Board Position
A half open defence known since Lucena's time but only so named after 1834 when a Paris team beat London in a correspondence match. Black wishes to avoid recapturing with his queen in the event of an early pawn exchange, and so replies 1..P-K3 to White's KPawn (move 1, left) before both advance QPawns. Black's pawn chain defence usually gives his a secure but restricted position (move 8, right) due to his QBishop being shut in during the early stages. Board Position
The French is popular with positional players content to work for an end-game advantage. White usually plays for a K-side attack, and often castles long. Lines include the Advance, the Winawer, the Burn, the McCutcheon, the Tarrasch and (early) the Pelikan, the 2Kts and the King's Indian Attack.
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see: 1 e4 e6 2 d4 d5 3 Nc3 Nf6 4 Bg5 Be7 Be7 5 e5 Nfd7 6 Bxe7 Qxe7 7 Qd2 0-0 8 f4 c5 9 Nf3 Nc6 10 dxc5 Nxc5 11 0-0-0 a6 12 Bd3 b5 13 Ne2 Be7 14 Nfd4 Nxd4 15 Nxd4 Rac8