French Defense - Exchange Variation

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Designed for chess beginners, this is to give initial knowledge on the Exchange variation of the French Defense, which is one of the most playable variation within this chess opening. Please find below the data, general description and a chess video about this variation.

Variation Name: Exchange variation.
Variation Moves: 1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.exd5.
ECO Code: C01.

The French Defense, Exchange has reputation of simple, "symmetrical" and drawing variation. After 1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.exd5 (the designated moves of this variation), the most common answer for Black is 3... exd5. The most common lines of the Exchange variation are the following 5:

• 3... exd5 4.Bd3 Bd6 5.Nf3...
• 3... exd5 4.Bd3 Bd6 5.Ne2...
• 3... exd5 4.Bd3 Nc6 5.c3...

• 3... exd5 4.Nf3 Nf6 5.Bg5...
• 3... exd5 4.c4 Nf6...
The last line breaks "the symmetry" of the Exchange variation.

Below is the chess video on the Exchange variation of the French Defense. The video runs 3 minutes 41 seconds and consists of 2 parts. Part I is introduction. Part II will show you how to correctly play 5 Proven Lines of the French Exchange.

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