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French Steinitz vs Winawer


  • 22 months ago · Quote · #1

    pellik

    For you French players (or experts on the French from the white side), what are your thoughts on these two repertoire options and how they differ?

    I've been playing 3...Nf6 since I started with the French, so I wonder sometimes if I'm really missing out by not really learning to play the Winawer. 

  • 22 months ago · Quote · #3

    Vyomo

    I would advocate the Tarrasch instead. The tarrasch is uncommon, perfectly sound and is very positional.

  • 22 months ago · Quote · #4

    pellik

    Vyomo wrote:

    I would advocate the Tarrasch instead. The tarrasch is uncommon, perfectly sound and is very positional.

    I play the French with the black pieces, so I don't get to chose the Tarrasch in these circumstances.

  • 22 months ago · Quote · #5

    Vyomo

    OK, sorry.

    Well, why not play the Rubenstein(3.dxe4)? 

    It is solid, used by GMs, sound and active too?

  • 22 months ago · Quote · #6

    koala8

    Could you post each opening here, I play French all the time but I'm not familiar with the variations

  • 22 months ago · Quote · #7

    pellik

    Steinitz-

    Winawer-

  • 22 months ago · Quote · #11

    pellik

    Reb wrote:

    I believe the title of this thread should be the French Classical vs the French Winawer as the Steinitz is a variation that can be played against the classical french 4 e5 

    You're right.

    I always think of the classical french as including Bg5 Be7, so I forgot that everything after 3...Nf6 is still within the classical umbrella. 

  • 22 months ago · Quote · #12

    koala8

    I guess I can't say either, I play 3...c5

  • 22 months ago · Quote · #14

    AnthonyCG

    I'd just play 3...Nf6 because the complications of 3...Bb4 seem like too much work.

  • 22 months ago · Quote · #15

    koala8

    It's all a matter of opinion

  • 22 months ago · Quote · #16

    Metaknight251

    I prefer Nf6 for black, but do play the mccutcheon against bg5.  I think the winawer is to crazy for me!

  • 22 months ago · Quote · #17

    RookSacrifice

    After 1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.e5, is ...Ne4 good?

  • 22 months ago · Quote · #18

    Fear_ItseIf

    RookSacrifice wrote:

    After 1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.e5, is ...Ne4 good?

    its called the pseudo-steinitz i believe, im quite interested in this as well

  • 22 months ago · Quote · #19

    Metaknight251

    hmm, I don't think it is that great. 

  • 22 months ago · Quote · #20

    Expertise87

    Given that you arrive at the same position as in the Tarrasch with 3...Nf6 4.e5 Ne4 after 5.Nxe4 dxe4 6.Bc4 which is considered to be good for White, and White also has other options, I can't see it being good.


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