### Chess: Understanding the French Defense (Advance Variation) Part I

**1 e4 e6 2 d4 d5 3 e5 c5 4 c3 Nc6 5 Nf3 Qb6**

6 a3 c4 7 Nbd2 Na5 8 Be2 Bd79 O-O Ne7

10 Re1 h6 11 Rb1 Qc7 12 Bf1 Nc8 13 Re3

13 ... Nb6 14 Ne1 O-O-O 15 f4 g6 16 Rh3

16 ... Be7 17 Ndf3 Ba4 18 Qe2 h5 Line

6 a3 c4 7 Nbd2 Na5 8 Be2 Bd79 O-O Ne7

10 Re1 h6 11 Rb1 Qc7 12 Bf1 Nc8 13 Re3

13 ... Nb6 14 Ne1 O-O-O 15 f4 g6 16 Rh3

16 ... Be7 17 Ndf3 Ba4 18 Qe2 h5 Line

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1 e4

(i) Staking a claim on d5 and f5.

(ii) Enabling the Queen and f1 bishop

to mobilize along the diagonals d1-h5

and f1-a6 respectively.

1 ... e6

Black prepares for 2 ... d5 so as to challenge

White's command of that square. He also opens

up the f8-a3 diagonal for the f8 bishop.

2 d4

Checking out e5 and c5 plus liberating

the c1 bishop.

2 ... d5

3 e5

White resolves the d5 tension by advancing

and cramping Black's game in the center.

Please observe how the g8 knight is deprived

of its preferred post on f6 and the d6 square

is out of bounds to Black.

3 ... c5

**Since the e5 pawn is a thorn in Black's flesh,**

he initiates its removal by striking out at

its d4 foundation.

he initiates its removal by striking out at

its d4 foundation.

3 ... b6

3 ... Ne7

3 ... Bd7

3 ... Be7

3 ... Qd7

3 ... Bb4+

3 ... Nc6

3 ... Nd7

3 ... f6

3 ... f5

4 c3

Supporting the base of his d4-e5 pawn chain

and availing the Queen of the d1-a4 diagonal.

4 dxc5

4 Qg4

**4 Nf3 cxd4**5 Bd3 Nc6 6 O-O Nge7 7 Bf4 Ng6

8 Bg3 Qb6 9 b3 Bd7 10 a3 f6 11 exf6 gxf6

12 Nh4 O-O-O 13 Bxg6 hxg6 14 Nxg6 Rg8

15 Nxf8 Rdxf8.

**4 Nf3 cxd4**5 Bd3 Nc6 6 O-O Nge7 7 Bf4 Ng6

8 Bg3 Qb6 9 Qc1 Bd7 10 Nbd2 Rc8 11 a3 a5 12 Re1 Bc5

13 Rb1 O-O 14 h4 f6 15 exf6 gxf6.

**4 Nf3 cxd4**5 Bd3 Nc6 6 O-O Nge7 7 Bf4 Ng6

8 Bg3 Be7 9 Nbd2 f5 10 exf6 gxf6 11 Nh4 Nge5

12 Qh5+ Kd7 13 Bb5 Qe8 14 Qe2 a6 15 Bxc6+ Nxc6.

**4 Nf3 cxd4**5 Bd3 Nc6 6 O-O Nge7 7 Bf4 Ng6

8 Bg3 Be7 9 Nbd2 O-O 10 Nb3 f5 11 exf6 gxf6

12 Nfxd4 e5 13 Nf5 e4 14 Nxe7+ Qxe7 15 Bb5 f5.

**4 Nf3 cxd4**5 Bd3 Nc6 6 O-O Nge7 7 Bf4 Ng6

8 Bg3 Be7 9 Nbd2 O-O 10 Nb3 f5 11 exf6 gxf6

12 Bxg6 hxg6 13 Nfxd4 e5 14 Nxc6 bxc6 15 f4 e4.

**4 Nf3 cxd4**5 Bd3 Nc6 6 O-O Nge7 7 Bf4 Ng6

8 Bg3 Be7 9 a3 O-O 10 Re1 f5 11 h3 Bd7 12 b4 a5

13 b5 Na7 14 a4 Bb4 15 Re2 f4.

