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Re: French book by Everyman to publish February
Reply #5 - 01/18/19 at 02:54:36
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The reason Watson stopped recommending this line is because of the sharp variation 1. e4 e6 2. d4 d5 3. Nc3 Bb4 4. e5 Qd7 5. a3 Bxc3+ 6. bxc3 b6 7. Qg4 f5 8. Qg3 Ba6 9. Bxa6 Nxa6 10. Ne2 Nb8 11. Nf4 Nc6 12. Nxe6 Qxe6 13. Qxg7 Qg6 14. Qxh8 O-O-O e.g. in Albano - Horwitz, corr USA 1987 https://chesstempo.com/gamedb/game/2330594 .

The moves 15.O-O, 15.Be3, and 15.Kf1 were extensively analyzed in Inside Chess, by Mike Valvo (1988.10.09), by Ian Rogers (1989.04.03), and by John Watson (1989.05.29). Since that time 15.Bd2 has also been played.

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What a mess! Offhand, I don't see what's wrong with using black's ...h6 theme earlier, i.e., 17... h6. ...   I no longer trust any of these positions for either side!
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Watson's ...h6 is referring to 15.Kf1!? Rd7 16.h4 Rg7 17.g4 (Callaghan - Blechar, corr CCLA 1985) and now 17...h6.

I notice that Seirawan was still willing to go into this as black, e.g. in Kamsky - Seirawan, Tilburg 1990 http://www.chessgames.com/perl/chessgame?gid=1066577 , and Fedorov - Seirawan, Istanbul Ol 1990 http://www.chessgames.com/perl/chessgame?gid=1402465 . Also Hiarcs Master 3.0 - Seirawan, AEGON 1995.

Probably Lakdawala is going to recommend 5...Bf8. White I think can follow Kasparov - Ivanchuk, Horgen 1995 http://www.chessgames.com/perl/chessgame?gid=1060586 . Keene's annotations at chessgames are a little misleading. According to Hodgson in CHESS Monthly (1996.January), Kasparov was doing well in the opening, but was "not on the ball" due to illness.
  
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Re: French book by Everyman to publish February
Reply #4 - 01/17/19 at 23:45:00
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MW wrote on 01/17/19 at 22:48:51:
From memory John Watson used it as his second line in his first Play the French book but subsequently dropped it in later editions...It will be interesting to see how Lakdawala handles this variation. Hopefully it will not simply be games from the 50's, 60's and 70's....


The variation is usually connected with older GMs like Bronstein, Petrosjan and maybe Kortschnoj. In such a case it would be almost mandatory to have games from the 1950s to the 1970s  Cheesy

MW wrote on 01/17/19 at 22:48:51:
If you get the book would be interested in hearing your comments on it.


I will probably get the book. A lots of people complain about a derth of French books for Black, but I never find one that has my preferred choices (6. a3 c4 in Advance, 7. Dg4 0-0 8. Ad3 Cbc6 Winawer and 3. c5 4. exd5 exd5 Tarrasch). At least this one has 3...c5 Tarrasch and the Winawer.

The 7. Dg4 Winawer is theoretically probably close to on par with the 6. Ag5 Najdorf. 4...b6/4...Dd7 should be an interesting choice. Especially good for sharp players who are addicted to theory.
  
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Re: French book by Everyman to publish February
Reply #3 - 01/17/19 at 22:48:51
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Leon_Trotsky wrote on 01/17/19 at 21:54:29:
Theory probably says very little about line, since it is not often played compared to the main line Winawer. It is a very blocked type of game though, so theory probably matters much less than in Poisoned Pawn.


From memory John Watson used it as his second line in his first Play the French book but subsequently dropped it in later editions...It will be interesting to see how Lakdawala handles this variation. Hopefully it will not simply be games from the 50's, 60's and 70's....

If you get the book would be interested in hearing your comments on it.

  
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MW wrote on 01/17/19 at 19:41:03:
Think the 3...c5, 4....Qxd5 Tarrasch line is a good choice....


3. c5 4. exd5 exd5 is actually coming back to popularity due to some new ideas, but anyways he chose 4...Dxd5.

MW wrote on 01/17/19 at 19:41:03:
4...Qd7..b6 against the Winawer is an interesting choice; not sure what current theory says about it...


Theory probably says very little about line, since it is not often played compared to the main line Winawer. It is a very blocked type of game though, so theory probably matters much less than in Poisoned Pawn.
  
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Re: French book by Everyman to publish February
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Think the 3...c5, 4....Qxd5 Tarrasch line is a good choice....

4...Qd7..b6 against the Winawer is an interesting choice; not sure what current theory says about it...
  
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French book by Everyman to publish February
01/15/19 at 07:15:02
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https://www.chessdirect.co.uk/acatalog/p4507.pdf

Guess who is author  Cheesy

I could not find any other link with excerpt. It looks like he recommends the slow system with 4...b6/4...Dd7 Winawer and Tarrasch 3...c5 4. exd5 Dxd5.
  
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