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Here are move variables in the various lines.

The fightin' French is a lifetime defense that will continue to reward and remain "on the ready" if one studies and plays it loyally. Having a patient feel for Black's barrier rhythm will allow an old, grey, steadfast defender peering through glasses to control and beat back the young whippersnappers rarin' to go with sharp tactics. That sudden attack on f7 just isn't there, but do watch out for the Greek Gift after 0-0.

Of course, there is no "silver bullet" opening in chess. (Immense diversity is what makes chess so great and yet so challenging.) However, 1...e6 is a simple, sound, solid Black approach to anything White plays, well suited for the rigors of tournament play. It allows Black to safely transition into the middlegame with good or better endgame prospects. Black always seems to have a resource available to combat White maneuvers. It has made all the difference in my tournament results.

Thank you Prime Rib! You are one of our great contributors. Thank you Olanovich!! What a tremendous source you have provided.

* Starting Out: French Defense: Game Collection: Starting out : The French

* Ideas in the French Defense:
Game Collection: Ideas In The French Defense

* Thank you BntLarsen for these French Exchange games: Game Collection: French Defence: Beating the Exchange Variation

* Here's a link to French Tarrasch 3...c5 games for White: Game Collection: French Tarrasch 3. ... c5 White

* Here's a link to common Checkmate Patterns:

* Here's a link to some fabulous chess brilliancies:

* Mr. Harvey's Puzzle Challenge:

* Women:

* Gambits against the French: Game Collection: alapin gambit -alapin diemer gambit + reti gam

The Lark And Her Young Ones With The Owner Of A Field

"Depend on yourself alone,"
Has to a common proverb grown.
It's thus confirmed in Aesop's way:
The larks to build their nests are seen
Among the wheat-crops young and green;
That is to say,
What time all things, dame Nature heeding,
Betake themselves to love and breeding –
The monstrous whales and sharks,
Beneath the briny flood,
The tigers in the wood,
And in the fields, the larks.
One she, however, of these last,
Found more than half the spring-time past
Without the taste of spring-time pleasures;
When firmly she set up her will
That she would be a mother still,
And resolutely took her measures; –
First, got herself by Hymen matched;
Then built her nest, laid, sat, and hatched.
All went as well as such things could.
The wheat-crop ripening before the brood
Were strong enough to take their flight,
Aware how perilous their plight,
The lark went out to search for food,
And told her young to listen well,
And keep a constant sentinel.
"The owner of this field," said she,
"Will come, I know, his grain to see.
Hear all he says; we little birds
Must shape our conduct by his words."
No sooner was the lark away,
Than came the owner with his son.
"This wheat is ripe," said he: "now run
And give our friends a call
To bring their sickles all,
And help us, great and small,
Tomorrow, at the break of day."
The lark, returning, found no harm,
Except her nest in wild alarm.
Says one, "We heard the owner say,
Go, give our friends a call
To help, tomorrow, break of day."
Replied the lark, "If that is all,
We need not be in any fear,
But only keep an open ear.
As gay as larks, now eat your victuals. – "
They ate and slept – the great and littles.
The dawn arrives, but not the friends;
The lark soars up, the owner wends
His usual round to view his land.
"This grain," says he, "ought not to stand.
Our friends do wrong; and so does he
Who trusts that friends will friendly be.
My son, go call our kith and kin
To help us get our harvest in."
This second order made
The little larks still more afraid.
"He sent for kindred, mother, by his son;
The work will now, indeed, be done."
"No, darlings; go to sleep;
Our lowly nest we'll keep."
With reason said; for kindred there came none.
Thus, tired of expectation vain,
Once more the owner viewed his grain.
"My son," said he, "we're surely fools
To wait for other people's tools;
As if one might, for love or pelf,
Have friends more faithful than himself!
Engrave this lesson deep, my son.
And know you now what must be done?
We must ourselves our sickles bring,
And, while the larks their matins sing,
Begin the work; and, on this plan,
Get in our harvest as we can."
This plan the lark no sooner knew,
Than, "Now's the time," she said, "my chicks;"
And, taking little time to fix,
Away they flew;
All fluttering, soaring, often grounding,
Decamped without a trumpet sounding.

