French Defense

1.e4 e6

Also can be an effective defense against Queen Pawn openings via transposition, e.g. 1.d4 e6 2.e4 d5.

Main Line is 1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3.

Common responses by Black are:
3… Nf6 Classical Variation
3… dxe4 Rubinstein Variation
3… Bb4Winawer Variation
Sometimes played is:
3… c5 Early c5

Classical Variation Examples

Rubinstein Variation Examples

Winawer Variation 3… Bb4

Mainline – 4.e5


Early c5 Examples 3… c5