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A New French Defense Repertoire
Compiled by kenilworthian
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I am building a new French Defense Repertoire built around the Classical French lines beginning 1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 Nf6, focusing on the MacCutcheon and the Steinitz variations. I will also be putting up some bibliographic information here. Some of the lines I am focusing on I have also discussed on my blog and I will put links here as well.

McCutcheon French (1.e4 e6 d4 d5 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.Bg5 Bb4)

--Jacob Aagaard and Nikolaos Ntirlis, Playing the French, Quality Chess 2013.

--Dejan Antic and Branimir Maksimovic, The Modern French: A Complete Guide for Black, New in Chess 2012.

--Cyrus Lakdawala, The Classical French, Move by Move, Everyman Chess 2014.

--John Watson, "A Confounding Retreat," Dangerous Weapons: The French. Everyman Chess 2007. 12-37.

--James Eade, Remember the MacCutcheon, Chess Enterprises 1991.

--W. John Lutes, French Defense, McCutcheon Variation, Chess Enterprises 1991.

Anti-Steinitz (1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.e5 Nfd7 5.f4 c5 6.Nf3 Nc6 7.Be3 h6!?)

--Viktor Moskalenko, "Classical French 7...h6/8...g5." ChessBase Magazine #195 (May/June 2020).

--Michael Goeller, "Black Jet in the Steinitz French," The Kenilworthian February 21, 2013. http://kenilworthian.blogspot.com/2... http://www.kenilworthchessclub.org/...

--John Watson, "Waiting and Outflanking," Dangerous Weapons: The French, Everyman Chess 2007, 189-203.

Anti-Tarrasch (3...b6 and 3...h6)

--Jeroen Bosch, "Fianchetto in the French Tarrasch." Secrets of Opening Surprises #9, New in Chess 2008. 28-35.

--Jeroen Bosch, "Let's Wait and See: 3...h6 in the French." Secrets of Opening Surprises #2, New in Chess 2004. 63-71.

--Gawain Jones, "The 3...h6 Tarrasch." New in Chess Yearbook #136. New in Chess 20202. 45-54.

--Von Maurits Wind, "Kampf der Systeme: Myers gegen Reti," Kaissiber #35 (December 2009), 16-25.

--John Watson, "Waiting and Outflanking (3.Nc3 h6)," Dangerous Weapons: The French. Everyman Chess 2007. 189-203.

Advance, Euwe Variation
--Simon Williams, Attacking Chess The French, Everyman Chess 2011.

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

Capablanca vs Znosko-Borovsky, 1913 
(C12) French, McCutcheon, 41 moves, 0-1

Spielmann vs Nimzowitsch, 1920
(C12) French, McCutcheon, 40 moves, 1/2-1/2

Bogoljubov vs Reti, 1921 
(C12) French, McCutcheon, 37 moves, 0-1

V Gashimov vs Baklan, 2001
(C12) French, McCutcheon, 65 moves, 0-1

Fischer vs Petrosian, 1962 
(C12) French, McCutcheon, 43 moves, 0-1

C Whitfield vs D Mackle, 2012
(C12) French, McCutcheon, 32 moves, 0-1

K Stead vs B Martin, 1999
(C12) French, McCutcheon, 16 moves, 0-1

E Diakonova vs Samriddhaa Ghosh, 2019
(C12) French, McCutcheon, 52 moves, 1-0

5.f3?!
Lasker vs Tarrasch, 1916 
(C12) French, McCutcheon, 53 moves, 1-0

Anti-Steinitz with 7...h6!?
Giampiero Adocchio vs L O Hauge, 2016 
(C11) French, 30 moves, 0-1

Raahil Mullick vs Kiriakov, 2019
(C11) French, 16 moves, 1/2-1/2

F M Semprun Martinez vs L O Hauge, 2016
(C11) French, 47 moves, 0-1

H Dietzsch vs S Mihajlov, 2016
(C11) French, 42 moves, 0-1

Xiangyu Xu vs S Mihajlov, 2016
(C11) French, 31 moves, 1-0

L Milman vs Kiriakov, 2005
(C11) French, 26 moves, 1-0

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

Anti-Advance - Euwe Variation
J A Chaves vs Vaganian, 1977 
(C02) French, Advance, 25 moves, 0-1

Grischuk vs Short, 2000 
(C02) French, Advance, 32 moves, 0-1

Y Afek vs S Williams, 2008
(C02) French, Advance, 23 moves, 0-1

Adams vs Epishin, 1992 
(C02) French, Advance, 26 moves, 0-1

S Buchal vs T Luther, 1998
(C02) French, Advance, 28 moves, 0-1

Shabalov vs Shirov, 2005 
(C02) French, Advance, 30 moves, 0-1

Movsesian vs T Luther, 1998
(C02) French, Advance, 24 moves, 1/2-1/2

D Flynn vs J Burnett, 2013
(C02) French, Advance, 46 moves, 0-1

N Ziane vs J Patty, 1997
(C02) French, Advance, 37 moves, 0-1

Anti-Tarrasch with 3...b6
Ghizdavu vs N Padevsky, 1972
(C03) French, Tarrasch, 46 moves, 0-1

