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French: Instructive Games Compilation
Compiled by fredthebear
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Study of offbeat lines of Advance, Tarrasch, Winawer and Exchange Variations. The first collection of 30 games was compiled by geordieray. Thank you geordieray!

RedHawk provided 7 games by Bobby Fischer against the French Winawer. Thank you RedHawk!

Also included are 7 games of the French Defense Compiled by Danoboston. Danoboston shows the MacCutcheon variation. Thank you Danoboston!

The Steinitz Variation : 1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.e5 Nfd7 5.f4 c5 6. Nf3 Nc6 7. Be3 was Compiled by hailaer. Thank you hailaer!

Some endgames worth examining are at the bottom of the list.

* 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

* World plays the French by ughaibu (54 games)
Game Collection: World champions play the French

C18 0-1 25
G Vescovi vs A Rodriguez Vila, 2005
(C18) French, Winawer, 25 moves, 0-1

C18 0-1 35
K Arakhamia-Grant vs M Socko, 2002
(C18) French, Winawer, 35 moves, 0-1

C18 0-1 26
R Hungaski vs A Rodriguez Vila, 2005
(C18) French, Winawer, 26 moves, 0-1

C03 0-1 39
S Paridar vs Y Xu, 2007
(C03) French, Tarrasch, 39 moves, 0-1

C15 0-1 20
Anastasian vs Lputian, 2008
(C15) French, Winawer, 20 moves, 0-1

C18 0-1 31
Yurtaev vs Lputian, 1981
(C18) French, Winawer, 31 moves, 0-1

C18 0-1 33
Zsofia Polgar vs Lputian, 1991
(C18) French, Winawer, 33 moves, 0-1

C17 0-1 32
Z Byambaa vs Lputian, 2004
(C17) French, Winawer, Advance, 32 moves, 0-1

C11 0-1 49
T Kosintseva vs Y Xu, 2006
(C11) French, 49 moves, 0-1

C11 0-1 22
O Strobl vs J Krejcik, 1921
(C11) French, 22 moves, 0-1

C00 0-1 37
J Docena vs Qi Guo, 2009
(C00) French Defense, 37 moves, 0-1

C01 0-1 63
Hoang Thi Bao Tram vs Yifan Hou, 2008
(C01) French, Exchange, 63 moves, 0-1

C01 0-1 25
Opocensky vs Alekhine, 1925 
(C01) French, Exchange, 25 moves, 0-1

C01 0-1 21
Strande vs Nimzowitsch, 1925 
(C01) French, Exchange, 21 moves, 0-1

C00 0-1 27
Xu Tong vs Zhang Xiaowen, 2009 
(C00) French Defense, 27 moves, 0-1

C01 0-1 27
N Pavlov-Pianov vs Alekhine, 1920 
(C01) French, Exchange, 27 moves, 0-1

C01 0-1 20
M Elyashiv vs Alekhine, 1909 
(C01) French, Exchange, 20 moves, 0-1

C01 0-1 24
C Hovind vs Alekhine, 1930 
(C01) French, Exchange, 24 moves, 0-1

C01 0-1 27
V Goldfarb vs Alekhine, 1909 
(C01) French, Exchange, 27 moves, 0-1

C01 0-1 26
E Isaksen vs A Hobber, 2006
(C01) French, Exchange, 26 moves, 0-1

C01 0-1 34
A Elarbi vs E Berg, 2004
(C01) French, Exchange, 34 moves, 0-1

C01 0-1 60
Kmoch vs Tarrasch, 1922
(C01) French, Exchange, 60 moves, 0-1

C01 0-1 36
F Eid vs H Hamdouchi, 2006
(C01) French, Exchange, 36 moves, 0-1

C01 0-1 66
F Ynojosa Aponte vs N Pert, 2008 
(C01) French, Exchange, 66 moves, 0-1

French Exchange (C01) 0-1 Munching Ps is fattening
C Vinas Guerrero vs R Dimitrov, 2008 
(C01) French, Exchange, 46 moves, 0-1

French Exchange (C01) 0-1 Good notes on lurking tactics
M Boyarchenko vs N Aginian, 2008 
(C01) French, Exchange, 21 moves, 0-1

French Exchange (C01) 0-1 Squeeze play on White Q
S Bismuth vs A Zatonskih, 2006
(C01) French, Exchange, 21 moves, 0-1

French Exchange (C01) 0-1 Black declines Greek Gift
E Riera Morilla vs A Rodriguez Vila, 2006
(C01) French, Exchange, 27 moves, 0-1

French Defense: Exchange (C01) 0-1
Galego vs A Rodriguez Vila, 2004 
(C01) French, Exchange, 43 moves, 0-1

