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Fight or Flight: Let's Test Their Metal
Compiled by fredthebear
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What country has fought so many bloody wars as France? See Opening Traps by akatombo. Thank you CrusadingBishop, Kenilworthian, Zhbugnoimt, Alligator! Do eat prime rib w/au jus.

See Instructional Remedies Vs. French Defense compiled by southpawjinx, 1-0 games. See Opening repertoire key games compiled by chessbuzz. See Action Chess :Purdy's 24 hour opening repertoire compiled by Takqueen. See Starting out : The French compiled by diegoami

In The French , White is able to have the superior center. Black needs to analyze which side of the board White is controlling. And, then, Black needs to Castle AWAY from it.


First called "partie du pion roi d'un pas" by Philidor
London vs Paris, 1834 
(C01) French, Exchange, 30 moves, 0-1

French Defense: Exchange Variation (C01) 1-0 Q sac opens h-file
Blackburne vs West, 1885 
(C01) French, Exchange, 21 moves, 1-0

French Defense: Advance (C02) 1-0 Black ate everything in sight
Greco vs NN, 1620 
(C02) French, Advance, 18 moves, 1-0

French Advance Paulsen Attack (C02) 1-0 Insufficient preparatio
Steinitz vs Tinsley, 1899 
(C02) French, Advance, 21 moves, 1-0

Notes by Wilhelm Steinitz; very unusual French defense
J McConnell vs Steinitz, 1886  
(C00) French Defense, 21 moves, 1-0

French Defense: Steinitz Attack (C00) 0-1 What an escape!
Steinitz vs Winawer, 1882 
(C00) French Defense, 27 moves, 0-1

French Defense: Bird Invitation (C00)
Bird vs J Heral, 1873 
(C00) French Defense, 34 moves, 1-0

French Rubinstein Var (C10) 1-0 Q gets snarred pawn grabbing
Steinitz vs Bird, 1866 
(C10) French, 12 moves, 1-0

French Steinitz Var (C11) 1-0 Miniature: 4 minors trap Q in 11
F Perrin vs NN, 1883 
(C11) French, 11 moves, 1-0

French, Classical. Delayed Exchange (C11) 0-1 14.Nd1? Blunder
J Noa vs J Mason, 1883 
(C11) French, 15 moves, 0-1

Annotated in Tartakower & Du Mont's <500 Master Games of Chess>
Bird vs J Mason, 1876 
(C11) French, 50 moves, 1-0

French Classical Var Richter Attack (C13) 0-1 0-0-0 King walk
E Sobernheim vs S A Langleben, 1895 
(C13) French, 25 moves, 0-1

FR Classical Richter Attack (C13) 1-0Blackburne Attack instead?
Blackburne vs H Charlick, 1885 
(C13) French, 23 moves, 1-0

FR Classical Richter Attack (C13) Just like it in the same week
Blackburne vs NN, 1894  
(C13) French, 17 moves, 1-0

Slow manuevering; more space wins
Mackenzie vs Blackburne, 1890
(C13) French, 44 moves, 1-0

French Defense Classical (C14) 0-1 Remove the Defender/Deflect
Von Gottschall vs Blackburne, 1885 
(C14) French, Classical, 13 moves, 0-1

French Defense: Steinitz Attack (C00) 1-0 Strong central square
Steinitz vs Max Weiss, 1882  
(C00) French Defense, 36 moves, 1-0

French, Schlechter Var (C00) 1-0 Lost backward pawns & game
Lasker vs Blackburne, 1892 
(C00) French Defense, 52 moves, 1-0

French Defense: Exchange Variation (C01) · 1/2-1/2
Lasker vs Blackburne, 1892 
(C01) French, Exchange, 58 moves, 1/2-1/2

French Rubinstein Var (C10) Draw
Tarrasch vs Lasker, 1908 
(C10) French, 53 moves, 1/2-1/2

French, Steinitz (C11) 1-0Positional sacs allow Q penetration
Pillsbury vs Lasker, 1896 
(C11) French, 50 moves, 1-0

FR, Albin-Chatard Gambit (C13) 1-0 Efficient, beautiful attack
Tartakower vs Lasker, 1924 
(C13) French, 31 moves, 1-0

AR 1 Notes by Carl Schlechter, and Leopold Hoffer
Rubinstein vs D Daniuszewski, 1907  
(C01) French, Exchange, 26 moves, 1-0

AR 2 Notes by Lasker
L Forgacs vs Rubinstein, 1909  
(C01) French, Exchange, 52 moves, 0-1

QGD Tartakower Defense ~ Purdy APS Mainline
Teschner vs Geller, 1962 
(D58) Queen's Gambit Declined, Tartakower (Makagonov-Bondarevsky) Syst, 52 moves, 0-1

French Defense (C00) 1-0 Great Brilliancy Prize Game
E Steiner vs Tartakower, 1929 
(C00) French Defense, 34 moves, 1-0

French Def Schlechter Var (C00) 1-0 W rooks are more useful
Tartakower vs Spielmann, 1913
(C00) French Defense, 31 moves, 1-0

French 2.c4!?
Tartakower vs W John, 1907 
(C00) French Defense, 43 moves, 1/2-1/2

2.c4 French; the Bishop is superior to the kNight
Tartakower vs Marshall, 1910 
(C00) French Defense, 51 moves, 1-0

This starts as an Albin Countergambit and Transposes
Tartakower vs Reti, 1909 
(C01) French, Exchange, 39 moves, 0-1

French Exchange 4.c4 Nf6
Tartakower vs Fahrni, 1911 
(A00) Uncommon Opening, 50 moves, 0-1

French Gledhill Attack w/early Qg4
Martinolich vs Tartakower, 1907 
(C11) French, 39 moves, 0-1

White takes the perpetual because his king is more exposed
Schlechter vs Tartakower, 1911
(C11) French, 35 moves, 1/2-1/2

Zwischenzug capture w/check wins a piece
Tartakower vs E Wellisch, 1914
(C11) French, 39 moves, 1-0

White robs the pin to win
Tartakower vs Vidmar, 1907  
(C12) French, McCutcheon, 23 moves, 1-0

Black's central kNight outpost is strong
Tartakower vs Spielmann, 1913
(C13) French, 38 moves, 1/2-1/2

EG: Black presses home his advantage w/activity
E Cohn vs Tartakower, 1908
(C13) French, 54 moves, 0-1

Excellent use of space, batteries, pins, and double check
L Forgacs vs Tartakower, 1909 
(C13) French, 28 moves, 1-0

French Classical. Tartakower (C13) 0-1 Black slips by
Koehnlein vs Tartakower, 1910
(C13) French, 72 moves, 0-1

French Classical. Tartakower (C13) 1/2- Bs of opposite color EG
Marshall vs Tartakower, 1911
(C13) French, 45 moves, 1/2-1/2

French Tarrasch Open System Euwe-Keres Line (C07) 1-0 Caution
I Pleci vs L Endzelins, 1939 
(C07) French, Tarrasch, 21 moves, 1-0

QGD Tarrasch Def.; Black won by making only pawn moves!
NN vs H Bruening, 1907 
(D32) Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch, 6 moves, 0-1

Found in Chernev's book "Logical Chess Move by Move".
Tarrasch vs K Eckart, 1889 
(C05) French, Tarrasch, 17 moves, 1-0

Continuous pressure ties Black up, eventually creates a passer
Tarrasch vs Gunsberg, 1887 
(C10) French, 40 moves, 1-0

18. Qh6!, trapping the king instead of check
Tarrasch vs J Mieses, 1916 
(C10) French, 20 moves, 1-0

French Def: Classical. Steinitz (C11) 1-0 Bishop game changers
Tarrasch vs W Cohn, 1880 
(C11) French, 27 moves, 1-0

Mitrofanov's Deflections
Leonhardt vs Tarrasch, 1920 
(C12) French, McCutcheon, 57 moves, 1/2-1/2

QGD Tarrasch (D30) 0-1 Notes by Raymond Keene. Famous Dbl B Sac
Nimzowitsch vs Tarrasch, 1914  
(D30) Queen's Gambit Declined, 32 moves, 0-1

French Adv Milner-Barry Gambit 8Be2 (C02) 1-0 Open kingsides
Nimzowitsch vs Tarrasch, 1912  
(C02) French, Advance, 41 moves, 1-0

French Advance Milner-Barry Gambit (C02) 1-0 Notes by AZ
Nimzowitsch vs Salwe, 1911  
(C02) French, Advance, 39 moves, 1-0

