Chess Opening Theory/1. e4/1...e6/2. Qe2/2...c5

French Defence: Chigorin 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)
Moves: 1. e4 e6 2. Qe2 c5

Chigorin Variation


White develops the queen to e2, an active square that can attack the king later. c5 stops d4 while maintaining control of the center.

A good move: Nf3. 3. Nf3 Nc6 4. g3 is mainline. Ex.: Carlsen, Magnus vs Xiong, Jeffery: French Defense: Chigorin Variation •