What is the best way to respond in the French Defense to 2. e5? It has to be wrong to play this way. I am of the opinion that d5 is a good answer. I can find no reference to this move in MCO.
- e4 is an opening that controls d5. By playing e6 as black, you are fighting for d5 as well, without playing ...d5 immediately and risking your queen getting hit. With white playing e5, it's just a bad move. I don't understand why someone would play it, as it weakens control of d5 and f5, moves the same piece twice, and weakens the pawn overall. I can only see how e5 shapes kind of a premature
Advanced French C02, or if you play ...d5, they would take by en passant. The most popular move played here is
...d6trying to undermine white's e5 pawn, as you can't do that in the advance variation, and continuing with
...d5, which is the main point of the french. Another move the engine recommends is
...c5, which I can only see prevents white from playing
d4, because then
1. e4 e6 2. e5 c5 3. d4 cxd4 4. qxd4 nc6might lead to some sicilian type game.
tldr: 2. e5 is a weird move in my opinion, and you can either try to get rid of the pawn with
...d6, continue with the main point of the french
...d5, or play
...c5, a more aggressive move that controls the center.