This chapter is dealing with the early deviations by White in the French Defence.

After 1.e4 e6

 1.e4 e6

the standard move is 2.d4.

 

But White has several other options. These are much less popular and can be regarded as a sort of surprise weapons. This article is and overview. Follow the links to see the detailed analysis for each line. The lines are sorted by popularity. At first the most common systems, then the more exotic lines.

1.) The King's Indian Attack against the French Defence

 

1.e4 e6 2.d3

1.e4 e6 2.d3

 

1.e4 e6 2.d3 d5 3.Nd2

2.-d5 3.Nd2

 

2.) 2.Nf3

1.e4 e6 2.Nf3

which can result in the French Two Knights

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 d5 3.Nc3

1.e4 e6 2.Nf3 d5 3.Nc3

 

or the French Wing Gambit

1.e4 e6 2.Nf3 d5 3.e5 c5 4.b4

1.e4 e6 2.Nf3 d5 3.e5 c5 4.b4

 

3.) 2.Qe2 ( Chigorin system aginst the French)

1.e4 e6 2.Qe2

1.e4 e6 2.Qe2

 

4.) 2.Nc3

1.e4 e6 2.Nf3

1.e4 e6 2.Nc3

 

5.) 2.c4

1.e4 e6 2.c4

1.e4 e6 2.c4

 

6.) 2.b3 ( Larsen system against the French)

1.e4 e6 2.b3

1.e4 e6 2.b3

 

7.) 2.f4

1.e4 e6 2.f4

1.e4 e6 2.f4

 

8.) 2.g3

1.e4 e6 2.g3

1.e4 e6 2.g3

 

9.) 2.e5 (Steinitz)

1.e4 e6 2.e5

1.e4 e6 2.e5

 

10.) 2.c3

1.e4 e6 2.c3

1.e4 e6 2.c3

 

11.) 2.Bb5

1,e4 e6 2.Bb5

1.e4 e6 2.Bb5

 

12.) 2.Ne2

1.e4 e6 2.Ne2

1.e4 e6 2.Ne2

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