09 at 17:22:06
By: linksspringer
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