2. Qe2 French Explained (Advanced Class)


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I'm going to start by looking at several variations you could do as a French player or playing against the French. 

I am going to start with the 2. Qe2 French. It is a very, very interesting line in the French which I have been looking at recently. It sort of gets into a Kings Indian Attack type of game, which we will also be looking at in this series. I have never played it in a real life chess game before, and it is likely that I will not play this. But it was fun looking at it.

1. e4 e6 2. Qe2

Now here there is really only 1 main line in this and that is by playing:

2... c5 

But of course there are other ways to play it of course. Beginners in chess will be looking at moves like d5, Nf6, Nc6 even Bc5. 

Well, lets have a look at them:

{2... Bc5?! Is a very interesting way to play it. Sometimes when I see moves that are not along the main lines, is not a really accurate move but playable, it kind of shocks me a bit. Sometimes it's not even that good at all. A thing you should know:

If you face an uncommon line, just stick to your guns and play normal simple chess

 I had a game with: 1. e4 c5 2. c3 Nf6 and 3. f3?! and I faced it terribly despite being a terrible line. Even 3. d3 is better than the very dubious 3. f3?! Anyway save that game for later. Lets focus on this 2... Bc5 line. Basically what you need to do is just play simple chess with

3. Nf3 nothing special. Just a natuarally developing move like I said before, that is what you need to do. 

But if you are a creative player and love to mix things up you could always go with (3. c3Interestingly enough this has been tried by 2 players 2400+, even a young French Grandmaster "Maxime Lagarde" a funny game shows up where obviously his opponent has no idea what he is doing 

Young 21 year old French Grandmaster Maxime Lagarde

Okay of course, not the best game to show. For some reason this Bc5 line now has a reputation of short games


The move that I thought was a little interesting was 3... Ne7!? but I think we should be looking at some other ideas. 

Lets move on from 3. c3 and look at a game with 3. Nf3

I love looking at upset games. Back 20 years ago. Lets have check this one out:


Okay now lets move on from 2... Bc5

Now you should know that 2... Nf6 is easily met with 3. e5 So we will not cover that today. But we will cover:

2... Nc6? Is actually probaly worse than Nf6 as Blacks position is more closed but they may not even know that.

Funnily enough in the recent Australian Junior Chess Championships held in Adelaide, there was an Under 8s game, yep an Under 8s game. 

The Tournament was won by the very talented Sayum Rupasinghe from Sydney. He is a very strong player and a well deserved win.

Lets have a look at a game he faced against Queenslands Michael Dullaway 


Some people have tried 2... Be7 before, but okay enough with the sidelines. Lets get into it.

Now Black plays:

2... c5 3. Nf3 Nc6 4. g3 g6

Standard stuff, but g6 is not the only move Black can do. He could go for:

4... d6 

This is met with:

5. Bg2 g6 6. 0-0 Bg7 7. c3

And I'll show a game that happened after 

7... Nge7 8. Rd1 e5

A lot of people have also played

4... Nf6

Should be met with

5. Bg2

And I will give 3 different games on what Black can do here:


Now we look at a very interesting battle between Romanishin and Bareev. These 2 have had fantastic battles since 1986, and now we see a 1994 classic 2. Qe2 Battle to the death!  

Unfortunately, it was a tradgic loss to Bareev 

Now we finally get to our main line game:

5. Bg2

5. h4!? Was tried by IM James Morris in the recent Australasian Masters against the young Australian gun IM Anton Smirnov ended in a draw


Well I hope you all enjoyed my very first lesson on the chess.com blogs.

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