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Parker Garcia
Parker Garcia

French Defense: The Solid Rubinstein Variation

As you can see, white has a solid plus in each line. If you are playing someone lower rated and/or want to avoid theory, this is a solid option. Although White does not have as big of an advantage, it's easy to play and the position is very comfortable (the variations are all top level games).

French Defense: The Solid Rubinstein Variation

1) - a book on the Rubinstein French from Black's perspective and therefore it aims to list all the possible lines for White, which you can use for inspiration.

In January and then briefly last month we looked at games with the Rubinstein Variation, 3 Nc3 (/3Nd2) 3...dxe4 4 Nxe4 Nd7, which has been used by strong players for years to get a safe and solid position for Black, as have other ...dxe4 surrender-of-the-centre variations. A remarkable number of games have been played with it over the years and it continues to be popular. As mentioned previously, the Rubinstein, regardless of the theoretical standing, consistently scores considerably worse than other variations of the French. In fact, as I've pointed out before, if you eliminate ...dxe4 lines the French becomes almost as successful as the Sicilian Defense, and more successful than any other 1 e4 defense. Black draws a fair number of games, but he very seldom wins. This month that trend continues: the score was 8-8-0, a 75% winning record for White with an almost 300-point performance rating lead. Last month it was better, but 9-9-2 with an over 150-point edge still isn't impressive (and 13-10-5 the month before). Anyway, I gave three games with the Rubinstein in January and one game last month (Anand-Meier), and am going to wrap up my overview of 4...Nd7 by giving several more, using games from the past 2-3 months, and filling in some relatively important lines I skipped before or relegated to notes. Not to worry: this isn't the sort of hot theory in which assessments are constantly changing!

The Tarrasch variation is one of the most solid choices against the French Defense. This move has had a reputation of being a little tame but in my opinion, is a very practical move which has given me good results in my tournament practice. The main reason I switched from 3.Nc3 to 3.Nd2 was to avoid the incredible amount of theory in the Winawer (3...Bb4) and 3...Nf6 variations. I found in 3.Nd2 a perfect balance between strategic play and tactics. I began by studying the games of the specialists, Sergey Tiviakov and Michael Adams. Both players have great results in this line. It was from their games that I made my repertoire choice that I will share with you in this database. 041b061a72




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