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Re: Burn Variation
Reply #2 - 06/01/20 at 12:57:22
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I suggest you to have a look also at 6...Be7 instead of 6...h6.
This could lead to sharper variations but at the same time is less played, less known , as much as good and it is more fighting.
  
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Re: Burn Variation
Reply #1 - 05/29/20 at 18:05:16
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You really should consult Hannes Langrock's book The French Defense, The Solid Rubinstein Variation. The starting position is 1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 dxe4 4.Nxe4 Nd7 5.Nf3 Ngf6 and after 6.Bg5 (transposing to the Burn) he investigates h6.
What you avoid via 3...Nf6 are varistions like 6.Nxf6+ and 6.Bd3 iso 6.Bg5.
  

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Burn Variation
05/29/20 at 10:53:09
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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 dark squared bishop so easily with 4...Be7.  I read somewhere that, at GM level, the Burn variation 4...dxe4 is the most popular line.

I was wondering, what is the difference between the Burn and Rubinstein variations?  I know the Rubinstein is considered to be a solid line where the main objective is clean equalisation, and it's difficult for Black to play for a win.  Is this also the case with the Burn (assuming Black isn't playing the sharp ...gxf6 stuff)?

I assume there must be a difference, or else why would anyone play the Burn at all, and not just play 3...dxe4 and deny white the opportunity to play 4.e5?

Also, are there any books that cover the Burn variation for Black?
  
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