The French Defense meets 1.e4 with 1...e6, preparing to counter the e4 pawn with 2...d5. Black blocks in their light-squared bishop, but gains a solid pawn chain and counter-attacking possibilities.

The French Defense is named after a 1834 correspondence game between the cities of London and Paris, in which the French defense was utilized.

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The first few moves in the chess opening lays the foundation for every chess game.

Most of the chess openings have been named and analysed for hundreds of years. It is important if you want to be successful in chess to be familiar with some of the most popular openings and understand the theory behind Read More →