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Fighting the French: A New Concept by Denis Yevseev

Post  ChessCaissa on Mon Jul 30, 2018 4:42 am

Nowadays the French Defence 1...e6 is one of the most popular openings in response to 1.e4. I'd like to suggest a new concept of combating it. White plays 2.d4 d5 3.Nd2 and then deploys his pieces according to the scheme Ngf3, Bd3, c3, 0-0, against almost anything that Black may play. This will usually lead to exchanges in the centre and the appearance of an isolated queen's pawn for White.

Product details
Paperback: 384 pages
Publisher: Chess Stars (August 8, 2011)
ISBN-10: 9548782839
ISBN-13: 978-9548782838

PDF (5.6 mb):

Thanks to the original uploader from ChessIndia! sunny

IM John Donaldson's review concludes by saying:

Following the Chess Stars system, the material is laid out in a very methodical fashion that facilitates learning. First an overview is offered (Quick Repertoire), then the material is carefully examined (Step by Step) and finally deeply annotated games with lots of prose commentary completes the presentation of the theory (Complete Games).

This is a good approach that works well for players of different levels. Less experienced players and new comers to the system will want to go to Quick Overview and the Complete Games sections first while experienced users may be inclined to head straight to Step by Step.

The system Ngf3, Bd3, c3, 0-0, leads to more open play than one normally associates with the Tarrasch French and those wishing to construct a cohesive opening repertoire for White based on 1.e4 will find that it meshes well with the Panov-Bovinnik Attack against the Caro-Kann and to a lesser extent 2.c3 versus the Sicilian (some of the IQP positions that occur after 2…d5 are common to both openings).

GM Yevseev has done an outstanding job with this original work.

Highly Recommended


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