Jim West Talks Chess: French Defense, Exchange Variation

The exchange variation in the French Defense is considered to be drawish.  But not in this game!


  • 3 months ago


    15...Nc8 and black is better

  • 4 years ago


    I am a regular player of french defense. and i love it, i always get wins against my level-rated players. I always go for advance variations, but don't quite know how to deal with Exchange Variation, so I came up with my own line, would like to share it.

    The Idea behind is to transpose the position back to advance variation. what do you think? any ideas?

  • 6 years ago


    Hey Jim im a french player,,, so if my analysis serves me right i should watch out for the exchange variation? usually i play amateur chess,, and if someone comes with the excahnge variation on my board i end up with a drawish game.,, -.-"

  • 9 years ago


    Nice game, Jim! I played through it 3 times... I see you don't like your Knights: 13. Ne5! & 19.Nc5!

    I went to see your blog and it is interesting, to say the least. I have added you to my favorites, but I will add a link at my blog. I studied the French for a little bit. I need to study the exchange variation some more. I have always played the Advance variation, but I decided to stop after I played it badly against a 2300 player a couple of months ago. May be I need to go the Exchange Way.

  • 9 years ago

    NM JimWest

    Here is an article of mine on the exchange variation of the French.
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