A French Defense Surprise!

A French Defense Surprise!

alacritous
NM alacritous
Jan 10, 2017, 8:27 PM |
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Are you a French defense enthusiast?  Your first born going to be named Winawer?  But perhaps you keep losing to that pesky Nc3.  I know I was having trouble, not because the mainlines were bad but just because there was just so much theory and it seemed almost impossible to catch a well prepared opponent off guard.  

But what if I told you that you can play this defense with shock?  BEHOLD:

Be7 is like a poisoned dart, stunning your opponent into a stupor.  Is that even playable?  Well, the short answer is Oui, and I'm pleased to tell you that almost no one knows this line.  Let's peer down into its Parisian poison and prepare our "au revoir" for our bewildered opponent....

 

We'll analyze it not based on black's thoughts but rather reaction to opponent thoughts.  After all, black has no plan yet per se.  Our opponent takes a deep think.  Why hasn't anyone played this bishop move? she wonders.  Then she says, Choose Your Own Adventure style:

1. "Ah, it weakens the g7 pawn!  Let's e5 to lock down that knight and then Qg4 winawer style!"

2. "Best to just develop and figure this stuff out later. Knights before bishops, right?"

3. "I'm going to just develop my light squared bishop so I can still play f4 later if I feel like it."

Let's venture down this trifold labyrinth while remembering that if you forget and go out of book, your opponent is probably out of book too.

 

1. "Ah, it weakens the g7 pawn!  Let's e5 and Qg4 Winawer style!"

    

2. "Best to just develop and figure this stuff out later. Knights before bishops, right?"

3. "I'm going to just develop my light squared bishop so I can still play f4 later."

 

So, I hope you have enjoyed the French surprise.  I have played it 40 times on Chess.com so far and have won 63% of my games with it--not bad for black!   I hope it brings you similar results--maybe better!