* Opening Tree:

Black moves his queen four times and gets smothered
D Smith vs E Heiny, 1974 
(B40) Sicilian, 8 moves, 1-0

2.e5 (Steinitz Attack)
Steinitz vs M Weiss, 1882  
(C00) French Defense, 36 moves, 1-0

Ilyin-Zhenevsky vs Botvinnik, 1927 
(C00) French Defense, 66 moves, 0-1

2.Qe2 (Chigorin Variation)
Chigorin vs Tarrasch, 1893 
(C00) French Defense, 43 moves, 1-0

E E Book vs V Ingerslev, 1929 
(C00) French Defense, 20 moves, 1-0

2.d3 (Kings Indian Attack) c5
Fischer vs J Durao, 1966 
(A07) King's Indian Attack, 46 moves, 1-0

2.d3 (Kings Indian Attack)
Fischer vs Myagmarsuren, 1967 
(A07) King's Indian Attack, 31 moves, 1-0

2.d4 d5 3.Bd3 (Schlechter Variation)
Lasker vs Blackburne, 1892 
(C00) French Defense, 52 moves, 1-0

2.d4 d5 3.exd5 (Exchange Variation)
W Winter vs Alekhine, 1936 
(C01) French, Exchange, 39 moves, 0-1

G Marco vs Maroczy, 1899 
(C01) French, Exchange, 78 moves, 0-1

4.c4 (Monte Carlo Variation)
Marshall vs Swiderski, 1904 
(C01) French, Exchange, 32 moves, 1-0

3.e5 (Advance Variation) c5 4.dxc5
Reshevsky vs A Vasconcellos, 1944 
(C02) French, Advance, 26 moves, 1-0

4.Qg4 (Nimzowitsch Gambit)
Nimzowitsch vs A Hakansson, 1922  
(C02) French, Advance, 27 moves, 1-0

4.Nf3 (Nimzowitsch System)
Bondarevsky vs Botvinnik, 1941 
(C02) French, Advance, 29 moves, 0-1

4.c3 Nc6 5.Nf3 Bd7
Spassky vs Korchnoi, 1978 
(C02) French, Advance, 41 moves, 0-1

5... Qb6 6.Bd3 (Milner-Barry Gambit) Bxd7
Nimzowitsch vs Salwe, 1911  
(C02) French, Advance, 39 moves, 1-0

6... cxd4
Nimzowitsch vs Tarrasch, 1912  
(C02) French, Advance, 41 moves, 1-0

6.Be2 (Paulsen Attack)
K Spraggett vs G Glen, 1975 
(C02) French, Advance, 45 moves, 1-0

6.a3 Nh6 (Lputian Variation)
Fressinet vs Korchnoi, 1996 
(C02) French, Advance, 29 moves, 0-1

6... c4 (Main Line) 7.g3
P H Clarke vs Petrosian, 1958 
(C02) French, Advance, 41 moves, 0-1

P Enders vs Uhlmann, 1978 
(C02) French, Advance, 52 moves, 0-1

3.Nd2 (Tarrasch Variation) a6
Geller vs Dreev, 1990 
(C03) French, Tarrasch, 25 moves, 1-0

3... Nc6 (Guimard Defense) 4.c3
Keres vs Petrosian, 1950 
(C03) French, Tarrasch, 35 moves, 0-1

Tal vs Vaganian, 1973 
(C04) French, Tarrasch, Guimard Main line, 12 moves, 1-0

3... Be7 (Morozevich Variation) 4.c3
Chandler vs Short, 1981 
(C03) French, Tarrasch, 27 moves, 1-0

Adams vs Lputian, 1990 
(C03) French, Tarrasch, 32 moves, 1-0

3... Nf6 4.e5 Nd7 5.f4
Reshevsky vs Vaganian, 1976 
(C05) French, Tarrasch, 28 moves, 0-1

