French Defense - Advance Variation

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Designed for chess beginners, this is to give initial knowledge on the Advance variation of the French Defense. The Advance is one of the most playable variation of the French Defense. Read below data and description on this variation and see chess video on the Advance.

Variation Name: Advance variation of the French Defense.
Variation Moves: 1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.e5.
ECO Code: C02.

The French Advance is interesting in play, with mutual chances. White moves 3.e5 to get some space, and Black tries to undermine on d4. Mostly, the game runs 3... c5 4.c3. Usually White castles kingside and Black queenside. The following is 2 Main Lines of this variation:

Line 1: 1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.e5 c5 4.c3 Nc6 5.Nf3 Qb6 6.a3 [or 6.Be2]...
Line 2: 1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.e5 c5 4.c3 Nc6 5.Nf3 Bd7 6.a3 c4 [or 6... f6]...
The above-mentioned 2 Main Lines are popular at the grandmaster level.

The following is other 4 ways to start the French Advance variation:
Way 1: 3... c5 4.c3 Qb6...     Way 2: 3... c5 4.Nf3 Nc6...
Way 3: 3... b6 4.c3 Qd7...     Way 4: 3... Nc6 4.Nf3 Nge7...

Below is the chess video on the Advance variation of the French Defense chess opening. The video consists of the following 3 parts. Part I is introduction. Part II shows how to correctly play 2 Main Lines. Part III shows next 4 common ways to start the Advance variation:

• If the opening video hasn’t shown up, please wait a little.
• If the video stops, drag a little right the player’s handle.
• If the video displays an error, try to start and play it later.

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