Best Chess Openings 🎓 French Defense, Part 1 (Chess For Beginners)

What is one of the best chess openings for Black against 1. e4? The French Defense! GM Lemos is one of the world`s leading experts in this opening, and you can get instant access to his full course “Crushing White – The French Defense” with 50% off. ►

This is one of the best chess openings for Black to learn early on. The French Defense has a reputation for being resilient and solid. Although Black’s position can be a little cramped at first, in this video we’ll see how it is very tenacious and well-coordinated opening for Black, and how tough it can be for White to break through.

In part one of this chess openings series, we’ll take a look at how to deal with a number of the main responses White can employ against the French Defense so you can start using this opening in your own games with confidence.

One of the biggest problems a beginner chess player can face is deciding how to put together an opening repertoire. This Chess For Beginners series is designed to address this problem. The French Defense provides an excellent solution on how to comfortably answer as black against 1. e4. The French Defense is an extremely solid opening choice that is also very easy to learn. Part 1 of this series covers Black’s responses to White’s main lines involving 1. e4 e6 2. d4 d5 3. Nc3 Nf6.

With 4. e5 Nfd7 5. f4!?, this is one of the most aggressive lines that White can employ against the French Defense, and we recommend Black specializes in a commonly used set-up involving 3. …Nf6 4. e5 Nfd7 5. f4!? c5 6. Nf3 Nc6 – leading to ample pressure against White’s big central pawns on the dark squares.

While there are other main lines involving early ideas with Qb6, we recommend to “Keep it Simple” and play for early queenside expansion with 7. …a6 and 8. …b5!? Depending on White’s response, Black can continue with natural developing moves such as …Bb7, …Be7, and …0-0 – typically planning to increase the tension against White’s center with a later …f6. Black is also maintaining excellent tension against White’s position with constant threats of …cxd4 and …b4. Advice for the less experienced player – finish your development and castle to get your king safe before trying to open up the position with the thematic break of …f6.

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