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Line against the French?


  • 3 months ago · Quote · #21

    Ziggy_Zugzwang

    Just looking at Miezis on 365chess.com.

    He scores 49/35.6/15.4 from the start of the variation

  • 3 months ago · Quote · #22

    GodIike

    Unfortunately not, it was a blitz tournament. Im yet to play a GM in standard time controls OTB.

    The variation itself im not too fond of. White doesnt really generate much play. I appeals neither to more more usual positional side, nor my current aggressive state.

    It would be pragmatic though.

  • 3 months ago · Quote · #23

    Ziggy_Zugzwang

    I've tried hard to make it work. It does seem an even game, but on a knife edge for both sides.

  • 3 months ago · Quote · #24

    WittyBlunder

    After watching GM Yasser Seirawan's lectures i would say the advance variation gives white best chances.

    3.Nc3 or Nd2 gives black the opportunity to get into Rubinstein variation. Not so fun to play as white.

  • 3 months ago · Quote · #25

    Robkin

    simply do not allow a French setup - play the KIA (king's indian attack); if it was good enough for Mr. Bobby Fischer...

  • 3 months ago · Quote · #26

    WittyBlunder

    Well, I always thought a GM knows better chess theory than radom patzers like us. Although you're free to have an independent opinion!

  • 3 months ago · Quote · #27

    ViktorHNielsen

    WittyBlunder wrote:

    Well, I always thought a GM knows better chess theory than radom patzers like us. Although you're free to have an independent opinion!

    Indeed. And most SGMs (super grand masters) plays 3. Nc3, so even though I'm not sure about the rubinstein (I see it as a free attacking chance for white, and when (if) black plays c5, he gets a slightly worse endgame), the SGMs might have a reason to accept it.

  • 3 months ago · Quote · #28

    Fiveofswords

    i play the tarrasch (3 nd2). I think Its the best way for white to keep his center fairly  stable. You can manouver Ne2 and Nd2-f3 and have solid defense of d4.

    obviously 3Nc3 is a good move...but it often involves white abandoning the center (for initiative) and the game can get rather chaotic...both tactically and strategically. I just dont like chaos...and most people learning the game dont perform so well in such sharp positions either.

  • 3 months ago · Quote · #29

    blueemu

    I play the KIA against the French. And against the Caro-Kann as well.

    Agreed that SGMs don't play it... but I'm not likely to face the same opposing players that they do.

  • 3 months ago · Quote · #30

    WittyBlunder

    ViktorHNielsen wrote:
    WittyBlunder wrote:

    Well, I always thought a GM knows better chess theory than radom patzers like us. Although you're free to have an independent opinion!

    Indeed. And most SGMs (super grand masters) plays 3. Nc3, so even though I'm not sure about the rubinstein (I see it as a free attacking chance for white, and when (if) black plays c5, he gets a slightly worse endgame), the SGMs might have a reason to accept it.

    Personally I do not like to get into my opponent's preparation. Against 1....e6 I some times play 2.f4 and other times 2.c3 if d5 then 3.e5 then f4, just to throw my opponents out of their comfort zone.If it was good for Nakamura it is good for me!

    Rubinstein variation is not that straight forward. Anand, Akopian, Akobian and others played this variation as black! For a dynamic player he/she might choose Nakamura's approach g*N and open up the g gile as black.

    About you're c5 note, 3 vs 2 quenside pawn majority is a common theme of sicilian also.

    So, it's a matter of personal taste really. I just do not like to give black to have that extra option. Both 2.Nc3 and 2.Nd2 does.

  • 3 months ago · Quote · #31

    petrosianpupil

    Wittyblunder do you play Gleks lines in the f4 against the French? Na3 and look to play Bd3 sometimes delaying d4 and exchanging with the knight that often comes to f5? I'm intersected in that line but have never played it in anything but rapid play

  • 3 months ago · Quote · #32

    WittyBlunder

    petrosianpupil wrote:

    Wittyblunder do you play Gleks lines in the f4 against the French? Na3 and look to play Bd3 sometimes delaying d4 and exchanging with the knight that often comes to f5? I'm intersected in that line but have never played it in anything but rapid play

    Exactly.I took the idea from Nakamura vs Seirawan game. You can watch on youtube by searching "Nakamura vs Seirawan French Defense: La Bourdonnais". If you know the lines well you can play this on longer time control too.

  • 3 months ago · Quote · #33

    petrosianpupil

    When I used to play the advance lines I used to always get outplayed, French players are experts at attacking pawn chains, either undermining them at the base, pressurising d4 or f6 breaks. Thanks I'll look at u tube. I'm only interested in lines that are good for really long time control OTB chess. I'm sure I'll play it sometime in the next year but I want to be prepared first!


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