The Steinitz Variation in the French Defence is characterised by the move 4.e5. White closes the center and Black tries to build up pressure by playing c5. In the Main Line there are different option like 7...a6 and cxd4. Pähtz favorite variation is playing 7...Be7 which is the topic of this 60 Minutes course.
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When Black replies to the double move of White’s king’s pawn with 1...e6 we have the French Defence. Its name goes back to a correspondence match between the cities of London and Paris in 1834, in which the French made successful use of the move 1...e6. In the 19th century the move was the most important alternative for Black to 1...e5 and even nowadays it still occupies third place in the ranking of the most popular replies to 1.e4 after the Sicilian and 1...e5.=> More products: French Defence
White has two options: To play Be2 and castle short which is more positional or to play dxc5 and castle long and go for a more tactical approach.