Franco-Indian Defence

The Franco-Indian Defence is an unusual opening for Black against the Queen Pawn Openings. It is rarely seen at any level of chess. The opening is a cross between a French Defence (with “e6”) and a Bogo-Indian Defence (with “Bb4+”).

Diagram: Franco-Indian Defence

Transposition: Black’s first move invites White to play the French instead via “2.e4”. This Franco-Indian opening occurs where White declines and plays the quieter “2.c4” instead of “2.e4”.

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