French Openings

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Richard Sharp's Categorization of French Openings

The French openings are categorized by the order given to the Fleet in Brest, as follows:

Many of the variants of each of these openings are recognized by unique names. A big French problem is that she has almost too many possible openings. The price of guessing wrong is often grim. In general, a valid French strategy is to get Spain and Portugal in the opening, even at the price of losing a home center. For France, such a loss is frequently only temporary if her diplomacy is sharp.

Other French Openings