Chess Opening Theory/1. e4/1...e6/2. d4/2...d5/3. Nc3/3...Nf6

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Classical 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)


French Defence, Classical variationEdit

Both players engage a fight for the center. Tension will increase even more after Bg5 unless White wants to directly block the pawn structure and win a tempo by attacking the newly developed knight with e5.

Theory tableEdit

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

1. e4 e6 2. d4 d5 3. Nc3 Nf6
Classical variation Bg5
Steinitz variation e5

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