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The MacCutcheon Variation is one of the sharpest and most exciting variations in the French. In this variation, the second player ignores White’s threat of e4-e5 and instead plays 4… Bb4. The main line continues: 5. e5 h6 6. Bd2 Bxc3 7. bxc3 Ne4 8. Qg4. At this point Black may play 8…g6, which weakens the kingside dark squares but keeps the option of castling queenside, or 8…Kf8.