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|Chess Openings - French Defense|
The French is a very popular opening. Black prepares d5, but shuts in the Queen's Bishop.
1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5
The second move for both players is almost forced.
1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.exd5 exd5
This line is the main disadvantage to the French. Subsequent play is drawish.
1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.e5
1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nd2
1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3
For more about the 3.Nc3 variations, see Opening Tutorial : French Defense - 3.Nc3 (offsite).
(Back to initial position.)