The McCutcheon Variation of the French Defense is defined by the moves 1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.Bg5 Bb4 (diagram).
Black basically ignores White’s threat of e5 and looks to counter-attack with this sharp line. White needs to be aware of Black’s positional threats (Black mainly wants to attack White’s queenside) or could quickly find themselves in a bad position.
The variation was named after the strong amateur player John Lindsay McCutcheon who managed to use it to defeat the World Champion Wilhelm Steinitz in a simul.
In this exclusive iChess Club video, GM Mihail Marin explores these ideas and shows how White can effectively meet this variation.
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