French Tarrasch with 3..a6 – GM Mihail Marin (iChess Club)

French Tarrasch

The French Tarrasch variation begins with the moves 1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nd2. (diagram)

This is a flexible setup for White, named after Siegbert Tarrasch, one of the strongest chess players from the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

This variation with 3.Nd2 became popular in the 1970s and 1980s when Anatoly Karpov often played it to great effect, such as in the famous 1974 Candidates final match against Viktor Korchnoi.

In this exclusive iChess Club video, GM Mihail Marin takes a look at how play can develop when Black plays 3..a6, where Black is preparing ..c5. Previously, GM Marin looked at lines with 3..Nc6, which you can watch here.

Follow along with the PGNs below (click on the drop-down menu beneath the board to switch chapters):

This video is part of an ongoing series exploring the Tarrasch variation of the French Defense. If you missed it, you can start with part 1 (where IM Robert Ris explores play after 3..Nf6) by clicking here.

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