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The French Defense Analyzed

The French Defence

Not all chess players like open games and tactical slugfests. The French Defense, the opening featured in this article is a slower paced but equally combative opening. Black is often saddled with a “bad” light-squared bishop but gets good counterplay against white’s center. This opening is ideal for players who like a slower paced and more strategically complicated struggle. Check out why this opening was a favorite of all-time greats like Botvinnik, Petrosian, and Kortchnoi.


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