Crush the French Defense [Deadly TRAP to Win in 10 Moves]
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Crush the French Defense [Deadly TRAP to Win in 10 Moves]

Crush the French Defense [Deadly TRAP to Win in 10 Moves]

Today I’d like to show you how to win against the French Defense as White in just about 10 moves. You will learn a deadly and tricky trap in the exchange variation (which happens after 1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.exd5 exd5).

This secret trap happens in the most played moves by Black, so you have more chances of trapping your opponent and winning quickly! Even if they don’t fall for the trap, you have a solid position as White with great attacking plans in the middlegame.

I’d love to share with you how you can win against one of the most common chess openings in just about 10 moves. I’m talking about the French Defense.

1.e4 e6 2. d4 d5 

And here, there is a surprise weapon that I’d like to recommend. Usually, when it goes either Nc3 or Nf3, we’re gonna go into the exchange variation. Pros don’t like this, they consider it to be drawish and they don’t go into desperation. But there is a catch. There is a little secret that you and I are gonna know but not your opponents. And that secret is exactly what is going to help you win a tremendous amount of games.

3.exd5 exd5 4. c4

Let’s take a look at something interesting. What are your opponents going to do after you play c4 and challenge them in the center?

If Black plays 10…dxc4

Okay, so you may think that Black is losing because of Nd5. Let me just trade this weak pawn first and what if Black takes on c4 first.

If Black plays 10…Bxc3

Let’s explore one more common option of Black. We already know that Re3 doesn’t work, Nd5 forking the Rook and Bishop, right? Sometimes your opponent will think, okay, if Nd5 is an issue for Black, let’s just trade it off first. And after that, Black can easily win this pawn. Right?

If Black plays 9…Bg4

What if your opponent doesn’t take the bait and doesn’t go into this Ng4 stuff, trying to create trouble along the e-file? Well, the good thing about this opening is that there is no downside. If your opponent plays, say, c6 or whatever, you just have a normal game of chess. You castle, everything’s fine. Very often, your opponent will try to take here and then go Bg4.


The French Defense is a common chess opening that can be beaten in just about 10 moves by using a deadly trap in the exchange variation. By following the steps outlined in this article, you can surprise your opponent and win quickly or have a solid position with great attacking plans in the middlegame. If your opponent doesn’t fall for the trap, there is no downside as you can still have a normal game of chess. Overall, this article provides a solid approach to defeating one of the most common chess openings, the French Defense.


You can find the PGN of this opening below:


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