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  • Formed: Aug 16, 2008
  • If you like to play the French Defense or would like to learn more about this interesting opening, this club is perfect for you. We will talk about hot new novelties, our own experience with the French Defense, and all about this counterattacking opening. All ages and skill levels are welcome.

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  • Fellow French Defence Fanatics rated 1200-1700! I challange your French Defence with my Kings Pawn Gambit or you can try your offence against the best version of the French there is - the Advance Variation. Either way - I challenge thee!

    by graklar 6 days ago

  • I like to do that also repac :)

    by Skeptikill 6 days ago

  • yes, i also do that.. actually, not only in the french, i really like to trade in d4 (or d5) and then to play c5 again. but true that sometimes i was playing Qb6 first to play the "normal" moves. doesn't happen for a while though. (as i also suck in blitz for a while :D )

    by gmdra 7 days ago

  • gmdra, I welcome 5Bb5. I play Qb6. I find this is normally followed by Bxc6, bxc6. After which I now place my problem bishop on Ba6 and cause them problems castling. I also like to push my doubled pawns against d4. As a consequence of this I often get to have a backed up bishop on c5 bearing down on the king and a bishop on the adjacent diagonal.

    by repac3161 7 days ago

  • ps: my considerations are only practical, probably not the best ones in the theory. Nb4 mainly, i am not sure if it is sch a good move. but has worked with me quite some times.

    by gmdra 7 days ago

  • i am talking about this variation: e4 e6 d4 d5 e5 c5 nc6 nf3 qb6 be3 cxd4 cxd4 nb4 bc2 nxc2. i am happy when i manage to do it..ok, the moves can be in a different order, and maybe Bd7 played before Nb4, i am just mentioning it so you get the point. if white does not want to trade the bishop they put it in e2..where it should belong in the first place?

    by gmdra 7 days ago

  • i think Be3 is not good. black can trade this bishop and that is quite a good thing. in my opinion Be3 works for the trap, if black wants to get the d4 pawn, appart from that... not so promising. Qb6 directly is also a move that i could easily play in blitz when i don't want to deal with Bb5, but i consider that Nc6 is better if you want to take your time.

    by gmdra 7 days ago

  • In game explorer, there were 167 games with Be3 after 4Nc6 compared to 6224 for Nf3. Thus, the experts clearly dont think Be3 is the way to go. However, at the lower levels, I find that I can fairly frequently take 1-2 pawns out of the Advanced opening because people dont protect d4 correctly from the early attack or move their bishop when the Queen is already on b6. Hence, I suppose it may be better to play Qb6 from that perspective

    by repac3161 7 days ago

  • 4...Nc6 gives black other options, not committing to Qb6.

    by ccssii 8 days ago

  • why after:1 e4 e6 2 d4 d5 3 e5 c5 4 c3 everyone plays 4...Nc6?I think hat 4...Qb6 is stronger else 4...Nc6 leaves to white other options,for example 5 Be3

    by scacchistasupremo 8 days ago


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Submitted by KillaBeez on Jun 14, 2009 posted in French Defense Fanatics News
Unfortunately, our friend LucidDream, has been banned for cheating.  I do not believe he cheated, but I trust chess.com was ethical and had some evidence against him.  He was by far our best player.  Now, I need another admin for the group.  P...Read More »