French Advance, Nimzowitsch Gambit (C02) 1-0 Famous suffocation
Nimzowitsch vs Hakansson, 1922  
(C02) French, Advance, 28 moves, 1-0

French Defense: Schlechter Var (C00) 0-1 Notes by Raymond Keene
Von Gottschall vs Nimzowitsch, 1926  
(C00) French Defense, 59 moves, 0-1

Strange French (C00) 1-0 "The Immortal Overprotection Game"
Nimzowitsch vs Systemsson, 1927  
(C00) French Defense, 24 moves, 1-0

French Defense: Exchange (C01) 1-0 First cut-off the king
Nimzowitsch vs G Fluss, 1906 
(C01) French, Exchange, 19 moves, 1-0

A2 French Exchange-->Instructive castling opposite, Dbld Rs win
R Grau vs Nimzowitsch, 1930 
(C01) French, Exchange, 26 moves, 0-1

A3 Bold, Bold, Bold Clearance Sacrifices supported by rooks
Nimzowitsch vs Alapin, 1914  
(C11) French, 18 moves, 1-0

Most brilliant moves of all time, Nimzowitsch's 50th here
Kmoch vs Nimzowitsch, 1927 
(B00) Uncommon King's Pawn Opening, 63 moves, 0-1

Alekhine’s superiority drove the proud Nimzovich to despair.
Alekhine vs Nimzowitsch, 1931 
(C15) French, Winawer, 19 moves, 1-0

French Exchange. Svenonius Var (C01) 1-0 Bustin' up the Kside
Alekhine vs W Kunze, 1908 
(C01) French, Exchange, 29 moves, 1-0

Albin-Chatard Gambit (C13) 1-0 Notes by Richard Reti
Alekhine vs Fahrni, 1914  
(C13) French, 23 moves, 1-0

problem #794 in Reinfeld's book, "1001 Combinations"
Alekhine vs Von Feldt, 1916 
(C11) French, 18 moves, 1-0

French Def: Classical (C11) 1-0 The best in simple positions
Capablanca vs Alekhine, 1914 
(C11) French, 45 moves, 1-0

French Winawer. Delayed Exchange (C01) · 0-1
Capablanca vs Alekhine, 1927 
(C01) French, Exchange, 43 moves, 0-1

French Classical Richter Attack (C13) 1-0 Alekhine is a poet
Alekhine vs A Asgeirsson, 1931 
(C13) French, 25 moves, 1-0

French Exchange (C01) 0-1 Alekhine's Gun; both 0-0-0
W Winter vs Alekhine, 1936 
(C01) French, Exchange, 39 moves, 0-1

French Exchange. Svenonius Var (C01) 1-0 White does not 0-0?
J Garcia vs Shirov, 2001 
(C01) French, Exchange, 21 moves, 0-1

French Exchange. Svenonius Var (C01) 1-0 Efficient White play
Short vs G Seletsky, 2012 
(C01) French, Exchange, 19 moves, 1-0

A5 The Gold Coin Game made possible by Rooks on half-open files
S Levitsky vs Marshall, 1912 
(B23) Sicilian, Closed, 23 moves, 0-1

A6 The Korchnoi Queen on g3 piles on the pinned f2 pawn
S Tatai vs Korchnoi, 1978 
(C01) French, Exchange, 14 moves, 0-1

A6 Zugzwang! The pinned rook and it's defender become passive
Stripunsky vs Nakamura, 2010 
(C00) French Defense, 45 moves, 0-1

A7 Amazing counterattack
de Firmian vs Nakamura, 2006 
(C12) French, McCutcheon, 56 moves, 0-1

A8 Interesting in all three phases Op, MG, EG
M Pap vs E Gleizerov, 2006 
(C02) French, Advance, 40 moves, 0-1

A9 Tactical game, pin combo starts at move 24
P Zvara vs G Pap, 2012
(C02) French, Advance, 39 moves, 0-1

A1 Attacking French
Adams vs Epishin, 1992 
(C02) French, Advance, 26 moves, 0-1

A2 Attacking French
Y Afek vs S Williams, 2008
(C02) French, Advance, 23 moves, 0-1

A3 Attacking French
Jonkman vs J Smeets, 2002 
(C02) French, Advance, 30 moves, 0-1

A4 Attacking French
Timman vs S Brynell, 2001
(C02) French, Advance, 36 moves, 1-0

A5 Attacking French
M Labra Carreno vs A Rodriguez Vila, 1992 
(C02) French, Advance, 24 moves, 0-1

A6 Attacking French
D H Campora vs Speelman, 1994
(C02) French, Advance, 33 moves, 0-1

A7 Attacking French
J Smeets vs D Brandenburg, 2011 
(C02) French, Advance, 26 moves, 0-1

A8 Attacking French
G Moehring vs Uhlmann, 1982 
(C02) French, Advance, 31 moves, 0-1

A9 Attacking French
S R Ottesen vs E Jarlnaes, 2013
(C02) French, Advance, 22 moves, 0-1

A10 Attacking French
D V Prasad vs N Das, 2001
(C02) French, Advance, 26 moves, 1/2-1/2

A11 Attacking French
Kharlov vs Svidler, 1995
(C02) French, Advance, 24 moves, 1/2-1/2

MTuraga 1; use the half-open file
M Sebag vs M Gurevich, 2008
(C11) French, 32 moves, 0-1

MTuraga 2; daring attack
S Fedorchuk vs M Gurevich, 2010 
(C07) French, Tarrasch, 40 moves, 0-1

MTuraga 3; Lucena ending
B Valuet vs M Gurevich, 2010 
(C11) French, 66 moves, 0-1

MTuraga 4; Bishop pair ending
D Sengupta vs M Gurevich, 2007 
(C11) French, 65 moves, 0-1

pr1 ...g6 line, ...Qa5!, qside battle, exchange tactic attack
A Muzychuk vs N Zhukova, 2002
(C12) French, McCutcheon, 35 moves, 0-1

pr2 ...g6, ...Qa5!, double edged tactics, white k in center
A Horvath vs O Moor, 2001
(C12) French, McCutcheon, 35 moves, 0-1

pr3 Long castle, extra passers EG, passive rook
Z Hajnal vs G Kun, 2002
(C12) French, McCutcheon, 37 moves, 0-1

pr5 Exf6 line, model game for black
M Schoeneberg vs Huebner, 1965
(C12) French, McCutcheon, 51 moves, 0-1

pr6 Marathon game, white sacked rook for bishop
I Yagupov vs Glek, 1992
(C12) French, McCutcheon, 82 moves, 0-1

pr1 Model game for strategy & tactics
Hector vs J Gunnarsson, 2003 
(C12) French, McCutcheon, 42 moves, 1-0

pr2 Another model game, nice mating net
Baklan vs T Bromann, 2010
(C12) French, McCutcheon, 49 moves, 1-0

pr3 New, Bd2 & then Bc1, dark square strategy, traveling K
Smyslov vs J H Donner, 1950 
(C12) French, McCutcheon, 29 moves, 1-0

pr4 Lasker Qg4, ...Kf8, old style B on d2 taken
Leko vs Korchnoi, 2002 
(C12) French, McCutcheon, 60 moves, 1-0

pr5 Lasker ...g6, ...Nc6, ...Nxd3, positional struggle, gain p
Kasimdzhanov vs M Galyas, 1994 
(C12) French, McCutcheon, 58 moves, 1-0

pr6 Lasker ...Kf8,Bd3, dxc5, Nd4, qside action, B pawns EG
Leko vs Huebner, 2000 
(C12) French, McCutcheon, 53 moves, 1-0

pr7 Lasker ...Kf8, Nf3 line, kside pawn push, dangerous Qs
Short vs Morozevich, 1998
(C12) French, McCutcheon, 55 moves, 1-0

pr7 ...Rxg7, K in center, tactical, survive minor sac
L Barczay vs Hoang Thanh Trang, 2001
(C12) French, McCutcheon, 23 moves, 0-1

pr8 Lasker ...Kf8, Nf3, traveling K, qside kside play
A Horvath vs O Salmensuu, 2001
(C12) French, McCutcheon, 40 moves, 1-0

pr8 Grigoriev orig, ...Be7 retreat, qside attack, chasing K
N Grigoriev vs Alekhine, 1915 
(C12) French, McCutcheon, 25 moves, 0-1

pr9 Bxc3 line, easy =, EG b vs knight, long
V Gashimov vs Baklan, 2001
(C12) French, McCutcheon, 65 moves, 0-1

pr10 Bxc3 line, black focus on qside, defends kside indirectly
C Whitfield vs D Mackle, 2012
(C12) French, McCutcheon, 32 moves, 0-1

pr11 Bxc3, transposes to ..g6 line, black survives attack, N up
T Thorhallsson vs J Gunnarsson, 2001
(C12) French, McCutcheon, 70 moves, 0-1

pr12 Early Bd3 line, qside play, ..o-o, black K safe, pin
B Ivanov vs B Maksimovic, 2010
(C12) French, McCutcheon, 47 moves, 0-1

pr13 Early Qd3 line, black later plays kside
O Nazarenus vs M Galyas, 2005
(C12) French, McCutcheon, 29 moves, 0-1

pr14 Bxf6 line, ...Nd7, both 0-0, B back to g7, B pair
J M Agirretxe vs Dreev, 1992
(C12) French, McCutcheon, 21 moves, 0-1

