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French Expressions
Compiled by BAJones
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O Sarapu vs V Secula, 1949
(C09) French, Tarrasch, Open Variation, Main line, 25 moves, 1-0

Nice positional play
I Veinger vs Korchnoi, 1986
(C07) French, Tarrasch, 32 moves, 0-1

Fine defending
Tal vs Korchnoi, 1971 
(C07) French, Tarrasch, 40 moves, 0-1

Courageous play
R Filguth vs Korchnoi, 1979 
(C05) French, Tarrasch, 34 moves, 0-1

Korchnoi vs Bondarevsky, 1951
(C17) French, Winawer, Advance, 76 moves, 0-1

Great counterplay
Van der Wiel vs Korchnoi, 1991 
(C14) French, Classical, 34 moves, 0-1

Fine positional play
Teichmann vs Znosko-Borovsky, 1907
(C11) French, 33 moves, 0-1

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

A battle royal followed by fine Rook and Knight ending
Paulsen vs Blackburne, 1881 
(C02) French, Advance, 74 moves, 0-1

Defence on heroic lines; then counterplay under fire
A Menvielle Laccourreye vs Ljubojevic, 1974
(C02) French, Advance, 40 moves, 0-1

P B Petersen vs Timman, 2013 
(C05) French, Tarrasch, 15 moves, 0-1

Good positional play leading to a decisive breakthrough
D Kolka vs Yiye Wang, 2015
(C05) French, Tarrasch, 34 moves, 0-1

Great defending by Korchnoi
Navara vs Korchnoi, 2004 
(C07) French, Tarrasch, 77 moves, 1/2-1/2

A Matanovic vs Korchnoi, 1968 
(C07) French, Tarrasch, 66 moves, 0-1

Chigorin vs Maroczy, 1907
(C11) French, 60 moves, 0-1

G Nagy vs Maroczy, 1928
(C02) French, Advance, 50 moves, 0-1

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

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

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

L Forgacs vs Rubinstein, 1909  
(C01) French, Exchange, 52 moves, 0-1

A model of endgame technique
G Marco vs Maroczy, 1899 
(C01) French, Exchange, 78 moves, 0-1

Maroczy vs Tarrasch, 1905 
(B40) Sicilian, 29 moves, 0-1

French Exchange variation - by transposition
Reti vs B Kostic, 1922 
(B40) Sicilian, 58 moves, 1-0

Tarrasch vs E Thorold, 1890 
(C07) French, Tarrasch, 56 moves, 1-0

Maroczy vs Rubinstein, 1907  
(C10) French, 41 moves, 1/2-1/2

K Millward vs J Beltran Medina, 2007
(C02) French, Advance, 33 moves, 0-1

D Dimitrijevic vs K Millward, 2007 
(C02) French, Advance, 37 moves, 1-0

Active play by both sides (thematic in this opening)
A Giri vs Carlsen, 2018 
(C18) French, Winawer, 31 moves, 1/2-1/2

U Valner vs M Gorozhanin, 2018
(C02) French, Advance, 39 moves, 0-1

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

A stellar performance; a great Queen and Rook ending
Spassky vs Korchnoi, 1977 
(C18) French, Winawer, 40 moves, 0-1

Excellent defence
C H Alexander vs Botvinnik, 1946 
(C18) French, Winawer, 41 moves, 1-0

Alekhine vs Nimzowitsch, 1930 
(C17) French, Winawer, Advance, 30 moves, 1-0

Fischer vs Larsen, 1971 
(C19) French, Winawer, Advance, 41 moves, 1-0

Attack refuted by trapping the Queen
Charousek vs Maroczy, 1897 
(C13) French, 26 moves, 0-1

Kamsky vs Ding Liren, 2011 
(C11) French, 40 moves, 0-1

Tarrasch vs Teichmann, 1912 
(C14) French, Classical, 42 moves, 1-0

Steinitz vs Bird, 1866 
(C14) French, Classical, 63 moves, 0-1

Schlechter vs Rubinstein, 1912 
(C11) French, 41 moves, 0-1

Opening of g-file was a strategically incorrect for Black
Duras vs Spielmann, 1912 
(C11) French, 49 moves, 1-0

