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sonofcaissa 51 ( +1 | -1 )
Calling all players of the French Defence I played the following (over-the-board) game at my club on Monday night and I was wondering a) if anyone had actually seen Black's second move played before and b) do you think it's a valid move?
I only play the French defence (as Black) if I transpose into it, so I don't consider myself an expert on the variations of it.


1.e4 e6 2.d4 b6 3.Nf3 Bb7 4.Bd3 d5 5.e5 Ne7 6.Bg5 h6 7.Bd2 Nd7 8.O-O Ng6 9.Nc3 c5 10.Re1 cxd4 11.Nb5 Be7 12.Nbxd4 O-O 13.c3 Rc8 14.Qb1 Nh4 15.Nxh4 Bxh4 16.g3 Bg5 17.Bxg5 Qxg5 18.f4 Qe7 19.Qd1 Nc5 20.Bc2 f6 21.f5 fxe5 22.Rxe5 Rf6 23.Qg4 Rcf8 24.Rae1 Qf7 25.Nxe6 Nxe6 26.Rxe6 Rxe6 27.Rxe6 Bc8 28.Re5 a6 29.Rxd5 b5 30.Re5 Qa7+ 31.Kf1 Kh8 32.Qg6 Qf7 33.Qxf7 Rxf7 34.Re8+ 1-0
judokausa 14 ( +1 | -1 )
opening this is not a french opening. It is just an off-beat line. (B00 ECO) It is not a very good one since your opponent blocks in his bishop with d5.
sonofcaissa 23 ( +1 | -1 )
Judokausa >It is not a very good one...

That was my thought as well, when he played it and since the Bishop went back to c8 on move 27, it seems to indicate it should have been on this diagonal all along.

Thanks for your input.

nestorix 5 ( +1 | -1 )
English Defence Normally you attack the white center with c5 or f5.
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atrifix 3 ( +1 | -1 )
This is Owen's (a.k.a. English) Defense.
sonofcaissa 14 ( +1 | -1 )
Thanks for your input... nestorix & atrifix.

Nestorix, I agree that c5 would have made more sense for Black earlier than it was played.

drgandalf 10 ( +1 | -1 )
I offer to play the French Defence as White or Black versus any gold member, regardless of rating.