French Defense: Two Knights (C00) 0-1
J Gunnarsson vs A Riazantsev, 2011
(C00) French Defense, 38 moves, 0-1

French Winawer. Retreat Variation Armenian Line (C18) 1/2-Photo
Fischer vs Tal, 1960 
(C18) French, Winawer, 21 moves, 1/2-1/2

Uhlmann: Winning with French, Game 22
Fischer vs Uhlmann, 1960 
(C19) French, Winawer, Advance, 42 moves, 0-1

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

BF: Only world champ since Steinitz who has not used the French
Fischer vs Korchnoi, 1970 
(C19) French, Winawer, Advance, 55 moves, 0-1

Simple and impressive victory by BF. Harmonious, step-by-step
Fischer vs S Schweber, 1970 
(C18) French, Winawer, 47 moves, 1-0

Fischer crushes his opening enemy _ the Winawer_ for good
Fischer vs Larsen, 1971 
(C19) French, Winawer, Advance, 41 moves, 1-0

KIA e5, Qe2 vs French (A08) 1-0 Pawns expand, tactical MG
Fischer vs U Geller, 1968 
(A07) King's Indian Attack, 32 moves, 1-0

Compiled by Danoboston
J F Mata Gonzalez vs Akobian, 2005 
(C02) French, Advance, 35 moves, 0-1

French McCutcheon. Duras Var (C12) 1-0 He played on
O Chajes vs Capablanca, 1916 
(C12) French, McCutcheon, 66 moves, 1-0

MacCutcheon with Be3 - Var wins with black - knights!
Mulyar vs Akobian, 2003 
(C12) French, McCutcheon, 43 moves, 0-1

French Advance. Main Line (C02) 0-1 Annotated by winner
Shabalov vs Akobian, 2004 
(C02) French, Advance, 41 moves, 0-1

French McCutcheon. Lasker Var (C12) 0-1 Castle opposite
P Coupet vs Akobian, 2006
(C12) French, McCutcheon, 39 moves, 0-1

French McCutcheon. Lasker Var (C12) 1/2-Starting Out book, G46
Sutovsky vs D Zifroni, 2000 
(C12) French, McCutcheon, 27 moves, 1/2-1/2

French Steinitz. Boleslavsky Var (C11) 0-1 Castle opposite
M Burrows vs Akobian, 2017 
(C11) French, 30 moves, 0-1

French Steinitz. Boleslavsky Var (C11) 0-1 Castle opposite
K Yang vs Akobian, 2015
(C11) French, 43 moves, 0-1

French Def. Steinitz. Boleslavsky (C11) 1-0 b2 pawn sacrifices
I Kurnosov vs D Andreikin, 2012
(C11) French, 55 moves, 1-0

Black sacrifies a piece for 3 pawns
Karjakin vs D Andreikin, 2010
(C11) French, 40 moves, 0-1

Black sacrifies a piece for 3 pawns
Korchnoi vs Gurgenidze, 1967 
(C11) French, 25 moves, 1-0

Game 53 'The Greatest Ever Chess Opening Ideas' by C. Scheerer.
Kramnik vs Radjabov, 2003 
(C11) French, 36 moves, 1-0

French Def. Steinitz. Boleslavsky (C11) 1-0 R pair ending
Shirov vs Radjabov, 2004
(C11) French, 52 moves, 1-0

French Def. Steinitz. Boleslavsky (C11) 1-0 Central battle
Bologan vs T Luther, 2007 
(C11) French, 39 moves, 0-1

French Steinitz. Boleslavsky (C11) 1-0First 15 moves are theory
Anand vs Dreev, 1991 
(C11) French, 41 moves, 1-0

French Steinitz. Boleslavsky (C11) 1-0 Black's holds Kside def
K Mokry vs O Bruk, 1989
(C11) French, 42 moves, 1/2-1/2

French Steinitz. Boleslavsky (C11) 1-0 youtube analysis
Karjakin vs B Adhiban, 2017 
(C11) French, 31 moves, 0-1

Franco-Sicilian Def: Marshall Gambit (C10) 1-0 Qside Discovery+
B Wall vs J Lippert, 1980 
(B23) Sicilian, Closed, 8 moves, 1-0

French Defense: Wing Gambit (C00) 1-0 Gambiteer I book
O Salmensuu vs B Lalic, 1999 
(C00) French Defense, 37 moves, 1-0

French Classical. Tartakower delayed b6 (C13) 1-0Gambiteer I bk
Milner-Barry vs J van den Bosch, 1947
(C13) French, 28 moves, 1-0