**4 Nf3 cxd4**5 Bd3 Nc6 6 O-O Nge7 7 Bf4 Ng6

8 Bg3 Bc5 9 Nbd2 Bd7 10 Nb3 Bb6 11 Re1 Rc8

12 h4 f6 13 exf6 Qxf6 14 h5 Nge7.

**4 Nf3 cxd4**5 Bd3 Nc6 6 O-O Nge7 7 Bf4 Qb6

8 Nbd2 Bd7 9 Nb3 f5 10 Nfxd4 Nxd4 11 Be3 Nec6

12 c3 O-O-O 13 cxd4 Kb8 14 a4 Rc8.

**4 Nf3 cxd4**5Bd3 Nc6 6 O-O Nge7 7 Bf4 Qb6

8 Nbd2 Bd7 9 Nb3 Ng6 10 Bg3 Rc8 11 h4 Nb4

12 Nfxd4 Nxd3 13 Qxd3 h5 14 Rfe1 Be7.

**4 Nf3 cxd4**5 Bd3 Nc6 6 O-O Nge7 7 Bf4 Qb6

8 Nbd2 Ng6 9 Bg3 Nb4 10 Nb3 Nxd3 11 Qxd3 Bd7

12 Nfxd4 Be7 13 f4 O-O 14 Kh1 Kh8.

**4 Nf3 cxd4**5 Bd3 Nc6 6 O-O f6 7 Qe2 Qc7

8 Bf4 g5 9 Bg3 g4 10 Nh4 f5 11 f3 Qg7

12 fxg4 fxg4 13 c4 dxc4 14 Bxc4 Bd7 15 Nd2.

**4 Nf3 cxd4**5 Bd3 Nc6 6 O-O f6 7 Qe2 Qc7

8 Bf4 g5 9 Bg3 g4 10 Nh4 f5 11 Nd2 Bh6

12 Nxf5 exf5 13 e6 Qg7 14 Bxf5 Qg5 15 Be5.

**4 Nf3 cxd4**5 Bd3 Nc6 6 O-O f6 7 Qe2 fxe5

8 Nxe5 Nf6 9 Bf4 Bd6 10 Nd2 O-O 11 Ndf3 Qe8

12 Bg3 Bd7 13 Nxc6 Bxg3 14 Ncxd4 Bd6 15 Rae1.

**4 Nf3 cxd4**5 Bd3 Nc6 6 O-O f6 7 Bb5 Bd7

8 Bxc6 bxc6 9 Qxd4 fxe5 10 Qxe5 Nf6 11 Bf4 Bc5

12 Nc3 O-O 13 Bg3 Qe7 14 a3 a5.

**4 Nf3 cxd4**5 Bd3 Nc6 6 O-O Bc5/ 6 ... Qb6

/ 6 ... Nd7/ 6 ... Bd7/ 6 ... f5.

**4 Nf3 cxd4**5 Bd3 Ne7/ 5 ... Nd7.

**4 Nf3 cxd4**5 Qxd4/ 5 Nxd4.

**4 Nf3**Nc6/ 4 ... Qb6.

4 ... Nc6

**Development towards d4. The pressurization**

of d4 is a critical theme for the defense.

of d4 is a critical theme for the defense.

4 ... Bd7

4 ... Ne7

4 ... Nd7

4 ... c4

4 ... cxd4

**4 ... Qb6 5 Nf3**Nc6 6 a3 Nh6 7 b4 cxd4

8 cxd4 Nf5 9 Bb2 Bd7 10 g4 Nfe7 11 Nc3 Na5/

11 ... Qd8/ 11 ... h5/ 11 ... Ng6.

