A Simple Weapon to Beat The French Defense

In this video, I play an instructive chess game featuring one of my favorite variations against the French Defense: The 2 Knights Attack. After the game, I provide some analysis and a bonus lesson of the many traps black can stumble into.

Analyze the game:

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76 Comments

  1. I think black might have stood a better chance by just playing Kh1 instead of accepting the ‘gift.’

  2. At 16:36 why didn't black play Bh2? Doesn't it give a discovered attack on the queen while targeting g1 rook?

  3. It's the same 3 first move to defeat karokann…. ❤

  4. Hello Eric Sending love from Oman 🇴🇲!

  5. I play the 2 Knights vs the French! It’s super broad, but so fun!! 👍🏽👍🏽

  6. Ilove to play against French defence iam from Greece if you know you understand

  7. Beating the French defense? My neighbor Austrian painter once told me just go through Belgium. He did it and it worked!

  8. The quintessential chess commentator. He also improves my chess, and improves my vocabulary. 😃

  9. Thanks Eric. As a less experienced Fort Knox player, this video taught me I can transpose from the 2 knights to defend myself. Instinct would’ve been 3….d4 to attack the knight (Nf6 played in-game) but that would’ve put me in unfamiliar territory. Love the videos, even if you are teaching the enemy. 🙂

  10. I don't understand, how did you play 12. Qg3 when en passant is forced?

  11. I play the french. Better get ready for everyone and their mother to play this against me.

  12. 16:18 eric forgetting that after Qh4 Qxg2, there's Qxd8, no? Or are there shenanigans with the f3 square and queen bishop combo? Looks survivable idk

  13. noo eric this is my only response to e4, why would you do this to your viewers???

  14. Man, I disagreed so strongly with Kf1 that I actually asked stockfish. Turns out that Kf1 is the best move. IMs are a different breed, what a weird and silent move.

  15. 10:30 there's something I'm missing, because I don't see why Nxe6 on move 14 wasn't better by a pawn than the sequence that ultimately got played.

  16. Omg I've been wanting a weapon against the French for ages, and now imericrosen is sharing one. Amazing 🤩

  17. Some months ago I saw Eric using the two knights against the French and I have been using it ever since.
    Works really well at the 1500 level

  18. Our dear Eric hung a discovery twice :p
    16:40 Bh2 wins the exchange back

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