Chess Opening Theory/1. e4/1...e6/2. d4/2...d5/3. e5/3...c5/4. c3
|French Defence: Advance Variation|
French Defence: Advance Variation
Here, after White's 4. c3, Black usually decides to increase the pressure on White's center pawns (d4/e5) by playing 4...Nc6.
Another plausible plan for Black is 4...Qb6, which also increases the pressure on d4, and allows the manoeuver 5...Bd7 followed by 6...Bb5. The idea is to trade Black's 'bad' bishop for White's 'good' bishop.
1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.e5 c5 4.c3
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- Batsford Chess Openings 2 (1989, 1994). Garry Kasparov, Raymond Keene. ISBN 0-8050-3409-9.