Korchnoi vs M Udovcic, 1967 
(C05) French, Tarrasch, 31 moves, 1-0

5.Bd3 c5 6.c3 Nc6 7.Ne2 Qb6
Alekhine vs Capablanca, 1938 
(C05) French, Tarrasch, 35 moves, 1-0

7... cxd4
Tal vs Timman, 1985 
(C05) French, Tarrasch, 44 moves, 1-0

3... c5 4.Ngf3 a6
Tal vs Korchnoi, 1970 
(C07) French, Tarrasch, 25 moves, 1-0

4... Nc6
Tal vs Uhlmann, 1971 
(C07) French, Tarrasch, 19 moves, 1-0

4.exd5 Qxd5 5.dxc5
Pirc vs Eliskases, 1938
(C07) French, Tarrasch, 30 moves, 1/2-1/2

5.Nf3 cxd4 6.Bc4 Qd8
Keres vs Eliskases, 1938 
(C07) French, Tarrasch, 57 moves, 1/2-1/2

6... Qd6
P Ofstad vs Uhlmann, 1963 
(C07) French, Tarrasch, 19 moves, 1-0

4... exd5 5.Bb5+
Botvinnik vs Bronstein, 1951 
(C07) French, Tarrasch, 67 moves, 1/2-1/2

5.Ngf3 Nf6
Botvinnik vs Bronstein, 1951 
(C07) French, Tarrasch, 33 moves, 1/2-1/2

5... Nc6 6.Bb5 Bd6 7.0-0
Geller vs Uhlmann, 1970 
(C09) French, Tarrasch, Open Variation, Main line, 47 moves, 0-1

Karpov vs Uhlmann, 1973 
(C09) French, Tarrasch, Open Variation, Main line, 42 moves, 1-0

3.Nc3 Nc6
Fischer vs Petrosian, 1971 
(C10) French, 46 moves, 1-0

3... dxe4 (Rubinstein Variation) 4.Nxe4 Bd7
Spassky vs O'Kelly, 1969 
(C10) French, 44 moves, 1-0

4... Nd7 (Blackburne Defense)
Spielmann vs R L'hermet, 1927 
(C10) French, 24 moves, 1-0

3... Nf6 4.e5 (Steinitz Variation) Nd7 5.Nce2
Tarrasch vs J Noa, 1885 
(C11) French, 47 moves, 1-0

5.f4 c5 6.dxc5 Bxc5
Steinitz vs A Sellman, 1885 
(C11) French, 35 moves, 1-0

6.Nf3 Nc6 7.Be3 Be7
Ivanchuk vs Morozevich, 1996 
(C11) French, 34 moves, 1-0

7... cxd4
Kasparov vs Short, 1994 
(C11) French, 32 moves, 1-0

7... a6
Kasparov vs Radjabov, 2003 
(C11) French, 39 moves, 0-1

4.Bg5 dxe4 (Burn Variation) 5.Nxe4 Nbd7
Schlechter vs Rubinstein, 1912 
(C11) French, 41 moves, 0-1

5... Be7 6.Bxf6 Bxf6
Spassky vs J H Donner, 1970 
(C11) French, 26 moves, 1-0

6... gxf6
J Kaplan vs Bronstein, 1975 
(C11) French, 26 moves, 0-1

4... Bb4 (McCutcheon Variation) 5.exd5
Capablanca vs W P Shipley, 1924 
(C12) French, McCutcheon, 34 moves, 1-0

Fischer vs Petrosian, 1962 
(C12) French, McCutcheon, 43 moves, 0-1

4... Be7 5.Bxf6
Alekhine vs A Asgeirsson, 1931 
(C13) French, 25 moves, 1-0

5.e5 Ne4 (Tartakower Variation)
L Forgacs vs Tartakower, 1909 
(C13) French, 28 moves, 1-0

