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C03-09 French Tarrasch

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By developing his knight in d2 rather than in c3, White avoids the annoying pin 3...Bb4.  Furthermore White will be able to easily sustain his pawn center by means of c2-c3, possible because the c pawn is not obstructed by White's Knight.  The downside of 3.Nd2 is the decreased control over the d5 square that gives Black the opportunity to open the center with  3...c5, a popular and solid option against the Tarrasch variation.  Alternatively Black can aim to keep the center closed, playing 3...Nf6, another good and interesting line.

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French Tarrasch

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Last Update

May 2017