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FR Samples for the Chess Club
Compiled by fredthebear
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Just some short games for an introductory discussion at our local club. Perhaps what not to do in the French Defense.

ECO Codes - French Defence
* C00 - 1.e4 e6 without 2.d4 (early deviations)
* C01 - 2.d4 d5 (includes the Exchange Variation, 3.exd5) * C02 - 3.e5 (Advance Variation)
* C03 - 3.Nd2 (includes 3...Be7; C03-C09 cover the Tarrasch Variation) * C04 - 3.Nd2 Nc6 (Guimard Variation)
* C05 - 3.Nd2 Nf6
* C06 - 3.Nd2 Nf6 4.e5 Nfd7 5.Bd3
* C07 - 3.Nd2 c5 (includes 4.exd5 Qxd5)
* C08 - 3.Nd2 c5 4.exd5 exd5
* C09 - 3.Nd2 c5 4.exd5 exd5 5.Ngf3 Nc6
* C10 - 3.Nc3 (includes the Rubinstein Variation, 3...dxe4) * C11 - 3.Nc3 Nf6 (includes the Steinitz Variation, 4.e5; C11-C14 cover the Classical Variation) * C12 - 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.Bg5 (includes the MacCutcheon Variation, 4...Bb4) * C13 - 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.Bg5 dxe4 (Burn Variation)
* C14 - 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.Bg5 Be7
* C15 - 3.Nc3 Bb4 (C15-C19 cover the Winawer Variation) * C16 - 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.e5
* C17 - 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.e5 c5
* C18 - 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.e5 c5 5.a3 (includes the Armenian Variation, 5...Ba5) * C19 - 3.Nc3 Bb4 4 e5 c5 5.a3 Bxc3+ 6.bxc3 Ne7 7.Nf3 and 7.a4

* Here's a link to 10 games by Bill Wall using the French: Game Collection: 0

* A few KIAs: Game Collection: Opening Ideas

* How to Play Chess! http://www.serverchess.com/play.htm...

* Merit Badge Examples: Game Collection: 0

* Glossary of Chess Terms: http://www.arkangles.com/kchess/glo...

* Garry Kasparov Teaches Chess (Batsford 1986): Game Collection: Garry Kasparov Teaches Chess

* Gambits against the French: Game Collection: alapin gambit -alapin diemer gambit + reti gam

* Danger! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pL2...

French Def: Steinitz Attack 2.e5 f6 (C00) 0-1 What an escape!
Steinitz vs Winawer, 1882 
(C00) French Defense, 27 moves, 0-1

French Defense: Steinitz Attack (C00) 1-0 Pile on back rank pin
Steinitz vs C Golmayo, 1883 
(C00) French Defense, 24 moves, 1-0

French Defense: Schlechter 3.Bd3?! (C00) 1-0 Remove the Guard
Carlsen vs I A Abusdal, 2003 
(C00) French Defense, 25 moves, 1-0

French Def 2.c4 d5 3.cxd5 (C00)1-0 Great Brilliancy Prize Game
E Steiner vs Tartakower, 1929 
(C00) French Defense, 34 moves, 1-0

French Defense vs 2.c4 (C00) 1/2-1/2 Liquidation
Spassky vs Korchnoi, 2009 
(C00) French Defense, 46 moves, 1/2-1/2

French Defense: Knight Variation (C00) 0-1 Casual game
Bird vs Maroczy, 1895 
(C00) French Defense, 30 moves, 0-1

French Defense: Chigorin Var (C00) 0-1 Transposes to Dbl KP
V Zvjaginsev vs Morozevich, 2005 
(C00) French Defense, 26 moves, 0-1

French Defense: Chigorin 2.Qe2 (C00) 0-1 Pawn roller, N sac
Joao Nuno Baptista Valente vs M Percivaldi, 2017 
(C00) French Defense, 30 moves, 0-1

French vs KIA/Qe2 (C00) 0-1 Impressive use of entire army!
Mateo Plaza Reino vs Xander Leibert, 2016 
(C00) French Defense, 31 moves, 0-1

French Defense: King's Indian Attack (C00) 0-1
V Pogosian vs R Makhmutov, 2015
(C00) French Defense, 28 moves, 0-1