**4 ... Qb6 5 Nf3**Nc6 6 a3 Nh6 7 b4 cxd4

8 cxd4 Nf5 9 Bb2 Bd7 10 g4 Nh6 11 h3 f6

12 Bd3 Nf7 13 Nbd2 fxe5 14 dxe5 Be7

15 Rc1 Ng5 16 h4 Nxf3+ 17 Qxf3 Nd4.

**4 ... Qb6 5 Nf3**Nc6 6 a3 Nh6 7 b4 cxd4

8 cxd4 Nf5 9 Bb2 Bd7 10 g4 Nh6 11 h3 f6

12 Bd3 Nf7 13 O-O Rc8 14 Nbd2 a5 15 b5 Ne7

16 a4 Ng6 17 Bxg6 hxg6.

**4 ... Qb6 5 Nf3**Nc6 6 a3 Nh6 7 b4 cxd4

8 cxd4 Nf5 9 Bb2 Bd7 10 g4 Nh6 11 h3 f6

12 Nc3 fxe5 13 dxe5 Be7 14 Na4 Qd8 15 Rc1 O-O

16 Nc5 Bxc5 17 Rxc5 Nf7.

**4 ... Qb6 5 Nf3**Nc6 6 a3 Nh6 7 b4 cxd4

8 cxd4 Nf5 9 Bb2 Bd7 10 g4 Nh6 11 h3 Rc8

12 Nc3 Na5 13 Na4 Qc6 14 Nc5 Nc4

15 Bc1 Ng8/ 15 ... Be7.

**4 ... Qb6 5 Nf3**Nc6 6 a3 Nh6 7 b4 cxd4

8 cxd4 Nf5 9 Bb2 Bd7 10 g4 Nh6 11 h3 Rc8

12 Nc3 Na5 13 Na4 Qc6 14 Rc1 Nc4 15 Bxc4 dxc4.

**4 ... Qb6 5 Nf3**Nc6 6 a3 Nh6 7 b4 cxd4

8 cxd4 Nf5 9 Bb2 Bd7 10 g4 Nh6 11 h3 Na5

12 Nbd2 Nc4 13 Bxc4 dxc4 14 Nxc4 Qb5 15 Nfd2 Bc6

16 O-O Be7 17 f3 Rc8.

**4 ... Qb6 5 Nf3**Nc6 6 a3 Nh6 7 b4 cxd4

8 cxd4 Nf5 9 Bb2 Bd7 10 g4 Nh6 11 h3 Be7

12 Bd3 Rc8 13 Nbd2 Nb8 14 Qe2 a6 15 Nb1 Nc6

16 O-O O-O 17 Nbd2 f5 18 exf6

(18 Bxf6) 18 ... gxf6.

**4 ... Qb6 5 Nf3**Nc6 6 a3 Nh6 7 b4 cxd4

8 cxd4 Nf5 9 Bb2 Bd7 10 g4 Nh6 11 Rg1 f6

12 exf6 gxf6 13 Nc3 Nf7 14 Na4/ 14 Rc1/ 14 Qe2.

**4 ... Qb6 5 Nf3**Nc6 6 a3 Nh6 7 b4 cxd4

8 cxd4 Nf5 9 Bb2 Bd7 10 Be2/ 10 h4/ 10 Nc3.

**4 ... Qb6 5 Nf3**Nc6 6 a3 Nh6 7 b4 cxd4

8 cxd4 Nf5 9 Bb2 Be7/ 9 ... a5.

**4 ... Qb6 5 Nf3**Nc6 6 a3 Nh6 7 b4 cxd4

8 cxd4 Nf5 9 Be3 f6 10 Bd3 Nxe3 11 fxe3 fxe5

12 b5 Nxd4 13 exd4 e4 14 Bxe4/ 14 O-O.

**4 ... Qb6 5 Nf3**Nc6 6 a3 Nh6 7 b4 cxd4

8 cxd4 Nf5 9 Be3 f6 10 Bd3 Nxe3 11 fxe3 fxe5

12 b5 e4 13 bxc6 exf3.

**4 ... Qb6 5 Nf3**Nc6 6 a3 Nh6 7 b4 cxd4

8 cxd4 Nf5 9 Be3 f6 10 b5 Nxe5 11 dxe5 Nxe3

12 fxe3 Qxe3+ 13 Qe2 Qc1+ 14 Qd1 Qe3+ 15 Qe2 Qc1+.

