[April 20, 2017] Updated Opening Line by Bojan Vučković:
French Defense, Normal Variation – Rubinstein Variation (incl. Fort Knox Variation)

[Line 331 : 1. e4 e6 2. d4 d5 3. Nc3 without 3… Bb4, 3… Nf6]

The two most common moves are dealt with in other opening lines: 3… Bb4 in Lines 343-364, and 3… Nf6 in Lines 336-342.

Rubinstein Variation (3… dxe4) is another popular option, where after 4. Nxe4 the main move 4… Nd7 is covered in depth in Lines 332-335. The Fort Knox Variation (4… Bd7) is suitable for begginers and club level players. Black’s plan is Bc6 and, at a right moment, capturing one of the white Knights, followed by c7-c6. White stays with a bishop pair and small space advantage, but Black has a solid position without weaknesses.

Various sidelines can also be found in this line, including 3… Nc6 and 3… Be7. In these sidelines, White generally gets more promising positions without difficulties.

[Diagram: White to Move] Black is ready to recapture the piece with fxe6. How can White thwart his opponent’s plan, and claim a big edge?

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