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Re: C00-C19 Playing the French Book
Reply #183 - 01/13/15 at 09:20:52
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Ametanoitos wrote on 01/10/15 at 19:46:59:
Hope that helped!  Smiley


Yes, it helps.

The more I study the book the more I like it.

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Reply #182 - 01/10/15 at 19:46:59
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Not really. Negi's suggestion is a very calm one leading to a slight edge in an endgame for White. This might be true, but  Black should not really worried too much.

It is like the Tarrasch–Teichmann game (but in a better vesrion for Black) which was thought to be strategically winning for White for decades untill Kasaprov in MGP vol I said that modern thinking regards these positions as drawn as Black has always Sicilian-like counterplay in the queenside. Hope that helped!  Smiley
  
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Reply #181 - 01/08/15 at 12:57:57
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Today, trending theory is Negi's book against our beloved French.

Does his work pose any problems against Nikos reccomendations in this wonderfull book?

I have not Negi's book and I seriously doubt that I will face Steinitz main lines often in my tournament games (I only know that Negi opts for Stenitz against French), but... are Negi's lines treatening to Nikos ones? Or not too much in the 7.a6 lines?

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Reply #180 - 09/08/14 at 20:44:51
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From memory Watson's recommendation is the same as in Lane's column http://www.chesscafe.com/text/lane136.pdf, with 9...Bxf2 and the suggested improvement on move 15.
  

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Re: C00-C19 Playing the French Book
Reply #179 - 09/08/14 at 20:28:50
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Thx for your comments, erasmus. Interesting variantion for White.

I played 6...Qb6 and 7...Nxc5 (not Bxc5 that more or less is forcing me to sacrifice on f2 and a mess appears on the board for sure). I lost the game but I emerged from the opening between equality and an slightly worse position, totally playable. In fact my engines think that Black is better (around -0.2 with Stockfish 3) on moves 12-15.
  
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Re: C00-C19 Playing the French Book
Reply #178 - 09/08/14 at 19:07:01
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CanadianClub wrote on 09/05/14 at 20:13:40:
This week I faced The Jackal in a tournament game and I don't see the reply this book recommends against this line. Maybe I'm wrong but I don't find it.

1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.e5 Nfd7 5.Nf3 c5 6.Bg5

After 5...c5 I only see 6.dxc5 by White in the book Sad

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First, see this post: http://www.chesspub.com/cgi-bin/chess/YaBB.pl?num=1171043123

Watson's newest (2012) "Play the French" (PTF4) gives some coverage, but he says It has a mediocre reputation but theoreticians haven't looked at it carefully and I see no refutation for black.

Here is my suggestion, I didn't get it from a book so if there is a flaw in it blame it on me. All you readers are welcome to comment or correct me. Note that 2. d4 and 5. Nf3 are transposed un the 1st game.



Watson concludes that White gets a better game in the popular line ("utterly chaotic" - Watson) 7. dxc5 Bxc5 8. Qd2 Bxf2+ See game below but Watson's 18...f6 (which still is good for White) is a variant in the PGN. I have not found an actual game that includes Watson's 17...f6.




  

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Re: C00-C19 Playing the French Book
Reply #177 - 09/05/14 at 20:13:40
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This week I faced The Jackal in a tournament game and I don't see the reply this book recommends against this line. Maybe I'm wrong but I don't find it.

1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.e5 Nfd7 5.Nf3 c5 6.Bg5

After 5...c5 I only see 6.dxc5 by White in the book Sad

Salut,
  
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Reply #176 - 05/25/14 at 13:52:41
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Just bought it.

This month I decided to get a definitive opportunity to the Acc. Dragon in a summer tounament or two. But... my devotion to the French Defence is very strong  Cool
  
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Re: C00-C19 Playing the French Book
Reply #175 - 04/29/14 at 17:04:09
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IMJohnCox wrote on 04/29/14 at 14:17:02:
The latter.


In this case I think your point is rather undisputed.

Ametanoitos wrote on 04/27/14 at 20:58:07:
In the Winawer exchange i'd recommend to go ...c6 and ...Nf6 even with the bishop at b4. Usually a rook comes to e1 and the knight wants to be re-deployed to g3 for example, so a3 is played and then you can go ...Bd6. Then we directly transpose to the "proper" treatment of this system with White having an extra a3 move. The extra a3 move is not a great gain for White though. I hope that this offers a bit more help than my previous comments!  Smiley


Ah, thanks. I took a very different approach (Nc6, Nge2, Be6) and was quite satisfied. I will consider these moves. While it is generally harmless, I think the exchange variation is hard to prepare for because there are so many possibilities for both sides which are all more or less equal (at least at first glance)
  
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Reply #174 - 04/29/14 at 14:25:37
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Very droll!
  
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Reply #173 - 04/29/14 at 14:17:02
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The latter.
  
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Reply #172 - 04/29/14 at 13:28:39
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Do you mean to induce a transposition, or do you mean that the best move in the exchange is--not to exchange?
  
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Re: C00-C19 Playing the French Book
Reply #171 - 04/27/14 at 21:18:08
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> I wonder if 3. Nc3 is such a ridiculous in the exchange variation and thought it might be covered as minor line or something

I know you meant 4 Nc3, but still I can't help feeling that 3 Nc3 is indeed White's best try in the exchange variation.
  
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Re: C00-C19 Playing the French Book
Reply #170 - 04/27/14 at 20:58:07
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In the Winawer exchange i'd recommend to go ...c6 and ...Nf6 even with the bishop at b4. Usually a rook comes to e1 and the knight wants to be re-deployed to g3 for example, so a3 is played and then you can go ...Bd6. Then we directly transpose to the "proper" treatment of this system with White having an extra a3 move. The extra a3 move is not a great gain for White though. I hope that this offers a bit more help than my previous comments!  Smiley
  
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Re: C00-C19 Playing the French Book
Reply #169 - 04/27/14 at 19:02:00
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Ametanoitos wrote on 04/27/14 at 18:32:00:
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I wonder if 3. Nc3 is such a ridiculous in the exchange variation


Thanks for the compliments. For Nc3 in the exchange you should check Walbrodt- Maroczy Budapest 1896 at page 112.

That was supposed to mean "ridiculous try" of course.

Thank you, I read and analyzed this part of the book. I had asked the question originally because I had a game going 1. e4 e6 2. d4 d5 3. Nc3 Bb4 4. exd5 exd5 and wondered if this would be covered under the move order 1. e4 e6 2. d4 d5 3. exd5 exd5 3. Nc3 Bb4 by any chance. The situation is of course different than in the Walbrodt vs. Maroczy game. I used PTF 3 as resource then and drew the game rather easily. I will use your work as reference point for "proper" exchange variations in the future. I guess 1. e4 e6 2. d4 d5 3. exd5 exd5 3. Nc3 has no independent significance whatsoever, even when black plays Nf6 for example ...
  
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