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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
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By: George Jempty
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C11: Steinitz 7...Be7 Svidler-Yifan – better move?
I think I may have found an improvement in the game Svidler-Yifan which was analyzed in the October 2009 Chesspub update. 
(1) Svidler,Peter (2739) - Hou,Yifan (2584) [C11]
NH Chess Tournam...

Started 01/18/10 at 04:36:33 by whiteatak shredder
0 1658 Last Post 01/18/10 at 04:36:32
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C14: Alapin's Nb5 in the French Classical
In the french classical after: 1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.Bg5 Be7 5.e5 Nfd7 6.Bxe7 Qxe7 7.Nb5 (Alapin's move) the critical continuation as given by several authors is: ...Nb6 8.c3 a6 9.Na3. Now Jacob...

Started 04/29/06 at 17:04:39 by good knight(Guest) (Guest)
0 1126 Last Post 04/29/06 at 17:04:38
By: good knight(Guest) (Guest)
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C14: Classical main line analysis
I’m new to putting analysis on here, and indeed the French defence which I am thinking about taking up, so I thought I’d start with a game I played against Fritz 8 in the classical French main line ac...

Started 03/05/06 at 21:11:24 by richardpitts
0 1133 Last Post 03/05/06 at 21:11:23
By: richardpitts
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C12: Another 6 Be3 MacCutcheon try
While looking at the line in the other MacCutcheon thread, I came across discussion of the line below and would welcome opinions:
1 e4 e6 2 d4 d5 3 Nc3 Nf6 4 Bg5 Bb4 5 e5 h6 6 Be3 Ne4 7 Qg4 Kf8 8...

Started 01/06/05 at 01:24:12 by HgMan
0 1201 Last Post 01/06/05 at 01:24:11
By: HgMan
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C11: Steinitz with 4...Ng8
MartinC wrote on 01/20/13 at 10:22:59:
Goodness knows. This stuff always leaves me very confused! It doesn't look as logical as g5 of course but then again you are wiping out whites passed pawn.
Obviously many more options than jus...

Started 01/21/13 at 05:06:50 by sloughter
1 2357 Last Post 01/21/13 at 15:43:35
By: Smyslov_Fan
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C11: French in Russian Super Final
Some French games in "Russian Super Final" ...
Got here:
Click "Men" to download PGN game file
Classical Boleslavsky
[Event "62nd ch-RUS"]

Started 01/03/10 at 11:48:24 by dom
1 3023 Last Post 08/08/12 at 20:59:37
By: dom
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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 2123 Last Post 08/15/09 at 16:35:45
By: Matemax
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C11: An interesting "Anti-French" variation
Hello all,
I would like to discuss the important theoretical position which occurs after the moves 1.e4 e6 2.Nf3 d5 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.e5 Nfd7 5.d4 c5 6.dc5 Nc6 7.Bf4 Bc5 8.Bd3 f6 9.ef6 Nf6 and now 10.0...

Started 02/15/08 at 05:26:43 by DoubledPawns
1 1631 Last Post 02/16/08 at 09:16:44
By: dom
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C11: Steinitz with 6.f5?!/?
I was not going to bother the forum with this line, but I've seen it in blitz games against masters lately so there may be some information that makes this seemingly horrible move playable. The variat...

Started 09/01/07 at 19:51:29 by Smyslov_Fan
1 1350 Last Post 10/28/07 at 14:37:24
By: winawer77
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C11: black's best line of play
I'm interested in a French line that comes about from a transposition from an Alekhine defence:
1. e4 Nf6 2. Nc3 d5 3. e5 Nfd7 4. d4 e6. The French move order is something like 1. e4 e6 ...

Started 04/04/07 at 20:25:30 by kevinludwig
1 1586 Last Post 04/08/07 at 09:32:00
By: dom
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C11: Classical with Nce2
Recent game in classical f4, analysed by Susan Polgar:
Veselin Topalov (2783) - Alexander Morozevich (2741)
Linares/Morelia (7) 25.02.2007 [C11]
read it quick...

Started 03/14/07 at 12:01:57 by dom
1 1257 Last Post 03/14/07 at 13:10:16
By: Alias
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C11: Nc3-b1 retreat by Deep Fritz
Deep Fritz 10--Kramnik, 2006, game 6 contained these moves:  18...Nf6-g8 19 Nc3-b1.  That reminds me of the Classical/Winawer Retreat Var in the French mentioned by Neil McDonald in June 2006.  I am n...

Started 12/06/06 at 01:21:06 by pacificknight
1 1233 Last Post 12/06/06 at 14:17:20
By: Voprak
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C11: Classical Boleslavsky with 11.b4!
I mention this recent game because 11.b4!? is often forgotten in chess books (maybe because White has no more than a draw):
[Event "4th Young Stars of the World"]
[Site "Kirishi RUS"]

Started 05/22/06 at 09:13:06 by dom
1 1386 Last Post 05/23/06 at 03:59:37
By: MNb
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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
2 630 Last Post 06/01/20 at 12:57:22
By: tapchess
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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 3153 Last Post 11/12/16 at 10:41:24
By: chessfreak
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C13: Alekhine-Chatard Attack
I am having trouble figuring out how to meet the Alekhine-Chatard Attack (1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.Bg5 Be7 5. e5 Nfd7 6 h4!?) and equalize. Can someone point me in the right direction?

Started 07/31/11 at 07:48:55 by Anonymous3
2 2713 Last Post 07/31/11 at 15:19:50
By: dom
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C13: 6. h4!?  is it dangerous to take the bishop?
Hi Chesspub,
im new here and already start with a problem i got in my last game.
I'm playing the French Defense since 3 Weeks now and meet the first time in the classical variation 6. h4   -...

Started 04/08/09 at 15:45:13 by Padschah
2 1884 Last Post 04/10/09 at 06:50:28
By: Padschah
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C12: What is goin on?
I Saw this line: 1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.Bg5 Bb4 5.ed 0-0.     What do you have to say about it?

Started 11/01/06 at 04:36:56 by French2006
2 1500 Last Post 11/02/06 at 03:42:02
By: French2006
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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 2257 Last Post 06/12/06 at 07:55:13
By: Ender
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