1k Tarrasch, Pawn Center Variation -- with c5 and f6 breaks
Ljubojevic vs M Gurevich, 1991 
(C05) French, Tarrasch, 25 moves, 0-1

2k Advance, Euwe Variation -- activate the light-square B
Shabalov vs Shirov, 2005 
(C02) French, Advance, 30 moves, 0-1

3k Advance, Euwe Variation -- meeting a3 with f6
Grischuk vs Short, 2000 
(C02) French, Advance, 32 moves, 0-1

4k Advance, Euwe Variation - critical Knight sac at d4
Movsesian vs T Luther, 1998
(C02) French, Advance, 24 moves, 1/2-1/2

5k (C02) French, Advance, 46 moves, 0-1
D Flynn vs J Burnett, 2013
(C02) French, Advance, 46 moves, 0-1

6k (C02) French, Advance, 28 moves, 0-1
S Buchal vs T Luther, 1998
(C02) French, Advance, 28 moves, 0-1

7k Advance, Euwe Variation
M Petrov vs Topalov, 1991 
(C02) French, Advance, 50 moves, 0-1

8k Advance, Euwe Variation
Movsesian vs M Gurevich, 2000 
(C02) French, Advance, 35 moves, 0-1

9k Advance, Euwe Variation
S Conquest vs S Williams, 2010
(C02) French, Advance, 35 moves, 0-1

10k Burn Variation
V Liublinsky vs Ufimtsev, 1945
(C10) French, 47 moves, 1-0

11k Burn Variation
H Steiner vs Tartakower, 1946
(C10) French, 41 moves, 1/2-1/2

12k Burn Variation
J Kaplan vs Bronstein, 1975 
(C11) French, 26 moves, 0-1

13k Burn Variation
Najdorf vs Guimard, 1945
(C11) French, 32 moves, 0-1

14k Burn Variation
D Villing vs N Pushkov, 2010 
(D00) Queen's Pawn Game, 45 moves, 0-1

15k Burn Variation
W Kunze vs Rubinstein, 1905 
(C11) French, 37 moves, 0-1

16k Burn Variation
E Canal vs Saemisch, 1929 
(C11) French, 31 moves, 1/2-1/2

17k Burn Variation
Leonhardt vs Swiderski, 1908
(C11) French, 43 moves, 0-1

18k Burn Variation
M Salman vs Huang Qian, 2008
(C11) French, 55 moves, 0-1

19k French Defense: Classical. Normal Variation (C13) · 0-1
Gunsberg vs J Noa, 1885 
(C13) French, 51 moves, 0-1

20k French Defense: Classical. Burn Variation (C11) · 0-1
Prokes vs Rubinstein, 1926 
(C11) French, 25 moves, 0-1

21k French Defense: Rubinstein Variation (C10) · 0-1
G A Thomas vs Tartakower, 1945 
(C10) French, 33 moves, 0-1

22k French Defense: Tarrasch Variation (C03) · 0-1
L Kokkinos vs D Donchev, 1977
(C03) French, Tarrasch, 46 moves, 0-1

23k Anti-Tarrasch
Emms vs S Williams, 2001 
(C05) French, Tarrasch, 37 moves, 1-0

24k Anti-Tarrasch
Emms vs S Williams, 1999 
(C06) French, Tarrasch, 29 moves, 1/2-1/2

25k Anti-Tarrasch
A Persson vs E Berg, 2006 
(C05) French, Tarrasch, 47 moves, 0-1

26k French: Tarrasch. Closed Variation (C05) · 0-1
Matthew Tan vs Ulibin, 2008
(C05) French, Tarrasch, 26 moves, 0-1

French Defense: La Bourdonnais (C00) 1-0 3 open files into EG
Korbut vs O Gencer, 2007
(C00) French Defense, 56 moves, 1-0

US Champ 2012 French: La Bourdonnais Variation (C00), 1-0
Nakamura vs Seirawan, 2012 
(C00) French Defense, 30 moves, 1-0

French: La Bourdonnais
V Prosviriakov vs T Rendle, 2012
(C00) French Defense, 37 moves, 1-0

French: La Bourdonnais
Glek vs D Bunzmann, 2007 
(C00) French Defense, 26 moves, 1-0

French: La Bourdonnais
V Zvjaginsev vs Zhang Pengxiang, 2006 
(C00) French Defense, 38 moves, 1-0

French: La Bourdonnais
V Komliakov vs D Shabanov, 2004
(C00) French Defense, 57 moves, 1-0

Notes by Morphy
McDonnell vs La Bourdonnais, 1834  
(C00) French Defense, 50 moves, 0-1

Notes by Morphy
McDonnell vs La Bourdonnais, 1834  
(B21) Sicilian, 2.f4 and 2.d4, 25 moves, 0-1

Power to the pawns!
McDonnell vs La Bourdonnais, 1834 
(B21) Sicilian, 2.f4 and 2.d4, 48 moves, 0-1

Notes by Morphy
McDonnell vs La Bourdonnais, 1834  
(B21) Sicilian, 2.f4 and 2.d4, 51 moves, 1-0

Notes by Morphy
McDonnell vs La Bourdonnais, 1834  
(B21) Sicilian, 2.f4 and 2.d4, 55 moves, 0-1

Premature attack
McDonnell vs La Bourdonnais, 1834 
(B21) Sicilian, 2.f4 and 2.d4, 25 moves, 0-1

Black gets in an early d5 and uses his space well
McDonnell vs La Bourdonnais, 1834 
(B30) Sicilian, 32 moves, 0-1

It's hard for white to vary in the advanced variation
J McConnell vs Morphy, 1850 
(C02) French, Advance, 14 moves, 0-1

Don't grab the b- pawn w/thy queen!
Morphy vs Paulsen, 1857 
(B40) Sicilian, 26 moves, 1-0

Schlecter's Gems; Sling the Bxh7+ Sac, offer the Rook too!
Schlechter vs Siegfried August Wolf, 1894 
(C13) French, 16 moves, 1-0

Schlechter variation of the French; he could really use kNights
Schlechter vs Showalter, 1898 
(C00) French Defense, 43 moves, 1-0

Schlechter's Gems; Pins Abound!
Schlechter vs Maroczy, 1902 
(C11) French, 37 moves, 1-0

Opening mistake causes Black to castle by hand
Janowski vs Schlechter, 1902 
(C11) French, 57 moves, 0-1

A quick, decisive Bxh7+
Schlechter vs Stubenrauch, 1901 
(C14) French, Classical, 16 moves, 1-0

Typical Exchange Draw
Teichmann vs Schlechter, 1908
(C01) French, Exchange, 18 moves, 1/2-1/2

Delayed Exchange
Schlechter vs Teichmann, 1911
(C01) French, Exchange, 19 moves, 1/2-1/2

Notes by Bill Wall 1.g4 e6
C Bloodgood vs T Sanderson, 1973 
(A00) Uncommon Opening, 39 moves, 1-0

Fool's Mate
I Skrypin vs A Glebov, 2007 
(A02) Bird's Opening, 2 moves, 0-1

"The Pearl of Poznan" outrageous combination
Tylkowski vs A Wojciechowski, 1931 
(A03) Bird's Opening, 40 moves, 0-1

Notes by Wilhelm Steinitz
Chigorin vs J Mason, 1889  
(A03) Bird's Opening, 33 moves, 0-1

(A07) King's Indian Attack, 29 moves, 1/2-1/2
K Azimova vs W M Duckworth, 2012
(A07) King's Indian Attack, 29 moves, 1/2-1/2

(A07) King's Indian Attack, 29 moves, 0-1
W M Duckworth vs R Yankovsky, 2012
(A07) King's Indian Attack, 29 moves, 0-1

KIA vs French/QGD Tartakower Defense structure
D Norwood vs S Marsh, 1992 
(A07) King's Indian Attack, 36 moves, 1-0

