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Re: Best practical book on French for black
Reply #33 - 06/14/17 at 21:39:05
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John Watson - How to Play the French - 1st edition, not any of the later ones.
  
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Reply #32 - 06/11/17 at 21:18:32
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Indeed. In my brief stint as a French player a couple of years ago, some of my most exciting games came in lines traditionally thought of as "boring" (3 exd5 and 3 Nd2 c5 4 exd5 exd5).
  
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Re: Best practical book on French for black
Reply #31 - 06/11/17 at 19:41:48
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About the drawing tendencies of the French Exhange, I don't see that as a problem. I do rather like Watson's ...Nc6 lines in Play the French. Castling on opposite sides can sharpen the play a lot!
  
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Re: Best practical book on French for black
Reply #30 - 05/28/17 at 10:45:07
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Confused_by_Theory wrote on 05/27/17 at 19:50:02:
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Keep up the french discussion Smiley

Have a nice day.

On topic: Are there not a couple of lines of exchange french where you can at least play a little chess before you shake hands then?


There are some lines in every openings that are drawish or leeds to mass simplifications or even forced draws in the sharper lines. I my experiece this is the case in several anti sicilians and even in many different open sicilians mainlines. The suggestion in this thread about modern or Pirc is based on that the fact that there are more inbalances. One can equaly play 1  .. b6 and argue the same thing.

The Exchange french can be tought win against some one one wants draw.
However I have won a few games including a game in tournament with time handicap and I had less time. I also won a rapid game in a rapidplay team event. In both cases I won by simply playing chess. I have also both won and lost blitz games in exchange vs a hiegher rated player at local club.

I dont play online blitz games anymore so I can not draw any concusions on how drawish the lines is.
  
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Reply #29 - 05/27/17 at 19:50:02
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Edit:
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Keep up the french discussion Smiley

Have a nice day.

On topic: Are there not a couple of lines of exchange french where you can at least play a little chess before you shake hands then?
  
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Re: Best practical book on French for black
Reply #28 - 05/23/17 at 19:09:57
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Classical kills the Pirc ... was musing that perhaps 1...g6 is flexible enough to sate both our needs for blood lust and mayhem.

What was your agenda for after 1 e4 g6 2 d4, Topnotch? Are you thinking the Classical Modern is more unbalancing than the Classical Pirc (and/or that Black's KN might not go to f6), or have you some other system(s) in mind?
  
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Reply #27 - 05/23/17 at 02:56:27
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TopNotch wrote on 05/23/17 at 02:18:31:
Classical Kills the Pirc and Alapin along with 3.Bb5+ Kills Sicilian. I feel your pain though, and was musing that perhaps 1...g6 is flexible enough to sate both our needs for blood lust and mayhem.

Yes, 1...g6 is a nice invitation to mayhem!

At my level (below 2200), Black can still get winning chances in the Bb5(+) Sicilians. True, I've had some boring draws and even losses against the Classical Pirc, but those opponents were underrated juniors that I should have given more respect.
  

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Reply #26 - 05/23/17 at 02:18:31
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Stigma wrote on 05/23/17 at 01:26:27:
My "solution" to this lack of winning chances in the Exchange (and in the Tarrasch, depending on what line you choose) was to only play the French against stronger or roughly equal opponents, and not in must-win games.

i always had at least one other defence ready where it would be harder for White to kill the game completely, like the Pirc and various Sicilians.


Classical Kills the Pirc and Alapin along with 3.Bb5+ Kills Sicilian. I feel your pain though, and was musing that perhaps 1...g6 is flexible enough to sate both our needs for blood lust and mayhem.
  

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Reply #25 - 05/23/17 at 01:26:27
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My "solution" to this lack of winning chances in the Exchange (and in the Tarrasch, depending on what line you choose) was to only play the French against stronger or roughly equal opponents, and not in must-win games.

i always had at least one other defence ready where it would be harder for White to kill the game completely, like the Pirc and various Sicilians.
  

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Re: Best practical book on French for black
Reply #24 - 05/22/17 at 08:19:26
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CanadianClub wrote on 05/21/17 at 12:44:44:
The problem with the French for me is getting winning chances vs lower rated players (or against someone he wants a draw in a team match) because of the exchange


Yes, I had to give up the French because of this. I once had a sequence of 6 draws versus players of around 2300 who all played the Exchange against me, I didn't manage to get winning chances in any of the games. Sad
  
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Re: Best practical book on French for black
Reply #23 - 05/22/17 at 08:18:20
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I also met exchange vs some lower rated in a blitz tournamnet with time handicap and I won these games.

There are no perfect opening if one needs to play for a win.
There are several realy drawish anti sicilians as well.
Many open sicilian lines can also leed to a drawish endgame or in some sharper lines a draw by force.
There are also many lines that leeds to very simplified positions.
  
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Re: Best practical book on French for black
Reply #22 - 05/21/17 at 12:44:44
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The problem with the French for me is getting winning chances vs lower rated players (or against someone he wants a draw in a team match) because of the exchange. I try to get IQPs to imbalance the game enough. By the way, I play Sicilian in that kind of situations if I know his elo in advance.

The antis in general are in fashion. The French is no exception  Sad
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Re: Best practical book on French for black
Reply #21 - 05/20/17 at 08:12:31
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Some time has passed since I started this thread.
McDonalds book is realy great.

I played Fort Knox in two blitz games vs two much hiegher rated and got one draw.
After that I plays the mainlines with a very good several several other games including in three team matches. At local club they hade started to play none mainlines after that like Exchange or KIA or a b4 gambit.




  
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Re: Best practical book on French for black
Reply #20 - 09/16/16 at 19:38:25
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Since you asked for "Any opinions on the most practical black repertour book?
With practical I mean something easy to maintain and not to much theory."

Then Fort Knox (Bc8-d7-c6) is an ideal choice, solid and easy to play - the only scary lines are the ones with Ne4-g5 but a little exactness should be enough, unless something major has been found for white the last few years...

The Rubinstein proper, with 4...Nbd7 etc is not so easy as black stays congested so there you need exactness in several variations.
Though it's possible to play it non-theoretically too, a friend of mine had his own system with 4...Be7 which he knew better than the theory books - but it took him many years of trial and error in thousands of blitz and rapids to develop...

The French is a wast territory and can be played in so many different ways - just look at the styles of the top players who use it! So, don't expect to learn it all quickly from just one book or two!
  
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Re: Best practical book on French for black
Reply #19 - 09/16/16 at 18:25:14
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bragesjo wrote on 09/16/16 at 17:46:07:
It also appears that Langrock has written a book devoted to Rubinstein from blacks point of view.
Any comments about that book?


Don't go near the Rubinstein. Meier can hold on. But noone else can, including Akobian.
You'll get no active play, and squashed repeatedly. On a good day, you'll get sterile equality.
  

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