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Ideas In The French Defense
Compiled by oao2102
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Sacrificing the Center for Mobility
Fischer vs Larsen, 1971 
(C19) French, Winawer, Advance, 41 moves, 1-0

Tarrasch, Guimard Line h4, Rh3
Kasparov vs O Vasilchenko, 1973 
(C03) French, Tarrasch, 40 moves, 1-0

KIA: Knight sac on g5 to open the h-file
Kasparov vs B Kantsler, 1975 
(A07) King's Indian Attack, 32 moves, 1-0

Nezhmetdinov vs S Pimenov, 1936 
(C13) French, 31 moves, 1-0

Qxe7 in the Alekhine for central domination
Bronstein vs Stahlberg, 1950 
(C13) French, 46 moves, 0-1

Alekhine-Chatard, Teichmann Var.
Panov vs M Yudovich Sr., 1937 
(C13) French, 26 moves, 0-1

mobilizing the pawn center
Kasparov vs C Tambasco, 2004 
(C05) French, Tarrasch, 29 moves, 1-0

Kasparov vs Ivanchuk, 1998 
(C11) French, 72 moves, 1/2-1/2

Vogt vs Uhlmann, 1974 
(C09) French, Tarrasch, Open Variation, Main line, 48 moves, 0-1

Bogoljubov vs Alekhine, 1942  
(C13) French, 42 moves, 1-0

Bogoljubov vs Reti, 1923 
(C11) French, 42 moves, 0-1

A Fritz vs J Mason, 1883  
(C13) French, 21 moves, 1-0

Blackburne vs NN, 1894  
(C13) French, 17 moves, 1-0

Alekhine vs A Asgeirsson, 1931 
(C13) French, 25 moves, 1-0

Sax vs V Tukmakov, 2001 
(C07) French, Tarrasch, 30 moves, 0-1

Keres vs Botvinnik, 1948 
(C07) French, Tarrasch, 72 moves, 0-1

Fritz vs Kasparov, 1992 
(C07) French, Tarrasch, 69 moves, 1/2-1/2

A Kornev vs S Volkov, 2003 
(C07) French, Tarrasch, 36 moves, 0-1

T C Fox vs Keene, 1962 
(C07) French, Tarrasch, 38 moves, 0-1

G Barnes vs Yanofsky, 1951 
(C13) French, 25 moves, 0-1

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

Kramnik vs Radjabov, 2003 
(C11) French, 36 moves, 1-0

Hromadka vs Flohr, 1927 
(C07) French, Tarrasch, 26 moves, 0-1

Judit Polgar vs Morozevich, 2000 
(C11) French, 36 moves, 0-1

Nimzowitsch vs Salwe, 1911  
(C02) French, Advance, 39 moves, 1-0

6...cxd4! -Tarrasch
Paulsen vs Tarrasch, 1888 
(C02) French, Advance, 62 moves, 0-1

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

Fischer vs Tal, 1960 
(C18) French, Winawer, 21 moves, 1/2-1/2

Svidler vs I Nepomniachtchi, 2006 
(C03) French, Tarrasch, 73 moves, 1-0

E Corzo vs Capablanca, 1902 
(C10) French, 36 moves, 0-1

Nimzowitsch vs Capablanca, 1911 
(C00) French Defense, 33 moves, 0-1

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

E G Sergeant vs Capablanca, 1935 
(C01) French, Exchange, 37 moves, 0-1

Alekhine vs Capablanca, 1938 
(C05) French, Tarrasch, 35 moves, 1-0

Keres vs Capablanca, 1938 
(C09) French, Tarrasch, Open Variation, Main line, 38 moves, 1-0

6...Qe7?!
Panov vs Bondarevsky, 1937 
(C09) French, Tarrasch, Open Variation, Main line, 30 moves, 0-1

Tal vs A Zaitsev, 1969 
(C09) French, Tarrasch, Open Variation, Main line, 21 moves, 1-0

Bogoljubow Variation
Fine vs Capablanca, 1938 
(C17) French, Winawer, Advance, 44 moves, 1/2-1/2

4...h6?!
Capablanca vs Alekhine, 1914 
(C11) French, 45 moves, 1-0

7. Qd2 (Rubinstein Variation)
Capablanca vs Reti, 1924 
(C14) French, Classical, 36 moves, 1-0

7...Qa5
Topalov vs Ponomariov, 2003 
(C18) French, Winawer, 58 moves, 0-1

12. h3 preparing for a king-side pawn advance
Robert E Byrne vs Uhlmann, 1968
(C18) French, Winawer, 45 moves, 1-0