Agincourt Defense; 23.Ne4 ! Offering the d3 Rook (...Nxd3)
Tal vs Van der Wiel, 1982 
(A13) English, 24 moves, 1-0

Gain time on queen while building a battery against the block
Alekhine vs O Chajes, 1911 
(A13) English, 24 moves, 1-0

Attack & defence wow!
Keres vs Smyslov, 1953 
(A17) English, 28 moves, 0-1

A French Advance vs. Fianchetto?
F Tahirov vs S Pukkinen, 2006 
(A40) Queen's Pawn Game, 8 moves, 1-0

Kangaroo Defense: General (A40) 1-0 King walk
J Kozma vs Sliwa, 1967 
(A40) Queen's Pawn Game, 65 moves, 1-0

Horwitz Defense: General (A40) · 1-0
Jobava vs M Tissir, 2014 
(A40) Queen's Pawn Game, 28 moves, 1-0

Game 7 Old Benoni/Franco-Sicilian Defense (A43)
Morphy vs A Meek, 1857 
(A43) Old Benoni, 12 moves, 1-0

Double bishop sacrifice, model game
Koltanowski vs M Defosse, 1936 
(D05) Queen's Pawn Game, 30 moves, 1-0

QID Spassky System (E14) 0-1 White misses his king's knight
Spassky vs Tal, 1979 
(E14) Queen's Indian, 22 moves, 0-1

A definition of "syracrophy" anyone?
Speelman vs T K Hemingway, 1972 
(B00) Uncommon King's Pawn Opening, 30 moves, 0-1

Franco-Nimzowitsch; Black King is stripped of pawn shield
T Abrahamyan vs W M Duckworth, 2012
(B00) Uncommon King's Pawn Opening, 22 moves, 1-0

Uncommon KP (B00) 0-11st move didn't matter; White beat himself
Sellman vs P Ware, 1880
(B00) Uncommon King's Pawn Opening, 33 moves, 0-1

Uncommon KP (B00) 0-11st move didn't matter; unclean breakthru
J Grundy vs P Ware, 1880 
(B00) Uncommon King's Pawn Opening, 57 moves, 0-1

Uncommon KP (B00) 0-11st move didn't matter; Black passer
A Cohnfeld vs P Ware, 1880
(B00) Uncommon King's Pawn Opening, 39 moves, 0-1

Uncommon KP (B00) 0-11st move didn't matter; must blockade!
J A Congdon vs P Ware, 1880 
(B00) Uncommon King's Pawn Opening, 60 moves, 0-1

(B30) Sicilian Rossolimo, 50 moves, 0-1 Similar to a French
W M Duckworth vs Julio Bolbochan, 1991 
(B30) Sicilian, 50 moves, 0-1

The bone in the throat not only cramps, it supports
Kruza vs Kotasa, 1986 
(B32) Sicilian, 8 moves, 1-0

Smothered Mate
Margave vs NN, 1976 
(B40) Sicilian, 8 moves, 1-0

Like the French Milner-Barry Gambit
J Mysulka vs M Vagner, 1994 
(B40) Sicilian, 9 moves, 1-0

Sicilian Defense: Pin Variation (B40) · 0-1
G Michelini vs E Asfora, 1961 
(B40) Sicilian, 41 moves, 0-1

KIA Sicilian, French Var (B40) 1-0 Keen B sac, pawn breakthru
Leko vs W Heckel, 1989 
(B40) Sicilian, 25 moves, 1-0

A horrible storm is brewing over the residence of the black K
Fischer vs Ivkov, 1966 
(B40) Sicilian, 29 moves, 1-0

Sicilian Defense: Delayed Alapin Variation (B40) 1-0
Shaked vs J Hellsten, 1997
(B40) Sicilian, 67 moves, 1-0

French 2.c4/Sicilian Closed(C00) 1-0 N hot foots it to the back
Keres vs K Ozols, 1937 
(C00) French Defense, 42 moves, 1-0

French, Alapin Gambit (C00) 1-0 Ignore the fork, hunt the king!
Keres vs Verbac, 1933 
(C00) French Defense, 16 moves, 1-0

French Defense: Alapin Gambit (C00) · 1-0
E J Diemer vs Hunn, 1983 
(C00) French Defense, 29 moves, 1-0

French Defense: Wing Gambit (C00) 1-0 in 17, 1-0
F Cirabisi vs V Cugini, 1992 
(C00) French Defense, 15 moves, 1-0

Good against 1e4 or 1d4!
Dreev vs D Andreikin, 2013 
(C00) French Defense, 33 moves, 0-1

French, Diemer-Duhm Gambit (C00) 0-1 Q trap in 15 moves
Sperling vs E J Diemer, 1955 
(C00) French Defense, 15 moves, 0-1

Knight swap w/eyes wide shut; Double B bombing!
J Horvath vs Zsuzsa Polgar, 1981 
(C00) French Defense, 22 moves, 0-1

French, Diemer-Duhm Gambit (D30) 1-0 Back rank weakness
C Nakamura vs A Caoili, 1998 
(D30) Queen's Gambit Declined, 36 moves, 1-0

French Kside Fianchetto / Sicilian (C00) 1-0 Notes by Lowenthal
Morphy vs Anderssen, 1858  
(C00) French Defense, 36 moves, 1-0

French Kside Fianchetto (C00) 1-0 A unique mating pattern
Anderssen vs Staunton, 1851 
(C00) French Defense, 44 moves, 1-0

French Two Knights Variation (C00)
Kosteniuk vs C P Gouw, 2000 
(C00) French Defense, 18 moves, 1-0

French, Two Knights Var (C00) 0-1 Swap Q's, gain space
T M Mok vs Korchnoi, 2004 
(C00) French Defense, 59 moves, 0-1

French: Schlechter Variation (C00) · 1/2-1/2 Opposite B's draw
G Marco vs Schlechter, 1896 
(C00) French Defense, 102 moves, 1/2-1/2

French Defense: Chigorin Variation (C00)
L Day vs R Panjwani, 2004 
(C00) French Defense, 47 moves, 1-0

French Defense: Chigorin Var (C00) 0-1 Transposes to Dbl KP
V Zvjaginsev vs Morozevich, 2005 
(C00) French Defense, 26 moves, 0-1

French Defense: Chigorin Variation (C00) · 1-0
Chigorin vs Blackburne, 1905 
(C00) French Defense, 34 moves, 1-0

French Defense: Chigorin Variation (C00) · 1-0
Chigorin vs Salwe, 1904 
(C00) French Defense, 42 moves, 1-0

(C00) French Delayed Exchange, 34 moves, 1/2-1/2
G Manukian vs W M Duckworth, 2012 
(C00) French Defense, 34 moves, 1/2-1/2

White just needed a draw
M Gurevich vs Short, 1990 
(C01) French, Exchange, 42 moves, 0-1

Fire up the Exchange
Kasparov vs Short, 1991 
(C01) French, Exchange, 58 moves, 1/2-1/2

Delayed Exchange gets f6
Spielmann vs R Wahle, 1926 
(C01) French, Exchange, 17 moves, 1-0

Don't do this
D Hayes vs B Wall, 1980 
(C01) French, Exchange, 12 moves, 0-1

Notes by Geza Maroczy
Maroczy vs Reti, 1922 
(C01) French, Exchange, 22 moves, 1/2-1/2

One logical way to play against the Winawer
Oll vs Short, 1996
(C01) French, Exchange, 13 moves, 1/2-1/2

Exchange French w/c5
Kasparov vs Korchnoi, 1991 
(C01) French, Exchange, 45 moves, 1-0

French Defense: Exchange Variation (C01) 1-0 Nice #
T Jaksland vs L Jorgensen, 2008 
(C01) French, Exchange, 75 moves, 1-0

French Exchange. Monte Carlo Var (C01) 1-0 Black K uncastled
A Petrov vs Szymanski, 1853 
(C01) French, Exchange, 17 moves, 1-0

Advance, 4.Qg4
Short vs Sargon, 1980 
(C02) French, Advance, 20 moves, 1-0

beautiful combination
J Klinger vs W Arencibia Rodriguez, 1986 
(C02) French, Advance, 37 moves, 0-1

the classic bishop sac!
G Gundersen vs A H Faul, 1928 
(C02) French, Advance, 15 moves, 1-0

4.Qg4 is dubious, therefore playable
Smyslov vs Lisitsin, 1942 
(C02) French, Advance, 57 moves, 0-1

Black castles into the aims of the bishops
Romanishin vs Ivanchuk, 1986 
(C02) French, Advance, 19 moves, 1-0

