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Re: How do I learn the Steinitz French for White?
Reply #8 - 01/13/11 at 11:17:15
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MNb wrote on 01/12/11 at 01:27:28:
Buy Moskalenko's book The Flexible French then. There are several games with excellent comments.


Agreed, and also have a good look at Nepomniachtchi's recent games. He seems to be the leading expert of this variation.
  

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Re: How do I learn the Steinitz French for White?
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Buy Moskalenko's book The Flexible French then. There are several games with excellent comments.
  

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Re: How do I learn the Steinitz French for White?
Reply #6 - 01/11/11 at 12:41:40
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Thanks for your replies, they've been most helpful  Cheesy I think I might go for the Russian Roulette plan, fits my style best.
  
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Re: How do I learn the Steinitz French for White?
Reply #5 - 01/08/11 at 17:28:17
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Depending on the level of your play, Khalifman's Opening for White According to Anand volume 6 may be the perfect book for learning to play the White side of the French Steinitz!
  
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Re: How do I learn the Steinitz French for White?
Reply #4 - 01/08/11 at 16:08:25
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4...Ne2 is "Maroczy gambit" (played by Lasker,Bogoljubow,Alekhine among others)...but maybe you name Jonnhy Hector for pawn gambit 4.g4!?

If you don't mind about the Winawer 4....Bb4 because of 5.Nge2 I suppose you know what to do after 5...dxe4 6.Bxc3+ (Kan variation) and the lines 4...Nf6 (Lasker-Reti,New York 1924 ), 4...Nc6 (Rainfray-Apicella,Bois Colombes 2004 ), 4...Ne7, 4..b6 and 4...c5 (Gygli-Mueller,Zurich 1934 and Kharlov - Berg, Blitz ICC 2002 )

After 3...Nf6 4.e5 Nfd7 (Steinitz) you can limit your opening study to Boleslavsky line with 6.f4  because you can save time in first steps to one simple strategy (blockade on the d4 square). Agree with previous posts: it has been covered a lot in some threads of this forum.

5.Nce2 and 5.Nf3 are very interesting too...I like Nce2 because you can transpose in Tarrasch variations and pawn structure. With 5.Nf3 you can play the "russian roulette"-like game: 5...c5 6.dxc5 Nc6 7.Bd3 Bxc5 8.Qe2 f6 (8...Nd4 is unclear) 9.exf6 Nxf6 10.Bf4 oo 11.ooo.





  

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Re: How do I learn the Steinitz French for White?
Reply #3 - 01/07/11 at 23:05:15
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befuddled wrote on 01/07/11 at 21:15:20:
Hi,

This is my first post here, so go easy on me please! I'm a 2050 FIDE rated player looking to play 3.Nc3 against the French. I'm not too bothered about the Winawer - I'll play Jonny Hector's 4.Nge2 gambit line with 4...dxe4 5.a3 Be7 6.g4!? but learning the Steinitz structures looks like a big job. I have Mastering the French by McDonald and Harley, but at my level I guess you need to know a lot more, least of all a bit of theory.

Any advice/ideas? It would be good to see to see some model games for the White side.

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Judging by your decision to circumvent the Winawer with 4.Nge2, I would suggest you have a look at the Kaissiber Competition thread in the French forum on 4.e5 Nfd7 5.Nf3. Learning this line also gives you an extra weapon against the French: 2.Nf3 d5 3.Nc3, or 2.Nc3 if you play the Closed Variation against the Sicilian.
  

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Re: How do I learn the Steinitz French for White?
Reply #2 - 01/07/11 at 21:39:17
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To put it mildly, the response to that DVD has been mixed.
  
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Re: How do I learn the Steinitz French for White?
Reply #1 - 01/07/11 at 21:24:01
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Haven't you seen just below your post that there is a thread called "Fit for the French"? It is GM Bologan's DVD covering a repertoire for White with 3.Nc3 and of course covering also the Steinitz.
  
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C11-C14: How do I learn Steinitz French for White?
01/07/11 at 21:15:20
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Hi,

This is my first post here, so go easy on me please! I'm a 2050 FIDE rated player looking to play 3.Nc3 against the French. I'm not too bothered about the Winawer - I'll play Jonny Hector's 4.Nge2 gambit line with 4...dxe4 5.a3 Be7 6.g4!? but learning the Steinitz structures looks like a big job. I have Mastering the French by McDonald and Harley, but at my level I guess you need to know a lot more, least of all a bit of theory.

Any advice/ideas? It would be good to see to see some model games for the White side.

Cheers
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