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i've had good results as black with exchanging the pawn then playing nf6
Uh, alfreedom, using that logic, white gets 40.77% + 34.51% = 75.28%. Actually, you should take 1/2 of the drawing percentage. Then we get White at 40.77% + 17.25 = 58.02%, while Black gets 24.75% + 17.25% = 42%. 58% vs 42% is quite an advantage for white. I play the French as Black, and am not particularly happy about this Tarrasch situation. I sure do lousy against it myself.
Black has little to fear here. What your not considering is the Drawing percentage for black. that plus winning equals: 58.42%
This opening is very interesting to try not because of the percentage of whites winning and I have seen alot of grandmaster play this move when their oppents plays the french defence.
I don't think this defense for black is effective to white's e-4 initial move. I prefer the Sicilian defense and its variations.
I'm surprised white's winning percentage is so high. I was under the impression that the Tarrasch was slightly out of favor, now falling behind the advance variation even
I have a book on it from everyman chess.. called "how to beat the French Defense" and then some extra title about the Tarrasch
This line promsises White the best chances of winning against White. The Knight is placed most favourably and besides, not every French exponent is aware of the power it has (check out a chess book on the Tarrasch to find out its lines, variations and ideas).
This is my favourite version of the French (as white).. =) So if anyone wants to challenge me to a game in this line, please feel free to do so (your rating must be above 1850).
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