Lasker vs Maroczy, 1924 
(C18) French, Winawer, 50 moves, 1-0

Maroczy vs Rubinstein, 1908  
(C01) French, Exchange, 37 moves, 1-0

Black: Bold Queenside castling and sacrifice of h pawn
Fischer vs V Kovacevic, 1970 
(C15) French, Winawer, 30 moves, 0-1

How to save a lost Rook and Pawn ending
Tarrasch vs Rubinstein, 1911 
(C10) French, 46 moves, 1/2-1/2

7...Bxf6 incorrect and source of subsequent problems
Timman vs Korchnoi, 1991 
(C10) French, 25 moves, 1-0

F Lequoy vs D Julliard, 1982 
(C07) French, Tarrasch, 16 moves, 0-1

Alekhine vs Diesel, 1944 
(C07) French, Tarrasch, 21 moves, 0-1

K Nemcova vs S Odinaeva, 2016
(C09) French, Tarrasch, Open Variation, Main line, 23 moves, 1-0

S Tatai vs Korchnoi, 1978 
(C01) French, Exchange, 14 moves, 0-1

R Grau vs Nimzowitsch, 1930 
(C01) French, Exchange, 26 moves, 0-1

London vs Paris, 1834 
(C01) French, Exchange, 30 moves, 0-1

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

Tartakower vs Botvinnik, 1946 
(C01) French, Exchange, 54 moves, 0-1

Steinitz vs Lasker, 1894 
(C10) French, 76 moves, 0-1

Lu Yanjing vs Li Nan, 2001
(C10) French, 57 moves, 0-1

Alekhine vs A Tsvetkov, 1936 
(C10) French, 49 moves, 0-1

7...cxd4 cedes the centre. How NOT to play this defence
Tal vs M Strelkov, 1949 
(C10) French, 16 moves, 1-0

A variant of the Rubinstein Defence
E Corzo vs Capablanca, 1902 
(C10) French, 36 moves, 0-1

A fine Knight and Pawn ending
Nimzowitsch vs Rubinstein, 1911 
(C02) French, Advance, 55 moves, 1/2-1/2

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

H Wolf vs Rubinstein, 1907 
(C10) French, 31 moves, 1/2-1/2

Prokes vs Rubinstein, 1926 
(C11) French, 25 moves, 0-1

A Queen and Pawn ending of note
Salwe vs Rubinstein, 1912 
(C01) French, Exchange, 115 moves, 0-1

Dus Chotimirsky vs Rubinstein, 1905 
(C11) French, 22 moves, 0-1

Simplification into a won endgame
W Kunze vs Rubinstein, 1905 
(C11) French, 37 moves, 0-1

A combination to obtain a won endgame
E Bebchuk vs Bronstein, 1974 
(C08) French, Tarrasch, Open, 4.ed ed, 24 moves, 0-1

Steinitz vs McCutcheon, 1885 
(C12) French, McCutcheon, 28 moves, 0-1

An instructive Rook, Bishop & Knight ending from Move 26
Fischer vs Petrosian, 1962 
(C12) French, McCutcheon, 43 moves, 0-1

Nimzowitsch vs Hakansson, 1922  
(C02) French, Advance, 28 moves, 1-0

French by transposition. Active defence ending in tactical coup
Nimzowitsch vs Schlechter, 1905 
(B22) Sicilian, Alapin, 26 moves, 0-1

Pillsbury vs Marshall, 1897 
(C13) French, 39 moves, 1-0

A model attack against the French
Pillsbury vs Maroczy, 1900 
(C05) French, Tarrasch, 46 moves, 1-0

Interesting from a theoretical point of view
Nimzowitsch vs Tarrasch, 1912  
(C02) French, Advance, 41 moves, 1-0

Classic Rook, Knight and Pawns ending
Paulsen vs Tarrasch, 1888 
(C02) French, Advance, 62 moves, 0-1

