C00-02 French Defence - Minor Lines

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The minor variations of the French defence include all the lines without 3.Nc3 and 3.Nd2. 

The boring Exchange Variation (3.exd5) leads to a symmetric pawns structure with a levelled game and few possibilities to create complications.

More interesting is the French Advance Variation (3.e5) characterized by  White's attacking possibilities in the king side and Black's reaction on the dark squares (c5, Nc6, Qb6)

Finally, among the minor lines, it has to be mentioned White's option to avoid playing d2-d4 at move 2. 


French Minor Lines

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Last Update

July 2018