5... Nfd7 6.h4 (Alekhine-Chatard Attack)
Alekhine vs H Fahrni, 1914  
(C13) French, 23 moves, 1-0

Tarrasch vs Teichmann, 1912 
(C14) French, Classical, 42 moves, 1-0

3... Bb4 4.Bd2
Keres vs Botvinnik, 1948 
(C15) French, Winawer, 39 moves, 1-0

Alekhine vs Vasic, 1931 
(C15) French, Winawer, 11 moves, 1-0

4.a3 (Winckelmann-Riemer Gambit)
Fischer vs V Kovacevic, 1970 
(C15) French, Winawer, 30 moves, 0-1

Lasker vs Capablanca, 1935 
(C15) French, Winawer, 64 moves, 1-0

Larsen vs Portisch, 1964 
(C01) French, Exchange, 33 moves, 1-0

4.e5 Qd7
Geller vs Karpov, 1976 
(C16) French, Winawer, 42 moves, 1-0

4... b6 5.Bg4
Tal vs N Padevsky, 1963 
(C16) French, Winawer, 28 moves, 1-0

Kasparov vs Ivanchuk, 1995  
(C16) French, Winawer, 31 moves, 0-1

4... Ne7 5.Qg4
Spassky vs Uhlmann, 1976 
(C16) French, Winawer, 51 moves, 1-0

5.Bd2 Ne7 6.a3
R Nezhmetdinov vs Tal, 1957 
(C17) French, Winawer, Advance, 32 moves, 1-0

Alekhine vs Nimzowitsch, 1930 
(C17) French, Winawer, Advance, 30 moves, 1-0

5.a3 cxd4
Lasker vs Maroczy, 1924 
(C18) French, Winawer, 50 moves, 1-0

5... Ba5 6.b4 cxd4 7.Qg4
Fischer vs Tal, 1960 
(C18) French, Winawer, 21 moves, 1/2-1/2

Smyslov vs Botvinnik, 1954 
(C18) French, Winawer, 58 moves, 0-1

5... Bxc3+ 6.bxc3 Qa5
Anand vs P Nikolic, 1997 
(C18) French, Winawer, 35 moves, 1-0

6... Qc7
Tal vs Botvinnik, 1960 
(C18) French, Winawer, 32 moves, 1-0

6... Ne7 7.h4
Short vs Korchnoi, 1987 
(C18) French, Winawer, 56 moves, 1-0

Fischer vs Larsen, 1971 
(C19) French, Winawer, Advance, 41 moves, 1-0

7.Nf3 Nbc6
Smyslov vs Botvinnik, 1941 
(C19) French, Winawer, Advance, 42 moves, 0-1

7... Qa5
Tolush vs Botvinnik, 1945 
(C19) French, Winawer, Advance, 41 moves, 0-1

7... Qc7
Fischer vs K Darga, 1960 
(C19) French, Winawer, Advance, 30 moves, 1-0

7... Bd7
Spassky vs Korchnoi, 1977 
(C19) French, Winawer, Advance, 65 moves, 0-1

7... b6
A Sokolov vs Yusupov, 1986 
(C19) French, Winawer, Advance, 72 moves, 0-1

7.Qg4 (Poisoned Pawn Variation) Nf5
Tal vs Petrosian, 1957 
(C18) French, Winawer, 51 moves, 1-0

7... Kf8
Kasparov vs P Nikolic, 1994 
(C18) French, Winawer, 39 moves, 1-0

7... 0-0 8.Nf3
Ljubojevic vs Korchnoi, 1985 
(C18) French, Winawer, 42 moves, 1-0

8.Bd3 f5
Polgar vs Uhlmann, 1990 
(C18) French, Winawer, 57 moves, 1-0

8... Nbc6
Bologan vs Vaganian, 2006 
(C18) French, Winawer, 19 moves, 1-0

7... Qc7 8.Qxg7 Rg8 9.Qxh7 cxd4 10.Kd1
Tal vs Bronstein, 1966 
(C18) French, Winawer, 38 moves, 1-0

