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French Rubinstein or Burns for White
Compiled by prime rib

early ...dxe4 line (draw goal)

sideline: ...Bd7, ...Bc6 (Fort Knox line)
transposes frequently from Tarrasch exchange

Main Rubinstein blackburne, Burns is more fashionable.

Main burns variation

Blackburne line; both castled; ...c5, Qe2; model game
Nijboer vs Yu Shaoteng, 2002
(C10) French, 41 moves, 1-0

Blackburne line; Black plays ...b6, ...Rb8, ...Bb7; model game
L Dominguez vs A Dreev, 2004 
(C10) French, 35 moves, 1-0

Blackburne line; middlegame minor exchange; endgame play
Z Bogut vs A Benderac, 2008
(C10) French, 61 moves, 1-0

Fort Knox ...Bd7 line, classic game by spassky
Spassky vs O'Kelly, 1969 
(C10) French, 44 moves, 1-0

Fort Knox, Qe2 line, queens exchanged, active king, adv pawns
P Doggers vs W Heemskerk, 2006 
(C10) French, 43 moves, 1-0

Burns ...Nbd7, Nxf6 instead of bishop take, h4, kside play
Kasparov vs Shirov, 2000 
(C11) French, 35 moves, 1-0

Nxf6 Burns, ...e5 instead of qa5+, kside pawns push, ending
Leko vs Shirov, 2003
(C11) French, 43 moves, 1-0

Classical Burns Bxf6, Bd3, c3 line, h4 push, Ng5, complex
Topalov vs Bareev, 2004 
(C11) French, 44 moves, 1-0

Classical Burns with Bxf6 line, super gm battle, blunder apiece
Anand vs Bareev, 2004 
(C11) French, 48 moves, 1-0

Classical burns, Nd7, Nxf6 line, short castles, kside activity
R Antonio vs A H Wohl, 2001 
(C11) French, 28 moves, 1-0

Burns line from Cyrus, Qf4 played, dxc5, kside attack
M Pavlovic vs V Tukmakov, 2002
(C11) French, 43 moves, 1-0

Burns line from Cyrus, dxc5 played, opp castle battle
Stellwagen vs J P Gomez, 2008
(C11) French, 47 moves, 1-0

Burns ...gxf6 line, same side castle, exchange sac win
Kasparov vs M Gurevich, 2000 
(C11) French, 53 moves, 1-0

...nbd7, ...Bxf6 burns, h4, opp castle, Ne5, kside fatal attack
Anand vs Korchnoi, 2000 
(C11) French, 19 moves, 1-0

...nbd7, ...be7, ...nxf6 line, ...b6, dxc5, kside center attack
Milner-Barry vs Wade, 1946 
(C10) French, 20 moves, 1-0

...nbd7, ...nxf6 line, ...b6, c4, opp castle attacks
Bronstein vs Kan, 1947 
(C10) French, 42 moves, 1-0

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