french 3 nf6 be7

In this article, we continue our exploration of the French Defense chess opening from White’s perspective.

In the last video, GM Mihail Marin looked at play after 1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.Bg5 Bb4, which you can watch here. In this video, he looks at play after 4..Be7 (diagram).

With this move, Black removes the pin on the f6 knight, renewing the threat against White’s e4 pawn.

White’s most common response is to push e5, and after 5..Nfd7, the question is posed to White whether they want to trade the bishop or not. Mihail looks at the consequences of both decisions.

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