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gibo 34 ( +1 | -1 )
What do you play as white against the french? I play the french as black sometimes and find most of my oppenents play the advanced variation. This variation seems to be to be the best for white, and in my opinion often gives white a good pawn centre and good play particularly when white gets f4 in early. What do you all tplay as white against the french?
aggropolis 6 ( +1 | -1 )
I play Keres var. 1. e4 e6 2. d4 d5 3. Nd2
a, because I do not like the lock on Nc3
b, c3 can be played easily to protect d4
valeska 4 ( +1 | -1 )
I play Diemer-Duhm Gambit 1.e4 e6
2.d4 d5
3.c4 dxe4
4.Nc3 Nf6
5.f3 ...

I like of complicated games!
werwolf 11 ( +1 | -1 )
3.e5 I'm playing 1.e4 e6 2. d4 d5 3.e5 and i think that this line is much better then it's reputation (influence of GM Sveshnikov)
white_disc 75 ( +1 | -1 )
will black be dead-meat if he does not castle ? I am no regular french player, but am quite interested in the ideas behind it, especially for black.

My idea is that black can actually don't castle, but use the KS pawns to lead an attack on white... anyone tried that before ? Things like h5, Nh6, so on and so forth...

My train of thought is that the QS is relatively closed, while the center is in a dead-lock (for the advance variation). If white pushes f4, he goal may just be to pin down on the f6 square permanently...

A flaw with my idea is however that there are difficulties in bringing the QS pieces over to the KS to join in the attack. It also sort of contradict the elemental french plan of QS play... just a thought of mine though...

Anyone has any experience in this ? Maybe we can look at one of your games, if possible :)

Thanks a lot.
indiana-jay 89 ( +1 | -1 )

1)e4 e6

2)d4, a basic principle I follow. With 1)e4 I always play for quick advancement and better control of center squares.

2)…d5

3)exd. Looks drawish, and very equal. Not my option (I think I should have been better being with white pieces)

3)Nd2, too passive. I want a better advancement.

3)Nc3. I think it’s better. The Knight is already in a standard position (whatever the continuation of the moves, the Knight stands in the correct square) and the next moves will be dependant on Black’s third reply. My option.

3)e5. Quite simple, it seems like Black cannot transform into too many different positions or game styles as the previous option, so it will be my option if I’m not prepared.

I don't think that 3)e5 is better than 3)Nc3, but against weak players or players not really study the defense well enough, I agree that 3)e5 is powerful.
white_disc 40 ( +1 | -1 )
c4 push for black Another question I have is this:

1. e4 e6
2. d4 d5
3. e5 c5
4. c3 c4

Here, black pushes for c4. Some say it releases the tension in the center, which is pre-mature and no good. Can anyone explain this idea of releasing pressure in the center ?

If black were to go on to push for b5 and then a6, will there be a very high chance of having a draw game ?

I have no experience in this, but would like to find out :)

Thanks a lot :)
aggropolis 21 ( +1 | -1 )
white_disc Black's pawn on c5 puts pressure on d4. Since black's goal is to destrot the pawn chain so e5 can be conquered, c5-c4 is just weak. Black should concentrate on d4 with followup moves like Nc6 and Nd7-f5, f6 for example.
aggropolis 19 ( +1 | -1 )
Of course in amateur games this hardly matters, so black can follow up with b5, a5(a6) and storm/get space on the queen side, while white aims for f4-f5 attacking the black chains weakness at e6.