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Re: C00-C19: Qualitychess book on the French
Reply #40 - 07/28/13 at 13:30:51
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winawer77 wrote on 07/28/13 at 07:38:01:
I do hope that the book covers 3.Nd2 c5 3.exd5 exd5. So many books cover the ...Qxd5 lines and I'd prefer something a little more classical.

One thing I've never seen, though, is a complete repertoire based on ...Nc6. I've been playing this move against 3.Nd2 and 3.Nc3 for a few years now, with fantastic results. To complete the repertoire ...Nc6 is also possible against the KIA and Exchange variations. The only move that it's not possible against is 3.e5 but Black's play is strong in both ...Qb6 and ...Bd7 lines.

I'd love to see this, or I could just go ahead and create my own book. Smiley


Depending on your level, this may be worth a try!
  
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Reply #39 - 07/28/13 at 07:38:01
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I do hope that the book covers 3.Nd2 c5 3.exd5 exd5. So many books cover the ...Qxd5 lines and I'd prefer something a little more classical.

One thing I've never seen, though, is a complete repertoire based on ...Nc6. I've been playing this move against 3.Nd2 and 3.Nc3 for a few years now, with fantastic results. To complete the repertoire ...Nc6 is also possible against the KIA and Exchange variations. The only move that it's not possible against is 3.e5 but Black's play is strong in both ...Qb6 and ...Bd7 lines.

I'd love to see this, or I could just go ahead and create my own book. Smiley
  
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Re: C00-C19: Qualitychess book on the French
Reply #38 - 06/11/13 at 17:12:38
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CanadianClub wrote on 06/01/13 at 14:38:12:
Nikos choses classical against 3.Nc3, and c5 against 3.Nd2.


That cinches it for me. Though I am intrigued by the Winawer, when it comes to OTB I prefer the classical lines.
  
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Re: C00-C19: Qualitychess book on the French
Reply #37 - 06/01/13 at 14:38:12
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Berg uses some aggressive aproaches with Black (Winawer and Nf6 against Tarrasch). Nikos choses classical against 3.Nc3, and c5 against 3.Nd2. No idea against advance, exchange or offbeat lines.

So even if there's maybe some overlap (impossible avoiding it 100%), the idea was not to do so.

Correct me if I'm wrong, please.
  
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Re: C00-C19: Qualitychess book on the French
Reply #36 - 06/01/13 at 08:32:12
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Qualitychess seems to write many books about the french...
not that i mind, actually i am happy about that fact and i love the qualitychessbooks but still... wondering a little about the marketing concept?

a book by Aagaard/Ntirlis and a 2Volume by Berg? A French devotee would bay either book, but will he buy both books?

I am sure they wont writte 2 books about the same lines but still... I am curious about how they will spilt the content???

.. and what Playing 1.e4 - Sicilian & French by John Shaw will have as an answer????
  
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Re: C00-C19: Qualitychess book on the French
Reply #35 - 04/25/13 at 13:08:37
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In the Tarrasch 3.Nd2 c5 almost every major theoretical line gives White excellent chances for a small advantage. 4.Ngf3 or 4.exd5 Qxd5 (4...exd5 is discussed in the book, but mainly to state the reason why it is not recommended for our readers) and now both 5.dxc5 and 5.Ngf3. Hopefully the readers will find the explanations offered about the pawn structure and the typical ideas of both sides usefull.

My conclusion for 5.dxc5 is that Black has to base his play on a small number of typical set-ups (basically 2 but with another one being close to equality as well) which unfortunately also contain a (small) number of important nuances about the move order. So, despite the fact that these positions are mainly played with understanding what is going on, you have to learn some theory as well. I consider some old games by Tal and Karpov (different openings but same structure!) very instructive and they will find their role in the book. I won't reveal more on this!  Smiley

@Stigma:

That's why Black has to avoid the above scenario by playing a quick a6-b5 and try to be more active.
  
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Re: C00-C19: Qualitychess book on the French
Reply #34 - 04/25/13 at 12:53:44
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No need for me to give it up then! Actually I still play the Tarrasch via 1.d4 e6 2.e4 now and then.

