Chess Opening Theory/1. e4/1...e6

French Defence
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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Moves: 1.e4 e6
ECO code: C00-C39
Parent: King's Pawn Opening

French DefenceEdit

After 1.e4 Black plays e6 signifying his intent to play the French Defense. The move 1...e6 bolsters support for the coming advance d7-d5, providing Black with a good stake in the center and allowing Black to decline recapturing with the queen after the plausible continuation exd5. In most lines White will follow up with 2. d4, with Black's only serious reply to this being 2...d5 (over 154 times more popular than 2... c5 in master play).

Theory TableEdit

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

1. e4 e6
2 3 4 5
Main line d4
d5
Nc3
Nf6
Bg5
Be7
e5
Nfd7
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Main line / Transposition Nc3
d5
d4
Nf6
Bg5
Be7
e5
Nfd7
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King's Indian Attack d3
d5
Nd2
Nf6
Ngf3
b6
g3
dxe4
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Two Knights Variation Nf3
d5
Nc3
d4
Ne2
c5
b4
e5
Chigorin Variation Qe2
c5
Nf3
Nc6
g3
g6
Bg2
Bg7
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Steinitz Attack e5
d6
Nf3
dxe5
Nxe5
Nd7
Nf3
Nf6
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ReferencesEdit

  • Nunn's Chess Openings. 1999. John Nunn (Editor), Graham Burgess, John Emms, Joe Gallagher. ISBN 1-8574-4221-0.
  • Batsford Chess Openings 2 (1989, 1994). Garry Kasparov, Raymond Keene. ISBN 0-8050-3409-9.
Last modified on 6 April 2013, at 16:32