10.Ne2 Nc6 11.f4 dxc3
E Cobo Arteaga vs Ivkov, 1963 
(C18) French, Winawer, 25 moves, 0-1

12.Qd3 dxc3 13.Be3
Spassky vs Korchnoi, 1977 
(C18) French, Winawer, 40 moves, 0-1

Hjartarson vs J Nogueiras, 1988 
(C18) French, Winawer, 30 moves, 0-1

Karpov vs J Nogueiras, 1988 
(C18) French, Winawer, 52 moves, 1-0

2. f4 line; Black creates q-side pressure but White draws
Bologan vs V Burmakin, 2003 
(C00) French Defense, 35 moves, 1/2-1/2

2. f4 line; ...nf5 captured, draw between women
G Lagvilava vs T Kononenko, 2001
(C00) French Defense, 22 moves, 1/2-1/2

Labourdanais line, ...qb6 line, long castle, qside attack
Stripunsky vs Nakamura, 2010 
(C00) French Defense, 45 moves, 0-1

Labourdanais line, qside push, kside perpetual draw
Korbut vs M Guseva, 2006
(C00) French Defense, 48 moves, 1/2-1/2

Exchange Line; queens exchanged; rook ending, 2 pawns up
F Ynojosa Aponte vs N Pert, 2008 
(C01) French, Exchange, 66 moves, 0-1

Exchange line, early b4, b5, complex, knight ending, xtra pawn
Kholmov vs Psakhis, 1984 
(C01) French, Exchange, 42 moves, 0-1

Exchange line, early b4, b5, model game, kside attack, e push
C Land vs J Bradford, 2006
(C01) French, Exchange, 37 moves, 0-1

Exchange line, Be2, h3, ...Bf5, kside pawn & pieces attack
Bali Haxha vs D Justo, 2010
(C01) French, Exchange, 34 moves, 0-1

Exchange c4 line, IQP, active pieces, e file control
N Miezis vs Z Mamedjarova, 2004 
(C01) French, Exchange, 24 moves, 0-1

Exchange c4 line, IQP to weak queen pawns, rook ending
Kharlov vs K Maslak, 2004
(B01) Scandinavian, 56 moves, 0-1

Delayed exchange, ...Bg4, ...c6 line, ...Ne4, rook ending,model
A Nzamwitar vs C Prasad, 2006
(C00) French Defense, 42 moves, 0-1

Delayed exchange McCutcheon line, ...g6, knight maneuvers
K Yee vs V Akobian, 2001 
(C12) French, McCutcheon, 32 moves, 0-1

Delayed exchange McCutcheon, Bxf6, minors ending, mate
I Nei vs Bronstein, 1960 
(C01) French, Exchange, 55 moves, 0-1

Delayed exchange winawer line, ...c6, ...c5 vs. f4, super gms
I Ivanisevic vs F Vallejo Pons, 2011 
(C01) French, Exchange, 30 moves, 1/2-1/2

Delayed exchange McCutcheon, super gms, kside action
Shirov vs Ivanchuk, 2008 
(C12) French, McCutcheon, 30 moves, 1/2-1/2

Exchange c4, ...c6, black survives kside sacs, up material
L Henry vs D Yang, 2011
(C01) French, Exchange, 33 moves, 0-1

Exchange Be2, short castle both sides, qside play to kside
D de Graaf vs J Delemarre, 2001
(C01) French, Exchange, 38 moves, 0-1

F4 line, qside play, ...g6, ...h5, ...d4 early
N Gamboa vs Sadvakasov, 1999
(C00) French Defense, 23 moves, 0-1

b3, ...d5, ...Nf6 line, ...g6, ...Bg7, black central pawns
E Paehtz vs N Zhukova, 2005 
(C00) French Defense, 28 moves, 0-1

b3, ...Nf6 line, e5, central qside black pawns, risky game
A Pridorozhni vs Ngoc Truongson Nguyen, 2013
(C00) French Defense, 44 moves, 0-1

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