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Französisch Verzögerte Abtauschvariante
Compiled by Beachy

Auswahl kommentierter Partien der Winawer-Variante 1. e4 e6, 2. d4 d5, 3. Sc3 Lb4
mit nachherigem Abtausch 4. exd5 usw.

The first French Winawer, played by Winawer himself
Steinitz vs Winawer, 1867 
(C01) French, Exchange, 28 moves, 1-0

Game annotated by J. H. Blackburne
R Wormald vs Blackburne, 1869  
(C01) French, Exchange, 47 moves, 0-1

Black has been in trouble since the early opening
Blackburne vs A Schwarz, 1873 
(C01) French, Exchange, 33 moves, 1-0

7...h6 the losing move?
Blackburne vs Ford, 1877 
(C01) French, Exchange, 27 moves, 1-0

Why didn't Blackburne play 17.Qh6 instead of Qg5?
Blackburne vs West, 1885 
(C01) French, Exchange, 21 moves, 1-0

5...Nf6 looks dubious to me
Alekhine vs Yates, 1926 
(C01) French, Exchange, 56 moves, 1-0

An early f3 after ...Bg4 is not uncommon even these days
Yates vs Nimzowitsch, 1926 
(C01) French, Exchange, 46 moves, 0-1

Nimzowitsch probably moved the other rook on move 12
Marshall vs Nimzowitsch, 1927 
(C01) French, Exchange, 48 moves, 1/2-1/2

White was worse until 25...Rxd4
G A Thomas vs G Nagy, 1927 
(C01) French, Exchange, 34 moves, 1-0

A historic earthquake in the pantheon of the chess greats
Capablanca vs Alekhine, 1927 
(C01) French, Exchange, 43 moves, 0-1

13...Nf6 would have led to another game
P Limbos vs Klausner, 1929 
(C01) French, Exchange, 22 moves, 1-0

8…Ba5 might have been better
Ilyin-Zhenevsky vs Botvinnik, 1930 
(C01) French, Exchange, 41 moves, 0-1

Game annotated by Raymond Keene
N Mannheimer vs Nimzowitsch, 1930  
(C01) French, Exchange, 44 moves, 0-1

This is a rather interesting positional game
I Rabinovich vs Botvinnik, 1932 
(C01) French, Exchange, 61 moves, 0-1

a move like 12....h4 shows me a deep intuitive understanding
E G Sergeant vs Capablanca, 1935 
(C01) French, Exchange, 37 moves, 0-1

A monster (black) knight versus a bad bishop
O Bernstein vs Bronstein, 1954 
(C01) French, Exchange, 46 moves, 0-1

Sliwa makes a bid for a brilliancy with 17.Qh6.
Sliwa vs Botvinnik, 1956 
(C01) French, Exchange, 45 moves, 0-1

White black squares weakness was perceivable from move 14
I Nei vs Bronstein, 1960 
(C01) French, Exchange, 55 moves, 0-1

This variation tends to be underestimated by players of Black
M Czerniak vs Hartston, 1966 
(C01) French, Exchange, 24 moves, 1-0

In this game Black moves his king's bishop around a lot
F J Sanz Alonso vs S Mariotti, 1978 
(C01) French, Exchange, 31 moves, 0-1

Here Q+N vs Q+B after 39... Qxg7
Miles vs Korchnoi, 1979 
(C01) French, Exchange, 53 moves, 0-1

I would however prefer the white position after <15.Qg4>.
P Large vs Adams, 1989 
(C01) French, Exchange, 29 moves, 0-1

Why not 5...c5?
Korchnoi vs Vaganian, 1989 
(C01) French, Exchange, 62 moves, 1-0

J Romo vs A Ziegler, 1993 
(C01) French, Exchange, 16 moves, 1-0

Who knew the Exchange Variation was so badass?
Short vs Beliavsky, 1995 
(C01) French, Exchange, 18 moves, 1-0

It looks like White has quite an advantage there after 5 Bd3
K Mueller vs Uhlmann, 2001 
(C01) French, Exchange, 24 moves, 1-0

9. Bg5 seemed necessary
C Burgos Figueroa vs C Juarez Flores, 2001 
(C01) French, Exchange, 34 moves, 0-1

black's blockading knights on e4 and c4 completely dominate
A Druckenthaner vs S Kindermann, 2002 
(C01) French, Exchange, 21 moves, 0-1

5. ...c6 is more solid
O Brendel vs Yusupov, 2002 
(C01) French, Exchange, 33 moves, 0-1

the French Exchange (delayed) variation is full of fireworks
V Belov vs B Sambuev, 2003 
(C01) French, Exchange, 35 moves, 1/2-1/2

6. Qf3 ; Nikolay Minev writes this is a variation worthy
J Moreno Carnero vs Ivanchuk, 2004 
(C01) French, Exchange, 50 moves, 0-1

The two bishops appear to be worth a pawn.
Fressinet vs Ponomariov, 2005 
(C01) French, Exchange, 44 moves, 1/2-1/2

All those French games are no good for me
M Lubbe vs A Wilson, 2007 
(C01) French, Exchange, 27 moves, 1-0

What a strong knight pair in this game for black!
S Thavandiran vs B Sambuev, 2007 
(C01) French, Exchange, 36 moves, 0-1

12. Ne2 followed by c3 looks better
Ivanchuk vs W So, 2009 
(C01) French, Exchange, 39 moves, 0-1

I wonder if white missed the fork with 15. Nb5
P Stoma vs M Goslawski, 2010 
(C01) French, Exchange, 23 moves, 0-1

14..d4 may be worth a try
G Mammadova vs D E Cori Tello, 2010 
(C01) French, Exchange, 35 moves, 1-0

9.0-0 0-0 10.Nf4 is good for white
S Bergsson vs Pelletier, 2011 
(C01) French, Exchange, 24 moves, 0-1

Was 11...Bxe2 better, dumping the LSB while Black can?
Ivan Popov vs Vitiugov, 2012 
(C01) French, Exchange, 62 moves, 1-0

What´s wrong with 13...c6?
Fressinet vs Tkachiev, 2012 
(C01) French, Exchange, 34 moves, 1-0

Black's KB was misplaced after 4.ed ed
Carlsen vs F Vallejo Pons, 2012 
(C01) French, Exchange, 43 moves, 1-0

Black was effectively lost by move 16
Negi vs R Soffer, 2012 
(C01) French, Exchange, 33 moves, 1-0

a rare motif: a cross-pin!
J Smeets vs Naiditsch, 2013 
(C01) French, Exchange, 35 moves, 0-1

White threatens 14. Qh5+ Kd7 15.Qg4+ and Qxg7
R Rapport vs E Nakar, 2015 
(C01) French, Exchange, 26 moves, 1-0

Instead of 15 Bg3, 15 Nd1 frees White's c pawn without delay
Anand vs Caruana, 2016 
(C01) French, Exchange, 45 moves, 1/2-1/2

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