I Abdelnabbi vs B Socko, 2003
(C03) French, Tarrasch, 39 moves, 0-1

A Novopashin vs Gulko, 1981
(C03) French, Tarrasch, 16 moves, 1/2-1/2

Miles vs J Nikolac, 1979 
(C03) French, Tarrasch, 61 moves, 1-0

I Sudakova vs M Medic, 2006
(C03) French, Tarrasch, 13 moves, 1/2-1/2

E Noordhoff vs R Bertholee, 1979
(C03) French, Tarrasch, 20 moves, 0-1

J Bosch Garcia vs D E Cori Tello, 2014
(C03) French, Tarrasch, 73 moves, 1/2-1/2

L Schmid vs P Troeger, 1948
(C03) French, Tarrasch, 31 moves, 0-1

Smagin vs A Rustemov, 1995
(C03) French, Tarrasch, 42 moves, 0-1

A Tzermiadianos vs B Socko, 2002 
(C03) French, Tarrasch, 45 moves, 0-1

Yudasin vs Gulko, 1981 
(C03) French, Tarrasch, 33 moves, 1-0

V Magnusdottir vs J Schadd, 2014
(C03) French, Tarrasch, 33 moves, 0-1

Tringov vs Knaak, 1985 
(C05) French, Tarrasch, 35 moves, 0-1

Lobron vs Short, 1983
(C03) French, Tarrasch, 15 moves, 1/2-1/2

Oratovsky vs C Horvath, 2001
(C05) French, Tarrasch, 10 moves, 1/2-1/2

Parma vs Ljubojevic, 1975
(C03) French, Tarrasch, 14 moves, 1/2-1/2

V Artemiev vs Duda, 2020
(D05) Queen's Pawn Game, 48 moves, 1/2-1/2

P Hess vs Y Lapshun, 2011
(C05) French, Tarrasch, 57 moves, 1/2-1/2

E Walther vs V Zagorovsky, 1975
(C03) French, Tarrasch, 33 moves, 0-1

R Soupizon vs K Gawehns, 2000
(B00) Uncommon King's Pawn Opening, 26 moves, 0-1

H Simonian vs Nakamura, 2011
(B00) Uncommon King's Pawn Opening, 38 moves, 0-1

Balashov vs Gulko, 1982
(C03) French, Tarrasch, 22 moves, 1/2-1/2

Taimanov vs Koblents, 1944 
(C11) French, 44 moves, 1-0

N Whitaker vs W Widmeyer, 1915 
(C11) French, 38 moves, 0-1

J Skok vs V Janjic, 2003
(C03) French, Tarrasch, 70 moves, 0-1

Mulaim Shehu vs Fehim Qorrolli, 2016
(C03) French, Tarrasch, 47 moves, 0-1

H Mujic vs P Haba, 1990
(C10) French, 43 moves, 1/2-1/2

Kamsky vs Short, 1990 
(C10) French, 43 moves, 1/2-1/2

N Polivoda vs B Socko, 2005
(C03) French, Tarrasch, 61 moves, 0-1

I Saren vs Andersson, 1972
(C03) French, Tarrasch, 45 moves, 0-1

D H Campora vs Gulko, 1988 
(C03) French, Tarrasch, 62 moves, 0-1

R Tischbierek vs Hertneck, 2001 
(C03) French, Tarrasch, 31 moves, 1-0

Kindermann vs Hertneck, 2001
(C03) French, Tarrasch, 44 moves, 1-0

A Naumann vs Hertneck, 2003
(C03) French, Tarrasch, 61 moves, 1-0

Goldbar vs Bronstein, 1996 
(C03) French, Tarrasch, 61 moves, 0-1

A Kim vs P Ponkratov, 2019
(C03) French, Tarrasch, 32 moves, 0-1

B Ivanovic vs L Karlsson, 1980
(C03) French, Tarrasch, 33 moves, 1-0

E McCormick vs R C Simpson, 1948
(C05) French, Tarrasch, 26 moves, 1-0

J Guo vs T Kaminski, 2007 
(C05) French, Tarrasch, 42 moves, 0-1

Vyzmanavin vs Psakhis, 1986
(A40) Queen's Pawn Game, 58 moves, 1/2-1/2

Vasiukov vs Gulko, 1981
(C03) French, Tarrasch, 42 moves, 0-1

Anti-Tarrasch - f4
S Hamann vs Uhlmann, 1963 
(C05) French, Tarrasch, 26 moves, 0-1

Anti-Tarrasch with 3...h6!?
P B Petersen vs Timman, 2013 
(C05) French, Tarrasch, 15 moves, 0-1

T Blagojevic vs A Zatonskih, 2014
(C03) French, Tarrasch, 64 moves, 0-1

J Offringa vs D Klein, 2013 
(C03) French, Tarrasch, 31 moves, 1/2-1/2

S Diaz Munoz vs J Arizmendi Martinez, 2012
(C03) French, Tarrasch, 18 moves, 0-1

G Lane vs R Haria, 2019 
(C03) French, Tarrasch, 38 moves, 0-1

V Zakhartsov vs V Popov, 2015
(C03) French, Tarrasch, 45 moves, 0-1

A Valsecchi vs A Hambleton, 2012
(C03) French, Tarrasch, 42 moves, 0-1

J Shaw vs V Eingorn, 2003 
(C03) French, Tarrasch, 38 moves, 1/2-1/2

Ding Liren vs Nakamura, 2019
(A04) Reti Opening, 40 moves, 1-0

Anand vs Nakamura, 2014
(C03) French, Tarrasch, 39 moves, 1/2-1/2

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