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French Defence

Main lines of the Winawer and French Steinitz

French 1 1. e4 e6
French 2 2. d4 d5
French General Concepts Black is trading space for security (e6 blocks bishop attacks on f7). He will likely attack white's central pawns with d5 and c5.
French Middle Games Tend to favor position play and long term planning, but often have nasty tactical situations.
French Winawer 3 3. Nc3 Bb4
French Winawer Advance 4 4. e5 c5
French Winawer Advance 5 5. a3 Bxc3
French Winawer Advance 6 6. bxc3 Ne7
French Winawer Advance 7 7. Qg4
French Winawer Concepts White The doubled pawns can be weak, but strenghten the center and open the b-file. He has king side space and can dominate the dark squares with his bishop pair.
French Winawer Concepts Black Can try to sac pawns to control the center (7. … Qc7 8. Qxg7 Rg8 9. Qxh7 cxd4), or castle into white's attack.
French Steinitz 3 3. Nc3 Nf6
French Steinitz 4 4. e5 Nfd7
French Steinitz 5 5. f4 c5
French Steinitz 6 6. Nf3 Nc6
French Steinitz 7 7. Be3
French Steinitz Black Concepts He can step up pressure on d4 with Qb6 (before or after cxd4), develop king side with cxd4 and Bc5, or develop queen side with a6 and b5.
Created by: ichabod801