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Re: Identify and Rate French Defence Monographs
Reply #34 - 12/16/11 at 02:58:06
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I think following book deserves much more than 3 stars. One of the best books I have read

Watson: Play the French (2nd Edition) 3 points
  
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Reply #33 - 12/03/11 at 06:12:12
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Just found among the old, cheap and unloved books at a tournament today: The French Modern Tarrasch by Gufeld (Cadogan, 1996). Covers Tarrasch 3...c5 and ...Qxd5.  Strictly for a pathological completist, I think (so I bought it, of course).
  
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Re: Identify and Rate French Defence Monographs
Reply #32 - 11/27/11 at 11:51:09
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ghenghisclown wrote on 11/26/11 at 22:32:46:


After decoding the ISBN code number, I think this is new book to pe published next year (january 2012 ?) by New In Chess, maybe in english and another language (serbian or more likely german ?)
  

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Reply #31 - 11/26/11 at 22:32:46
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Reply #30 - 11/13/11 at 12:45:38
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Khalifman's Opening for White according to Anand volumes 6 and 7 are also a good source worth considering.
  
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Reply #29 - 11/03/11 at 07:51:17
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French Defence McCutcheon Variation by W.John Lutes, very thorough book from 1991
  
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Reply #28 - 10/29/11 at 15:28:34
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No one's mentioned my favorite French book of all time: Remember the MacCutcheon! by James Eade. Eade's a US-master who, in addition to surveying the theory of the MacCutcheon, captures what its like to live, love, and lose with your pet defense in the trenches of weekend tournament play. 

  
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Re: Identify and Rate French Defence Monographs
Reply #27 - 10/25/11 at 12:22:03
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MNb wrote on 10/25/11 at 00:31:13:
I like to think that the commies reworked the whole series because they needed some western valuta again.

One wonders why the wall ever fell if they had such highly demanded export products Wink
  

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Reply #26 - 10/25/11 at 05:45:17
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Forgive me if I repeat some, but:
Did people get P.A. Richmond's good book French Defence Tarrasch Variation (Chess Player 1980)?
Also 2 monographs by Martin (Developments in the French 1984-86, Trends French Tarrasch 1990).
Fidechess Enscyclopedia: French Exchange 1994.
Jack Winter's The Ferench Defense Tarrasch Variation (very good, unlike most of these!).
Developments in the French (Kuligowski , Chess Enterprises).
How to Play the French - (Taulbut, Batsford).
French Winawer Alekhine Gambit (Tony Dempsey, Chess Player 1986 - quite good!).
Then there's a rather famous and amazing book in its time (probably already mentioned - I'll go back and check): French Poisoned Pawn (Zeuthen and Jarlnaes, Zeuss 1971) .
Schiller did a Poisoned Pawn monograph also.

James Bickford wrote several French monographs on the Advance Variation, some with Eugene Salome, as I recall, a few in the 1980s I think and then updated in 2002; published by Syzygy Press. One was a real annotated book, others were games collections with brief notes and some analysis, not much. He did the same with the Smith Morra.

I've got more, but they're busied away somewhere.
  
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Re: Identify and Rate French Defence Monographs
Reply #25 - 10/25/11 at 00:31:13
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Willempie wrote on 10/24/11 at 22:10:33:
There is also Spanish bis Franzosisch by Keres.


That's partly the predecessor of

MNb wrote on 10/18/11 at 01:52:23:
Suetin, Französisch bis Nimzowitsch-Eröffnung from the 24 volume series of East-German Sportverlag. I never have seen it.


I like to think that the commies reworked the whole series because they needed some western valuta again.
  

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There is also Spanish bis Franzosisch by Keres.
  

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Reply #23 - 10/22/11 at 18:42:32
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Kalinin: The French Defense
Harding: French: MacCutcheon and Advance Lines (Batsford, 1979)
Harding: French: Classical Lines [with W.Heidenfeld] (Batsford, 1979)
Nigel Short: New Ideas In The French Defence
Jacobs: Starting Out: The French

  
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Reply #22 - 10/18/11 at 10:06:44
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Probably yes. I know about a reworked version of the 80's. It's not the best in the series.
Rolf Schwarz published one in 1967 - 573 pages, 360 games.
  

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Re: Identify and Rate French Defence Monographs
Reply #21 - 10/18/11 at 07:27:37
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Euwe must have had a or two book on the French as well, no?
  
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Re: Identify and Rate French Defence Monographs
Reply #20 - 10/18/11 at 04:52:57
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I forgot about Minev's book. It was quite eye-opening in its day. I don't think there are too many books like that these days. An author who wrote such a book in 2011 might be pilloried for wasting our time with busted variations, no matter how interesting they were.
  
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