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French Defense
Compiled by builttospill
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Petrosian played it, Morozevich plays it. Good enough reason for you and I both to become well versed in the black side of the French.

The question is whether to delve into the classical defense which occurs after 1. e4 e6 2. d4 d5 3. Nc3 Nf6 (Morozevich's preference) or the winawer which occurs after 1. e4 e6 2. d4 d5 3. Nc3 Bb4 (Petrosian's preference). Then there's also the question of how to deal with the tarrasch variation -- when white plays an early Nd2 rather than Nc3. I'll give you the information necessary to make your choice.

The choice you make ultimately depends on what type of game you'd like to see develop. If you follow in the footsteps of Petrosian, you'll have more positional struggles, while Morozevich's french ideas will give you and your opponent chaos to sort out. Either way you'll find yourself never at a loss for ideas in the french defense.

Classical (4 Bg5 ...dxe4)
Judit Polgar vs Morozevich, 2000 
(C11) French, 36 moves, 0-1

Svidler vs Morozevich, 2001 
(C11) French, 36 moves, 0-1

C Lutz vs Morozevich, 2003
(C11) French, 31 moves, 0-1

Sutovsky vs Morozevich, 1998 
(C11) French, 26 moves, 0-1

4 ...Be7
Shirov vs Morozevich, 2000 
(C14) French, Classical, 31 moves, 0-1

E Inarkiev vs Morozevich, 2003 
(C14) French, Classical, 28 moves, 0-1

4 ...Bb4
Fischer vs Petrosian, 1962 
(C12) French, McCutcheon, 43 moves, 0-1

4 ...Bb4 5 e5 ...h6 6 exf6
N Grigoriev vs Alekhine, 1915 
(C12) French, McCutcheon, 25 moves, 0-1

Classical (4 e5 ...Nfd7)
Topalov vs Morozevich, 1999 
(C11) French, 31 moves, 0-1

Svidler vs Morozevich, 2005 
(C11) French, 43 moves, 1/2-1/2

Svidler vs Morozevich, 2007 
(C11) French, 28 moves, 0-1

Anand vs Morozevich, 2005 
(C11) French, 27 moves, 1/2-1/2

Kramnik vs Morozevich, 2003 
(C11) French, 37 moves, 0-1

Kamsky vs Morozevich, 1996
(C11) French, 60 moves, 1/2-1/2

Winawer, 4 ...b6 bishop/knight exchange
Spassky vs Petrosian, 1974 
(C16) French, Winawer, 47 moves, 1/2-1/2

Winawer, 4 ...b6 bishop retreat to f8
S Nedeljkovic vs Petrosian, 1957
(C16) French, Winawer, 24 moves, 1/2-1/2

J Kupper vs Petrosian, 1967 
(C16) French, Winawer, 43 moves, 0-1

J P Dominguez Sanz vs Petrosian, 1980 
(C16) French, Winawer, 30 moves, 0-1

E Joppen vs Petrosian, 1954 
(C16) French, Winawer, 40 moves, 0-1

R Bogdanovic vs Petrosian, 1972 
(C16) French, Winawer, 37 moves, 0-1

Tal vs Petrosian, 1977 
(C16) French, Winawer, 41 moves, 1/2-1/2

queenside castle, bishop to b7
Chistiakov vs Petrosian, 1956 
(C16) French, Winawer, 29 moves, 0-1

Winawer, 4 ...c5
Unzicker vs Petrosian, 1965
(C18) French, Winawer, 29 moves, 1/2-1/2

Gligoric vs Petrosian, 1959 
(C18) French, Winawer, 41 moves, 1/2-1/2

J Diez del Corral vs Petrosian, 1969 
(C18) French, Winawer, 54 moves, 0-1

Hort vs Petrosian, 1970 
(C18) French, Winawer, 48 moves, 0-1

Winawer, 4 ...c5, bishop retreat to a5
Kan vs Botvinnik, 1954
(C17) French, Winawer, Advance, 41 moves, 0-1

Judit Polgar vs Khalifman, 2000 
(C17) French, Winawer, Advance, 37 moves, 0-1

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

Winawer, 4 ...c5, bishop/knight exchange, 6 ...Ne7
Smyslov vs Botvinnik, 1941 
(C19) French, Winawer, Advance, 42 moves, 0-1

Tolush vs Botvinnik, 1943 
(C19) French, Winawer, Advance, 42 moves, 0-1

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

Milner-Barry vs Botvinnik, 1935 
(C19) French, Winawer, Advance, 54 moves, 0-1

Winawer, 3 ...dxe4 4 Nxe4 ...Bd7 5 Nf3 ...Bc6
Anand vs Karpov, 1993 
(C10) French, 38 moves, 1/2-1/2

