I've played various lines against the French, but I'm considering just using 2. e5. I'm just curious about how others feel about the line, and what players consider the best line. While studying I came across line 1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.e5 c5 4.Qg4, a different move from 4.Nf3 interesting games from this, what are your thoughts

closed as primarily opinion-based by GloriaVictis, Glorfindel, jknappen, user1108, sharcashmo Sep 14 '16 at 11:29

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According to 365chess.com, after 1. e4 e6 2. d4 d5, the following mainline moves have these performance statistics:

  • 3. Nc3, White wins: 40.7%, draws: 31.0%, Black wins: 28.4%
  • 3. Nd2, White wins: 39.8%, draws: 34.5%, Black wins: 25.6%
  • 3. e5, White wins: 37.9%, draws: 24.8%, Black wins: 37.3%
  • 3. exd5, White wins: 27.3%, draws: 38.3%, Black wins: 34.4%

Note these are just statistics, and are not recommended lines for you. We would need more information, such as your rating, strengths and weaknesses to suggest a line.

Additional: regarding 1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.e5 c5 4.Qg4, I would say this is dubious and at least loses a tempo, e.g.

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1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.e5 c5 4.Qg4 cxd4 5. Qxd4 Nc6
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    The OP is asking about 2. e5, not 3. e5. – Glorfindel Sep 14 '16 at 9:34
  • @Glorfindel: I must have missed that because it isn't a mainline move. In that case I would recommend that the OP sticks to the mainlines with 2. d4, then follow up with the 3rd move of their choice. – user1108 Sep 14 '16 at 9:38

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