The Tarrasch Variation is one of the most common lines against the French Defense, starting with 1. e4 e6 2. d4 d5 3. Nd2 as white protects his pawn on e4 but does not want to allow 3. Nc3 Bb4 – pinning the knight and doubling white’s pawns for the rest of the game. However the Tarrasch Variation also has it’s drawbacks as white will spend a lot of extra time to complete his development because his knight on d2 will be blocking natural developing moves. This chess video is an excerpt from the chess DVD ¨Master the French, Part 2 of 3¨ by GM Susan Polgar, explaining the best plans for black against the Tarrasch Variation of the French Defense.