French opening, Advenced

  • YuvalW
  • | Oct 1, 2007

French opening is an opening that black choose, for an answer to the white famous 1.e4.

The french opening works on solid position for lack of flexibility.
The opening is 1. ... e6 2. d4 (usualy)  d5 (The strong point of the opening).

At this point white have  4 major option:
3. e5 close the board, when white want to use his space at the king side to attack and black want to cut down d5 pawn and the play f6.
3. eXd5 that open the game and makes a kind d4-d5 opening game.
3. Nc3  defends the pawn,  keep the center  unbalanced and keeps  white open lines.
3.Nd7 defends  the pawn,  keep the center un balanced and keep more solid position then 3.Nc3 because of Bb5, but blocks the white bishop on c1.

at this article we will discusse the advenced varitaion that goes:
1. e4 e6 2. d4 d5 3. d6








At this position black (by the theroy) plays 3. ... c5 to attack the d5 pawn  4. c3 (or Nf3 with nimzowistch system) Nc6 (or Qb6 with Bd7) 5. Nf3 (5.Bb5? Bd7 6. Be2 Qb6)  Qb6







At this point white have two moves, 7. Bd3 or 7. a3 (with b4), today the a3 is counted as the stronger, but we will work here at the classic Bd3.

7. Bd3  Bd7 (c:d5 is possible, but do you get the pawn?)

This is the classic opening, white usualy (but don't have to) plays Bc2 to make is harder for black to get into the center with the weird move 8. ... Nh6 with Nf5. I attack the center in a diffrent wey, with the new in theroy move g5, blakc knight take my pawn and i take his d5 pawn.









And now a few tactical problems for black French player:

 After black took his queen out, white put is bishop out on defence, punish him!









White saw the last trick and moved his pawn to avoid it, punish him!









You just took out your bishop as the opening say when the black took your pawn, what next? 








Thats all for now on the basic French Advance opening.


  • 6 years ago


    I like to learn The French, I have been trying to play it, but let me tell you, is not easy!!!, you have the big Bishop problem, a semi strong player with White pieces will give you a lot of trouble, you will be praying for a draw.

    The first 2-5 moves are easy, but after that you better know very well the strategy considerations, otherwise you will be seen your position getting worst, move by move.

  • 7 years ago


    hmm.. you are right obviously..

    I didn't even remember writing this article.. by it's date I'd say I've been around 1304 ELO when I wrote in (also in my nickname.. boring304)

  • 7 years ago


    on your third puzzle; one question:  wouldn't 4) bxd7+  be the better move?  otherwise black can take bishop after white takes queen. 

      Thank you, I enjoyed the article!

  • 8 years ago


    The French Defense was the first defense I learned from books. Solid and works! It's also the first defense I am teaching my wife. Good for beginners. Easy to learn.

  • 9 years ago


    This is pretty good helps me since I play the French Defense some.Smile

  • 9 years ago


    Nice article. Thank you for your efforts.
  • 9 years ago


     For those who want to learn more about the French Advance variation,  1)e4 , e6 ;  2)d4, d5 ;  3)e5  you should  study  Aron Nimzovich's   "CHESS PRAXIS"!   It will pay you good "dividends".
  • 9 years ago


    look for changes, there is one interesting and very important change...
  • 9 years ago


    I did not understand, i wrote e5, d6 is not a possible move
  • 9 years ago


    A little mistake.  In this defense   3. e5  ( not 3.d6 )
  • 9 years ago


    Nice puzzles, thank you for the leason.
  • 9 years ago


    This is helpful, and I'm over 1500.  I need to actually study some openings.  We need a database of opening systems for the uninitiated like me.

  • 9 years ago


    Hmm. Interesting. I have solved one of the puzzles
  • 9 years ago


  • 9 years ago


    Excellent article and lots of fun. Definitely worth your time if you are under 1500.
  • 9 years ago


    Sorry if i misspelld and so... English is not my mother language (hebrew).
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