Spassky vs Korchnoi, 1977 
(C18) French, Winawer, 40 moves, 0-1

Bronstein vs Uhlmann, 1977 
(C18) French, Winawer, 30 moves, 0-1

7. Qg4 cxd4 8. Qxg7 Rg8 9. Qxh7 Qa5?!
Short vs Timman, 1988 
(C18) French, Winawer, 26 moves, 1-0

7. Qg4 cxd4 8. Qxg7 Rg8 9. Qxh7 Qa5?!
C H Alexander vs Botvinnik, 1946 
(C18) French, Winawer, 41 moves, 1-0

Karjakin vs Ni Hua, 2005 
(C18) French, Winawer, 44 moves, 0-1

Winawer, Poisoned Pawn, Main Line 13. Nxc3 a6 14. Ne2
Short vs J Nogueiras, 1989
(C18) French, Winawer, 72 moves, 1-0

Winawer, Poisoned Pawn, Main Line 13. Nxc3 a6 14. Rb1
Korchnoi vs J Nogueiras, 1988
(C18) French, Winawer, 38 moves, 1-0

Winawer, Poisoned Pawn, Main Line 13. Nxc3 a6 14. Rb1
Karpov vs J Nogueiras, 1988 
(C18) French, Winawer, 52 moves, 1-0

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

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

Tal vs Botvinnik, 1961 
(C18) French, Winawer, 41 moves, 1-0

Tal vs Petrosian, 1957 
(C18) French, Winawer, 51 moves, 1-0

Tal vs Korchnoi, 1958 
(C18) French, Winawer, 35 moves, 0-1

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

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

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

Winawer, Petrosian Variation
Tal vs Vaganian, 1988 
(C16) French, Winawer, 48 moves, 1-0

Tal vs J A Grefe, 1991 
(C18) French, Winawer, 36 moves, 1-0

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

Petrosian var.
Fischer vs Bisguier, 1957 
(C16) French, Winawer, 41 moves, 1-0

Smyslov Variation
Fischer vs K Darga, 1960 
(C19) French, Winawer, Advance, 30 moves, 1-0

Smyslov Variation
Fischer vs J Sherwin, 1960 
(C19) French, Winawer, Advance, 40 moves, 1-0

Smyslov var.
Fischer vs Uhlmann, 1960 
(C19) French, Winawer, Advance, 42 moves, 0-1

Smyslov var.
Fischer vs Uhlmann, 1962 
(C19) French, Winawer, Advance, 32 moves, 1/2-1/2

4. a3
Fischer vs Uhlmann, 1970  
(C15) French, Winawer, 29 moves, 1-0

Positional approach with early a4
Fischer vs S Schweber, 1970 
(C18) French, Winawer, 47 moves, 1-0

protecting the pawn on a4
Fischer vs Petrosian, 1970  
(C18) French, Winawer, 41 moves, 1-0

another 4...b6 5...Bf8
Fischer vs Bronstein, 1970  
(C16) French, Winawer, 47 moves, 1/2-1/2

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

4. a3
Fischer vs Uhlmann, 1970 
(C15) French, Winawer, 31 moves, 1-0

4. Bd3 c5 5. exd5 qxd5 6. Bd2 (Kondratiyev Variation)
Geller vs Petrosian, 1953 
(C15) French, Winawer, 26 moves, 0-1

7. Qg4 Nf5 8. Bd3 h5
P Dubinin vs Petrosian, 1950 
(C18) French, Winawer, 46 moves, 0-1

Bogoljubow var.
V Liublinsky vs Petrosian, 1950 
(C17) French, Winawer, Advance, 41 moves, 0-1

4...b6 5...Bf8 w/ ...Qd7
Chistiakov vs Petrosian, 1956 
(C16) French, Winawer, 29 moves, 0-1

Bogoljubow var.
Y Sakharov vs Petrosian, 1957 
(C17) French, Winawer, Advance, 42 moves, 0-1

Petrosian variation
Y Sakharov vs Petrosian, 1956 
(C16) French, Winawer, 42 moves, 0-1

