I play both sides of the French Defence. I tried it with black when I got an idea of ruling out some d-pawn specials by playing 1 .. e6.
I started to play French with black in late 2016 and my results has been excellet this far, I have even got several draws vs a local FIDE Master in both blitz and in rapid games in 2017. My first none blitz nor rapid games with it was in two team matches in 2017. I find the French Defence an excellent practical opening that works at all time controls.
I have played both sides of the Caro Kann defence. However these days I plays it mostly with white.
As black I did not lose many games, I even won over two local FIDE Masters who both played double edged variations in blitz games but is difficult to play for a win in many lines. When playing it with black vs lower rated I did not always play best opening moves like early Queen exchange in order to get more inbalances.
In my experience Caro Kann is bit inpractical in blitz as well, particullary in advance variation, but good in games where a draw is a good result.
At both club level and in tournaments the exchange variation is the most common line to face. I do not understand the logical since black equalices easy and I even have a slight plus score with black. I belive that the line will become even more common since WCH Magnus Carlsen plays this as white and two serious repertour books recommends it, both with some new ideas in mind. Advanced is second most common where I met the dubios Milner Barry Gambit more than I expected. After that both Nd2 and Nc3 are equally common and I have also met KIA and also some odd looking lines like Wing Gambit a few times.
I have also reached French via 1 d4 e6 2 e4 more than I expected, including in Correspondence Chess.
|2017||WSTT/2/17/3 - Caro Kann - Panow Variation, B13||7/12: +3 =8 -1||4th in section with same points as 3rd .|
|2019||WSTT/2/19/Final - French, Teisha Gambit, C02||3/4: +2 =2 -0||I have 2 games left in this 6 game tournament .|