Post by cleverconure on Jul 31, 2015 17:48:23 GMT -5
I feel like the KIA sort of (almost) refutes the French because black's king is alone (easy to attack), and black has no time to play his own counterplay (c5 b5 a5 b4 a4 etc.) because the Kingside Attack in the KIA is too fast.
Post by cleverconure on Jul 31, 2015 17:55:24 GMT -5
I don't think so. How do you stop Ng5? And, if you play Bxg5, how do you stop upcoming mate threats after hxg5? I'll play Nh6, Qg6, g6, etc. (In no particular order, and it depends on what moves you play of course)
Well, I am unfamiliar with this line aside from the general structure of it, so it looks like I may have fallen victim to the KIA
I'll see if I can't at least get out of the mate. For no Bxg5 is a must
Mmm. Well, like I said in my previous posts, I personally believe that the French is dubious to the KIA due to black's king being alone and white having a fast attack that black has to react to. I'm not 100% sure though, so don't quote me. You could try the b6 French against the KIA, which holds up pretty well; the lines go where black castles queenside, plays Rdg8, and tries to open lines in the kingside. What openings do you exclusively play?
Edit: Its just like how the Yugoslav Attack makes the Sicilian Dragon VERY Dubious (I know some masters who have studied the Sicilian Dragon for a month, 8 hours a day, and they all say that they would never recommend the Sicilian Dragon as part of your opening repertoire; "Black gets crushed by the Yugoslav attack.").
I haven't played chess in a while so not anything atm. But I used to play some basic stuff like Ruy Lopez Colle Scottish Catalan and I also like Najdorf.
For white, I play the KIA (of course). For black, I play the KID and the Pirc.
If you're going to be a french player, I suggest you study the KIA a lot, and pick variations you feel the most comfortable with. The French is more strategic, positional, and slow, but counterattacking (ideally). If you like those kind of positions, for white, I'd go with the Catalan (Like you said), or any sound d4 c4 lines maybe. The english might be an interesting choice too. For black, the French (of course) and against d4, you have a lot of good choices that would suit such a style; Queen's Indian Defense, Queen's Gambit Declined, Slav, Nimzo-Indian/Bogo-Indian, or you could play e6, possibly allowing white to transpose into a 'standard' French.
If you like sharp tactical positions where its not about the 'whole' but more about 'parts' of the position, I'd suggest for black either the Pirc, e5, or Sicilian (Najdorf) against e4, and KID, Grunfeld, Semi-slav Botvinnik, or Dutch (against d4.) And for white I'd suggest e4 (Scotch, Ruy Lopez, Italian, etc.), or KIA.