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French Defense

The French is a rich opening for the black player who is happy to take some risks in order to play for a win. By advancing the e-pawn only one square, black chooses to put pressure on the white centre at the coast of a bad light squared bishop. This often leads to imbalance, some early sacrifices and sharp play on both sides of the board. It’s fair to say the French Defense is not to compare with any other openings. The starting moves often resulting in unique positions. The French is a creative option with both clear cut strategic and tactical ideas. The French is a serious test for the 1.e4-player and therefore popular at all levels. Viktor Korchnoi, Nigel Short, Mikhail Botvinnik and Hikaru Nakamura are some of the many advocates on the black side of this opening. White on the other hand has numerous ways to meet the French. Amongst others one can choose the Advance, Winawer or Classical Variation. There are even sharper options available in the form of some very playable gambits on both sides. It’s no surprise that there are lots of books and dvd’s available from both the white as the black side, by well known chess authors as Simon Williams, Emanuel Berg, Rustam Kasimdzhanov and Daniel King. If you’re not afraid to study lines in quit some depth and take risks over the board, the French might just be something for you.



Grandmaster Repertoire 16: The French Defence - Emanuel Berg
2015 Quality Chess Grandmaster Repertoire 16: The French Defence-Emanuel Berg

Volume 3 of this three-part series on the French Defense deals with the Advance Variation, Tarrasch, and other alternatives after 1.e4 e5 2.d4 d5 3. Nc3. The Advance and the Tarrasch are two of the most often played variations by white against the French. This volume therefore can be studied separately or together with the other two volumes. These books offers the black French-player a coherent, strong repertoire.
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Grandmaster Repertoire 15: The French Defence - Emanuel Berg
2014 Quality Chess Grandmaster Repertoire 15: The French Defence-Emanuel Berg

Volume 2 of this three-part series on the French Defense mainly deals with the Poisened Pawn Variation of the Winawer, the most complex and critical variation within the Winawer. The Poisened Pawn shows how rich and tactical the French is. This book explains all lines and the do’s and don’ts in great depth. This volume can be studied separately, but together with the other two volumes this series offers the black French-player a coherent, strong repertoire.
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Grandmaster Repertoire 14 - The French Defence - Emanuel Berg
2013 Quality Chess Grandmaster Repertoire 14 - The French Defence-Emanuel Berg

Volume 1 of this three-part series on the French Defense deals with all the lines in the Winawer, except for the Poisened Pawn Variation, that’s explained in Volume 2. The Winawer is an often played variation by white against the French. This volume can be studied separately or together with the other two volumes. These books offers the black French-player a coherent, strong repertoire.
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First Steps: The French (everyman Chess) - Cyrus Lakdawala
2016 Everyman Chess First Steps: The French (everyman Chess)-Cyrus Lakdawala

The French is an ideal opening with the black pieces if you’re a beginning or advanced player who is not afraid of imbalance on the board. The French is that a rich opening, because the different lines have different plans and strategic ideas, and all their own logic. That being said, it’s an opening that has easy to grasp basis ideas, despite of some difficult lines, and overall is a joy to study.
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The Even More Flexible French: Strategic Ideas & Powerful Weapons - Viktor Moskalenko
2015 New In Chess The Even More Flexible French: Strategic Ideas & Powerful Weapons-Viktor Moskalenko

A complete guide for the French player. Each variation is illustrated in great depth including the historic origin, main ideas, resources, and advices on how to play the lines in the most effective manner. Analyses of the most interesting lines are explained through model games, because illustrative games are the best example of grasping the true nature of the French. To complete the didactic nature of this book statistics, summaries and conclusions are added.
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Dangerous Weapons: The French: Dazzle Your Opponents - John Watson
2007 Everyman Chess Dangerous Weapons: The French: Dazzle Your Opponents-John Watson

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The Classical French: Move By Move (everyman Chess) - Cyrus Lakdawala
2014 Everyman Chess The Classical French: Move By Move (everyman Chess)-Cyrus Lakdawala

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The Complete French Advance: The Most Uncompromising Way To Attack The French Defence - Evgeny Sveshnikov, Vladimir Sveshnikov
2017 New In Chess The Complete French Advance: The Most Uncompromising Way To Attack The French Defence-Evgeny Sveshnikov Vladimir Sveshnikov

