Francalapin variation

Yigor

This underestimated subvariant of French defense (with no official name)

 

 

looks quite good to me. Of course, it transposes to a subline of Sicilian: Alapin if black replies with 2...c5. peshka.png Any ideas or opinions?

poucin

Any french defence player would play 2...d5 then white has choice :

- 3.exd5 with a french exchange with c3. Cannot be bad but not frightening for black...

- 3.d3 to transpose into KIA but after 3...dxe4 4.dxe4, black could trade queen with a level endgame, not very exciting but why not.

- 3.e5 trying to transpose (maybe) into advance variation though black could try 3...d4...

So only transpositions, where white is not sure to get the position he wants. Consequently a bad move order.

Next? tongue.png

Yigor
poucin wrote:

Any french defence player would play 2...d5 then white has choice :

- 3.exd5 with a french exchange with c3. Cannot be bad but not frightening for black...

- 3.d3 to transpose into KIA but after 3...dxe4 4.dxe4, black could trade queen with a level endgame, not very exciting but why not.

- 3.e5 trying to transpose (maybe) into advance variation though black could try 3...d4...

So only transpositions, where white is not sure to get the position he wants. Consequently a bad move order.

Next?

 

LoL Just don't destroy my wonderful Francalapin with your unpasteurized cheesy 2...d5. tongue.pnggrin.png

DeirdreSkye

     2.c3 is not underestimated , it is very well estimated as harmless and with no indipendent value. White has to tranpose to something else sooner or later while denying himself some important options without gaining not even one additional option.

Yigor
DeirdreSkye wrote:

     2.c3 is not underestimated , it is very well estimated as harmless and with no indipendent value. White has to tranpose to something else sooner or later while denying himself some important options while gaining not even one additional option.

 

All right, U and IM poucin have convinced me. happy.png

DeirdreSkye

 Let me guess , it was among the top engine suggestions.

Yigor
DeirdreSkye wrote:

 Let me guess , it was among the top engine suggestions.

 

LoL How incisive! tongue.png Yeah, I noticed it while adding engine evaluations to this thread:

https://www.chess.com/forum/view/general/list-of-all-400-legal-openings-in-2-plies-master-games

DrChesspain
poucin wrote:

 

...So only transpositions, where white is not sure to get the position he wants. Consequently a bad move order.

Next?

As someone who plays both the Advance French and the Alapin, all I can say to this is "Yep."