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This website aims to give comprehensive coverage of the French Defence, with the emphasis on new, interesting ideas. Here are some of the current highlights:


In the Winawer mainline we look in depth at White's options in the Poisoned Pawn Variation. This analysis is indispensable for anyone planning to play 7 Qg4 as White or answer this move with 7...Qc7 as Black. Of particular importance is the analysis on 13 h4, which is exclusive to this website. We also look at a new attempt to invigorate the 7...0-0 variation. Black could score a lot of points with this line.


There are some amazing developments in the Tarrasch. In the line with 3...Nf6 4 e5 Nfd7 5 f4, a sharp sacrificial line may have to be completely reassessed. This is good news if you intend to play the 3...Nf6 Tarrasch, as you won't find the analysis published anywhere else! Also we give the latest news on a highly critical line after 3 Nd2 c5 4 exd5 Qxd5.

King's Indian Attack

There is more essential reading in the King's Indian Attack. Morozevich and Fedorov have helped turn this supposedly quiet opening into a highly sophisticated attacking system. Players of White and Black should all be interested in their latest discoveries.


I would also like to mention Morozevich's ideas in the Classical Variation. The young Russian has shot up through the rankings, and this is in no small part due to his astute choice of openings. Have a look at how he handles the 3 Nc3 Nf6 4 Bg5 dxe4 5 Nxe4 Be7 6 Bxf6 gxf6!? variation. The McCutcheon Variation 3 Nc3 Nf6 4 Bg5 Bb4! has long been neglected by theory, but always does well in tournaments. Have a look at the analysis and then give it a go against an unprepared opponent. It's sure to prove a winner.