Computer assistance needed
Shirov vs Korchnoi, 2004 
(C02) French, Advance, 25 moves, 1-0

Arabian Mate
Illescas Cordoba vs Short, 1995 
(C02) French, Advance, 40 moves, 1-0

Tal's magical attack
Tal vs I Nei, 1958 
(C02) French, Advance, 21 moves, 1-0

Advance Variation. Nimzowitsch System (C02)
K Spraggett vs S K Anderson, 1986
(C02) French, Advance, 20 moves, 1-0

French Advance (C02) 1-0 Sam - scrifice game.
Reshevsky vs A Vasconcellos, 1944 
(C02) French, Advance, 26 moves, 1-0

(C02) French, Advance, 36 moves, 1-0
W M Duckworth vs I Sainz Aguirre, 2012
(C02) French, Advance, 36 moves, 1-0

French Advance to Study; great middlegame king walk
S Orlov vs Pietro Cimmino, 1997 
(C02) French, Advance, 50 moves, 0-1

French Defense: Advance Variation (C02) · 0-1 Miniature
Mateuci vs V Castaldi, 1938 
(C02) French, Advance, 10 moves, 0-1

Drunken Exhibition; This is a French Rubinstein
Alekhine vs P de Unamuno, 1944 
(C03) French, Tarrasch, 39 moves, 0-1

Guimard Defense Main Line (C04) 0-1 Black has all the fun
J Cobb vs A Spice, 2007 
(C04) French, Tarrasch, Guimard Main line, 35 moves, 0-1

Guimard Defense Main Line (C04)
G Jones vs Y Visser, 2004 
(C04) French, Tarrasch, Guimard Main line, 35 moves, 0-1

(C04) French, Tarrasch, Guimard Main line, 58 moves, 0-1
J Sheng vs W M Duckworth, 2012
(C04) French, Tarrasch, Guimard Main line, 58 moves, 0-1

French Tarrasch, Guimard Defense ML (C04) 1-0 Discovery + KO
D Donchev vs Topalov, 1989 
(C04) French, Tarrasch, Guimard Main line, 19 moves, 1-0

French Tarrasch. Closed Var (C05) 0-1 Notes by Raymond Keene
Geller vs Keene, 1975  
(C05) French, Tarrasch, 60 moves, 0-1

Draws are not so easy w/Knights all about
Gelfand vs Ivanchuk, 1985 
(C05) French, Tarrasch, 19 moves, 1/2-1/2

French Tarrasch Closed (C05)0-1 Heavy Kside attack shifts Qside
Filguth vs Korchnoi, 1979 
(C05) French, Tarrasch, 34 moves, 0-1

French Tarrasch. Closed Variation (C05) · 1-0
Alekhine vs Capablanca, 1938 
(C05) French, Tarrasch, 35 moves, 1-0

French Defense: Tarrasch. Closed Variation (C05) · 1-0
Karpov vs A J Mestel, 1984 
(C05) French, Tarrasch, 61 moves, 1-0

Notes by Raymond Keene
S J Hutchings vs Keene, 1975  
(C06) French, Tarrasch, 27 moves, 0-1

IV-- Continuation: 34. Kxg1 Rf1+ 35. Kh2 Rh1#
Kholmov vs W Pietzsch, 1965 
(C06) French, Tarrasch, 33 moves, 0-1

Looks like a slip of the mouse but it's just Tal being Tal
Tal vs J I Zilber, 1949 
(C07) French, Tarrasch, 33 moves, 1-0

Overworked couldn't leave the rook
M Bertholee vs I Hausmann, 1999 
(C07) French, Tarrasch, 31 moves, 1-0

Back rank defenders can't leave the back rank
U Lauk vs T Tanav, 2001
(C07) French, Tarrasch, 29 moves, 1-0

French Defense: Tarrasch Variation. Open System (C07) · 0-1
Bronstein vs Gulko, 1968 
(C07) French, Tarrasch, 40 moves, 0-1

French Tarrasch. Open System Advance Line (C08) · 1-0
Carlsen vs P Nikolic, 2005 
(C08) French, Tarrasch, Open, 4.ed ed, 22 moves, 1-0

That's the way it happened
Gligoric vs Balashov, 1970 
(C10) French, 35 moves, 1-0

The 28 Euros Game
Adams vs Korchnoi, 2003 
(C10) French, 30 moves, 1-0

Check and Defend
P Charbonneau vs H A Hussein Al-Ali, 2008 
(C10) French, 13 moves, 0-1

Not normal nowadays
G Makovetz vs Albin, 1892
(C10) French, 51 moves, 1-0

Symphony of Destruction; the backward pawn on open file
A Volokitin vs Miroshnichenko, 2012 
(C10) French, 37 moves, 1-0

Spectacular finish!
Caruana vs E Berg, 2008 
(C10) French, 28 moves, 1-0

Rubinstein Variation. Blackburne Defense (C10)
Kamsky vs Akobian, 2009 
(C10) French, 41 moves, 1-0

C10 French; anything but normal!
Fischer vs Petrosian, 1971 
(C10) French, 46 moves, 1-0

All Black's pieces return to their original squares by move 14!
N Kosintseva vs E Berg, 2007 
(C10) French, 42 moves, 0-1

Instructive Rubinstein French Games
Maroczy vs Rubinstein, 1907  
(C10) French, 41 moves, 1/2-1/2

Instructive Rubinstein French Games
Tarrasch vs Rubinstein, 1911 
(C10) French, 46 moves, 1/2-1/2

Instructive Rubinstein French Games
Janowski vs Maroczy, 1898 
(C11) French, 32 moves, 1/2-1/2

Instructive Rubinstein French Games
Spassky vs Bronstein, 1959
(C10) French, 18 moves, 1/2-1/2

Instructive Rubinstein French Games
G Timoshchenko vs Karpov, 1961 
(C10) French, 53 moves, 0-1

Instructive Rubinstein French Games
Spassky vs Petrosian, 1966 
(C10) French, 26 moves, 1/2-1/2

Instructive Rubinstein French Games
Parma vs Petrosian, 1969
(C10) French, 15 moves, 1/2-1/2

Instructive Rubinstein French Games
Portisch vs Petrosian, 1974
(C10) French, 35 moves, 1/2-1/2

Instructive Rubinstein French Games
G Kuzmin vs Petrosian, 1977 
(C10) French, 61 moves, 1-0

Instructive Rubinstein French Games
Antunes vs Korchnoi, 1990
(C10) French, 29 moves, 1/2-1/2

Instructive Rubinstein French Games
Short vs Korchnoi, 1990
(C10) French, 25 moves, 1/2-1/2

Instructive Rubinstein French Games
Van der Wiel vs Korchnoi, 1990
(C10) French, 22 moves, 1/2-1/2

Instructive Rubinstein French Games
Nunn vs Korchnoi, 1990
(C10) French, 63 moves, 1/2-1/2

Instructive Rubinstein French Games
Kamsky vs Korchnoi, 1991 
(C10) French, 28 moves, 1/2-1/2

Instructive Rubinstein French Games
Short vs Korchnoi, 1991
(C10) French, 56 moves, 1/2-1/2

Instructive Rubinstein French Games
Timman vs Korchnoi, 1991 
(C10) French, 25 moves, 1-0

Instructive Rubinstein French Games
Anand vs Korchnoi, 1991 
(C10) French, 63 moves, 1/2-1/2

Instructive Rubinstein French Games
Oll vs Tal, 1992 
(C10) French, 41 moves, 1-0

Instructive Rubinstein French Games
Ivanchuk vs Karpov, 1996 
(C10) French, 15 moves, 1/2-1/2

Instructive Rubinstein French Games
Anand vs Topalov, 1997
(C10) French, 49 moves, 1/2-1/2

Instructive Rubinstein French Games
Shirov vs Topalov, 1997
(C10) French, 77 moves, 1/2-1/2

Qk kill of French Rubinstein Var, Blackburne Def.
Morozevich vs Van Wely, 2002 
(C10) French, 19 moves, 1-0

Instructive Rubinstein French Games
Khalifman vs Bareev, 2002 
(C10) French, 20 moves, 1-0

ES
E Schiller vs G Schwartzman, 1994  
(C11) French, 35 moves, 1-0

Nuts in a Knot Survival at it's BEST!
Fischer vs Benko, 1962 
(C11) French, 31 moves, 1-0

Ye must control the open file else penetration
Steinitz vs Sellman, 1885 
(C11) French, 35 moves, 1-0