French vs KIA/Qe2 (C00) 0-1 Kside bulldozer
Farid Mustafayev vs Ilya Misyura, 2016 
(A07) King's Indian Attack, 36 moves, 1-0

KIA vs FR (A08) 1-0 Outnumbered 2 attackers, 1 defender = N sac
Bronstein vs Uhlmann, 1971 
(A07) King's Indian Attack, 15 moves, 1-0

French, Two Knights Var (C00) 0-1 Swap Q's, gain space; f3&f6
T M Mok vs Korchnoi, 2004 
(C00) French Defense, 59 moves, 0-1

Veresov Attack 4.Nf3. Two Knights System (D01) 0-1 N sac!
H Liebert vs Uhlmann, 1966 
(D01) Richter-Veresov Attack, 35 moves, 0-1

French, Diemer-Duhm Gambit (C00) 0-1 Q trap in 15 moves
Sperling vs E J Diemer, 1955 
(C00) French Defense, 15 moves, 0-1

French, Diemer-Duhm Gambit (D30) 1-0 Back rank weakness
C Nakamura vs A Caoili, 1998 
(C00) French Defense, 36 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, Horwitz Attack. Papa-Ticulat Gambit (C00) 1-0 Declined
G Krauss vs R Larson, 1949
(C00) French Defense, 28 moves, 1-0

French Defense: Horwitz Attack. Papa-Ticulat Gambit (C00) · 0
P Bersamina vs F Vallejo Pons, 2015 
(C00) French Defense, 25 moves, 0-1

French Alapin Gambit (C00) 1-0 Ignore the fork, hunt the king!
Keres vs Verbac, 1933 
(C00) French Defense, 16 moves, 1-0

French Defense: Franco-Hiva Gambit I (C01) 1-0 N sac, Qf7#
Koltanowski vs D Jong, 1960 
(C01) French, Exchange, 10 moves, 1-0

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

Sicilian Defense: Marshall Gambit (B23) 1-0Backwards Legall's #
O Bernstein vs NN, 1927 
(B23) Sicilian, Closed, 12 moves, 1-0

The pin is mightier than the sword. - Reinfeld
J Mieses vs M Kann, 1885 
(B12) Caro-Kann Defense, 24 moves, 0-1

French Advance, Milner-Barry Gambit (C02) 1-0 B Sac, N Outpost
B Wall vs H Murtaugh, 1971 
(C02) French, Advance, 11 moves, 1-0

French Advance Milner-Barry Gambit (C02) 0-1 Discovery+ gains Q
B Wall vs A Brown, 1972 
(C02) French, Advance, 9 moves, 1-0

French Advance, Milner-Barry Gambit (C02)1-0 Stunning sacs
F A Foulds vs Lang, 1956 
(C02) French, Advance, 20 moves, 1-0

French Advance. Milner-Barry Gambit (C02) 1-0The Wizard of Riga
Tal vs I Nei, 1958 
(C02) French, Advance, 21 moves, 1-0

French Adv Milner-Barry Gambit 8Bc2(C02) 0-1Black rips up Qside
N A Savic vs D Antic, 2013
(C02) French, Advance, 23 moves, 0-1

French Advance. Wade/Milner-Barry G. (C02) 1-0 Remove the Guard
Areshchenko vs A Rustemov, 2014 
(C02) French, Advance, 29 moves, 1-0

French Advance. Milner-Barry Gambit (C02) 0-1 N robs the pin!
J Gruz vs Zsuzsa Polgar, 1977 
(C02) French, Advance, 31 moves, 0-1

French Advance Milner-Barry Gambit (C02) 1-0 Give back the X$?
E Lowe vs H Kennedy, 1849 
(C02) French, Advance, 35 moves, 1-0

French Advance Milner-Barry Gambit 9.b4 (C02) 1-0 AN notes
Nimzowitsch vs Salwe, 1911  
(C02) French, Advance, 39 moves, 1-0

French Defense: Tarrasch Var (C03) 1-0 Double attack h7 & Ra8
D Sermek vs M Varini, 1999 
(C03) French, Tarrasch, 9 moves, 1-0

French Def: Classical. Steinitz (C11) 1-0 Nab pawn grabbing Q
B Wall vs N Barsalou, 1980 
(C11) French, 8 moves, 1-0

