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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.
The Steinitz Variation in the French with Be7
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 White has different options like 7...a6 and cxd4. Pähtz favorite variation is pl
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The Classical French - Main Line
La variante principal de la defensa Francesa clásica no está agotada ni mucho menos. El campeón mundial uzbeco la analiza con detalle, aportando muchas nuevas ideas.