Chess Openings: The Underrated McCutcheon Variation (French Defense)

NM Dan Heisman provides a basic overview of the McCutcheon Variation of the French Defense (1.e4 e6 2.d5 d5 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.Bg5 Bb4). Dan uses both engine Stockfish 10 and the book The Modern French by Antic and Maksimovic as a guide to the opening.

NM Dan Heisman has been a full-time chess instructor since 1996 and is the author of 12 chess books, a TV show on and radio at the Internet Chess Club. Howard Stern was one of Dan’s students. Dan tries to answer comments on YouTube but for a quicker, more comprehensive answer (or questions about lessons), contact Dan via email, skype, or phone via Dan’s website . His Chess Tip of the Day is @danheisman on Twitter.


  1. I started playing this after coming across some annoying lines in the classical mainly h4 after Bg5. When I first started playing it, at 12:09 I played the horrible blunder 0-0?? Painful memory of my youth.

    Thanks Dan.

  2. Thank you for the video lesson Dan. Provides a little bit more of clarity in the wilderness of openings.

  3. You're from Philly? I'm from Delaware County but live in Orlando now. How about them birds today?! FINALLY!

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