Chess Opening Theory/1. e4/1...e6/2. d4/2...d5/3. Nd2/3...Nf6

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French Defence: Tarrasch Variation
a b c d e f g h
8 a8 b8 c8 d8 e8 f8 g8 h8 8
7 a7 b7 c7 d7 e7 f7 g7 h7 7
6 a6 b6 c6 d6 e6 f6 g6 h6 6
5 a5 b5 c5 d5 e5 f5 g5 h5 5
4 a4 b4 c4 d4 e4 f4 g4 h4 4
3 a3 b3 c3 d3 e3 f3 g3 h3 3
2 a2 b2 c2 d2 e2 f2 g2 h2 2
1 a1 b1 c1 d1 e1 f1 g1 h1 1
a b c d e f g h
Position in Forsyth-Edwards Notation(FEN)

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French Defence: Tarrasch Variation[edit]

"3...Nf6 is the most tactical option for black. He doesn't play for a solid position but prefers to complicate matters with dynamic play. Very interesting positions arise, with rich play and fascinating ideas for both sides (GM Andreas Tzermiadianos)".
For those Black players who don't want to play with an isolated d-pawn (at least: not yet), the 3....Nf6 variation is a good alternative to 3....c5.

Theory table[edit]

For explanation of theory tables see theory table and for notation see algebraic notation.

1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nd2 Nf6
4 5 6
Main line e5
Nfd7
Bd3
c5
c3
Nc6
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References[edit]

  • Batsford Chess Openings 2 (1989, 1994). Garry Kasparov, Raymond Keene. ISBN 0-8050-3409-9.