chesscom your playground | Chess eBook The French Tarrasch: A repertoire for White by Lawrence Trent – interactive chess book. Now I haven’t played the Tarrasch, but I am considering it, as an alternative to the exchange variation, and this is what I’ve discovered in my. C03 – French, Tarrasch, Guimard variation: 1. e4 e6 2. d4 d5 3. Nd2 Nc6. Search the chess games database, download games, view frequent practitioners and.

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What exactly is the point of black’s I mean 9 out of 10 times white plays 4. Then white is able to play the move 5. Looks like black have bit of a cramped position. As a French Tarrasch player, I find Be7 are a little suspicious, and I have great results against Even though I have preferred Nf6 for several decades I have to admit I believe In response to post 2, the comment afer Nf6 of “An White stands well” is inaccurate.

The French as a whole scores about Nc3 is strongest, 3. All other moves get White equality at best – proof is below Far stronger than the old Nc6 which gives Black a miserable game where he has nothing more to fight for than a draw 6. Qg4 White’s strongest move – This position scores Sveshnikov has been a live-long e4 player, and even he acknowledges that the Tarrasch is a mistake for White and gets White tartasch Note that all of these are based on large, valid sample sizes a valid sample is defined as 30 or more in statistics.

The is a little lower than the other samples because it wasn’t long ago that it tareasch discovered that Nf6 was truly that much stronger than It was originally thought to be merely a matter of taste.

I understand your views about the However, great players such as Garry Kasparov have played the French Tarrasch as white, and have tarraach excellent results with this opening.

French defense (Tarrasch)

Now, the French Tarrasch has some obvious cons, but also some obvious pros. You are an adamant supporter of 3. Nc3 really is best I’m not experienced enough to know.

But there are two major drawbacks to 3. Nc3 is very heavy in theory, because black has many options against it. For instance, there is the Classical French, with all its variations and sub-variations.

Just look at the Alekhine-Chatard Attack for instance! The Winawer is truly a deadly and dangerous weapon against 3. It gives Black the initiative indeed, players seem to play the French to get the initiative and is highly complex. Bobby Fischer famously had much trouble with the Winawer, when facing it from the White side.


I am by no means saying it is a bad opening, I am merely saying that White has a very hard time dealing with it. From the beginning of the game, black will be delivering constant blows to White’s pawn strucuture, and white must defend carefully. You will hear French players say, time and time again, that there favorite variation of the French to fight against It establishes a very flexible position, when black remains cramped in the Qxd5 variation or has open lines, but not much piece mobility in the White’s d2 knight has many places to go.

It can go to b3, to g3 via f1, and, rarely, even to f3. The d2 knight obviously protects the f3 knight. Nd2 blocks in the c1 bishop. It also blocks the queen’s defense of the d4 pawn. But besides that, it doesn’t do much. The French Exchange, as your correctly pointed out in countless threads, is pretty much equality. That is to say, if White plays normally.

However, if White plays the swashbuckling Qf3-Ne2 system, all of a sudden White’s chances are much better.

French defense (Tarrasch) – Chess Forums –

Indeed, frenvh not by coincidence that this has recently become white’s favored way of playing the Exchange French. The Advance Variation and 3. Vrench both play into Black’s hands insofar as you hand over the initiative. With the French Tarrasch and Qf3 Exchange, however, you are the one with the initiative. Often, it is black who has no active plans. Indeed, ’tis not by coincedence that this has recently become white’s favored way of playing the Exchange French.

Instead, I’ll focus on the part about the Exchange Variation. First off, when has the Qf3-Ne2 system become the “favored way of playing the Exchange French”? And you say Black often has no active plans? Then what’s White’s plan?

Give doubled pawns to Black? Whoop-de-do, that doesn’t really hurt Black whatsoever. It can sometimes be a nuisance, but that’s really it.

For example, in your line with Bg5 where you say Black is in trouble I see zero reason why he’s in trouble. In fact, after Qb6 I would say White is the one in trouble with ideas of c5-c4, Re8, and Ne4 coming. Besides, that is only against Black playing the Nf6 and Bd6 idea.

There are tadrasch other options for Black against the Exchange, my personal favorite being a system involving Nc6, Bd6, Bg4 against Nf3, and Nge7, and I’m very sure your ideas don’t work against all of those, much less the “standard” Nf6-Bd6 idea. And this is just the problem against your little system. Oh, and a piece of advice, don’t tarraech to be fancy with using words and phrases like “swashbuckling” and “Indeed, ’tis not by coincedence” in your descriptions.


It makes you look stuck-up and full of yourself, which doesn’t mesh well when you also make idiotic statements at the same time.

Ngf3 Nf6 was found to be far, far, FAR superior to The Milner-Barry Gambit 6.

If you are going to try to counter my statement above about the advance, counter the lines I gave with what you think is so good for Black, so after 1. Nf3 Qb6, I could care less how great 6.

Any Legal Move not named 6.

The garbage analysis you gave is like trying to tell a Najdorf player that the Sicilian Defense is refuted, and the example you give is a case where you smashed the dragon! It even covers 2 of the most critical squares that the Knight would love to go to from d2, namely e4 and c4. There will never be pressure on d5, ever!

Black gets all the piece activity he wants in the Bd3, Black should play Only after White has committed tarrascj 4. Nf3 should Black play If White doesn’t move the g1-Knight, neither does Black move his g8-Knight!

Nc3, Black should go into the Tarrrasch Winawer with Nc3, dynamic play occurs across the board. White has the better chances with the extra move, the space advantage, and typically tarrasvh faster attack. If Black can get in Nf6 better to prevent ne4, 8Nb3 is the standard move because don’t think Nf6 then 9Nxp etc. Eingorn’s rep book is one of the few that cover it.

Nf6 is probably the most common club player move. Watson popularised it, and black isn’t aiming for just equality but a complicated position. You’re very wrong that In 3 databases I looked at, chesstempo, chessbase live database, and chess Nf6 has on average about more farrasch than And for some reason autocorrect occurred. Nxc5 should read ” Also, take note of the differences in the position between Black’s 9th move in the old line and Black’s 10th move in the more modern treatment.