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What do French Defence Players Play as White.

  • #21

    These days 1 d4 is my main move by far, occasionally 1 c4 as well. Against the nimzo I play the classical, against the KID I either play the classical or the fianchetto, depending on my opponent. If I think he's playing the KID because he loves kingside attacks for example, I'll go for the positional fianchetto variation. Against the QGD I play the exchange, the slav I play the meran system usually. I'm also interested in the catalan though I haven't got to studying it yet. So mostly a pretty positional repertoire.

  • #22

    I'm an avid French player, although I throw out the occasional Sicilian Dragons, and the Scandanavian.

    As white, I play d4 and e4 about equally. I generally encounter a Sicilian, where I go for the f4 push or the Yugoslav Attack. I go in to Ruy Lopez and Caro-Kann Exchange/Advance too. Against French, I play the poisoned-pawn variation or Tarrasch.

    I like the Catalan against Indian systems. I sometimes throw out the Reti Opening or the King's Indian Attack, but extremely rarely. English if I'm on a losing streak against that player :P

  • #23

    i play the french against 1.e4 dutch stonewall against 1.d4 but as white i like to play the english or 1.Nf3 which can easily transpose into the english or many others depending on blacks response

  • #24

    I play 1.e4

    and when facing the French I play 1.e4 e6 2. d4 d5 3. Nc3

  • #25

    I play a butchered variation of the French Defense , as both white and black.

  • #26
    d4 will give you the same closed centres you're used to along with the wing attacks and general positional themes you're used to but with the added advantage of a lead in space, usually. It might be worth looking at.
  • #27

    I play the French as black, and as White I would play the Sicilian Alapin variation (1.e4 c5 2.c3). A lot of these lines have similar pawn structure to the French Advanced variation, and in some cases can be completely the same.

  • #28
    DrSpudnik wrote:

    I play 1.e4

    and when facing the French I play 1.e4 e6 2. d4 d5 3. Nc3

    Nc3 provokes Bb4, which needs a lot of study. Nd2 is the best scoring response against the French, I would suggest looking into the Rubenstein variation.

  • #29

    I vary between the french and sicilian as my main responses to 1.e4. I'm mostly an e4 player myself as white, so from time to time I have to play against one or another of my current defensive systems. The question is whether I want to avoid, or to happily waltz into my own defensive preparation.

    There are good reasons for both. If you often play against the same opponents, you can be fairly certain they will  be taking notes, and you will want to find secondary lines that steer them away from your main battlegrounds. Especially when one of your pet lines is in a state of crisis. 

    OTOH, I have a firm belief that most main line openings lead to balanced middlegames with play for both sides. Yes there are tricks and traps, but provided the opponent isn't weak, you aren't going to get many of those to work for you. You have to be prepared to play typical middlegame positions. If you really understand an opening, you should be able to find ideas for both sides. And really, isn't that the test of whether you really have a grip on an opening system?

    FWIW, I play both 3.Nd2 and 3.Nc3 against the french. And yes, sometimes it is a matter of knowing who the opponent is and which variations I am or am not willing to discuss with that opponent. Sometimes its just what I fell like playing. And sometimes I throw out 2.Qe2, just to see what happens.


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