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Re: Best practical book on French for black
Reply #24 - 05/22/17 at 07:19:26
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CanadianClub wrote on 05/21/17 at 11:44:44:
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 07:18:20
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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 11:44:44
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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 07:12:31
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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 18:38:25
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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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Reply #19 - 09/16/16 at 17:25:14
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bragesjo wrote on 09/16/16 at 16:46:07:
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.
  

Those who want to go by my perverse footsteps play such pawn structure with fuzzy atypical still strategic orientations

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Re: Best practical book on French for black
Reply #18 - 09/16/16 at 16:46:07
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Bibs wrote on 09/15/16 at 13:36:53:
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.

Winawer or Mac.


Thanks for the warning, I will consider it.
Luckly McDonald also gives a second repertour vs Nd2 and Nc3 and not only Fort Knox so I dont have to buy some other book at once.

It also appears that Langrock has written a book devoted to Rubinstein from blacks point of view.
Any comments about that book?

Lakdawala has also written some recent French book but I assume it more a basic book?
  
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Re: Best practical book on French for black
Reply #17 - 09/16/16 at 16:13:30
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bragesjo wrote on 09/15/16 at 10:20:22:
Sauron wrote on 09/15/16 at 09:00:22:
Sauron wrote on 09/15/16 at 08:59:14:
bragesjo wrote on 09/13/16 at 18:48:08:
I got an idea of maybee trying the French with black.
Any opinions on the most practical black repertour book?
With practical I mean something easy to maintain and not to much theory.
The only book I own about French that is not a white repertour book is "Mastering the French".


I have most of the french books. It is hard to recommend one. It depends so much on your choice of  systems.

Winawer/classical? etc.


P.S. Why the french? There are also good openings available.


My idea is to play the French vs 1 d4 if white transposes.
This rules out some (but not all) dpawn specials and would also allow me to play Nimzo/Bogo or even go for Dutch in some sitruations.



I've been looking into the french for the same reason...as ii'm dabbling with the classical dutch at the moment, have dabbled briefly with the Tarrasch and used to play the Modern Benoni, which i can usually get to via 1....e6
  

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Re: Best practical book on French for black
Reply #16 - 09/16/16 at 15:07:16
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Mastering the French with the Read and Play Method is fantastic.  Hard to get hold of, though.
  
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Re: Best practical book on French for black
Reply #15 - 09/15/16 at 13:36:53
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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.

Winawer or Mac.
  
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Re: Best practical book on French for black
Reply #14 - 09/15/16 at 11:57:32
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I do the same and play 1...e6 vs d4 and e4.  Since I do this only 1 / 54 games with 1.d4 ended in a French  Wink

Akobian has a nice and short series of vids on the French in which one of them explains the rubinstein very well.  They are on Icc (French connection are the name of the serie). If you are on Icc it's the better starting point.
  
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Re: Best practical book on French for black
Reply #13 - 09/15/16 at 10:20:22
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Sauron wrote on 09/15/16 at 09:00:22:
Sauron wrote on 09/15/16 at 08:59:14:
bragesjo wrote on 09/13/16 at 18:48:08:
I got an idea of maybee trying the French with black.
Any opinions on the most practical black repertour book?
With practical I mean something easy to maintain and not to much theory.
The only book I own about French that is not a white repertour book is "Mastering the French".


I have most of the french books. It is hard to recommend one. It depends so much on your choice of  systems.

Winawer/classical? etc.


P.S. Why the french? There are also good openings available.


My idea is to play the French vs 1 d4 if white transposes.
This rules out some (but not all) dpawn specials and would also allow me to play Nimzo/Bogo or even go for Dutch in some sitruations.
I need something to play played quickly so Rubinstein fits the bill.
Later when I get more time I will maybee play other stuff.
I can think of either Classical or McChecuton vs Nc3, Winawer does not look like my taste.
  
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Re: Best practical book on French for black
Reply #12 - 09/15/16 at 09:00:22
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Sauron wrote on 09/15/16 at 08:59:14:
bragesjo wrote on 09/13/16 at 18:48:08:
I got an idea of maybee trying the French with black.
Any opinions on the most practical black repertour book?
With practical I mean something easy to maintain and not to much theory.
The only book I own about French that is not a white repertour book is "Mastering the French".


I have most of the french books. It is hard to recommend one. It depends so much on your choice of  systems.

Winawer/classical? etc.


P.S. Why the french? There are also good openings available.
  

1.Nf3! -  beat your opponent by killing his zest for life.
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Re: Best practical book on French for black
Reply #11 - 09/15/16 at 08:59:14
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bragesjo wrote on 09/13/16 at 18:48:08:
I got an idea of maybee trying the French with black.
Any opinions on the most practical black repertour book?
With practical I mean something easy to maintain and not to much theory.
The only book I own about French that is not a white repertour book is "Mastering the French".


I have most of the french books. It is hard to recommend one. It depends so much on your choice of  systems.

Winawer/classical? etc.
  

1.Nf3! -  beat your opponent by killing his zest for life.
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Re: Best practical book on French for black
Reply #10 - 09/15/16 at 08:24:29
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My plan with the French is (at least temporary and short term) is to play it by the move order 1 d4 e6 2 e4 d5 so I only need something quick thats playable in case of white transposes to 1 e4. In long term I will maybee use it as main defence vs e4 too and play some more theoritcial lines. In case of 1 d4 e6 2 c4 I play Nf6. This idea was suggested to me by two of my friends when we chatted a bit after a tournament.

I have almost no experience with black pieces in French but I  have played varios systems with white.
When I comes to books I own "Mastering the French" but no repertoir book.

  
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