French Defense

  • #41
    2.Qe2. Nothing to memorize and is a shocker otb. But if you're not into any positional stuff then don't bother.
  • #42

    2.Qe2 has always seemed pretty junkie to me. After 2...c5 white just gets a closed sicilian where the queen has been prematurely developed to a less than optimal square. White can't get much of anything in the closed sicilan at the best of times, so I don't know how this could be desirable.

  • #43
    ericmittens wrote:

    2.Qe2 has always seemed pretty junkie to me. After 2...c5 white just gets a closed sicilian where the queen has been prematurely developed to a less than optimal square. White can't get much of anything in the closed sicilan at the best of times, so I don't know how this could be desirable.


    White can play a King's Indian attack with 3.g3 instead of a going into a Sicillian.
  • #44

    learning openings is about understanding, not memorizing "10+ moves"

  • #45
    AnthonyCG wrote:
    ericmittens wrote:

    2.Qe2 has always seemed pretty junkie to me. After 2...c5 white just gets a closed sicilian where the queen has been prematurely developed to a less than optimal square. White can't get much of anything in the closed sicilan at the best of times, so I don't know how this could be desirable.


     

    White can play a King's Indian attack with 3.g3 instead of a going into a Sicillian.

    Sure, but the king's indian attack and closed sicilian are the same thing.

    Call it what you like, white has wasted a tempo with Qe2.

  • #46
    bigmac26 wrote:

    learning openings is about understanding, not memorizing "10+ moves"


    Sure, but if you can understand AND memorize...isn't that ideal?

  • #47
    ericmittens wrote:
    AnthonyCG wrote:
    ericmittens wrote:

    2.Qe2 has always seemed pretty junkie to me. After 2...c5 white just gets a closed sicilian where the queen has been prematurely developed to a less than optimal square. White can't get much of anything in the closed sicilan at the best of times, so I don't know how this could be desirable.


     

    White can play a King's Indian attack with 3.g3 instead of a going into a Sicillian.

    Sure, but the king's indian attack and closed sicilian are the same thing.

    Call it what you like, white has wasted a tempo with Qe2.


    http://www.chessgames.com/perl/chessgame?gid=1269062
  • #48

    Black didn't play in closed sicilian style. He could have done a kingside fianchetto and ...e6 and ...Nge7 when e5 would be hard.

  • #49
    kt_flash wrote:

    mindless memorizing is FUN!


    how do you always know that book moves are correct?

     happy memorizing

  • #50

    Here is a link to the FRENCH Themed Tournament #2

    http://www.chess.com/tournament/french-theme-tournament-2

    This is the second French Theme tournament after a successful turnout. It will be a recurring tournament for French enthusiasts.

    For information and the most awesome videos on how to play the French visit Simon Williams vids:

    http://www.chess.com/video/library?keyword=why simon loves the french

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