No Wiggle Room
Dake vs A De Burca, 1935 
(C11) French, 19 moves, 1-0

Pawn moves caused the initiative to change hands
Topalov vs Ivanchuk, 2008 
(C11) French, 43 moves, 0-1

Black isn't patient enough to play the French
L Dominguez vs Le Quang Liem, 2011 
(C11) French, 59 moves, 1-0

a4 is a pointless mistake that leaves white passive
Akash G vs Caruana, 2013 
(C11) French, 41 moves, 0-1

Castle opposite and pawn storm
Judit Polgar vs F Berkes, 2003 
(C11) French, 24 moves, 1-0

SW + QM-- Three continuations for Hook Mate; one by the Queen!
I Nepomniachtchi vs I Salgado Lopez, 2008 
(C11) French, 45 moves, 1-0

He who attacks first...23.c4 might create exchanges
Topalov vs Morozevich, 1999 
(C11) French, 31 moves, 0-1

The rook is immune from capture
Shirov vs O Nikolenko, 1991 
(C11) French, 31 moves, 1-0

Short analyzes on youtube
Short vs Morozevich, 2010 
(C11) French, 44 moves, 1-0

Instructive Mate
Nunn vs Sutton, 1984 
(C11) French, 29 moves, 1-0

Acupuncture, ouch. A nice Black victory!
Kamsky vs Ding Liren, 2011 
(C11) French, 40 moves, 0-1

French Classical. Burn Variation (C11) 0-1 Dbl rook sac
Topalov vs Bareev, 1994 
(C11) French, 23 moves, 0-1

French Defense: Steinitz. Boleslavsky Variation (C11) · 1-0
Caruana vs G Meier, 2014 
(C11) French, 38 moves, 1-0

Swiss (C11) prime rib Bd3, ...c5 line, exchanges to quick draw
K Asrian vs Ulf Andersson, 2004
(C11) French, 13 moves, 1/2-1/2

French Defense: McCutcheon. Exchange Variation (C12) · 0-1
Capablanca vs Znosko-Borovsky, 1913 
(C12) French, McCutcheon, 41 moves, 0-1

one good pin deserves another
Steinitz vs McCutcheon, 1885 
(C12) French, McCutcheon, 28 moves, 0-1

Fictional Five Queens Game
Alekhine vs NN, 1915 
(C12) French, McCutcheon, 29 moves, 1-0

White eakes it out
O Chajes vs C Jaffe, 1913
(C12) French, McCutcheon, 52 moves, 1-0

French McCutcheon Variation. Wolf Gambit (C12) · 0-1
G Sagalchik vs Nakamura, 2003 
(C12) French, McCutcheon, 37 moves, 0-1

Notes by Lasker. French McCutcheon. Chigorin Variation (C12) ·
L Forgacs vs Spielmann, 1909  
(C12) French, McCutcheon, 31 moves, 1-0

French McCutcheon. Lasker Var (C12) 1-0 A Knight on the 6th...
Lasker vs Showalter, 1899 
(C12) French, McCutcheon, 38 moves, 1-0

French Defense: McCutcheon. Lasker Variation (C12) 1-0 M60MG
Fischer vs Rossolimo, 1965 
(C12) French, McCutcheon, 32 moves, 1-0

French Def: McCutcheon. Exchange Var (C12) 1-0 Simplify, K&P EG
Capablanca vs W P Shipley, 1924 
(C12) French, McCutcheon, 34 moves, 1-0

FR McCutcheon. Exchange Var (C12) 1-0Capa fianchettos his rook
Capablanca vs Bogoljubov, 1924 
(C12) French, McCutcheon, 65 moves, 1-0

White Knight Outpost
Morozevich vs Korchnoi, 2003 
(C13) French, 20 moves, 1-0

Exchange pawns in front of the opposing king
Albin vs Csank, 1890 
(C13) French, 89 moves, 1/2-1/2

Classic must know example
M Pestalozzi vs D Duhm, 1900 
(C13) French, 18 moves, 1-0

Notes by Alekhine-Chatard Attack. Breyer Variation (C13) 1-0
Bogoljubov vs Alekhine, 1942  
(C13) French, 42 moves, 1-0

Alekhine-Chatard Attack. Albin-Chatard Gambit (C13) · 1-0
Bogoljubov vs Spielmann, 1919 
(C13) French, 27 moves, 1-0

French Alekhine-Chatard Attack. Teichmann (C13) · 1/2-1/2
Spassky vs Guimard, 1955
(C13) French, 27 moves, 1/2-1/2

Black had resources
Naiditsch vs Hoang Thanh Trang, 1998 
(C14) French, Classical, 23 moves, 1-0

Build a bridge to perfection
Judit Polgar vs Seirawan, 1992 
(C14) French, Classical, 75 moves, 1-0

(C18) French, Winawer, 68 moves, 1-0 Stick to the plan, don't $
D Vocaturo vs M Karttunen, 2013 
(C18) French, Winawer, 68 moves, 1-0

(C18) French, Winawer, 18 moves, 1-0 Pile on the pin to win!
A Rombaldoni vs F Bentivegna, 2012 
(C18) French, Winawer, 18 moves, 1-0

(C18) French, Winawer Adv 52 moves, 1-0 Open file vs. half open
Svidler vs Darcy Lima, 2011 
(C18) French, Winawer, 52 moves, 1-0

(C18) French, Winawer Adv, 39 moves, 1-0 Minors on the 6th rank
J N Riff vs N Berry, 2009 
(C18) French, Winawer, 39 moves, 1-0

(C18) French, Winawer Adv, 43 moves, 1-0 Pin Robber & Discover
Shabalov vs I Ibragimov, 2007 
(C18) French, Winawer, 43 moves, 1-0

(C18) French, Winawer Adv, 52 moves, 1-0 Double pin win
M Kobalia vs Akopian, 2006 
(C18) French, Winawer, 52 moves, 1-0

Black forced the issue w/blocked f-pawn & passive Q
Smejkal vs Larsen, 1975 
(E17) Queen's Indian, 52 moves, 1-0

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Houdini vs Rybka, 2013 
(C18) French, Winawer, 85 moves, 1-0

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Komodo vs Houdini, 2014 
(C02) French, Advance, 49 moves, 1-0

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Rybka vs Houdini, 2013
(C18) French, Winawer, 60 moves, 1-0

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Stockfish vs Houdini, 2013 
(C02) French, Advance, 46 moves, 1-0

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Houdini vs Critter, 2014
(C18) French, Winawer, 59 moves, 1-0

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S Sevian vs T Abrahamyan, 2012 
(C18) French, Winawer, 22 moves, 1-0

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Lilienthal vs Botvinnik, 1936 
(C15) French, Winawer, 66 moves, 1/2-1/2

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Nijboer vs S van Eijk, 2011
(C11) French, 32 moves, 1-0

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Chessmaster vs Rybka, 2009 
(C10) French, 99 moves, 1-0

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C H Alexander vs Botvinnik, 1946 
(C18) French, Winawer, 41 moves, 1-0

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T Gelashvili vs A Florean, 1994
(C02) French, Advance, 35 moves, 1-0

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Leonhardt vs Spielmann, 1905 
(C01) French, Exchange, 32 moves, 1-0

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

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D Howell vs M Meinhardt, 2007 
(C04) French, Tarrasch, Guimard Main line, 39 moves, 1-0

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Wei Yi vs Potkin, 2015 
(C11) French, 36 moves, 1-0

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Yanofsky vs Uhlmann, 1962 
(C18) French, Winawer, 41 moves, 1-0

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Gligoric vs Pachman, 1958 
(C18) French, Winawer, 47 moves, 1-0

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W Adams vs M Surgies, 1946
(C18) French, Winawer, 43 moves, 1-0

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Tal vs Bronstein, 1964 
(C18) French, Winawer, 45 moves, 0-1

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Tal vs Bronstein, 1966 
(C18) French, Winawer, 38 moves, 1-0

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Tal vs L Bronstein, 1987
(C05) French, Tarrasch, 32 moves, 1-0

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Grischuk vs Bareev, 2001 
(C02) French, Advance, 17 moves, 1-0

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Spassky vs Petrosian, 1966 
(C11) French, 31 moves, 1-0

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Alekhine vs Euwe, 1935 
(C15) French, Winawer, 41 moves, 1-0

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Alekhine vs Euwe, 1935 
(C15) French, Winawer, 41 moves, 1-0

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Alekhine vs Euwe, 1935 
(C15) French, Winawer, 41 moves, 1-0

Dutch Classical. Be7 Stonewall (A95) 0-1 Highlighted game
I Rabinovich vs Botvinnik, 1927 
(A95) Dutch, Stonewall, 42 moves, 0-1

