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Is the french defense a fun and interesting opening?

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FloatingRook

I heard to get better I should focus on one opening, the problem is that after playing that opening for about 2 times I want to play something else. Finally I decided now to nevertheless study one particular opening for black and play it to get good at it, and I thought that maybe the french is versatile enough to offer enough different positions. Are there any frech players who have played mainly the french for a long time and can still enjoy it? Because I'm looking exactly for such an opening, and have not found one..

Homsar

Yes! I love the French. I started out playing the Sicilian but I started playing the French and haven't switched for 5 years, and I don't plan on changing anytime soon either.

enprise1234

Used to play Sicilian Accelerated Dragon and have switched to the French.  You have to prepare the major variation Nc3, Nd2, & e5.  Against French Exchange players you need to prepare something or play another defense to avoid a French Exchange game.  Also you will run into King Indian's Attack players.  I made the switch to French because I also play e6 against 1.d4.  I follow up with f5 next and head into a Dutch defense.

Daniel1115

Yeah its great. Its my only response to 1.e4 and you have a lot of chances for tactical/positional play. However, like all openings it will be only as exciting as your opponnet makes it to be, if they play the exchange it will be fairly stale.

Firethorn15

Against a KIA I usually go for the following setup (I'm a 2...e6 Sicilian player but the result is the same):

 

FloatingRook

Thanks for the recommendations. I just played a quite interesting game out of the french:

 

What would you recommend agaisnt the Kings indian attack idimayuga?

FloatingRook
Firethorn15 hat geschrieben:

Against a KIA I usually go for the following setup (I'm a 2...e6 Sicilian player but the result is the same):

 thanks alot

 

FloatingRook

2 questions:

1. Isn't the hole left at d5 a serious weakness?

2. What should i do if he pushes e5 earlier say 8. e5  ?

Firethorn15

1. A weakness is only a weakness if it can be attacked. In this case, it will take White a long time (Nd2-c4-e3-d5) before he gets a Knight to d5, and even once it's there it will be difficult for White to make use of it (if it isn't traded immediately by that Knight on e7).

2. I think in reply to an early e4-e5 (such as 8. e5) Black can simply reply ...d6. If White trades, Black can take back and then fianchetto the light-squared Bishop (...b6 and ...Bb7). 

staples13

No the French is super boring

FloatingRook
Firethorn15 hat geschrieben:

1. A weakness is only a weakness if it can be attacked. In this case, it will take White a long time (Nd2-c4-e3-d5) before he gets a Knight to d5, and even once it's there it will be difficult for White to make use of it (if it isn't traded immediately by that Knight on e7).

2. I think in reply to an early e4-e5 (such as 8. e5) Black can simply reply ...d6. If White trades, Black can take back and then fianchetto the light-squared Bishop (...b6 and ...Bb7). 

thanks again

 

Firethorn15
staples13 wrote:

No the French is super boring

The French is not super boring (e.g. Winawer, Tarrasch 3...Nf6 lines). Even the Exchange can be livened up with some ....Nc6 + ...Bg4 + ...Qd7 + ...0-0-0 setup. The Sicilian Alapin, on the other hand...

Optimissed

The French is far too difficult for beginners.

Firethorn15

I've been playing the Sicilian since I was eight and the KID since I was nine (both really badly at first - not much has changed since!), and I've done fine out of them. There's no such thing as an opening that is too difficult for beginners - besides, I wouldn't call a 1700-rapid player a beginner. In fact, the variety of positions available from the French (closed pawn structures, semi-open structures in the Rubinstein, fixed semi-open structures in the Exchange, IQP in the 3...c5 Tarrasch and 4. c4 Exchange, fluid structures in the KIA) would be ideal for an improving player - it would also teach quite a lot about positional chess (how to activate the light-squared Bishop, for example).

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conejotive8

yes

Ziryab

I've been playing the French as my main response to 1.e4 for 22 years. It should be named the Benoni for all the sorrow that it brings.

GYG

The French is very fun and interesting... for white.

conejotive8

According to me the French defense is very easy to avoid