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A rare Continuation in French Opening

  • Heinrich_24
  • | Feb 11, 2013
  • | 7391 views
  • | 21 comments

Some time ago I showed a game where I got the initiative in the early middle game:

http://www.chess.com/forum/view/game-showcase/better-piece-play-and-a-pawn-storm-worked-well-together

Very nice! you may think, but why mentioning it again? Well, I started the game commentary after the opening. This time I want to spot the opening phase. It was a very rare one in French opening, which was a  recommandation in a John Watson book.(Dangerous weapons: The French)

1. e4 e6 2. d4 d5 3. Nc3 Nc6!?


Can you believe it? When I played French opening permanently in earlier times it was out of question that here 3. ... Bb4 or 3. ... Nf6 are the only normal and sound moves here. May be that this a correct evaluation, I don`t know. But 3. ... Nc6!? is definitely not so bad and has the advantage to be a big surprise for most of your opponents. Especially in OTB-games.

So, what are the main continuations in move 4? They are (according to the Watson book):

A) 4. Nf3 Nf6 5. Bg5
B) 4. Nf3 Nf6 5. e5
C) 4. e5

In the game mentioned above my opponent chose Variation B. And I played as recommanded 5. ...Ne4


Here you can see one positive aspect of the knight on c6. It allows that Ne4- move (normally always Nd7), because 6.  Nxe4 dxe4 would win the d4 pawn.
Here again it splits into
B1: 6. Ne2
B2: 6. Bd3
My opponent chose variation B2 and the following moves were more or less consequent
6. ... Bb4  7. Bd2 Nxd2! 8. Qxd2 f6

Black attacks directly the center. This method is very usual in French opening. Black wants the half-open f-file for his rooks and if possible, destroy the white center pawns.
9. a3 ( 9. exf6 Qxf6 10.0-0 Bd7 11. Rae1 0-0-0 =) Bxc3 10. Qxc3 fxe5 11. dxe5 0-0


So, you like it and want to give it a try? So start to play it in your online or live games. And look deeper into the variations I mentioned. Finally, you may try it also in your OTB-games.
Here all from above in one diagram, :

Comments


  • 14 months ago

    aaseelh

    موقع رائع ومفيد جدا أتمنى أن يفتح لي المجال لتصفح بقية النوافذ من أجل الفائدة المرجوة مع الشكر

  • 14 months ago

    greatestmaster

    nice ataking technique

  • 14 months ago

    sanjitdutta1949

    Iam very glad now to find a web side which can help me and us as our requirment . Many many thanks

  • 14 months ago

    Heinrich_24

    As a "weapon of surprise" it will be good enough :-)

  • 14 months ago

    Marcus-101

    After reading this, I think I might try this variation rather than the Winawer!

  • 14 months ago

    NM GargleBlaster

  • 14 months ago

    salowolf

    line B1 looks critical .. White can try to make the e4 Knight very uncomfortable.

  • 14 months ago

    shahrokh1975

    thank you for describing the lines

  • 14 months ago

    Heinrich_24

    Thanks, hoynck, for sharing yourinteresting experiences here with us.

  • 14 months ago

    Heinrich_24

    "Has the dxe4!? been refuted or something? I know its not that good but its still very playable as far as I know..."

    Of course, it`s playable. By the way, for Watson also 3. ... h6!? is playable

  • 14 months ago

    calemcc

    " 3. ... Bb4 or 3. ... Nf6 are the only normal and sound moves here."

    Has the dxe4!? been refuted or something? 

    I know its not that good but its still very playable as far as I know...

  • 14 months ago

    IM pfren

    4.e5 is comfortably better for white.

    Also good for him is 4.Nf3 Nf6 5.e5 Ne4 6.Bd2! which stops all Black tricks, and secures a safe space advantage at the cost of the bishop pair (hardly worth much with a closed center).

  • 14 months ago

    chasm1995

    I like how castling gives the rook an open file.

  • 14 months ago

    Rookde

    This low ranked player is impressed by how many times the players expose their queens yet never loose them?

  • 14 months ago

    Heinrich_24

    Thanks, xeoner, for mentioning that D-variation. So, I`m not sure whether that is a main Variation (30 games here in database) or not, but okay, one should know it if playing that opening.

  • 14 months ago

    oftenchaos4

    Very nice! I love playing the French and this was very helpful.

  • 14 months ago

    simpledimple

    Cool

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