7. Qg4 f5 8. Qg3 Ne7 9. Qxg7 Rg8
Gligoric vs Petrosian, 1959 
(C18) French, Winawer, 41 moves, 1/2-1/2

7. Qg4 Nf5 8. Bd3 h5
Stein vs Petrosian, 1961 
(C18) French, Winawer, 26 moves, 1-0

Petrosian Variation
F Olafsson vs Petrosian, 1961 
(C16) French, Winawer, 32 moves, 0-1

Petrosian variation
Geller vs Petrosian, 1963 
(C16) French, Winawer, 42 moves, 1-0

more ...b6 ...Bf8 this time versus f4 Nf3
J Kupper vs Petrosian, 1967 
(C16) French, Winawer, 43 moves, 0-1

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

...b6 ...Bf8 ...Qd7
R Bogdanovic vs Petrosian, 1972 
(C16) French, Winawer, 37 moves, 0-1

Spassky vs Petrosian, 1974 
(C16) French, Winawer, 47 moves, 1/2-1/2

Tseshkovsky vs Petrosian, 1976 
(C16) French, Winawer, 30 moves, 0-1

Alekhine gambit
Bronstein vs Petrosian, 1978 
(C15) French, Winawer, 41 moves, 1-0

Beliavsky vs Petrosian, 1981 
(C16) French, Winawer, 77 moves, 1-0

D H Campora vs Petrosian, 1981 
(C15) French, Winawer, 35 moves, 0-1

...b6 Qg4 Ng6
Ivkov vs Robert E Byrne, 1962 
(C16) French, Winawer, 55 moves, 1-0

6...b6 7. Qg4 Ng6
Ivkov vs Robert E Byrne, 1966 
(C16) French, Winawer, 20 moves, 1-0

Kavalek vs Robert E Byrne, 1967
(C16) French, Winawer, 28 moves, 0-1

6...Qc7 7. Nf3 Ne7 8. a4 b6
Stein vs Robert E Byrne, 1967 
(C18) French, Winawer, 25 moves, 1-0

5...cxd4 6. axb4 dxc3
Kasparov vs I Efimov, 1977 
(C18) French, Winawer, 17 moves, 1/2-1/2

6...Ne7 7. h4 Nbc6 8. h5 Qa5 9. Bd2 cd4 10. cd4 Qa4 11. Nf3 Nd4
Kasparov vs Anand, 1992 
(C18) French, Winawer, 34 moves, 1/2-1/2

6...Ne7 7. Qg4 O-O 8. Bd3 Nbc6
Kasparov vs Short, 1994 
(C18) French, Winawer, 35 moves, 1-0

center sacrifice in 6...Ne7 7. Qg4 Kf8 line
Kasparov vs P Nikolic, 1994 
(C18) French, Winawer, 39 moves, 1-0

Kasparov vs Short, 1997 
(C18) French, Winawer, 31 moves, 1-0

Ljubojevic vs Kasparov, 1983 
(A07) King's Indian Attack, 25 moves, 0-1

Karpov vs Seirawan, 1982 
(C16) French, Winawer, 81 moves, 1/2-1/2

Karpov vs J Nogueiras, 1989 
(C16) French, Winawer, 41 moves, 1-0

Ivkov vs Korchnoi, 1957 
(C16) French, Winawer, 94 moves, 0-1

Petrosian set-up
S Nedeljkovic vs Korchnoi, 1957 
(C16) French, Winawer, 30 moves, 0-1

Geller vs Karpov, 1976 
(C16) French, Winawer, 42 moves, 1-0

Geller vs Sokolsky, 1950 
(C18) French, Winawer, 25 moves, 1-0

4. Qg4 Kf8
H K Mattison vs G Nagy, 1925 
(C15) French, Winawer, 23 moves, 0-1

5. Qg4 Kf8?!
F Bohatirchuk vs Botvinnik, 1927 
(C17) French, Winawer, Advance, 40 moves, 1-0

4. Qg4 Nf6
Alekhine vs Euwe, 1935 
(C15) French, Winawer, 41 moves, 1-0

J A Dominguez Garcia vs F Munoz Moreno, 2001
(C18) French, Winawer, 42 moves, 1-0

Poison Pawn, Main line, 13. Qxc3 line
A Volokitin vs Ganguly, 2007 
(C18) French, Winawer, 66 moves, 0-1

Poison Pawn, Main line, Qxc3 line
P Smirnov vs A Kornev, 2006
(C18) French, Winawer, 71 moves, 1/2-1/2

Poison Pawn, Main Line, Qxc3
N Firman vs A Kornev, 2005
(C18) French, Winawer, 54 moves, 0-1

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

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