Originally posted by Tyrannosauruschex
It is more like an exchange winawer - the 'pure' exchange french begins 1.e4 e6 2. d4 d5 3. exd5
Nice to see though, I might have a shot at that sort of thing myself someday.
I have played some games with the French Exchange.
(1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.exd5) The games have been pretty interesting, with a lot of maneuvering. I don't think one of them has really been a draw. 3.Nc3 and then 4.exd5 can be an improved form. After 3. ... Bb4 the bishop is commited to what may turn out to be a bad square.
After 3. ... Nf6 4.exd5 exd5 5.Bg5 is an option. Black usually doesn't let white get this setup. I read somewhere that the delayed exchange may in fact be better (In the 3. ... Nf6 variation). It may be Lasker or someone that said it. I forget. The thing that I like about it is that you have some nice open lines for your bishops. Also you don't have to play e5 and defend that strongpoint for a long time. Being a French player, from the black side, I like that. The Petroff is the same exact pawn structure and many interesting games come from it too. Try it in a game or two.