French Classical. Swiss Variation (C11) 1-0 Morphy-like K hunt
Blackburne vs Thomson, 1885  
(C11) French, 31 moves, 1-0

Efim Bogoljubov (1889-1952) gives the Greek gift
Bogoljubov vs NN, 1952 
(C13) French, 12 moves, 1-0

Classic Bxh7+ sacrifice yields sideways Epaulette Mate vsFrench
M Pestalozzi vs D Duhm, 1900 
(C13) French, 18 moves, 1-0

French Classical Variation. Richter Attack (C13) 1-0 Greek gift
Pillsbury vs Chaseray, 1902 
(C13) French, 13 moves, 1-0

Schlecter's Gems; Sling the Bxh7+ Sac, offer the Rook too!
Schlechter vs Siegfried August Wolf, 1894 
(C13) French, 16 moves, 1-0

French Classical Richter Attack (C13) 1-0 Greek gift 2x same wk
Blackburne vs A Muller, 1894  
(C13) French, 17 moves, 1-0

French Albin-Chatard Gambit (C13) 1-0 Notes by Reti
Alekhine vs Fahrni, 1914  
(C13) French, 23 moves, 1-0

FR, Albin-Chatard Gambit (C13) 1-0 Efficient, beautiful attack
Tartakower vs Lasker, 1924 
(C13) French, 31 moves, 1-0

French Alekhine-Chatard Attack. Albin-Chatard Gambit (C13) 1-0!
K Spraggett vs R Bedard, 1972 
(C13) French, 21 moves, 1-0

French, Alekhine-Chatard Attack. Albin-Chatard G. (C13) 1-0 KOd
Kasparov vs Korchnoi, 2001 
(C13) French, 26 moves, 1-0

French, Alekhine-Chatard (C13) 1-One pawn grabber beats another
Rellstab vs Huber, 1925 
(C13) French, 13 moves, 1-0

French Alekhine-Chatard Attack. Maroczy Var (C13) 1-0Sac attack
Nisipeanu vs A C Florean, 1995 
(C13) French, 19 moves, 1-0

French Alekhine-Chatard Attack (C13) 0-1 White retreats Bishop?
E Hansen vs J Stocek, 2017 
(C13) French, 25 moves, 0-1

French Alekhine-Chatard Attack. Breyer Var (C13) 1-0 Discovery+
Velimirovic vs N Ristovic, 1995 
(C13) French, 10 moves, 1-0

French Winawer (C15) 1-0 Qxe6+ sacrifice; Boden's mate
Alekhine vs Vasic, 1931 
(C15) French, Winawer, 11 moves, 1-0

French Winawer Winckelmann-Riemer Gambit (C15) 0-1 h-file bomb
K O'Brien vs D Salter, 2008 
(C15) French, Winawer, 21 moves, 0-1

FR Winawer. Poisoned Pawn (C18) 1-0 White's N is immune
Negi vs A Hobber, 2014 
(C18) French, Winawer, 17 moves, 1-0

French Winawer. Positional Var (C19) 1-0 White owns e5 square
A Bannik vs Tal, 1958 
(C19) French, Winawer, Advance, 52 moves, 1-0

G89: Botvinnik: One Hundred Selected Games by Mikhail Botvinnik
Tolush vs Botvinnik, 1945 
(C19) French, Winawer, Advance, 41 moves, 0-1

French Defense: Exchange Variation (C01) 0-1
M Gajic vs A Shimanov, 2015
(C01) French, Exchange, 40 moves, 0-1

The Korchnoi Queen on g3 piles on the pinned f2 pawn
S Tatai vs Korchnoi, 1978 
(C01) French, Exchange, 14 moves, 0-1

French Def. Exchange (C01) 0-1 Black threatens mate, rescues B
M Elyashiv vs Alekhine, 1909 
(C01) French, Exchange, 20 moves, 0-1

French Exchange (C01) 1-0 Sham Q sac; two Ns on 6th
Tkachiev vs Ivanchuk, 2009 
(C01) French, Exchange, 39 moves, 1-0

French Exchange (C01) 1/2-1/2 Bxh3 attack; 3 connected P's EG
Zukertort vs W Potter, 1875 
(C01) French, Exchange, 70 moves, 1/2-1/2

French Defense: Exchange (C01) 1-0 First cut-off the king
Nimzowitsch vs G Fluss, 1907 
(C01) French, Exchange, 19 moves, 1-0

