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Common Lines in the French Defense

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French Defense - Tarrasch Variation
Common Lines in the French Defense
The Tarrasch (3. Nd2) allows white the option of still playing c3 at some point, thus preventing his knight from being pinned if Black attempts to play Bb4. The downside is that this move puts less pressure on Black (with the knight on c3, the d5 pawn is attacked), and the White dark-squared bishop is now restricted from immediately being developed.

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