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Dear forummembersmainlythose that play or arewellacquainted
with the french defense and its variations. I ambynomeansanywhere proficient IN CHESS, I AM TRYING TO learn the french defense
AS MY DEFENSIVE APPROACH TO E4
THE QUESTION I RAISE IS THAT I WAS TOLD THAT THE TARRASCH IS USED AS A WHITE DEFENSE AGAINST THE FRENCH defense ?. I HAVE LOOKED AT GAMES OF MIHAIL TAL AND HAVE SEE IT USED SUCCESSFULLY AS WHITE OR BLACK
as i have these questions, i like to throw them out to the members who have vastly more experience in these chess questions then i
i know this minor, however, i learn a little more every day from the members and staff of this site
in closing, i am sorry that i use a lot caps, but that does not signify that i'm yelling, i use them because of habit throughout my career befor my stroke in the law enforcement field and also feel that it easier to read
thanks tony from the jersey shore
I am still playing the scotch game as white and switched from caro kann to the french defense as black, potters variation or boleslavsky variation of which i tghought the use of the knights early in the game were good.
in the SCOTCH, MEMBERS OF THE SCOTCH FANS WROTE A LOT OF GOOD INFOR AND PUT GAMES OF THEIR RECENT WINS FOR ME TO PLAY BACK THE GAMES, VERY GOOD TRAINING FOR ME
Hi Tony, i am not an expert but i can give you a very basic introduction to the topic.
The tarrasch french(1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nd2) was developed as an attempt to improve over the classical move 3.Nc3. The idea is that on c3 the knight supports the e4 pawn but can be pinned with Bb4 as happens in the winaver french (3.Nc3 Bb4), while on d2 it also supports the pawn without fearing a pin (3.Nd2 Bb4? 4.c3). The drawback is that the knight on d2 is less active and possibly harms white normal development. The variation is quite popular and challenging and a french player really needs to have an idea about how to counter 3.Nd2.
You have several options against 3.Nd2:
-if you usually meet 3.Nc3 with 3...dxe4, you can play 3...dxe4 also against Nd2 with a direct trasposition.
-3...Nf6 is a very sharp way to meet the tarrasch, while 3...c5 is more solid.
Can you post the moves you usually play against 3.Nc3? this would help in suggesting you the response which fits your playing style better.
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