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French Connection
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The French as Black focusing on meeting 3.Nc3, the most challenging move according to Gary Kasparov, with 3...Bb4, the Winawer variation.

Good Knights in the Winawer
N E Menzi vs K Isgandarova, 2012 
(C17) French, Winawer, Advance, 34 moves, 0-1

Bishop retreat
S Del Rio Angelis vs T Rendle, 2005 
(C18) French, Winawer, 47 moves, 0-1

Retreat variation
H Vetter vs H Reefschlaeger, 1981 
(C18) French, Winawer, 23 moves, 0-1

Exchange variation, exploit f pawn pin
S Tatai vs Korchnoi, 1978 
(C01) French, Exchange, 14 moves, 0-1

Wicked Black attack in the pawn center variation
Kengis vs R Djurhuus, 1991 
(C05) French, Tarrasch, 20 moves, 0-1

Black attack in the pawn center variation
S Hamann vs Uhlmann, 1963 
(C05) French, Tarrasch, 26 moves, 0-1

Early Qg4 in the Winawer
A Gavilan vs Foguelman, 1951
(C15) French, Winawer, 56 moves, 0-1

Winawer poisoned pawn
J F Cuenca Jimenez vs S V Ivanov, 2012
(C18) French, Winawer, 23 moves, 0-1

Black closes the position with 6...c4 in the advance main line
S Zhigalko vs D Andreikin, 2010
(C02) French, Advance, 58 moves, 0-1

Milner Barry gambit
T Pitlagano vs L E Johannessen, 2002
(C02) French, Advance, 31 moves, 0-1

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

Tarrasch goes down
A Zapata vs Ivanchuk, 1990 
(C07) French, Tarrasch, 33 moves, 0-1

Qc7
C Horvath vs Uhlmann, 1988 
(C18) French, Winawer, 31 moves, 0-1

Black plays c4 in the Advance main line
H Teske vs Uhlmann, 1986 
(C02) French, Advance, 46 moves, 0-1

Poisoned pawn
I Andersen vs S Christensen, 2007
(C18) French, Winawer, 27 moves, 0-1

Qa5
B Kazanski vs W Hook, 1968
(C18) French, Winawer, 34 moves, 0-1

Vicious Black attack in the Winawer poisoned pawn
Unzicker vs Uhlmann, 1962 
(C18) French, Winawer, 27 moves, 0-1

Winawer poisoned pawn
R Bogdanovic vs Uhlmann, 1963 
(C18) French, Winawer, 37 moves, 0-1

White plays 5.Qg4 instead of 5.a3.
N V Pedersen vs L Karlsson, 1996 
(C17) French, Winawer, Advance, 9 moves, 0-1

Tarrasch main line, nice Black attack.
Blatny vs Lautier, 1988 
(C07) French, Tarrasch, 31 moves, 0-1

Advance main line
F Carame vs N Getz, 2010 
(C02) French, Advance, 24 moves, 0-1

4. Bd2 in the Winawer
R Hurn vs M Geveke, 2006 
(C15) French, Winawer, 30 moves, 0-1

Black attacks with the isolani in the exchange variation.
G Berg vs Glek, 1994
(C01) French, Exchange, 25 moves, 0-1

Early f6 in the advance.
S Kristjansson vs Caruana, 2011 
(C02) French, Advance, 30 moves, 0-1

Early Qg4 in the retreat Winawer.
Y Kruppa vs Lputian, 1991
(C18) French, Winawer, 60 moves, 0-1

F Jenni vs Caruana, 2006 
(C19) French, Winawer, Advance, 29 moves, 0-1

Nice Tactical Tarrasch
M Langer vs H Danielsen, 2012 
(C07) French, Tarrasch, 23 moves, 0-1

6.a3 line goes down
Z Amdouni vs P Wang, 2004
(C02) French, Advance, 30 moves, 0-1

Tarrasch Long castle by Black
D Howell vs Wang Hao, 2007 
(C07) French, Tarrasch, 34 moves, 0-1

Advance with ...f6 after a3.
B F Maryasin vs J Jetzl, 2013
(C02) French, Advance, 29 moves, 0-1

Advance with 6...f6
L Stetsko vs M Aulia, 2013
(C02) French, Advance, 23 moves, 0-1

Advance main line
H Hoang vs Mihajlo Stojanovic, 2012
(C02) French, Advance, 22 moves, 0-1

Rxf3 exchange sac.
I Hakki vs R Knaak, 1990 
(C05) French, Tarrasch, 27 moves, 0-1

7.Qg4
N Litvinenko vs J A Barber, 2006 
(C18) French, Winawer, 34 moves, 0-1

Timman vs Khalifman, 2000 
(C18) French, Winawer, 26 moves, 0-1

Judit Polgar vs Khalifman, 2000 
(C18) French, Winawer, 37 moves, 0-1

7.Qg4
M Mueller vs Vaganian, 1993 
(C18) French, Winawer, 34 moves, 0-1

K Gautason vs O Johannsson, 2014 
(C02) French, Advance, 21 moves, 0-1

V Laznicka vs C Lupulescu, 2014 
(C07) French, Tarrasch, 31 moves, 0-1

Nice Tarrasch.
Temur Kuybokarov vs Khalifman, 2014 
(C07) French, Tarrasch, 37 moves, 0-1

R Molander vs Korchnoi, 2002 
(C02) French, Advance, 26 moves, 0-1

I Berzina vs Y Xu, 2008 
(C02) French, Advance, 24 moves, 0-1

Queen mate
J McConnell vs Morphy, 1850 
(C02) French, Advance, 14 moves, 0-1

Advance, Black plays 6...f6
L Sapunov vs N Minev, 1958
(C02) French, Advance, 40 moves, 0-1

Steinitz variation with 5.Nce2
Shirov vs M Gurevich, 1993
(C11) French, 41 moves, 1-0

Bishop retreat to b6
Bacrot vs C Bauer, 2014 
(C18) French, Winawer, 44 moves, 1/2-1/2

Alekhine vs Nimzowitsch, 1931 
(C15) French, Winawer, 19 moves, 1-0

Alekhine vs T Wilkins, 1933 
(C15) French, Winawer, 35 moves, 1-0

6...Nh4
Fressinet vs Korchnoi, 1996 
(C02) French, Advance, 29 moves, 0-1

Nh6 advance
Shirov vs Nakamura, 2016 
(C02) French, Advance, 38 moves, 0-1

D Svetushkin vs R Edouard, 2013
(C18) French, Winawer, 32 moves, 0-1

Mednis vs Romanishin, 1979
(C03) French, Tarrasch, 65 moves, 1/2-1/2

S Kristjansson vs Caruana, 2008 
(C03) French, Tarrasch, 30 moves, 0-1

Exchange
W Winter vs Alekhine, 1936 
(C01) French, Exchange, 39 moves, 0-1

Advance with 9...Bd7
Shirov vs M Gurevich, 2005 
(C02) French, Advance, 37 moves, 0-1

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