The French Defense | Steinitz Variation | Chess Openings | IM Andrey Ostrovskiy

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In this video, IM Andrey Ostrovskiy continues the series on the French Defense with the Steinitz Variation. If white continues after 1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 with 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.e5, we enter the Steinitz Variation of the French Defense.

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  1. Thanks a lot for this great video. By watching your content i really started to understand what is master level chess is about. i'll try to remember these tips next time i play the Steinitz 😉

  2. Greetings from India
    Nice VDO Pl b SLOW in showing Game
    thank you😊

  3. I disagree with the assessment of the line 1. e4 e6 2. d4 d5 3. Nc3 Nf6 4. e5 Nfd7 5. Nce2 c5 6. c3 Nc6 7. Nf3 (at about 6:55 in the video) as just an inferior version of the Advance Variation. The differences compared to the Advance Variation are that the white queen's knight is on e2 instead of b1 and the black king's knight on d7 instead of g8, and intuitively both of these factors should favour white: the b1-knight is often a passive piece in the Advance which really suffers from the fact that its natural square on c3 is occupied by a pawn, while the g8-knight goes to f5 and plays an important role in pressuring white's centre. The fact that this line has been played as white by Vitiugov – one of the world's strongest French players – and recommended by Harikrishna in a Chessable course makes it even harder to believe that this isn't at least a slightly improved version of the Advance Variation.

  4. Master, thank you for the amazing video. I wanted to ask you about the position on the 19.00. I opened the Lichess book of openings and I saw that dxc5 is the second choice. The first choice is a3. For example, I found several interesting games where I believe that white achieves a better position than the variant that you showed. For example 1 e4 e6 2 d4 d5 3 Nc3 Nf6 4 e5 Nd7 5 f4 c5 6 Nf3 Nc6 7 Be3 ( Boleslavsky Variation ) a6 8 Qd2 b5 9 and here not cxe5 but a3 Qb6 10 Ne2 Qc7 11 c3 Na5 12 Qc2 Be7 13 Ng3 Bb7. In this position Stockfish valutes + 0.6 and there are four matches bewtween masters in the Lichess Book with 4 victories for white. ( For example Pfiffner Peter vs Anhalt Dr.Horst Peter in 2012 ). Moreover at the 7° move an other chance for black is Be2. It's possible to have an other video with these lines ? Thanks again.

  5. I dissagree with your assesment on the knight to e5 move, as the correct response to Bc4 would not be to break witht he usual c5 but on the contrary make proceed with a6 b5, facilitating the C5 thrust by making the white bishop a target. GM Simon Williams analyses this sideline interestingly

  6. Great Content. Thank you 🙏❤

  7. great video, FYI at 4:15 the line is suboptimal: stockfish recommends 10…exf6 capturing en passant (evaluated at +2.6, with the video line at +1.2)

  8. Now at six and one half minutes, c5 plays more into white's plan, and they have accomodated our pawn play strategy then we hit back with a change up of strategems

  9. very good explanations….i like your logical approch.

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