DC1) Dutch Classical 2.c4 Nf6 3.Bg5 (A84) 0-1
C Rosenberger vs A Gerschenkron, 1934
(A84) Dutch, 40 moves, 0-1

DC2) Dutch Rubinstein 2.c4 Nf6 3.Bg5 (A84) 0-1
W Blijstra vs C Eichab, 2012
(A84) Dutch, 32 moves, 0-1

DC3) Dutch Staunton Gambit 2.e4 (A83) 0-1
C Domingos vs A Rodriguez Vila, 2012
(A83) Dutch, Staunton Gambit, 26 moves, 0-1

DC4) Dutch Staunton Gambit 2.e4 (A83) 0-1
I Camousseigt Vera vs A Rodriguez Vila, 1992 
(A83) Dutch, Staunton Gambit, 21 moves, 0-1

FFrench TTarrasch. Closed 6.c3 (C05) 0-1
Jaroslav Kloza vs A Rogovskoy, 2001
(C05) French, Tarrasch, 25 moves, 0-1

FFrench TTarrasch. Closed 6.c3 (C05) 0-1
M Lettsome vs E Borigas, 2004
(C05) French, Tarrasch, 34 moves, 0-1

FFrench TTarrasch 3...c5 4.exd5 Open System (C07) 0-1
A Fernandez vs R Debarnot, 1975 
(C07) French, Tarrasch, 29 moves, 0-1

FFrench TTarrasch 3...c5 4.dxc5 Open System (C07) 0-1
Kholmov vs M Kubala, 1998
(C07) French, Tarrasch, 39 moves, 0-1

Sicilian 2.c3 Alapin / FFrench Advance 6.a3 Main Line (C02) 0-1
S Yordanova vs I Vasilevich, 2014
(C02) French, Advance, 53 moves, 0-1

FFrench Advance 6.a3 Main Line (C02) 0-1
M Lyell vs G Lee, 2001
(C02) French, Advance, 38 moves, 0-1

French Advance 6.a3 Main Line (C02) 0-1 Creative finish
K Maslak vs K Asrian, 2007 
(C02) French, Advance, 33 moves, 0-1

KIA vs French (C00) 0-1 Shock sacrifices; Can't stop passer
M Ortueta Esteban vs J Sanz, 1933 
(C00) French Defense, 35 moves, 0-1

French Defense: KIA/Philidor (C00) · 0-1
Nimzowitsch vs Capablanca, 1911 
(C00) French Defense, 33 moves, 0-1

French, King's Indian Attack (C00) 1/2-1/2 Castle by hand
Short vs Bareev, 1999 
(C00) French Defense, 36 moves, 1/2-1/2

French, King's Indian Attack (C00) 1-0 Pinned to mating square
Shirov vs Bareev, 1994 
(C00) French Defense, 15 moves, 1-0

King's Indian Attack 1e4 e6 2.Qe2 (A07) 1-0
Chigorin vs Olland, 1907 
(A07) King's Indian Attack, 80 moves, 1-0

GK played KIA as a junior; Pseudo-Tarrasch/Sicilian Defense
Kasparov vs B Kantsler, 1975 
(A07) King's Indian Attack, 32 moves, 1-0

KIA Dbl Fio vs French (A07) 1-0 BF wins another EG
Fischer vs A Di Camillo, 1957 
(A07) King's Indian Attack, 49 moves, 1-0

KIA vs French/QGD Tartakover (A07) 1-0 White to e5, f6 opens g7
Ufimtsev vs A Grushevsky, 1958 
(A07) King's Indian Attack, 23 moves, 1-0

English/Reti Agincourt Defense (A13) 1-0 Game 5 Dynamic Reti
Miles vs Geller, 1980 
(A13) English, 38 moves, 1-0

Engl/Reti Agincourt Def./Var (A13) 1-0 Incredible offers here
Yermolinsky vs Taimanov, 1982 
(A13) English, 29 moves, 1-0

From Hatch & Hatch "The Dogs of War", 2nd Edition
Hoi vs Gulko, 1988  
(A40) Queen's Pawn Game, 31 moves, 1-0

38.Be8! offers a clearance sacrifice & Black's rook is helpless
Lilienthal vs Kan, 1936 
(A40) Queen's Pawn Game, 64 moves, 1-0

Three isolated pawns are too much to overcome
V Kovacevic vs B Abramovic, 1984 
(A40) Queen's Pawn Game, 45 moves, 1-0

Two rooks and bishop vs penetrating Black queen
T Hillarp Persson vs L Karlsson, 2006 
(A40) Queen's Pawn Game, 40 moves, 1-0

Two White minor pieces irritate the Black rook
B Bujupi vs F Berend, 2004 
(A40) Queen's Pawn Game, 54 moves, 1-0

White dominates with subtle tactics on the open e-file
A Benderac vs D Heron, 2002 
(A40) Queen's Pawn Game, 34 moves, 1-0

White's queenside pawn majority pays off in the end
J Paasikangas-Tella vs S Hamalainen, 2000 
(A40) Queen's Pawn Game, 59 moves, 1-0

Analyzed in Lakdawala's recent book on The Colle, page 143
C Lakdawala vs Akobian, 2001 
(A40) Queen's Pawn Game, 37 moves, 1-0

Franco-Sicilian Defense (A43) 0-1 Discovery gains back material
W Cohn vs Blackburne, 1907 
(A43) Old Benoni, 49 moves, 0-1

Trompowsky, Big Center Var (A45) 0-1 Name sake gets Bishoped
Trompowsky vs W Cruz, 1939 
(A45) Queen's Pawn Game, 34 moves, 0-1

Jude Acer wrote about this game in November 1974
Korchnoi vs Karpov, 1974 
(A45) Queen's Pawn Game, 79 moves, 1-0

Karpov lost the game but won the title; could be a French Def
Anand vs Karpov, 1998 
(A45) Queen's Pawn Game, 42 moves, 1-0

St. George Defense (B00) 0-1 Each side promotes early on
L Forgacs vs Maroczy, 1902 
(B00) Uncommon King's Pawn Opening, 27 moves, 0-1

Alekhine Def., Scandinavian/French (B02) 0-1Rook interference!
Maroczy vs Lasker, 1924 
(B02) Alekhine's Defense, 30 moves, 0-1

French Tarrasch. Guimard Def(C03) 0-1Only time BF played 3.Nd2?
Fischer vs Robert E Byrne, 1965 
(C03) French, Tarrasch, 36 moves, 0-1

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

How to Beat Bobby Fischer by Edmar Mednis
Fischer vs Mednis, 1962 
(C18) French, Winawer, 73 moves, 0-1

#24 in Lombardy's 1972
Fischer vs V Kovacevic, 1970 
(C15) French, Winawer, 30 moves, 0-1

Pseudo-English vs French Def (C00) 1-0 Rook EG has a passer
K G Shirazi vs T Louis, 2012
(C00) French Defense, 32 moves, 1-0

French Defense: King's Indian Attack (C00) 1-0 Sac Smack
B Amin vs T Batchuluun, 2001 
(C00) French Defense, 27 moves, 1-0

French, Horwitz Attack. Papa-Ticulat Gambit (C00) 1-0 Declined
G Krauss vs R Larson, 1949
(C00) French Defense, 28 moves, 1-0

French Exchange Var (C01) 0-1 Terrific rook play by Black
F Ynojosa Aponte vs N Pert, 2008 
(C01) French, Exchange, 66 moves, 0-1

French Defense: Exchange (C01) 1-0 Q+ removes defender
J Mieses vs Harmonist, 1889 
(C01) French, Exchange, 32 moves, 1-0

French Defense: Advance. Euwe Variation (C02) · 1-0
Y Marrero Lopez vs A Perez, 2005 
(C02) French, Advance, 37 moves, 1-0

French Defense: Advance Variation. Nimzowitsch System (C02) 0-1
Keres vs Euwe, 1936 
(C02) French, Advance, 31 moves, 0-1

French Defense: Advance Var. Ruisdonk Gambit (C02) 1/2-1/2
R Skrobek vs Uhlmann, 1983
(C02) French, Advance, 53 moves, 1/2-1/2

French Advance, Milner-Barry Gambit (C02)1-0 Stunning sacs
F A Foulds vs Lang, 1956 
(C02) French, Advance, 20 moves, 1-0

French Advance Paulsen Attack (C02) 1/2-1/2 Queenside exchanges
I Golyak vs A Levina, 2001
(C02) French, Advance, 19 moves, 1/2-1/2