**4 ... Qb6 5 Nf3**Nc6 6 a3 Nh6 7 b4 cxd4

8 cxd4 Nf5 9 Be3 f6 10 exf6 gxf6 11 Bd3 Nxe3

12 fxe3 Bh6 13 Qe2 Bd7 14 Nc3 Ne7 15 O-O O-O

16 Kh1/ 16 Qe1.

**4 ... Qb6 5 Nf3**Nc6 6 a3 Nh6 7 b4 cxd4

8 cxd4 Nf5 9 Be3 g6/ 9 ... Bd7/ 9 ... Be7/

9 ... Nxe3.

**4 ... Qb6 5 Nf3**Nc6 6 a3 Nh6 7 b4 cxd4

8 Bxh6 gxh6 9 cxd4 Bd7/ 9 ... Rg8.

**4 ... Qb6 5 Nf3**Nc6 6 a3 Nh6 7 b4 c4/

7 ... cxb4.

**4 ... Qb6 5 Nf3**Nc6 6 a3 Nh6 7 Bd3.

**4 ... Qb6 5 Nf3**Nc6 6 a3 Bd7/ 6 ... a5/

6 ... Nge7/ 6 ... f6/ 6 ... cxd4.

**4 ... Qb6 5 Nf3**Nc6 6 Be2/ 6 Bd3/ 6 Na3

/ 6 dxc5.

**4 ... Qb6 5 Nf3**Bd7/ 5 ... Ne7.

**4 ... Qb6 5 a3/ 5 Bd3.**

5 Nf3

White reinforces the base of his pawn chain.

5 Be3

5 Be2

5 Ne2

5 a3

5 Bb5

5 f4

5 ... Qb6

(i) Attacking the focal d4 in conjunction

with the c5 pawn and c6 knight.

(ii) Arresting the c1 bishop's development

because of the threat ... Qxb2.

5 ... Bd7

5 ... Nge7

5 ... Nh6

5 ... a6

5 ... f6

5 ... f5

5 ... cxd4

6 a3

(i) Eliminating any possibility of a b4 intrusion.

(ii) Preparing to assert himself on the queenside

via b2-b4.

Also, b2-b4 frees the c1 bishop from minding the

b2 pawn.

6 Be2

6 Bd3

6 Na3

6 ... c4

(i) Thwarts White's ambition to expand on the

queenside with

b2-b4 because of an en passant capture on b3.

(ii) Limits the f1 bishop's scope along the

f1-a6 diagonal.

6 ... Nh6

6 ... Bd7

6 ... a5

6 ... Nge7

6 ... f6

6 ... cxd4

7 Nbd2

Preparing for b2-b4 by enabling White to

respond to ... cxb3 en passant with Nxb3.

7 g3

7 Be2

7 h4

7 b4

7 ... Na5

But not if Black has anything to say about it.

Now b3 is solidly under his command because

he has three pieces eyeing the square whereas

White only has two.

7 ... Bd7

7 ... f6

8 Be2

White prepares to castle.

8 g3

8 Rb1

8 b4

8 h4

8 ... Bd7

Assuming a more active diagonal.

9 O-O

9 Rb1

9 ... Ne7

The knight is headed for the queenside (Ng8-e7-c8-b6).

9 ... O-O-O

9 ... h6

9 ... Be7

9 ... f6

10 Re1

Centralizing the rook for forthcoming action.

10 Rb1

10 Ng5

10 a4

10 ... h6

Prevention against Ng5.

10 ... Qc7

10 ... Qc6

10 ... Nec6

10 ... f6

10 ... Ng6

11 Rb1

11 Qc2

11 ... Qc7

11 ... O-O-O

11 ... Bc6

11 ... Nb3

11 ... Nc8

12 Bf1

12 Nf1

12 ... Nc8

13 Re3

13 ... Nb6

14 Ne1

14 ... O-O-O

15 f4

15 ... g6

16 Rh3

16 ... Be7

17 Ndf3

17 ... Ba4

18 Qe2

18 ... h5

**By ChessCoach@care2.com**

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