French Exchange c3, c6 (C01) 1/2-1/2 No advantage, dead even
S Gvetadze vs Chiburdanidze, 2012 
(C01) French, Exchange, 46 moves, 1/2-1/2

French Exchange. Monte Carlo (C01) 0-1 Royal fork off the menu
Velimirovic vs Uhlmann, 1976 
(C01) French, Exchange, 21 moves, 0-1

French Exchange. Monte Carlo Var (C01) 1-0 Crossfire on g7
Staunton vs E Williams, 1851 
(C01) French, Exchange, 34 moves, 1-0

French Exchange. Monte Carlo (C01) 0-1 Semi-Smothered Mate
J Mullon vs H Daurelle, 2011 
(C01) French, Exchange, 27 moves, 0-1

French Exchange. Monte Carlo/Albin CG(C01) 0-1Greed is punished
NN vs Livingstone, 1941 
(C01) French, Exchange, 10 moves, 0-1

French Exchange Monte Carlo (C01) 1-0 10.Bxh6 sac Kside attack
Blackburne vs W Potter, 1876 
(C01) French, Exchange, 49 moves, 1-0

French Defense: Advance (C02)0-1 It's 3 vs 2 or Qc3+ & fork Ra1
Estrin vs Y Neishtadt, 1938 
(C02) French, Advance, 11 moves, 0-1

Sicilian Alapin / French Advance (C02) 0-1 K walk
C Richey vs B Wall, 1991
(C02) French, Advance, 23 moves, 0-1

French Advance. Euwe Var (C02) 0-1 Tactical play on queenside
R Schreiner vs Hertneck, 1990
(C02) French, Advance, 23 moves, 0-1

French Advance, Nimzowitsch Gambit (C02) 1-0 Famous suffocation
Nimzowitsch vs Hakansson, 1922  
(C02) French, Advance, 27 moves, 1-0

French Adv Nimzowitsch G 4.Qg4 cxd4 5.Nf3 Nc6(C02) 0-1Landslide
B Mudongo vs A Hamza, 2008
(C02) French, Advance, 20 moves, 0-1

Nimzowitsch Defense: Franco-Nimzowitsch Var (C02) 0-1 Spearhead
R Dos Ramos vs F Antonini, 2006
(B00) Uncommon King's Pawn Opening, 20 moves, 0-1

French Defense: Advance 5.f4 (C02) 0-1 Black has 4 connected Ps
S Pulnikov vs A Iljin, 2001 
(C02) French, Advance, 50 moves, 0-1

French Tarrasch (C03) 1-0 Both give up Qs; Black wants passer
G Lane vs Short, 2004 
(C03) French, Tarrasch, 46 moves, 1-0

FR Tarrasch, Guimard Def (C04) 1-0 White threatens # & LPDO N
Tal vs Vaganian, 1973 
(C04) French, Tarrasch, Guimard Main line, 12 moves, 1-0

French Tarrasch. Closed (C05)1-0 Resembles Milner-Barry Gambit
Korchnoi vs Udovcic, 1967 
(C05) French, Tarrasch, 31 moves, 1-0

French Tarrasch. Open System Euwe-Keres Line (C07) 1-0 Pin
Carlsen vs Caruana, 2014 
(C07) French, Tarrasch, 11 moves, 1-0

French Tarrasch. Open System Main L(C09) 1-0 Bizarre, Beautiful
Tal vs S Holm Petersen, 1970 
(C09) French, Tarrasch, Open Variation, Main line, 28 moves, 1-0

FR Rubinstein Blackburne Def (C10) 1-0 Both Black N's pinned
Tal vs M Strelkov, 1949 
(C10) French, 16 moves, 1-0

French Rubinstein. Blackburne Def (C10) 1-0 Double threat
Woehl vs Krusius, 1920 
(C10) French, 12 moves, 1-0

French Rubinstein (C10) 1-0 Useless vs. Useful Checks
B Wall vs W Wall, 1969 
(C10) French, 12 moves, 1-0

French Defense: Rubinstein Variation (C10) 1/2-1/2 USCL
J Becerra Rivero vs M Kaminski, 2005
(C10) French, 21 moves, 1/2-1/2

