Chess Openings for Black – French Defense – Part 2 – Tarrasch with 3. Nd2 – Beginner Chess Openings

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Part 2 of the French Defense Beginner Opening Series reviews the main lines of Tarrasch Variation with 3. Nd2. I recommend black to follow a similar plan as reviewed in Part 1 of this series, where white obtains a slight space advantage with his central pawns on the dark squares (d4. e5, etc..) and black rapidly counterattacks with moves like …c5, …Nc6, …Qb6, and …f6. It is imperative to play very actively with the black pieces in the French Defense, and to strike at white’s center before he can transform his space advantage into a dangerous kingside attack. Against an early 1. e4 e6 2. d4 d5 3. Nd2 Nf6 4. Bd3 – I recommend black to transpose into the Swiss Variation by exchanging 4. …dxe4 (this was covered in Part 1 of the series).

PGN for GAME 1:

1. e4 e6 2. d4 d5 3. Nd2 Nf6 4. e5 Nfd7 5. f4 c5 6. c3 Nc6 7. Ndf3 Qb6 8. Ne2 cxd4 9. cxd4 Be7 10. a3 O-O 11. Ng3 f6 12. Bd3 fxe5 13. fxe5 Ndxe5 14. dxe5 Nxe5 15. Be2 Bd7 16. Nxe5 Qf2 17. Kd2 Rac8 18. Qb3 Bg5 19. Kd3 Rf4 20. Nf3 Be8

PGN for game 2:
1. e4 e6 2. d4 d5 3. Nd2 Nf6 4. e5 Nfd7 5. Bd3 c5 6. c3 Nc6 7. Ne2 Qb6 8. Nf3 cxd4 9. cxd4 f6 10. exf6 Nxf6 11. O-O Bd6 12. b3 O-O 13. Bb2 Bd7 14. Rc1 Rae8 15. Ng3 Bf4 16. Ra1 Nb4 17. Bb1 Re7 18. Ne5 Be8 19. a3 Nc6 20. b4 a6 21. Ra2 Bxe5 22. dxe5 Nd7 23. Qg4 g6 24. Qg5 Ref7 25. Ba1 Qd8 26. Qxd8 Nxd8 27. a4 Nb6 28. Bd4 Nxa4 29. Bc2 Nc6 30. Bxa4 Nxd4 31. Bxe8 Rxe8 32. Rb2 Rc8 33. Rd1 Rc4 34. Re1 Rfc7 35. Nf1 Rc1 36. Rxc1 Rxc1 37. f3 Rc2

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