Playing it safe against the French Winawer. As well as many other materials & lessons that will help you to learn or improve the skills of the game of chess. Alexei Shirov was surprised at how quickly he managed to make of the French Winawer an opening he himself could play. And now he will let you share in his. C18 – French, Winawer, advance variation: 1. e4 e6 2. d4 d5 3. Nc3 Bb4 4. e5 c5 5. a3 Bxc3+ 6. bxc3. Search the chess games database, download games, view.

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This line often continues This is a line for the lazy player who does not wish to study the immense amount of theory written in the Winawer and still wants to play a system with some venom. I think the Qc7 7. We will briefly see.

Playing It Safe Against The French Winawer

Bb4 the Winawer Variation Open files always be dangerous for rooks. Maroczy, Lake Hopatcong Chessgames.

No spamming, advertising, or duplicating posts. All in all I thing fxg4 lose the game for black. Short, Manila Chessgames.

Is the French Winawer really that bad? A rare sideline gets punished

No obscene, racist, sexist, or profane language. There are alternative strategies to RxNe7 is now playable, and probably black will lose anyway, but After I got up 2 pawns, I was largely trying to trade down because his pieces seemed more active than mine for much of the middlegame and I wanted to get down to an ending that I could win.


Black’s position is often somewhat cramped in the early game; in particular, the pawn on e6 can impede the development of the bishop on c8. Nf3 transposes to a position also reached via the Two Knights Variation 2.

I would play it if I’m ever going to play the Winawer. Black has a few ways to develop after 5. B Verlinsky vs A Sergeiev. Nf6 the Classical Variationand Alexei Shirov was surprised at how quickly he managed to make of the French Winawer an opening he himself could play.

Qg4 are not to White’s taste, 7. I’ll throw it in a computer later maybe.

Fascinated by the French Winawer

White can continue in the same way, with Nf3, as in another example of Hovhannisyan in which he won convincingly. White has extra space in the centre and on the kingside and often plays for a breakthrough with f4—f5. Qc2 was a grave error indeed – i forgot to mention it as I had to scramble out this forum post within 5 minutes before my parents kicked me off the pc!

Another motive to trade down was my king being effectively trapped in the middle of the board. And the most important thing is everybody could focus that black queen is very uneffected the game because of middle play game. Mar 27, 7.

French Defence

There are also a few rare continuations after 1. Because as white i personally struggle,but as black i do okay.

White makes no effort to exploit the advantage of the first move, and has often chosen this line with expectation of an early draw, and indeed draws frnch occur if neither side breaks the symmetry. I have a question about I like the french because it gives off often a nice closed position, often with many imbalances and dynamic opportunities, yet it is such a solid fundamental structure; at least we know that that e6 d5 complex is almost completely safe; for white he has to be careful his center doesn’t collapse, as black’s pieces are ready to take over at any time.


Mar 27, 4. Many players who begin with 1. Combined with the bishop pair, this gives White attacking chances, which he must attempt to use as the long-term frnch of this pawn structure favour Black. White usually tries to exploit his extra space on the kingside, where he will often play fdench a mating attack.

Qa5 is an interesting choice in this line. Re1 against the Berlin Wall. The English Opening Vol. My personal opinion of the french is that black can often find himself cramped, but I really think his position is just solid enough, and has enough latent counterattacking ability in the center, and possibly on the queenside, to be a quite playable opening.