Originally posted by Mephisto2
Not too fast there. 1.d4 e6 is not French. He has played e6 as black against both 1.e4 and 1.d4. How would you call that? I'd call it 1. ... e6.
edit. but I wouldn't call either 'weak' openings.
Even 1. e4 .. e6 may not be a French as it could transpose into something else although I imagine most of us would regard it as a French until or unless it transposed.
1. ... e6 is certainly not a weak response to 1. e4, although I never play it but it gives a solid black defence that can be difficult to break down. Some of us would say that black is giving up the fight too early and that only 1. ... e5 or 1. ... c5 are the only aggressive winning tries but that is probably grossly unfair to all those strong French players out there.
1. d4 .. e6 is somewhat unusual although my response would probably be 2. e4 transposing to a French but 2. c4 ... Nf6 transposing to an Indian defence would also be a fairly normal response. Therefore I expect to be back in a more "normal" line after move 2.
I don't think calling 1. ... e6 anything or nothing indicates anything about the player involved nor does having a p1900 rating indicate anything other than that we have a reasonably strong club player (although who knows it could be a GM).
Another simple point but I assume that not everyone everywhere will call a French, the French as I assume as in so many things people in some countries call openings by different names (perhaps the French call 1. e4 .. e6 the English and 1. c4 the French
Mind you User 435454
has been banned but we no longer know if thats for cheating, harrassment or multiple accounts as the "banned player" list has gone.