Judit Polgar vs Karpov, 1992 
(C10) French, 18 moves, 1/2-1/2

L Christiansen vs Karpov, 1993
(C10) French, 57 moves, 0-1

Kamsky vs Karpov, 1996 
(C10) French, 65 moves, 0-1

Fritz vs Karpov, 1996
(C10) French, 68 moves, 1/2-1/2

early deviation, 2 Nf3 ...d5 3 Nc3 ...Nc6
Larsen vs Petrosian, 1966 
(C00) French Defense, 48 moves, 0-1

exchange variation
Judit Polgar vs Kramnik, 1997 
(C01) French, Exchange, 44 moves, 0-1

Tartakower vs Botvinnik, 1946 
(C01) French, Exchange, 54 moves, 0-1

L Forgacs vs Rubinstein, 1909  
(C01) French, Exchange, 52 moves, 0-1

R Kuijf vs Korchnoi, 1992 
(C01) French, Exchange, 31 moves, 0-1

Tarrasch, 3 ...Nc6 4 c3 ...f5
Keres vs Petrosian, 1950 
(C03) French, Tarrasch, 35 moves, 0-1

Tarrasch, 3 ...a6 4 Nf3 ...c5
Ivanchuk vs Dolmatov, 1986 
(C03) French, Tarrasch, 20 moves, 0-1

J M De La Villa Garcia vs Topalov, 1992 
(C03) French, Tarrasch, 55 moves, 0-1

Tarrasch 3 ...c5 4 Nf3 ...Nc6
Short vs Korchnoi, 1987
(C09) French, Tarrasch, Open Variation, Main line, 62 moves, 0-1

Tarrasch 3 ...c5 4 exd5 ...exd5
Karpov vs Korchnoi, 1978 
(C07) French, Tarrasch, 51 moves, 1/2-1/2

Sahovic vs Korchnoi, 1979 
(C07) French, Tarrasch, 46 moves, 0-1

Tarasch 3 ...c5 4 Ngf3 ...cxd4
S Nikolic vs Petrosian, 1981 
(C07) French, Tarrasch, 52 moves, 0-1

Tarrasch, 3 ...Be7 4 Bd3 (dxc5 line)
Leko vs Morozevich, 1999 
(C03) French, Tarrasch, 54 moves, 1/2-1/2

Y Shulman vs Morozevich, 1998 
(C03) French, Tarrasch, 63 moves, 0-1

Adams vs Morozevich, 2000 
(C03) French, Tarrasch, 64 moves, 1/2-1/2

Tarrasch, 3 ...Be7 4 Ngf3 (exd5 line)
Ponomariov vs Morozevich, 1997 
(C03) French, Tarrasch, 54 moves, 0-1

Kholmov vs Morozevich, 1998
(C03) French, Tarrasch, 48 moves, 0-1

Tarrasch, 3 ...Be7 4 Ngf3 (e5 line)
Van der Wiel vs Korchnoi, 1993 
(C03) French, Tarrasch, 49 moves, 0-1

Advance, Euwe
Movsesian vs M Gurevich, 2000 
(C02) French, Advance, 35 moves, 0-1

A Friedman vs Dreev, 1991
(C02) French, Advance, 49 moves, 0-1

D H Campora vs Dreev, 1995 
(C02) French, Advance, 31 moves, 0-1

Spassky vs Korchnoi, 1978 
(C02) French, Advance, 41 moves, 0-1

Adams vs Morozevich, 1999
(C03) French, Tarrasch, 57 moves, 1/2-1/2

Romanishin vs P Nikolic, 1987
(C02) French, Advance, 48 moves, 0-1

Van Wely vs Topalov, 2005 
(C02) French, Advance, 47 moves, 0-1

Sutovsky vs Wang Hao, 2008 
(C12) French, McCutcheon, 40 moves, 0-1

A Volokitin vs Ganguly, 2007 
(C18) French, Winawer, 66 moves, 0-1

Topalov vs Ivanchuk, 2008 
(C11) French, 43 moves, 0-1

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

Topalov vs Bareev, 1994 
(C11) French, 23 moves, 0-1

Tringov vs A Planinc, 1970 
(C16) French, Winawer, 42 moves, 0-1

Ljubojevic vs Anand, 1992 
(C16) French, Winawer, 39 moves, 0-1

L Dominguez vs Grischuk, 2009 
(C18) French, Winawer, 30 moves, 1/2-1/2

Kamsky vs Kasparov, 1989 
(C02) French, Advance, 107 moves, 0-1

I Cheparinov vs Grischuk, 2008 
(C18) French, Winawer, 42 moves, 0-1

B Predojevic vs Morozevich, 2008 
(C11) French, 35 moves, 0-1

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