French Defence

ZouDynasty

French can lead to either very passive positions or very open positions

AmazingAryan

That is true, in the Exchange Variation it is very passive but the sharp lines with Nc3, Nd2, or even e5 are tactical.

ThrillerFan

If post 34 shows how to win with the French, here's a post to show you how to beat it!

 

 

Optimissed

I don't like 4.c3. Much prefer 4. dc. However, white didn't exactly play very well there.

RadiantDirt

But if you want to play Nc3 against the French, you will have to learn a lot of opening theory. I think 3.e5 (Advance Variation) is easier to play.

ThrillerFan
Optimissed wrote:

I don't like 4.c3. Much prefer 4. dc. However, white didn't exactly play very well there.

4.dxc5 is very weak.  You say White's play was weak in the game.  Explain yourself.  You don't even understand what to do on the 4th move.  4.c3 is the main response play almost all the time.  Only real alternative is 4.Nf3 cxd4 5.Bd3.  Do not confuse this with the Caro-Kann, where after 1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.e5 c5 when 4.dxc5 is best.

ThrillerFan
RadiantDirt wrote:

But if you want to play Nc3 against the French, you will have to learn a lot of opening theory. I think 3.e5 (Advance Variation) is easier to play.

 

Which is why I typically play 3.e5 or the Kings Indian Attack (2.d3) in blitz and over the board while I go 3.Nc3 in correspondence.

Optimissed

Sorry for the typo/ confusion.

But 4. dc in the Advance French is fine. Matter of taste really, but it is no worse than 4. c3.

Xbiker
ThrillerFan escribió:

If post 34 shows how to win with the French, here's a post to show you how to beat it!

 

 

Very nice, I have read your blog about it, and I have really enjoyed. Do yo have more diagrams similar to this, for instance with this very same variaton but with the tipical 4. nc6? or with more examples of your blog? . Thanks endeed for this nice job

soufstar

thanks good

Haruuun_OO

Play 3. Nc3. Done and dusted

Optimissed

True. It's best but not so easy.

 

ZouDynasty

This is a game I played as white at the National Open in Las Vegas. Black resigned on move twenty because he was forced to trade his queen for two minors to stop checkmate.

Optimissed

Good game. Enjoyed that.

RussBell

https://simplifychess.com/french-defense/tutorials/what-is-french-defense.html

ThrillerFan
Xbiker wrote:
ThrillerFan escribió:

If post 34 shows how to win with the French, here's a post to show you how to beat it!

 

 

Very nice, I have read your blog about it, and I have really enjoyed. Do yo have more diagrams similar to this, for instance with this very same variaton but with the tipical 4. nc6? or with more examples of your blog? . Thanks endeed for this nice job

 

The 4...Nc6 lines are covered in the blog in the article on beating the French in the archives (Nov 2017 I believe).  As far as The French Connection series, not sure how many of the 21 thus far are the advance variation.  22 will be a black win in the exchange, 23 a white win in the advance, and 24 a black win in the advance, over the next 3 months.

AmazingAryan

Thanks for all the help guys!