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The French Defense begins with 1. e4 e6 2. d4 d5. Black plans to play a solid setup and contest white's center with moves like c5 and Nc6. The biggest drawback to the French Defense is that black's light square bishop is hemmed in by the e6 pawn.

The French Defense begins with 1. e4 e6, and usually continues with 2. d4 d5.

French Defense after 1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5

Black plans to play a solid setup and contest white's center with moves like ... c5 and ... Nc6. The biggest drawback to the French Defense is that black's light square bishop is hemmed in by the e6 pawn.

White has several options against the French Defense including 3. Nc3 (the main line), 3. Nd2 (the Tarrasch Variation), 3. e5 (the Advance Variation), and 3. exd5 (the Exchange Variation).

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