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The French Defence is a classical opening that has featured in the repertoire of many elite grandmasters. Black generally concedes a slight spatial disadvantage early on, but in return gains a sound structure and middlegame opportunities to undermine the White centre. A close study of the French Defence can be very rewarding for all players as the structures and themes that arise are found in numerous other openings. In this book Grandmaster Damian Lemos guides the reader through the complexities of this dynamic opening and explores all the important variations.
Here Damian Lemos offers a wide range of ideas for Black in all the main systems of the French Defence, such as the Winawer and Tarrasch, but also the Steinitz, Rubinstein and Burn systems. He also provides options against the Advance Variation, King's Indian Attack and Exchange Variation.
This book allows the reader to grasp the main ideas behind the French, to reach the middlegame with a solid foundation while not depending too much on "exact theory". For this reason the book is not a comprehensive coverage of all possible variations - this is impractical. Instead, the focus is on strategic plans, positional understanding and putting the reader to the test by having to answer questions during the games.
This series provides an ideal platform to study chess openings. By continually challenging the reader to answer probing questions throughout the book, the Move by Move format greatly encourages the learning and practising of vital skills just as much as the traditional assimilation of opening knowledge. Carefully selected questions and answers are designed to keep you actively involved and allow you to monitor your progress as you learn. This is an excellent way to study any chess opening and at the same time improve your general chess skills and knowledge.
* Essential guidance and training in the French Defence
* Analyses all key variations
* Utilizes an ideal Q+A approach to chess study
Damian Lemos is a grandmaster from Argentina. He is a former Pan-American junior champion and was only 15 years old when he qualified for the international master title. He went on to become a grandmaster at 18. He is an active tournament player.
Published 2021, softback, 352 pages.