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.
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, the first of a series on this opening, IM Robert Ris takes a look at how play continues when Black plays 3…Nf6, a main response from Black looking to add pressure to the d4 pawn.
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