Play the French With 3...dxe4
by Andrew Martin
The variation of the French that starts 1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 (or 3.Nd2) 3...dxe4 is often called the Rubinstein Variation. It is a great way to simplify the position and ensure that the middlegame battle rewards strategic understanding rather than rote memorisation of opening moves. It is also a very useful weapon to defuse the attacking intentions of aggressive White players who plan an all-out assault in the main lines of the French Defence.
An important feature of the lines after 3...dxe4 4.Nxe4 is that Black has various different ways to continue. 4...Nd7 is the most common but 4...Bd7 (planning ...Bc6 – the Fort Knox Variation), 4...Be7 and 4...Nf6 are all possible. All these lines are covered in the book.
Finally, White can, of course, avoid the 3 ... dxe4 variation with (amongst others) the Advance Variation, 3.e5. Martin provides antidotes to all these possible sidelines and so the variations in the book provide a complete repertoire to meet 1.e4.
Paperback | Pages: 368 | ISBN: 9781781947081
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