Tuesday, November 25, 2008

French Defence (C00 - C19) - Opening Theory

The second most popular opening for black behind the Sicilian.
Here is the Wikipedia page on the French and its Variations. French General Info


French Defence .pdf - 16 page document by Eric Schiller on French and its Variations


Chess Cafe Articles
Terra Incognita (Reti Gambit)(C00) - Tim McGrew (Gambit Cartel)
Shirov vs Khalifman (Kings Indian Attack)(C00) - GM Yasser Seirawan
Adams vs Seirawan (Tarrasch)(C03) - GM Yasser Seirawan
A French Farce - (Tarrasch)(C06) - IM Gary Lane
Kasparov vs Short (Steinitz )(C11) - GM Yasser Seirawan
Talking French (Classical)(C14) - IM Gary Lane
Anand vs Ivanchuk (Winawer)(C19) - GM Yasser Seirawan


Annotated Chess Games
Svidler, P. - Volkov, S. [C02]
Svidler, Peter (2747) - Bareev, Evgeny (2714) [C10]
Polgar, Judit (2715) - Berkes, Ferenc (2578) [C11]
Leko, Peter (2736) - Radjabov, Teimour (2624) [C12]
Lutz, Christopher (2644) - Korchnoi, Viktor (2635) [C12]
Ponomariov, R. (2727) - Ivanchuk, V. (2717) [C11]
Shirov, A. (2746) - Bareev, E. (2702) [C11]

6 Annotated Grandmaster Games using the French
108 Annotated Games using the French

Chess Puzzles by Opening
(From 10,000 Chess Puzzles)
French, Tarrasch, 3....a6 (C03) -10 puzzles
French, Tarrasch, 3....Bc6 (C04) -10 puzzles
French, Tarrasch, 3....Nf6 (C05) -10 puzzles
French, Tarrasch, 3....c5 (C07) - 10 puzzles
French, Winawer (C18) -10 puzzles


ECO- Codes (French Defence)
* C00 - 1.e4 e6 without 2.d4 (early deviations)
* C01 - 2.d4 d5 (includes the Exchange Variation, 3.exd5)
* C02 - 3.e5 (Advance Variation)
* C03 - 3.Nd2 (includes 3...Be7; C03-C09 cover the Tarrasch Variation)
* C04 - 3.Nd2 Nc6 (Guimard Variation)
* C05 - 3.Nd2 Nf6
* C06 - 3.Nd2 Nf6 4.e5 Nfd7 5.Bd3
* C07 - 3.Nd2 c5 (includes 4.exd5 Qxd5)
* C08 - 3.Nd2 c5 4.exd5 exd5
* C09 - 3.Nd2 c5 4.exd5 exd5 5.Ngf3 Nc6
* C10 - 3.Nc3 (includes the Rubinstein Variation, 3...dxe4)
* C11 - 3.Nc3 Nf6 (includes the Steinitz Variation, 4.e5; C11-C14 cover the Classical Variation)
* C12 - 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.Bg5 (includes the MacCutcheon Variation, 4...Bb4)
* C13 - 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.Bg5 dxe4 (Burn Variation)
* C14 - 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.Bg5 Be7
* C15 - 3.Nc3 Bb4 (C15-C19 cover the Winawer Variation)
* C16 - 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.e5
* C17 - 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.e5 c5
* C18 - 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.e5 c5 5.a3 (includes the Armenian Variation, 5...Ba5)
* C19 - 3.Nc3 Bb4 4 e5 c5 5.a3 Bxc3+ 6.bxc3 Ne7 7.Nf3 and 7.a4

French Defence Videos

Rubenstein Variation - Instructive game on how to respond to passive play
French Defence Lectures - Each 10 min Videos
Part 1 , Part 2 , Part 3 , Part 4
French Defence Opening Lesson - Each 10 Min Video
Part 1 , Part 2 , Part 3 , Part 4

Grischuk vs Bareev 2001 - 11 Min Video (French defence with 3.e5 (Advance Variation) )
Puiras vs Berman 2001 (Part 1) (Part 2) -9 Min Videos (Master Analysis)
Adams vs Berg - 9 min Video (Tarrasch Advance variation )

ChessVideos.tv
French Defence Videos - 30 Live game and 30 Analysis Videos (Each running from 5min to 45 min in length)

French Defence PGN Downloads

(Downloads are from Pgnmentor.com)

French Exchange - 10453 games
French Advance -14678 games
French Rubenstein - 7810 games
French Steinitz - 6103 games
French Classical - 4608 games
French Winawer Main Line -12683 games
French Tarrasch 3. ..N-f3 -14048 games
French Tarrasch 3, ..c5 -9861 games

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