French Defense Conflict!

Mar 9, 2012, 2:29 AM |

In the Winawer Poisoned Pawn variation after 1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.e5 c5 5.a3 Bxc3+ 6.bxc3 Ne7 7.Qg4 ...

Uhlmann, in his book "Winning With The French" continues 7...Qc7 and does not seem to fear 8.Bd3!? as in this game

However, my other resource in the French defense is Vitiugov's "The French Defence - A Complete Black Repertoire" which on page 190 states "First of all, it is not so precise for him to begin with 7...Qc7, because then White has the additional possibility of 8.Bd3!? cxd4 9.Ne2 dxc3 10.Qxg7 Rg8 11.Qxh7 Qxe5 12.Bf4 Qf6 13.Qh6 Ng6 14.Bg5 Rh8 15.Bxf6 Rxh6 16.Bxc3 with an advantage in the end-game, Carlsen - Sanchez Alarcos Galian, Madrid 2008"

All you French Defense players - any ideas on how to resolve this conflict of authors? Is Uhlmann's line outdated and Vitiugov's suggestion modern and better - or is Uncle Wolfgang using a tried and true idea that stands the test of time?