Zukertort Opening: Sicilian Invitation (A04) 1/2-1/2 B vs N
Topalov vs Anand, 2006 
(A04) Reti Opening, 67 moves, 1/2-1/2

English Opening: Agincourt Def. Keres Def (A14) 1-0
Topalov vs C Hansen, 2000 
(A14) English, 66 moves, 1-0

Game 190 in Boris Spassky's 400 Selected Games
Korchnoi vs Spassky, 1968 
(A14) English, 42 moves, 0-1

Trompowsky Attack - French like (A45) 0-1 B shields the K
K Abdel Razik vs G N Gopal, 2010 
(A45) Queen's Pawn Game, 122 moves, 0-1

Stalemate Avoided: The oldest K&Q vs K mate in the database.
B Kostic vs A Vajda, 1921 
(A46) Queen's Pawn Game, 93 moves, 0-1

Capablanca "Rook on the 7th Rank"--Classic endgame!
Capablanca vs Tartakower, 1924  
(A40) Queen's Pawn Game, 52 moves, 1-0

Horwitz Def. / Dutch Stonewall Bd6 (A80) 0-1 R had more buddies
Alekhine vs H Daly, 1929 
(A40) Queen's Pawn Game, 51 moves, 0-1

Rook + 2 pawns vs. rook + pawn
Steinitz vs Maroczy, 1899 
(A84) Dutch, 70 moves, 1/2-1/2

Endgame mastery: Bishops of the same colour
Van Wely vs Kramnik, 1990 
(A90) Dutch, 63 moves, 0-1

French Defense: La Bourdonnais Var (C00) 1/2-1/2 Guts
McDonnell vs W Fraser, 1831 
(C00) French Defense, 74 moves, 1/2-1/2

French Defense: Knight Variation / Advance 6.Be2 (C00) 0-1
Mohishunder vs Cochrane, 1855 
(C00) French Defense, 61 moves, 0-1

Copycat 10 m Game 80: World's Great Chess Games by Reuben Fine
G Marco vs Maroczy, 1899 
(C01) French, Exchange, 78 moves, 0-1

French Def. Exchange Var (C01) 0-1 Well-played R ending
G Oskam vs Rubinstein, 1906
(C01) French, Exchange, 63 moves, 0-1

French Advance. Paulsen Attack (C02) 1-0 R vs B ending blunder
Nakamura vs I R Ibragimov, 2004 
(C02) French, Advance, 66 moves, 1-0

Black draw despite having two seventh rank pawns vs a rook!
Keres vs E Eliskases, 1938 
(C07) French, Tarrasch, 57 moves, 1/2-1/2

French Def. Classical. Delayed Exchange (C11) 1-0 R vs B
Breyer vs Tarrasch, 1920 
(C11) French, 75 moves, 1-0

The art of the end game, two under-promotions to win!
V Zurakhov vs Koblents, 1956 
(C11) French, 80 moves, 1-0

French Def. McCutcheon. Lasker Var (C12) 1/2-Important R ending
Smyslov vs Bondarevsky, 1940 
(C12) French, McCutcheon, 73 moves, 1/2-1/2

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

QGA. Classical Def. Rubinstein Var (D27) 1-0 Bs last awhile
Jobava vs Ivanchuk, 2008 
(D27) Queen's Gambit Accepted, Classical, 91 moves, 1-0

Rook + 2 pawns vs. Rook + pawn
Pillsbury vs G Marco, 1904
(D30) Queen's Gambit Declined, 62 moves, 1/2-1/2

QGD. Traditional Var (D30) 1-0 Photo/Lasker annotates
Rubinstein vs Lasker, 1909  
(D30) Queen's Gambit Declined, 40 moves, 1-0

G393 of 500 Master Games of Chess by Tartakower & DuMont
Janowski vs Marshall, 1904 
(D32) Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch, 76 moves, 0-1

Tarrasch Defense: Symmetrical (D32) 1-0 Ns trip tried opponents
A Zatonskih vs C Baginskaite, 2014 
(D32) Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch, 103 moves, 1-0

QGD Exchange. Positional (D35) 1-0 Great technique in R ending
Korchnoi vs Karpov, 1978 
(D35) Queen's Gambit Declined, 71 moves, 1-0

QGD. Exchange. Reshevsky Var (D36) 1/2-1/2 Rapid oversight
Dlugy vs F Doettling, 2006 
(D36) Queen's Gambit Declined, Exchange, Positional line, 6.Qc2, 161 moves, 1/2-1/2

Q's Gambit Declined: Harrwitz Attack. ML (D37) 1-0 Black IQP
Carlsen vs Short, 2004 
(D37) Queen's Gambit Declined, 54 moves, 1-0