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Attacking Chess The French (everyman Chess Series) - Simon Williams
2011 Everyman Chess Attacking Chess The French (everyman Chess Series)-Simon Williams

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French Defence 1.e4 E6: Second Edition - Chess Opening Games - Tim Sawyer
2018 Independently French Defence 1.e4 E6: Second Edition - Chess Opening Games-Tim Sawyer

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Play The French (cadogan Chess Books) - John Watson
2012 Everyman Chess Play The French (cadogan Chess Books)-John Watson

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The Modern French: A Complete Guide For Black - Dejan Antic, Branimir Maksimovic
2012 New In Chess,Csi The Modern French: A Complete Guide For Black-Dejan Antic Branimir Maksimovic

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French Defence Advance Variation: Volume One (progress In Chess) - Evgeny Sveshnikov
2008 Edition Olms French Defence Advance Variation: Volume One (progress In Chess)-Evgeny Sveshnikov

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Playing The French (grandmaster Guide) - Jacob Aagaard, Nikolaos Ntirlis
2014 Quality Chess Playing The French (grandmaster Guide)-Jacob Aagaard Nikolaos Ntirlis

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The Wonderful Winawer: Strategic Ideas & Surprise Weapons For Dynamic Chess Players - Viktor Moskalenko
2010 New In Chess The Wonderful Winawer: Strategic Ideas & Surprise Weapons For Dynamic Chess Players-Viktor Moskalenko

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Chess Explained: The French - Viacheslav Eingorn, Valentin Bogdanov
2008 Gambit Publications Chess Explained: The French-Viacheslav Eingorn Valentin Bogdanov

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French Defence: 1.e4 E6 In Chess Openings - Tim Sawyer
2016 Independent French Defence: 1.e4 E6 In Chess Openings-Tim Sawyer

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French Winawer: Move By Move - Steve Giddins
2013 Everyman Chess French Winawer: Move By Move-Steve Giddins

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Play The French, 3rd (cadogan Chess Books) - John Watson
2004 Everyman Chess Play The French, 3rd (cadogan Chess Books)-John Watson

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How To Beat The French Defence: The Essential Guide To The Tarrasch - Andreas Dr Tzermiadianos
2008 Everyman Chess How To Beat The French Defence: The Essential Guide To The Tarrasch-Andreas Dr Tzermiadianos

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Starting Out: The French (starting Out - Everyman Chess) - Byron Jacobs
2003 Everyman Chess Starting Out: The French (starting Out - Everyman Chess)-Byron Jacobs

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French Classical (everyman Chess) - Byron Jacobs
2001 Everyman Chess French Classical (everyman Chess)-Byron Jacobs

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Tactics In The Chess Opening 3: French Defence And Other Half-open Games - Friso Nijboer, Geert Van Der Stricht
2005 New In Chess,Csi Tactics In The Chess Opening 3: French Defence And Other Half-open Games-Friso Nijboer Geert Van Der Stricht

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French 3.be3 Playbook: 200 Opening Chess Positions For White (chess Opening Playbook) - Tim Sawyer
2017 Independently French 3.be3 Playbook: 200 Opening Chess Positions For White (chess Opening Playbook)-Tim Sawyer

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Tarrasch French Guimard Variation With 3. ... Nc6 Updated In 2011 With New Games - Eric Schiller
2011 Ishi Press Tarrasch French Guimard Variation With 3. ... Nc6 Updated In 2011 With New Games-Eric Schiller

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French Winawer (everyman Chess) - Neil Mcdonald
2000 Everyman Chess French Winawer (everyman Chess)-Neil Mcdonald

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French Winawer Poisoned Pawn Variation: A Chess Works Publication - Eric Schiller
2015 Ishi Press French Winawer Poisoned Pawn Variation: A Chess Works Publication-Eric Schiller

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Chess Openings By Example: French Defense - J. Schmidt
2017 Independently Chess Openings By Example: French Defense-J. Schmidt

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French & Caro Puzzles: 200 Easy Chess Opening Checkmates (easy Puzzles) - Tim Sawyer
2017 Independently French & Caro Puzzles: 200 Easy Chess Opening Checkmates (easy Puzzles)-Tim Sawyer

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Cd The French Advance - Sam Collins
2007 Everyman Chess Cd The French Advance-Sam Collins

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