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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.
I definitely prefer playing the Steinitz myself. The Winawer is way too risky fo my taste...
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.
Well, why not play the Rubenstein(3.dxe4)?
It is solid, used by GMs, sound and active too?
Could you post each opening here, I play French all the time but I'm not familiar with the variations
If interested in the Steinitz/McCutcheon complex, then a new book to recommend is "The Modern French" by GM Antic and IM Maksimovic in New In Chess Publications.
Definitely not a good book to learn the classical French, but a valuable tool for advanced players. Even myself find the variations tree chaotic, but there is no doubt that the authors have worked a lot on the subject.
I prefer the winawer french as black while my wife prefers the classical . As white I play the tarrasch against the french more than 3 Nc3 .
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
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.
I guess I can't say either, I play 3...c5
Winawer is better than steinitz if you take time to study the lines...
No, it isn't.
I'd just play 3...Nf6 because the complications of 3...Bb4 seem like too much work.
It's all a matter of opinion
I prefer Nf6 for black, but do play the mccutcheon against bg5. I think the winawer is to crazy for me!
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
hmm, I don't think it is that great.
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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