The French Defense – Conquering the Sidelines – Part 3 – Chess Openings for Black

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Part 3 of the French Defense Beginner Chess Opening Series covers the Exchange Variation and other popular sidelines. The main lines with 1. e4 e6 2. d4 d5 3.Nc3 or 3. Nd2 were covered extensively in Parts 1 and 2. The French Defense begins with an extremely flexible move order, and it is very important to keep this in mind when your opponent deviates with a sideline. As with almost any other chess opening, there is not one single best formula or move order – rather you have to react to your opponent’s ideas and figure out how to best combat them.

PGN: 1. e4 e6 2. d3 c5 3. Nf3 Nc6 4. g3 Nge7 5. Bg2 d5 6. Nbd2 g6 7. O-O Bg7 8. Re1 O-O 9. c3 b6 10. Qe2 a5 11. a4 Ba6

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