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Reply #9 - 09/14/16 at 23:38:37
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Depends how much you know already about French stuff.
I was surprised by some high rated friends (IMs, GMs) who knew almost nothing outside their own narrow repertoires (and was surprised that they were surprised that I had a fairly broad knowledge - but, indeed, insufficiently deep as was pointed out!) so it depends on what is there already.

Yes, Neil Mc is a good start.
Ntirlis/Aagard is of course very good, but the anti-Alekhine-Chatard there are difficult OTB, and I'd choose something more pragmatic.
Watson PtF#4 also useful.
Consider also Williams who explains well, and the Pert CBase DVD.
Good luck with your Frenching...!
  
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Re: Best practical book on French for black
Reply #8 - 09/14/16 at 23:16:24
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CanadianClub wrote on 09/14/16 at 23:07:59:
to start playing the FRENCH? Mcdonald. But at your level (@bragesjo), Ntirlis by far. Well explained,  solid lines...  excelent book. For me,  the best out there.


Mcdonald is more read & play. Basic stuff,  well explained but simpler.  Aagard/Ntirlis is easy to handle but deep enough to play the lines against any level of opposition.

I have them both and I like them both.  Only clarifying my own post.
  
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to start playing the FRENCH? Mcdonald. But at your level (@bragesjo), Ntirlis by far. Well explained,  solid lines...  excelent book. For me,  the best out there.
  
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Re: Best practical book on French for black
Reply #6 - 09/14/16 at 18:02:25
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I like the Macdonald book very much, although not really a fan of his proposed lines against the advance variation, but i guess it is keeping in line for what is very much a lazy man's guide in that it doesnt require a lot of maintenance once you get accustomed to the lines. A realy good choice to start with

I liked the lines against the advance given in Williams book, but the winawer isnt all that appealing to me and it looks like a book that requires more effort than the one above.

Havent read the QC book yet, looks good but am not familiar with the lines given.
  

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Re: Best practical book on French for black
Reply #5 - 09/14/16 at 16:34:37
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I would have voted for AAgaard & Ntirlis "Playing the French" by QualityChess. The Euwe variation of the French is imo quite solid and both the c5/Qd5 Tarrasch (quite easy for a Sicilian player I think) and 3...Nf6 & 7...a6 Steinitz are solid.
  
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Re: Best practical book on French for black
Reply #4 - 09/14/16 at 07:18:52
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Thanks for the replys. I go for McDonald.
  
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Re: Best practical book on French for black
Reply #3 - 09/14/16 at 03:50:41
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I like McDonald too (the Rubinstein is undeniably easy to start with but is great to have alternatives if  you get bored) but another to consider is Attacking Chess French by Simon Williams.  He explains things reasonably well.  The Winawer is a little more work but he does a good job explaining it a level in keeping with the book.  Obviously there are some excellent books with more detailed repertoires and ideas including all of John Watson's Play the French books and the Moskalenko books but it doesn't sound like that is what you want to start with.
  
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Re: Best practical book on French for black
Reply #2 - 09/14/16 at 00:16:41
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TalJechin wrote on 09/13/16 at 19:23:11:
McDonald's How to Play Against 1.e4 could be a good place to start, giving both a 3...dxe4 and a 3...Nf6 repertoire in an easy to read format.

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McDonald's How to Play Against 1.e4 could be a good place to start, giving both a 3...dxe4 and a 3...Nf6 repertoire in an easy to read format.
  
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Best practical book on French for black
09/13/16 at 18:48:08
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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".
  
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