I think this is the Nunn game I was referring to; White plays dxc5 a bit later, after Black's probably inaccurate combination of 4...Nc6 and 5...Qxd5. But obviously the lines could transpose. There was also some discussion of dxc5 in The Seven Deadly Chess Sins by Rowson.

  

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Re: C00-C19: Qualitychess book on the French
Reply #33 - 04/25/13 at 12:37:02
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Stigma wrote on 04/25/13 at 09:56:45:
Interesting. 5.dxc5 was my repertoire move when I was a 1.e4 player, partly because I was impressed with a famous game in one of Nunn's best games collections (with the same structure but a different move order iirc).

But I always thought I was merely avoiding lots of theory with an offbeat line. Are you guys now saying it's a serious try for advantage?


Black may finally equalize, but there is no trivial road to complete equality. Very good practical weapon for white cutting a lot of theory.
  

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Re: C00-C19: Qualitychess book on the French
Reply #32 - 04/25/13 at 09:56:45
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Interesting. 5.dxc5 was my repertoire move when I was a 1.e4 player, partly because I was impressed with a famous game in one of Nunn's best games collections (with the same structure but a different move order iirc).

But I always thought I was merely avoiding lots of theory with an offbeat line. Are you guys now saying it's a serious try for advantage?
  

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Re: C00-C19: Qualitychess book on the French
Reply #31 - 04/25/13 at 09:22:08
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ghenghisclown wrote on 04/25/13 at 05:15:06:
tony37 wrote on 04/24/13 at 21:03:59:
I thought it was going to be Qxd5 in the Tarrasch



I think you're right.  Cry Angry

Oh well. Having searched again through the QC blog, I've found that indeed exd5 will not be the repertoire choice.
Pity really, considering I just don't believe in Black after 4.exd5 Qxd5 5.dxc5....I don't think such positions are why I play the French.


Funny. I have recently studied 5.dc. I think it is underrated. Best is probably 5.-Qxc5 assuming white is not playing 6.Ne4 Wink
  

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Re: C00-C19: Qualitychess book on the French
Reply #30 - 04/25/13 at 05:15:06
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tony37 wrote on 04/24/13 at 21:03:59:
I thought it was going to be Qxd5 in the Tarrasch



I think you're right.  Cry Angry

Oh well. Having searched again through the QC blog, I've found that indeed exd5 will not be the repertoire choice.
Pity really, considering I just don't believe in Black after 4.exd5 Qxd5 5.dxc5....I don't think such positions are why I play the French.
  

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Re: C00-C19: Qualitychess book on the French
Reply #29 - 04/24/13 at 21:03:59
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I thought it was going to be Qxd5 in the Tarrasch
  
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Re: C00-C19: Qualitychess book on the French
Reply #28 - 04/24/13 at 20:31:47
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I can't wait for the Nikos book, especially with coverage of the 3...c5 and exd5 Tarrasch!

I can't bite my tongue any longer though... I have to ask, what (after 3.Nc3 Nf6) will be Black's proposed solution to the Alekhine-Chatard attack?
  

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Re: C00-C19: Qualitychess book on the French
Reply #27 - 04/20/13 at 07:42:55
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Ametanoitos wrote on 04/19/13 at 20:35:19:
I am not sure if 3...Nf6 is "more sound" or "better". Probably it isn't. I was a Winawer fun all the way from my first French Defense experiences. I was "forced" to study 3...Nf6 seriously for the first time in my life because of this book.


OK. ...maybe Bobby Fischers classical statement over the Winawer is ringing in my head but lets agree that 3...Nf6 is at least less messy and complicated and unclear than the winawer. And also I would add less difficult to play. Not really so tactical in nature (if you dont play the MacCutcheon).
  

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Re: C00-C19: Qualitychess book on the French
Reply #26 - 04/19/13 at 20:35:19
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I am not sure if 3...Nf6 is "more sound" or "better". Probably it isn't. I was a Winawer fun all the way from my first French Defense experiences. I was "forced" to study 3...Nf6 seriously for the first time in my life because of this book.
  
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