Chess Opening Theory/1. e4/1...e6/2. d4/2...d5/3. Nc3

French Defence: Main line
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. d4 d5 3. Nc3

French Defence: Main line edit

3.Nc3 is White's most popular move against the French at the top level, and is considered the most challenging option. White develops a piece and keeps diagonals open for both bishops (unlike 3.Nd2, the Tarrasch Variation). has 3 main options now: 3...Nf6 (The Classical Variation), 3...Bb4 (The Winawer Variation), and 3...dxe4 (The Rubinstein Variation).

Theory table edit

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1. e4 e6 2. d4 d5 3.Nc3
3 4
Classical Defence ...
Nf6
Bg5
Be7
=
Winawer Variation ...
Bb4
e5
c5
=
Rubinstein variation ...
dxe4
Nxe4
Nd7
=
Rubinstein variation ...
3...c5
Nf3
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