Normally I play two knight variations against French defence (as suggested by Nigel) as it suits my playing style. After 1. e4 e6 2. Nf3 d5 3. Nc3 Nf6 4. e5 Nfd7 5. d4 c5 6. dxc5 Nc6 7. Bf4 Bxc5 8. Bd3
I was very comfortable with 8…. f6 9. exf6 Nf6 10.0-0, but after the cunning 8…Be7!? I had more trouble. The point is that after 9. 0-0 Black can play 9…g5! 10. Bg3 h5 (see diagram).
It looks to me as if Black is in the driving seat. Though experts might see no danger for White in this position, for players below 1800 it is quite difficult to defend against this due to insufficient knowledge of defence. Therefore I started to look for some appropriate way to meet the French Defence.
Rather than 6.dxc5 White has another interesting move in 6.Bg5 which creates some nice practical traps. Here are a couple of examples:
Game 1 Rohl Montes,J (2390)-Uribe,M (2387) Medell in 2003
Game 2 Roy Chowdhury – Illingworth, Max in 2009
There might be some errors in the given analysis but I am just pointing another way for the amateurs or club players who don’t have enough time to study heavy theoretical lines.
[Editors note: There was an interesting article on this line by Gary Lane that can be found here.]