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I plan on using the French in otb play for the first time. The tournament is in about two weeks. I was hoping for some advice from experienced French players. It would be great if you guys could post some obscure but dangerous lines which I need to look out for along with more general advice to improve my chances of a successful tournament with the french.
I don't think it's wise to take up a new opening 2 weeks before a tournament. Unless of course you consider the tournament a learning experience and you're not really fussed by the result.
The french is not a difficult opening, he can learn it, even if the tournament will be 2 weeks later. (And you are a diamond membership player, I guess there are some videos on the french defense here...)Dangerous lines? The french is usually closed, (you can play it closed anyway) but the open french is not dangerous either.If you want to play closed french:
In the closed lines, Black usually attack on the queen side, and white on the king side, I dont really know the opened french.
I'm really not new to the French. I'm just trying to get back into it. However, I think I agree with you, Plutonia. It would be unwise to switch. I would still appreciate advice on the subject though because I think I will switch after the tournament.
When I have my opening repertoire fully prepped for a tournament I will generally have evaluated what middlegame strategies I want to persue in each line I play. Generally this comes down to a few specific concepts that I have rules for, making the early middlegame more of a question of technical execution then strategic planning.
In the french these decisions are things like 'in the advance with a3-b4 I will use the pin on the b2 bishop to relocate my knight to c4 if white kicks my other knight with g4, otherwise I will play for an f6 break'. These statements are a lot more to the point then trying to remember long variations (you can get away with only having abstractions in the french).
If you can work out describable plans for every major variation of the french in two weeks then it shouldn't be hard to play in a tournament.
Good advice, pellik! Thanks
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