QGD. Semi-Tarrasch Def. Exchange (D41) 1-0 N vs B
Bologan vs M Roiz, 2004 
(D41) Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch, 53 moves, 1-0

QGD. Modern Var (D50) 1-0 R vs N - Can block stop h-pawn?
Keres vs Levenfish, 1940 
(D50) Queen's Gambit Declined, 80 moves, 1-0

QGD. Orthodox Defense. Botvinnik Var (D60) 1/2-1/2 Rs & Ps EG
Janowski vs H Wolf, 1905 
(D60) Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense, 79 moves, 1/2-1/2

QGD: Orthodox Def. Rubinstein Var (D61) 0-1Notes by Capablanca
Lasker vs Capablanca, 1921  
(D61) Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox, Rubinstein Attack, 68 moves, 0-1

QGD. Orthodox Def. Rubinstein Var (D61) 1-0 Visualize the final
D B Gurevich vs C Hansen, 1986 
(D61) Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox, Rubinstein Attack, 160 moves, 1-0

QGD. Orthodox Def. Rubinstein Var. Flohr (D62) Active R wins
Flohr vs Vidmar, 1936 
(D62) Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox, Rubinstein Attack, 58 moves, 1-0

Like a moth drawn to the fire...tactical slugfest w/Tal
Tal vs Hecht, 1962 
(E12) Queen's Indian, 49 moves, 1-0

Kasparov-Petrosian. Kasparov Attack (E12) 1-0 Squandered
Gelfand vs K Lerner, 1987 
(E12) Queen's Indian, 53 moves, 1-0

QID. Kasparov-Petrosian Var. Marco Def (E12) 1-0 Connected Ps
Antoshin vs Karpov, 1967 
(E12) Queen's Indian, 38 moves, 1-0

QID Spassky System (E14) 0-1 Interesting ending
Vaganian vs Karpov, 1969 
(E14) Queen's Indian, 54 moves, 0-1

Queen's Indian Defense: Spassky System (E14) 1-0 Ns ending
Kotov vs Reshevsky, 1953 
(E14) Queen's Indian, 67 moves, 1-0

Black's pawn builds a Lucena Position.
Kasparov vs Karpov, 1984 
(E15) Queen's Indian, 70 moves, 0-1

QID. Fianchetto Traditional (E15) 0-1 Pawn breakthrough
F Cruz vs Seirawan, 1994 
(E15) Queen's Indian, 61 moves, 0-1

Karpov gives yet another opposite-colored bishops ending clinic
B V Alterman vs Karpov, 1995 
(E15) Queen's Indian, 56 moves, 0-1

QID. Fianchetto. Nimzowitsch Var. Quiet Line (E15) 0-1 Escort
E Khaludrov vs Savon, 1992
(E15) Queen's Indian, 42 moves, 0-1

QID. Fianchetto. Nimzowitsch Var. Timman's Line (E15) 0-1Roller
Shirov vs Gelfand, 2009 
(E15) Queen's Indian, 40 moves, 0-1

QID. Capablanca Var (E16) 1-0 Ns rule closed positions
Capablanca vs Ravinsky, 1935 
(E16) Queen's Indian, 80 moves, 1-0

Nimzo-Indian Def. Saemisch. Accelerated (E24) 1-0Outfoxed self
Alekhine vs M Fox, 1929 
(E24) Nimzo-Indian, Samisch, 90 moves, 1-0

The King is a fighting piece - use it! - Wilhelm Steinitz
Lilienthal vs Smyslov, 1941 
(E32) Nimzo-Indian, Classical, 35 moves, 1/2-1/2

Nimzo-Indian Def. Classical Var (E32) 1/2-1/2 "Rook in front"
F Vallejo Pons vs Ponomariov, 2006 
(E32) Nimzo-Indian, Classical, 56 moves, 1/2-1/2

NID. Normal. Bronstein (Byrne) Var (E45) 0-1 N Sac/Overworked B
H MacGrillen vs Keene, 1968 
(E45) Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Bronstein (Byrne) Variation, 61 moves, 0-1

Nimzo-Indian Defense: Normal Var (E46) 1/2-Where was the win?
Reshevsky vs Alekhine, 1938 
(E46) Nimzo-Indian, 63 moves, 1/2-1/2

Nimzo-Indian Defense: Ragozin Def (E46) 1/2-1/2 SCB ending
Taimanov vs Fischer, 1960 
(E46) Nimzo-Indian, 87 moves, 1/2-1/2

French Def: 2.g3 Reti-Spielmann Attack (C00) 0-1 Mutal N sacs
Riumin vs Rauzer, 1929 
(C00) French Defense, 26 moves, 0-1

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