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Not so good.
I hate it when white plays this line... Seems like such a cop-out
i like this opening
Arzobispo: Go ahead, I dare you try this "Steinitz attack" against me. Seems like none of the opponents that played against you had any idea of main motifs in French Defence.
weak opening by white
White can play for the IQP position by
Better for black!!!
Computo, this is from a master database. None of these players are inexperienced.
The only reason this position has such a higher percentage for black, i guess, is that mainly inexperienced players would trade the e pawn and go for such a known to be drawish line.
teddyganea: "This is a very bad position for white to be in." Not at all. Black wins 44% of all games here, which is pretty good, but then again only 43 games have ever been played with Qxd5. The fact that professional players much rather prefer exd5 (played 5,671 times!) suggests that this line has some deficiencies.
Now look at the position. Black doesn't control the board at all (no pieces developed except for the queen) and certainly doesn't pin down any pawns (with the exception of g2 but there is no compelling reason why White would want to move it right away). White can develop normally without much threat. Nc3 attacks the queen, Black can respond with Bb4 but since Nf6 hasn't been played yet there would be no real pressure on the pinned knight, giving White the chance to develop and support the knight and White's presence in the centre (eg. d4 pawn). For example: 4. Nc3 Bb4 5. Nf3 Qa5/Nf6 6. Bd2 and so on.
The French Defense gives black the advantage. The queen can get into the center, black controls all the center squares and pins down several pawns.
The french defence, like in the white flag?
i like this openning
A very strong player who plays the French told me the trick to facing the Exchange is in your attitude. If you bemoan having to face it then you are lost but if you strive to unbalance the position and create then you need not fear nor yawn when facing the Exchange.
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Just cowards practice this defense. Nothing to do against Steinitz Attack!
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