Jacob Aagaard & Nikolaos NtirlisSample pages (pdf)
The French Defence is one of the most solid and strategically rich responses to 1.e4. Many opening lines have been analysed to death by computer, but the French is relatively resistant to this growing trend, as the characteristic blocked pawn centre leads to situations where a player with superior understanding can overcome an opponent whose expertise lies in computer-assisted preparation.
Acclaimed authors Ntirlis and Aagaard present a complete repertoire for Black based on the Classical 3.Nc3, Nf6; and Tarrasch 3.Nd2, c5. The book includes chapters on all White's main options against the French, including the Advance Variation, The Exchange System, The Tarrasch Variation, The Classical Variation, The Steinitz Variation, The MacCutcheon Variation and the King's Indian Attack.
In each case the authors offer a repertoire for Black with a minimum of drawish positions. They use 66 extensively annotated master games to illustrate the repertoire in practical play and diagrammed test positions to get the reader thinking about Black's strategy in each variation.
With many new discoveries and detailed explanations of positional and strategic motifs, this book is essential reading for those playing this complex opening with either colour.
Nikolaos Ntirlis is a computer specialist and supplier of opening ideas for many Grandmasters.
GM Jacob Aagaard is the only chess author to have won all the major awards.
Published 2013, softback, 464 pages.
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