French Move

The French move in chess may refer to the “en passant rule”. The phrase “en passant” is French for “in passing” and this is a pawn capture rule about capturing a pawn as it passes your pawn. French words used in chess include:

Alternatively, there are some chess openings of French origin:

The main such opening is the “French Defence” which is an opening for the Black pieces. The French defence is a popular and sound defence to “1.e4”, something which cannot be said about a lot of chess openings!

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