Learn the Tarrasch French

Learn the Tarrasch French

The Tarrasch Variation of the French Defense is a chess opening characterized by the moves 1. e4 e6 2. d4 d5 3. Nd2. It is named after the German grandmaster Siegbert Tarrasch, who was one of the foremost chess players and writers of the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

The Tarrasch Variation is a solid and flexible opening that can be used by White to take control of the center of the board and to launch an attack against the black kingside. We also keep great central control with the move c3 and Ne2.

One of the key ideas behind the Tarrasch Variation is to occupy the d4 square with a pawn and to develop the knight to the d2 square, from where it can support the pawn on d4 and later transport to the f3 square and exert pressure on the e5 and g5 dark squares, with great attacking chances. The bishop on c1 might seem locked, but can be brought into the game via the a3-f8 diagonal, or, as is more typicall, after the knight moves along the normal c1 h6 diagonal.

White has to know how to deal with 3 main options: 3...dxe4, 3...Nf6, and 3...c5. You can further see how white responds in these variations, and how the attack develops via the attached PGN file, and youtube video!

Overall, the Tarrasch Variation of the French Defense is a solid and flexible opening that can be used by players of all levels. It offers a good balance between solidity and aggression, and can be a powerful weapon in the hands of a skilled player.

Study the Tarrasch French with this PGN file

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