French Defense

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The French defense is a popular response to 1.e4







a typical game would continue 1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 and from here there are 4 main continuations.

The first is the exchange variation where white plays 3.exd5 and the position is considered about equal.

(The second variation is shown above)

The second variation is the advance variation which usually goes 3.e5 c5 4.c3 Nc6 5.Nf3 Qb6 then there is a choice between  a3, Be2, and Bd3. Euwe's move, 5...Bd7, is also popular.


The third variation is the Tarrasch in which white plays Nd2 then black mainly responds with 3...c5 or 3...Nf6, or the Guimard varation, 3...Nc6.

The fourth variation is 3.Nc3. There are many variations leading from here including the Winawer, the Rubinstein, the Classical system, and 4.Bg5.

The downside for black in the French is that Black's light square bishop is very inactive.


  • 7 years ago · Quote · #1


    good but you would have show through board.

  • 7 years ago · Quote · #2


    I meet a lot of players who do the French.  Thanks for showing us it!

  • 6 years ago · Quote · #3


    Congertulations to u

  • 6 years ago · Quote · #4


    i want to see full variotion of french defense and to be flexible to game?

  • 5 years ago · Quote · #5


    whats a good defense to d4, i'm studying some openings and i can't find any that appeal

  • 5 years ago · Quote · #6


    Is ther anything to use against the winawer variation that give black the advantage

  • 5 years ago · Quote · #7


    thank sir

  • 5 years ago · Quote · #8


    thanks for showing us these useful variations but it would be even better if shown on board....

  • 5 years ago · Quote · #9


    thanks for Euwe lucky me , what about Botvinnik !

  • 3 years ago · Quote · #10


    actually i always do the french...heheheh but i,m not a good player...

  • 3 years ago · Quote · #11


    QC7 is more advance..

  • 3 years ago · Quote · #12


    Love the Franch Defence, thanks.

  • 20 months ago · Quote · #13


    tylerchessmaster wrote:

    whats a good defense to d4, i'm studying some openings and i can't find any that appeal

    well i find the semi-slav very useful

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