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As a religious French player, I totally despise the exchange variation (even while I face it as White). Can someone suggest a solid way to tackle the isolated D pawn issue?
White plays the exhange variation only if they are afraid to play more dynamically. Why surrender equal share of the centre in the second move?
Is better for black has an open column with Qxd5?
@arzo and all ppl who doesn't understand chess deaply. 1..e5 isn't any better than 1..e6 - I would almost say that 1..e6 is better due the fact that it's not played so often in sites like this and ppl don't know how to react it as well as you do.
¿Qué les cuesta jugar como los hombres? 1... e5!!!!!!!! ¡Esa es la jugada correcta! ¿Por qué salen con sus cobardías de 1... e6? Esas son tonterías! Los hombres de verdad siempre responden 1... e5. El que no lo hace es un cobarde! http://www.chess.com/livechess/game?id=641841357
i wouldnt want to expose my king like this.......
@subratal 17: Many IM's and GM's open 1.d4, 1.c4, or 1.Nf3.
The French is two times more popular than the caro!
If i look at my 5 000 000 games including database i see that 1....e6 is the third most played move against the 1.e4.
@pinklogic: Black has several good ways = 2..Qxd5!?, 2..exd5 followed by Nc6 Bg4, Qd7, Nge7, 0-0-0 etc., or 2..exd5 followed by Bd6, c6, Rge7/Rf6, O-0, Bg4
What must do black?
Moskalenko has founded quite interesting way of playing 3...Qxd5 on Black pieces. AND I think that 3.e5 is not really a good move - instead of drawish Qb6 crap Black can play Bd7,f6,Qc7,fxe5, 0-0-0 etc. In my standard games and online games White very rarely wins with 3.e5. White should probably play the Tarrach.
This is why i do not recomend this defense. http://www.chess.com/livechess/game?id=630438103
Most "French def." players do not like this variation, because its not the kind of game they want.
@subrata17: You forgot that e6 is followed by d5, thereby having not only a pawn in the centre but also a healthy linked pawn structure. The French is also very widely played, e6 is the third most popular reply after c5 and e5.
i don't think french defence is a popular difence for black. i think 3. e5 is a progressive move than 3. exd5. 3 e5 is a move to controle the middle. Very few GM/IM like this defence.No matter if so than 3...exd5 is proper.BUT the question is that why should not take the adventage if 3 e5?? Frence is not my good defence for black.
The people that play the white side of this variation have given me the most trouble with the isolated d pawn positions. They really seem to know how to cause havoc with that isolated pawn. Maybe if I get more practice with those types of games I can turn the tables. But right off hand they get the isolated d pawn to a dangerous passed pawn and eventually have a winning shot against me.
and I dont get the e5 comments, thats another variation
the computer plays anything...not just this opening...how r we supposed to practice openings with the chess.com engine? :)
i prefer the advance variation or tarrasch
I would have did e5.
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