March 30, 2011

French Defense

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Designed for chess beginners, this is the main page of the French Defense on this chess opening blog. Find data and general description of the French Defense in part I, the "French Defense: General Information" video in part II, and more links to this opening in part III.

I. French Defense: Data and Description

Opening Name: French Defense
Opening Type: Semi-Open Game
Moves Order: 1.e4 e6
ECO Codes: C00-C19

After the Sicilian, the French Defense is the 2nd most popular semi-open game. It was named after an 1834 correspondence match between London and Paris. During it, a French chess player insisted to try 1... e6. White usually presses on kingside and Black on queenside.

The next is the answering statistics to the French Defense:
• 2.d4 ~ 80%. • 2.d3 ~ 10%.
• other moves ~ 10% (2.Nf3, 2.Nc3, 2.Qe2, 2.b3, 2.c4, ..).

The following is 5 main (most common) variations of the French Defense:
• French Defense, Exchange variation: 1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.exd5 - C01.
• French Defense, Advance variation: 1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.e5 - C02.

• French Defense, Tarrasch variation: 1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nd2 - C03.
• French Defense, Paulsen variation: 1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 - C10.
• French Defense, Winawer (Nimzovich) variation: 1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 Bb4 - C15.

To see the French Defense in a visible way, please find the video below.

II. French Defense Video: General Information

The video will show the designated moves of the French Defense, ECO codes, general description, answering statistics, 5 most common variations, and the most common line. The video consists of 4 parts and runs 3 minutes 16 seconds. To see it, click the Play button below:




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III. French Defense: More Links

More links on this chess opening will follow on. And they will show how to correctly play the main variations of the French Defense... Thank you!

French Defense, Exchange Variation [text, video]
French Defense, Advance Variation [text, video]
French Defense, Main Line 3.Nc3 or Paulsen Variation [text, video]
French Defense, Tarrasch Variation 3.Nd2 [text, video]

March 14, 2011

Caro-Kann | Classical Variation

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This is to give initial knowledge on the Classical variation of the Caro-Kann Defense. Please be informed that the Classical variation is the 4th most popular variation of the Caro-Kann. You can find below the textual description and a chess video on the Classical variation.

Variation Name: Classical variation.
Variation Moves: 1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 dxe4 4.Nxe4 Bf5.
ECO Code: B18.

The variation is the classics of this chess opening. The Classical variation is considered "the most correct" Caro-Kann Defense. The White knight on e4 is under attack after 4... Bf5 and the Classical variation has 2 play lines: with 5.Ng3 (main) and with 5.Nc5 (rare).

The line 5.Ng3 mostly runs 5... Bg6 6.h4 h6 - then this variation line goes as usual development for the both parties. White usually makes long or short castle while Black long. The typical moves are h4, Nf3, Bd3 for the White player and h6, Nd7, Qc7 for the Black player.

The line 5.Nc5 is rare because Black can easily get at least equal position, sometimes with an initiative. Within this variation line, Black may answer 5... Qc7, 5... Nd7 or attacking the White knight with b6 or e5. You can see this in Part III of the video which follows.

Watch the video below to get an idea of what is the Classical variation of the Caro-Kann. The video consists of 3 parts. Part I is introduction. Part II will show how to play a most common line with 5.Ng3. Part III will show how to play a proven line with 5.Nc5 and more.




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March 8, 2011

Caro-Kann | Advance Variation

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This is to give initial knowledge on the Advance variation of the Caro-Kann Defense. Please be informed that the Advance variation is the 3rd most popular variation of the Caro-Kann. You can find below the textual description and a chess video on the Advance variation.

Variation Name: Advance variation.
Variation Moves: 1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.e5.
ECO Code: B12.

The variation is named Advance because the White pawn e2-e4 moves (advances) later on e5. Usually, it is not recommended to move a chess piece twice at the opening, but moving twice here is OK because of extra space. Black has to begin the chess game in a small room...

There are 2 play lines of the Advance variation - with 3... Bf5 (main) and with 3... c5 (rare). With 3... Bf5, White usually answers 4.Nf3 or 4.Nc3. Black plays 4... e6 and may develop the g8 knight on e7, g6. Black must be ready to play h6 or h5 to hide the Bf5 bishop.

With 3... c5, White may answers 4.dxc5, 4.c3, or 4.Nf3. With 3... c5, Black is going to undermine the White base pawn on d4. The typical Black moves here are Nc6 and e6. Under correct play, Black must get equal opening positions within the both lines of the Advance...

Watch the video below to get an idea of what is the Advance variation of the Caro-Kann. The video consists of 3 parts. Part I is introduction. Part II will show how to play a most common line with 3... Bf5. Part III will show how to play a proven line with 3... c5.




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