Chess Opening Theory/1. e4/1...e6/2. d4/2...d5/3. Nc3/3...Bb4/4. e5/4...c5/5. a3/5...Bxc3+/6. bxc3/6...Ne7/7. Qg4/7...O-O/8. Nf3/8...Nbc6/9. Bd3/9...f5

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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)


French Defence, Winawer Variation[edit]

Black's last move 9... f5 stopped White's threat of sacrificing the bishop on h7.
If White doesn't capture Black's f5 pawn en passant now, then their king bishop's diagonal (b1-h7) will be blocked permanently.
Because having their king bishop on a blocked diagonal certainly won't help White's kingside attack at all, White usually decides to capture the f5 pawn en passant 10. exf6.
However, in a few games White also played 10. Qh3 - in hope for opening a file on the kingside for their rooks at a later time.

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 c5 5. a3 Bxc3+ 6. bxc3 Ne7 7. Qg4 O-O 8. Nf3 Nbc6 9. Bd3 f5

Main Continuation exf6
Rare Continuation Qh3

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