Play the French


GM Francisco 'Paco' Vallejo

Dear chessfriends,

my name is Francisco Vallejo and I am a chess grandmaster. In this ebook I will provide a French Defence repetoire for Black. Black starts the French Defence with the following moves:

1. e4 e6

We will investigate how Black can respond after

2. ♘f3

2. b3

2. d3 and

2. ♕e2 .

The most important move is, of course,

2. d4 .We reply with

2... d5

First, we take a look at the exchange variantion.

3. exd5 exd5

At this point I recommend a variation that allows Black to play for a win.

Secondly, we cover the move

3. ♘d2 . I advise you to immediately fight for the centre by playing

3... c5 .

Thirdly, we instigate the advance variation

3. e5

which is often played by old people, hoping to surprise Black.

Last but not least, the move

3. ♘c3

is investigated. This is the most important and most aggressive approach.

I wish you a lot of fun and hope that you can learn a lot from the explanations.

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Play the French GM Francisco Vallejo

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Top class grandmaster Francisco 'Paco' Vallejo presents a full repertoire from Black's perspective in the French Defence.


Learn and understand a complete repertoire for Black in the French Defence!


  • Introduction

  • 2. b3

  • King's Indian Attack

  • Wing Gambit

  • Rare third moves

  • 3.exd5

  • Advance Variation

  • 3. Nd2 c5 Alternatives on move four

  • 3. Nd2 Main line

  • 3. Nc3 Nf6 4. Bd3

  • Aljechin-Chatard-Attack

  • 3. Nc3 Nf6 4. Bg5 Be7 Main line

  • 3. Nc3 Nf6 Sidelines on move five

  • 3. Nc3 Nf6 4. e5 Alternatives on move eight

  • 3. Nc3 Nf6 4. e5 Main line with 8.Na4

  • Winawer-Variation: 4. a3

  • Winawer-Varation: 4. Bd3 und 4. Qd3

  • Winawer-Variation: 4. Nge2

  • Winawer-Variation: 4. Qg4

  • Winawer-Variation: 4. Bd2

  • Winawer-Variation: 4. exd5

  • Winawer-Variation: 4. e5 c5 Alternatives on move five

  • Winawer-Variation: Alternatives on move seven

  • Winawer-Variation: 4. e5 7. Qg4 Ng6

  • Winawer-Variation: Main line

  • Winawer-Variation: Main line with 8...c4.

  • The isolated pawn

  • The bad bishop


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