French Defense - Main Line 3.Nc3 or Paulsen variation

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Designed for chess beginners, this is to give initial knowledge on the main line 3.Nc3 of the French Defense. This line starts 1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3. Unofficially, the line is called the main line 3.Nc3 - But officially, it is the Paulsen variation of the French Defense.

The line 1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 is called Main Line because 40 percent of the French games start like that. The line is very popular at the chess master level and at the top level of chess today. And the following is more information on it - very short in reading.

The main line of the French Defense gives decent opening possibilities for both White and Black. Maybe this is one of the reasons of great popularity of this way of playing the French. After 1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3, Black has the following 3 main options to continue:

• Winawer (Nimzovich) variation, 3... Bb4.
• Classical variation, 3... Nf6.
• Rubinstein variation, 3... dxe4.

To see in a visible way the main line of the French Defense and the Winawer, Classical, and Rubinstein variations, you are recommended to see the video below. This video will show the most common proven lines of the French Defense on the topic covered:

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