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The basic principles of the French Defense still apply – black should strive to undermine white´s center by first applying pressure on d4 via moves like …c5, …Nc6, and …Qb6. Once white´s pieces are tied down to the defense of the d4 pawn, black should aim to open a frontal attack against white´s center with …f6 – breaking open the f-file and substantially increasing the pressure.
To learn an excellent set-up and basic plan on how to play as black against this sharp set-up for white, in the above video I have examined a few games by a legendary player in the history of the French Defense — GM Viktor Korchnoi. Below you will find the interactive PGNs for these 2 examples from Korchnoi´s games.
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