French Defense – VECO

French Defense Chess OpeningThe French Defense is a semi-closed chess opening for Black which occurs after the moves 1.e4 e6 (see the diagram on the left).

It is one of the most trusted openings in chess, popular at all levels from beginner to strong grandmasters.

The French Defense has been used relied upon by both the great chess masters of history and many leading grandmasters today as a main weapon for Black.

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French, Exchange Variation

1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.exd5 exd5

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French, Tarrasch Variation (3…Nf6)

1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nd2 Nf6

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French, Tarrasch Variation (3…c5)

1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nd2 c5

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French, Tarrasch Variation (3…Be7)

1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nd2 Be7

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French, Tarrasch with (3…Nc6)

1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nd2 Nc6

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