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A rare Continuation in French Opening

  • Heinrich_24
  • | 11.02.2013
  • | 9196 odsłon
  • | 21 komentarzy

Some time ago I showed a game where I got the initiative in the early middle game:


Very nice! you may think, but why mentioning it again? Well, I started the game commentary after the opening. This time I want to spot the opening phase. It was a very rare one in French opening, which was a  recommandation in a John Watson book.(Dangerous weapons: The French)

1. e4 e6 2. d4 d5 3. Nc3 Nc6!?

Can you believe it? When I played French opening permanently in earlier times it was out of question that here 3. ... Bb4 or 3. ... Nf6 are the only normal and sound moves here. May be that this a correct evaluation, I don`t know. But 3. ... Nc6!? is definitely not so bad and has the advantage to be a big surprise for most of your opponents. Especially in OTB-games.

So, what are the main continuations in move 4? They are (according to the Watson book):

A) 4. Nf3 Nf6 5. Bg5
B) 4. Nf3 Nf6 5. e5
C) 4. e5

In the game mentioned above my opponent chose Variation B. And I played as recommanded 5. ...Ne4

Here you can see one positive aspect of the knight on c6. It allows that Ne4- move (normally always Nd7), because 6.  Nxe4 dxe4 would win the d4 pawn.
Here again it splits into
B1: 6. Ne2
B2: 6. Bd3
My opponent chose variation B2 and the following moves were more or less consequent
6. ... Bb4  7. Bd2 Nxd2! 8. Qxd2 f6

Black attacks directly the center. This method is very usual in French opening. Black wants the half-open f-file for his rooks and if possible, destroy the white center pawns.
9. a3 ( 9. exf6 Qxf6 10.0-0 Bd7 11. Rae1 0-0-0 =) Bxc3 10. Qxc3 fxe5 11. dxe5 0-0

So, you like it and want to give it a try? So start to play it in your online or live games. And look deeper into the variations I mentioned. Finally, you may try it also in your OTB-games.
Here all from above in one diagram, :


  • 3 lat temu


    موقع رائع ومفيد جدا أتمنى أن يفتح لي المجال لتصفح بقية النوافذ من أجل الفائدة المرجوة مع الشكر

  • 3 lat temu


    nice ataking technique

  • 3 lat temu


    Iam very glad now to find a web side which can help me and us as our requirment . Many many thanks

  • 3 lat temu


    As a "weapon of surprise" it will be good enough :-)

  • 3 lat temu


    After reading this, I think I might try this variation rather than the Winawer!

  • 3 lat temu

    NM GargleBlaster

  • 3 lat temu


    line B1 looks critical .. White can try to make the e4 Knight very uncomfortable.

  • 3 lat temu


    thank you for describing the lines

  • 3 lat temu


    Thanks, hoynck, for sharing yourinteresting experiences here with us.

  • 3 lat temu


    "Has the dxe4!? been refuted or something? I know its not that good but its still very playable as far as I know..."

    Of course, it`s playable. By the way, for Watson also 3. ... h6!? is playable

  • 3 lat temu

    NM calemcc

    " 3. ... Bb4 or 3. ... Nf6 are the only normal and sound moves here."

    Has the dxe4!? been refuted or something? 

    I know its not that good but its still very playable as far as I know...

  • 3 lat temu

    IM pfren

    4.e5 is comfortably better for white.

    Also good for him is 4.Nf3 Nf6 5.e5 Ne4 6.Bd2! which stops all Black tricks, and secures a safe space advantage at the cost of the bishop pair (hardly worth much with a closed center).

  • 3 lat temu


    I like how castling gives the rook an open file.

  • 3 lat temu


    This low ranked player is impressed by how many times the players expose their queens yet never loose them?

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    Thanks, xeoner, for mentioning that D-variation. So, I`m not sure whether that is a main Variation (30 games here in database) or not, but okay, one should know it if playing that opening.

  • 3 lat temu


    Very nice! I love playing the French and this was very helpful.

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