French Defence: Normal Variation (under 1600)

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Posted by MonkeyMagic on 9/15/12 at 9:25 PM



I thought this one would never get off the ground.

Hope you all get something out of this.


The center often gets closed in the French unless black takes e4 before it advances.

Players need to be content to dance around it chipping away at it and organizing sorties on the wings. 


Think carefully before castling, your king may be safer in the middle or even on the Queen's side.

For the adventurous, consider the continuation 3. ...Bb4 4.e5 c5 5.a3 Bxc3+ 6.bxc3 Ne7 7.Qg4 (the Winawer variation)


For the really adventurous go nuts with 7. ...Qc7 8.Qxg7 Rg8 9.Qxh7 cxd4, threatening to move the black queen to c3 forking king and rook. (the Poisoned Pawn Winawer)


Have Fun whatever you decide to play.

Good Luck All. Laughing



#2 Chesssafety (1173)

#3 pranav123 (1581)

TD: MonkeyMagic Started on September 15, 2012 at 8:48 PM
Players: 25   Time Control: 3 days/move
Max Group Size: 5   Rating Range: 1000-1600
# Advance: 1   Tie Breaks: Yes
Points Available: 210   Games Rated: Yes

Tournament Stats
Starting Players: 25 Completed Games: 120 (tournament is 100% complete)
Eliminated Round 1: 20 (80% of field) Games in Round 1: 100
Eliminated Round 2: 5 (20% of field) Games in Round 2: 20
Players Withdrawn: 0 (0%) # Timeouts: 34 (28%)
Remaining Players: 1 (4%) Remaining Games: 0 (current round)
Average Rating: 1399 Biggest Upset: 1158 defeats 1512


  • 3 years ago


    Sorry jadedog,

    I just have too many games going at the moment to start another 9 soon. That's why I dropped out. If the tournament is still on once I reduced my gameload a little I would rejoin.

  • 3 years ago


    This lesson by Valeri Lilov is probably better, but might not be accessible to non premium members.

    Fast fwd 5 min to get to the position we're starting from. 3. ...Nf6 is explained first.

    Then at 10:30 3. ...Bb4 is explained.

  • 3 years ago


    Get a free lesson on Youtube.

    Good old kingscrusher

  • 3 years ago


    Nothing fancy shmancy. Just a forum for practising the French Defence. After 3. Nc3 black can go with the Classical 3. ...Nf6; the Winawer 3. ...Bb4; and the Rubinstein 3. ...dxe4 or anything else you want to try. Ok people let's give it heaps, find out what tactics are lurking here, go after each other's kings, or settle into a drawn out strategic struggle - whatever spins your wheels.

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