Chess Opening Theory/1. e4/1...e6/2. d4/2...d5/3. Nc3/3...Bb4/4. e5

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French Defence, Winawer Variation
a b c d e f g h
8 a8 b8 c8 d8 e8 f8 g8 h8 8
7 a7 b7 c7 d7 e7 f7 g7 h7 7
6 a6 b6 c6 d6 e6 f6 g6 h6 6
5 a5 b5 c5 d5 e5 f5 g5 h5 5
4 a4 b4 c4 d4 e4 f4 g4 h4 4
3 a3 b3 c3 d3 e3 f3 g3 h3 3
2 a2 b2 c2 d2 e2 f2 g2 h2 2
1 a1 b1 c1 d1 e1 f1 g1 h1 1
a b c d e f g h
Position in Forsyth-Edwards Notation(FEN)

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French Defence, Winawer Variation[edit]

This is the main line of the Winawer Variation. White pushes his e pawn forward, gaining space and defending it with the d4 pawn. The pawn structure now is the same as the Advance Variation, with white gaining extra space on the kingside. Black's usual response is 4...c5, threatening white's pawn chain at its base. Note that since white's knight is already on c3, the standard Advance Variation reply of c3 is unavailable. Thus, since c5 also cuts off the bishop's escape route, white usually chooses to boot the bishop with 5.a3, leading to an exchange of pieces with 5...Bxc3+ 6.bxc3.

Theory table[edit]

For explanation of theory tables see theory table and for notation see algebraic notation.

1. e4 e6 2. d4 d5 3. Nc3 Bb4 4. e5
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Main line ...
c5
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References[edit]

  • Batsford Chess Openings 2 (1989, 1994). Garry Kasparov, Raymond Keene. ISBN 0-8050-3409-9.