21...Rxf2+ is the start of a mating combination with Q,B
D Kagramanov vs S Ernst, 2007 
(C02) French, Advance, 25 moves, 0-1

The Sorcerer's Apprentice by David Bronstein, Game 44
Bronstein vs B A Zlotnik, 1978 
(C03) French, Tarrasch, 37 moves, 1-0

White is threatening mate and the LPDO knight
Tal vs Vaganian, 1973 
(C04) French, Tarrasch, Guimard Main line, 12 moves, 1-0

French Tarrasch Guimard Def Main Line (C04) 1-0 She forked 'em
I E Morovic-Fernandez vs Beliavsky, 1985 
(C04) French, Tarrasch, Guimard Main line, 36 moves, 1-0

French Def. Tarrasch. Closed Var (C05) 0-1 Black's Greek Gift
W Bialas vs Uhlmann, 1951 
(C05) French, Tarrasch, 23 moves, 0-1

French Tarrasch. Closed Var (C05) 1-0 The Immortal Pinning Game
Korchnoi vs Udovcic, 1967 
(C05) French, Tarrasch, 31 moves, 1-0

Tal sacrifices three minor pieces for mate
Tal vs Salnikov, 1970 
(C05) French, Tarrasch, 16 moves, 1-0

French Tarrasch. Closed Var (C05) 0-1 Pin, # threat, Remove Def
F Maldonado vs B Macias Murillo, 2009 
(C05) French, Tarrasch, 34 moves, 0-1

French Defense: Tarrasch. Botvinnik Var (C05) 0-1 Reverberation
J B Bednarski vs Petrosian, 1968 
(C05) French, Tarrasch, 30 moves, 0-1

French, Tarrasch. Closed Var (C05) 1-0 Kingside attack
M Calzetta vs J Villena Perez, 2005
(C05) French, Tarrasch, 16 moves, 1-0

French Defense: Tarrasch. Closed Var (C05) 0-1 Exchange Sac
D Rovner vs Tal, 1955 
(C05) French, Tarrasch, 26 moves, 0-1

French Tarrasch. Closed Var (C05) 1/2-1/2 Stalemate Swindle
Adams vs V I Dimitrov, 1993 
(C05) French, Tarrasch, 69 moves, 1/2-1/2

One of the more incredible modern miniatures
Tal vs Uhlmann, 1971 
(C07) French, Tarrasch, 19 moves, 1-0

The Hague/Moscow World Championship Game #12
Keres vs Botvinnik, 1948 
(C07) French, Tarrasch, 72 moves, 0-1

French Tarrasch Chistyakov Def Modern Line (C07) 0-1 Open files
Kotronias vs Kramnik, 1992 
(C07) French, Tarrasch, 40 moves, 0-1

French, Tarrasch Variation. Chistyakov Defense (C07) 0-1 K walk
D Howell vs J Levitt, 2005 
(C07) French, Tarrasch, 47 moves, 0-1

French Defense: Tarrasch Open System ML (C09) 1-0 Almost equal
S Kindermann vs W Schmidt, 1984
(C09) French, Tarrasch, Open Variation, Main line, 37 moves, 1-0

French Rubinstein (C10) 1-0 Another fatal Nge7 w/Greek Gift
K Blom vs Niels Jensen, 1934 
(C10) French, 9 moves, 1-0

Both Black knights are pinned
Tal vs M Strelkov, 1949 
(C10) French, 16 moves, 1-0

Moves 14, 15 double knight sacs on f7 gets Black's best effort
Jansa vs P Troeger, 1961 
(C10) French, 70 moves, 1-0

French Rubinstein (C10) 1-0 Miniature: = PM's Opera House Game
Najdorf vs Gliksberg, 1929 
(C10) French, 21 moves, 1-0

French, Normal Variation (C10) 1-0 Fianchetto creates weakness
A Kinoshita vs D Jegaden, 2008 
(C10) French, 7 moves, 1-0

Franco-Sicilian Def: Marshall Gambit (C10) 1-0 Qside Discovery+
B Wall vs J Lippert, 1980 
(C10) French, 8 moves, 1-0

TC10) French Defense: Rubinstein (C10) 0-1 Seize open lines
J Klavins vs Tal, 1949 
(C10) French, 18 moves, 0-1

French Rubinstein Blackburne Def(C10) 1-0R decoy sac wins a P
Anand vs N Sulava, 2004 
(C10) French, 17 moves, 1-0

French Rubinstein. Kasparov Attack(C10) 1-0Sac attack, Q on 7th
W So vs Akobian, 2016 
(C10) French, 24 moves, 1-0

French Rubinstein Blackburne Def (C10) 1-0 Reinfeld # puzzle
Spielmann vs L'Hermet, 1927 
(C10) French, 24 moves, 1-0

French Burn Var (C11) 1-0 Rooks gain time and climb like a vine
Varavin vs V M Kozlov, 2002 
(C11) French, 22 moves, 1-0

Powerful opposite-colored bishop attacking w/maurading Q
Judit Polgar vs Bareev, 2001 
(C11) French, 28 moves, 0-1

Knapping Ne6 is a problem
Ivanchuk vs Morozevich, 1996 
(C11) French, 34 moves, 1-0

Fantastic double sacrifice
E Berg vs Bareev, 2005 
(C11) French, 32 moves, 1-0

White is sealed off, long game
Chigorin vs E Delmar, 1889 
(C11) French, 135 moves, 0-1

Burn Variation Main Line (C11) 0-1 Aggressive game; Dbl R Sac
Leko vs Shirov, 2000
(C11) French, 44 moves, 0-1

French Defense: Steinitz. Boleslavsky Variation (C11) · 0-1
Kasparov vs Radjabov, 2003 
(C11) French, 39 moves, 0-1

French Defense: Steinitz Variation (C11) · 1/2-1/2
Kasparov vs Radjabov, 2002 
(C11) French, 78 moves, 1/2-1/2

French: Steinitz. Boleslavsky Var (C11) 1-0 Pawn phalanx
S Melia vs G Pogosian, 2014 
(C11) French, 35 moves, 1-0

French: Steinitz. Boleslavsky Var (C11) 1-0 Pawn phalanx
Areshchenko vs B Savchenko, 2014
(C11) French, 41 moves, 1-0

French: Steinitz. Boleslavsky Var (C11) 1-0 Pawn phalanx
Z Andriasian vs R Oganisian, 2014 
(C11) French, 33 moves, 1-0

French Burn, Morozevich Line (C11) 1-0 Black doesn't castle
Kotov vs Kalmanok, 1936 
(C11) French, 22 moves, 1-0

French Defense: Steinitz Var (C11) 1-0 Rf6 Alekhine's Block
Anand vs Bareev, 1993 
(C11) French, 31 moves, 1-0

French Def. Steinitz. Boleslavsky (C11) 1/2- 1Rook vs 3Pawns
Anand vs Shirov, 2001 
(C11) French, 68 moves, 1/2-1/2

French Defense: Steinitz. Boleslavsky (C11) 0-1 Build a bridge
R Pruijssers vs Holzke, 2009
(C11) French, 80 moves, 0-1

FR, ClassicalRichter Attack (C13) 1-0 Dbl N sacs followed by +s
Anderssen vs K Pitschel, 1872 
(C13) French, 30 moves, 1-0

Efim Bogoljubov (1889-1952)
Bogoljubov vs NN, 1952 
(C13) French, 12 moves, 1-0

FR Alekhine-Chatard Attack. Breyer Var (C13) 1-0 Exchange up
I Golyak vs J Sarkar, 1997
(C13) French, 43 moves, 1-0

Both queens penetrate the opposition
Browne vs A Taha, 1972 
(C14) French, Classical, 30 moves, 0-1

French Classical. Steinitz Var (C14) 0-1 Get the Q in close
G Szabo vs B Miljanic, 2001 
(C14) French, Classical, 32 moves, 0-1

French Classical. Rubinstein Variation (C14) 1-0 Capa is losing
Capablanca vs P Gotay, 1934 
(C14) French, Classical, 58 moves, 1-0

French Def. Classical. Steinitz (C14) 1-0 Exchanges blow up
L Steiner vs Purdy, 1946
(C14) French, Classical, 32 moves, 1-0

French Defense: Winawer (C15) 0-1 A lovely shot!
J Barle vs I Jelen, 1979 
(C15) French, Winawer, 30 moves, 0-1

French Winawer. Positional Var (C19) 0-1 Minors rule
Lilienthal vs Ragozin, 1944 
(C19) French, Winawer, Advance, 30 moves, 0-1

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Nakamura vs I Ibragimov, 2004 
(C02) French, Advance, 66 moves, 1-0

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