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@InspiredSquare After 4.e5 c5 5.c3 Nc6, White is not able to achieve his ideal setup with Bd3 and Ne2 successfully, because of the pressure on d4. In comparison with the line 3.Nd2 Nf6 4.e5 Nd7 5.Bd3, White is able to play Bd3 before Black hits with c5.
Tatev begins the video by explaining that White's ideal set up after 1...e6 and 2...d5, is for white to have: knight on e2, knight on f3, pawn on e5, pawn on c3.
Her proposal to play 3...Be7 does nothing to prevent this setup, and presupposes a white attempt to exploit the 3...Be7, with 4.Qg4.
Tatev: what is Black's plan if White simply continues with its development, by playing the ideal setup? There is nothing to hinder that from happening in 3...Be7, and since white does this in the mainline, why wouldn't white just continue with that?
I don't see it, so I'll look forward to your explanation (the only thing that I can see, is a possible early ...f6, where the Black knight would look to jump, with ...f6. exf6 Nxf6. What am I missing?)
Thank you WGM Abrahamyan. That was a good introduction to the 3...Be7 line for me. I usually play 3...Nf6 but this gave me some food for thought.
Thanks for the good variations
Tats gets a lot of infomration good bang for the buck, thanks to hert for posting this vidt, great fun...
Lige, Maryld. u.s.
Informative about the French,thanks
the chess.com announer's voice is hilarious!
Good lecture on ideas in the tarrasch, from my future wife...
at 23 u talk about the queen being in trouble..But, can't they just exchange a rook and queens. Is that bad for white for some reason?
who likes to be passive anyway?
nic lines thanxx
of course the black knight on c5 is a problem.
What if white sacks the b3 knight at 24:13 and captures d5 with the rook pinning the knight on d7? the idea being to bring the bishop on c2 to b3. Then white has the potential of a discovered check when you move the white rook from d5?
I'm so happy we got the simple variation out of the way first.
by WGM Tatev Abrahamyan
WGM Abrahamyan continues to divulge all of her French secrets! Today she expands upon her great series by showing the "annoying" Tarrasch - 3. Nd2. She focuses on the 3...Be7 system, where White has a few satisfactory replies including clarifying the center right away with 4. e5. Many pawn structures are possible, and Abrahamyan shows how the hanging pawns can give Black an edge.
French Defense: Tarrasch Variation (C03)
Related: Winawer Part 1
Tarrasch Part 2
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WGM Tatev Abrahamyan
Women's Grandmaster Tatev Abrahamyan is one of the youngest top-rated women chess players in the United States. She's competed in multiple U.S. Women's Championships, with her best result coming in 2005 - tying for first place only to lose out in the playoff. Born in Yerevan, Armenia in 1988 - Tatev came to the U.S. as a young girl, and quickly rose through the ranks, eventually joining the U.S. Women's Olympic Team. An expert in the French Defense, Tatev's Debut Video Series reveals many of her personal repertoire secrets.
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