French Defense: Fort Knox (C10) 0-1 Eventual R+ fork
Z Szilagyi vs L Pecnik, 2000
(C10) French, 39 moves, 0-1

French Rubinstein, Blackburne Def. (C10) 0-1 Check & Defend h7
P Charbonneau vs H A Hussein Al-Ali, 2008 
(C10) French, 13 moves, 0-1

French Defense: General (C00) 0-1 Delayed Advance
R Picard vs N Brunner, 2015 
(C00) French Defense, 20 moves, 0-1

Knight swap w/eyes wide shut; Double B bombing!
J Horvath vs Zsuzsa Polgar, 1981 
(C00) French Defense, 22 moves, 0-1

Nimzowitsch shows Black how to win the French Exchange(C01) 0-1
R Grau vs Nimzowitsch, 1930 
(C01) French, Exchange, 26 moves, 0-1

French Exchange 5.Bd3 c5 (C01) 0-1 Very agressive Black pawns
V Gunina vs A Gupta, 2018
(C01) French, Exchange, 37 moves, 0-1

French Def. Advance. Milner-Barry Gambit (C02) 1-0Q sac, Opera#
B Wall vs J Robin, 1983 
(C02) French, Advance, 17 moves, 1-0

French Defense: Advance 6.a3 c4 Main Line (C02) 1-0 Qside rush
Romanishin vs K Mueller, 1992 
(C02) French, Advance, 31 moves, 1-0

French Defense: Advance. Euwe Var (C02) 1-0
M McNabb vs K Saksena, 2000
(C02) French, Advance, 34 moves, 1-0

French Defense: Advance. Milner-Barry Gambit Qxe5 (C02) 0-1
T Gossell vs Shulman, 2002
(C02) French, Advance, 33 moves, 0-1

French Classical. Delayed $X (C11) 0-1Instead Moore, OK Armaged
L Didier vs L Rosen, 1900 
(C11) French, 44 moves, 0-1

G145 in The Golden Treasury of Chess by F. Wellmuth & Horowitz
J R Houghteling vs L S Cornell, 1902 
(C11) French, 22 moves, 1-0

French Def. Classical. Swiss Var (C11) 1-0 Another fine mess
Bogoljubov vs J H Donner, 1951 
(C11) French, 21 moves, 1-0

‘My Most Exciting Game’, p.280-281 of 'CHESS', 14 April 1939
J Mieses vs Von Bardeleben, 1905 
(C13) French, 32 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

French Classical. Frankfurt Var (C13) 1-0The hunter becomes the
Velimirovic vs H Ree, 1994 
(C13) French, 12 moves, 1-0

French Def. Classical. Steinitz 0-0-0 vs 0-0 (C14) 1-0 P storm
T Wedberg vs Korchnoi, 1988 
(C14) French, Classical, 35 moves, 1-0

French Defense: Steinitz. Boleslavsky Var (C11) 0-1 31...?
A Filippov vs Ngoc Truongson Nguyen, 2010 
(C11) French, 31 moves, 0-1

French Def: Winawer. Fingerslip Kunin Double Gambit (C15) 1/2-
Marshall vs Chigorin, 1901 
(C15) French, Winawer, 60 moves, 1/2-1/2

French Defense: Classical. Richter Attk (C13) 0-1 Combo blunder
K Rosenkrantz vs Riumin, 1928
(C13) French, 25 moves, 0-1

French Def: Classical. Burn Var Morozevich Line (C11) 0-1 PINS~
W Pietzsch vs W Golz, 1960 
(C11) French, 28 moves, 0-1

French Defense: Exchange Var (C01) 1-0 Girls 39.?
E Guo vs S Madhurima, 2011 
(C01) French, Exchange, 40 moves, 1-0

French Defense: Classical. Alapin Var (C14) 1-0 Vukovic Mate
J Moeller vs H L Jonsson, 1901 
(C14) French, Classical, 38 moves, 1-0

French Def: Advance. Euwe Var (C02) 1-0 Qh5+ g6 etc.
S Kosanski vs Gleizerov, 2005 
(C02) French, Advance, 13 moves, 1-0

French Def: Tarrasch / Rubinstein (C10) 1-0 Bishop tactics
Z Solmanis vs Ernests Gize, 1940 
(C05) French, Tarrasch, 10 moves, 1-0

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