French vs Sicilian

I'm a 14 year old enthusiastic chess player, and recently I purchased Batsford's Modern Chess Openings to further develop my game. It's a great book, and I would recommend it to anyone. It gives the best move in every opening against various moves from the opposite colour. Anyway, I used to be a religious French Defense player, and I especially enjoyed the Winawer, as I see myself as quite an agressive player. But, the obvious disadvantages to the French are the hammed in light squared bishop, the cramped game, and the kingside weakness. And i felt that the time it took me to address these disadvantages, i.e fianchettoing (IF THAT'S A WORD) the light squard bishop, was time that the opponent would use to deliver an attack. Then I found the Sicilian, and I instantly loved it. The prospects of counterplay ere immense on the queenside, and I especially like the dragon, which suited my aggressive style. The openness of the game was also beneficial, as any piece could be developed easily. So, my view: Sicilian beats French. Can anyone think of any advantages of the French over the Sicilian?


  • 3 years ago


    One advantage of the French over the Sicilian is that a lot of players who play e4 really don't like like playing against the French, as it usually leads to the type of closed position they don't like. They can play 2 exd but it is really dull.

    In the Sicilian it is white who has the opportunity to set the character of the game. White has to be very well prepared to play 3. d4 and 4 Nxd4 (open sicilian), but there are lots of other options depending on white's style a number of which are perfectly sound.  A black player who plays the sicilian has not only to be prepared for playing open lines ( so learning about the dragon or Svesnikov or Najdorf or whatever) but also with closed lines involving a kingside fianchetto, or lines with an early c3 (Alapin) or Bb5 (Rossolimo).There are also a few gambit lines available

    However, if you like playing the Sicilian and it suits you then stick with it, but there are bound to be times when you get caught out in the opening, but you must learn from your mistakes and move on.

    Best of luck.

  • 3 years ago


    I like sicilian too. It is a sharp defense.

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