For the past several weeks, I've made a big deal about the French and have used it almost exclusively against e4. At first I had problems with the weak pawns after f6 and other aspects, but now, my skill has grown and I can handle most French positions well enough. (for my level) Moreover, the more I've used the French, the more it has grown on me.
However, I can't help but wonder if there aren't some wrinkles in the French as there were in the Accelerated Dragon. And a las, I think I found something. After Nc3 and Nf6 (the safest and probably soundest), White plays Bg5. For over 5 hours I looked through the McCutheon, Classical and Burn variation until I finally went with the highest ELO players and chose the Burn variation to free Black's game. After that, it was a matter of playing Nbd7 or Be7 (with Bxf6 or gxf6). Again, I spent many hours sifting through all of this material and decided that the highest ELO players were right again and the best choice is Nd7. Now, upon closer scrutiny, there is one variation in particular that seems to cause Black trouble in the Nd7 variation of the Burn.
Please tell me what you think of this, any improvements, Black's chances, etc.
1. e4 e6 2. d4 d5 3. Nc3 Nf6 4. Bg5 dxe4 5. Nxe4 Nbd7
6. Nf3 h6 7. Nxf6+ Nxf6 8. Bh4 c5 9. Bc4 cxd4 10. O-O Be7 11. Qe2 O-O 12. Rad1
Qb6 13. Nxd4 Qxb2 14. Nf5 exf5 15. Qxe7 Be6 16. Bxe6 fxe6 17. Qxe6+ Kh8 18.
Qxf5 Qxa2 19. Rd6 Qb2 20. Qd3 Rac8 21. c4 Qe5 22. Bxf6 Rxf6 23. Rd7 Rb6
White to move