The dangers of pawn-grabbing in the opening
Nimzowitsch vs Alapin, 1914  
(C11) French, 18 moves, 1-0

Defence on heroic lines, then converts to won pawn ending
Frias A/Martinez Mor vs Alekhine, 1945 
(C02) French, Advance, 37 moves, 0-1

Rook & Pawn endgame
I Rabinovich vs Botvinnik, 1937 
(C02) French, Advance, 55 moves, 0-1

Active and resourceful piece play
J van den Bosch vs Maroczy, 1930 
(C02) French, Advance, 19 moves, 0-1

Interesting Rook vs. Knight endgame with pawns
Lasker vs Blackburne, 1892 
(C01) French, Exchange, 58 moves, 1/2-1/2

A slashing attack with odds of a Rook!
Tarrasch vs Romberg, 1893 
(000) Chess variants, 28 moves, 1-0

4.b4 refuted
P Boersma vs Korchnoi, 1977
(C00) French Defense, 60 moves, 0-1

Of interest
Pillsbury vs Maroczy, 1899 
(C13) French, 50 moves, 1/2-1/2

A fine ending worthy of close study
Capablanca vs Reti, 1924 
(C14) French, Classical, 36 moves, 1-0

Marshall vs Breyer, 1912 
(C10) French, 52 moves, 1-0

Capablanca vs J W Young, 1922 
(C13) French, 31 moves, 1-0

Capablanca vs O Chajes, 1918 
(C11) French, 45 moves, 1-0

Fine defending followed by model Queen ending
Pillsbury vs Burn, 1898 
(C11) French, 90 moves, 0-1

Of further interest
Pillsbury vs Lasker, 1896 
(C11) French, 50 moves, 1-0

Pawn endgame with White King in dominant position
Leonhardt vs Marshall, 1911 
(C14) French, Classical, 49 moves, 1-0

Alekhine vs Euwe, 1935 
(C15) French, Winawer, 41 moves, 1-0

Maroczy vs Showalter, 1900 
(C11) French, 31 moves, 1-0

Milner-Barry vs Wade, 1946 
(C10) French, 20 moves, 1-0

Tarrasch vs Alekhine, 1914 
(C12) French, McCutcheon, 51 moves, 0-1

G Helbach vs Rubinstein, 1906 
(C11) French, 36 moves, 0-1

Moreau vs Schlechter, 1903
(C00) French Defense, 34 moves, 0-1

S F Smith vs Menchik, 1928
(C11) French, 28 moves, 0-1

Solid play
Teichmann vs Rubinstein, 1912 
(C10) French, 23 moves, 0-1

Perfect positional play with a combination to conclude
J Canepa vs Alekhine, 1938 
(C02) French, Advance, 24 moves, 0-1

Good Rook & Pawn ending
G Fedorov vs V Shpagin, 2001
(C10) French, 49 moves, 0-1

R G Kimende vs Yongtae Kim, 2006
(C10) French, 52 moves, 0-1

A win by direct, incisive play
Edgardo Campora vs Nicolas Kulik, 2018
(C00) French Defense, 35 moves, 0-1

Fine engame technique with change of front and triangulation
Blackburne vs Maroczy, 1905
(C00) French Defense, 56 moves, 0-1

Bird vs Maroczy, 1895 
(C00) French Defense, 30 moves, 0-1

Marshall vs Maroczy, 1926 
(C11) French, 41 moves, 0-1

A E Sigurdarson vs O Johannsson, 2016
(C10) French, 35 moves, 0-1

R Taylor vs P Morten, 2005 
(C10) French, 34 moves, 0-1

ref. game 117
H W Felderhof vs Maroczy, 1933
(C10) French, 42 moves, 1/2-1/2

P Rethy vs Maroczy, 1931
(C01) French, Exchange, 38 moves, 0-1

A superb Bishop and Pawn endgame
V Gashimov vs Korchnoi, 2008 
(C12) French, McCutcheon, 87 moves, 0-1

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