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Re: French book by Everyman to publish February
Reply #35 - 03/21/19 at 22:19:40
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Looks like the book is now in stock in De Beste Zet as of nighttime 21th march:

http://www.debestezet.nl/catalog/product_info.php?products_id=4145

Probably was a joint release with the other Thinkers Publishing title Coaching the Chess Stars.
  
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Re: French book by Everyman to publish February
Reply #34 - 03/21/19 at 08:24:52
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The computer is useless in these types of position. Same thing I try with the closed 6...Da5 Winawer lines or the main lines of 7...0-0. The positions where both Black and White are walled in from pawn chains it often gives White huge advantage even more than +1,00 for no reason.

Which is why it is particularly good line to play against attacking players or those with take the engine reading as Bibel  Cheesy
  
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Re: French book by Everyman to publish February
Reply #33 - 03/21/19 at 08:11:47
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I have looked at the book an entered a mainline in Winaver in my computer. Either the engines gravly missunderstands the position or else the b6 system is much better for white. But I think it is funny to undevelop all peices.
  
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Re: French book by Everyman to publish February
Reply #32 - 03/17/19 at 18:46:04
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Given that Marin also has a 4...b6 databank, I disagree and think strong players would benefit. After all, Lenderman's game is in the Winawer section of this month's French update  Cheesy
  
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Re: French book by Everyman to publish February
Reply #31 - 03/17/19 at 08:49:05
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The ...b6 Winawer is an interesting recommendation. I wouldn't trust it objectively (White should be +=), but for amateur players it seems an interesting way to get a strategic battle and reach positions where engines are not as helpful, at least based on my study of Marin's work.

Echoing some of the other sentiments, I have found the few Lakdawala opening books I bought quite clearly written, with some interesting insights. But it's true that some of the books are aimed at a lower-rated audience, where the most popular moves at GM level may well be unlikely to occur in a club game.

  

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Re: French book by Everyman to publish February
Reply #30 - 03/12/19 at 22:25:39
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Personally I think that Black is fine in the 4...b6 line if he always avoids those lines where White try a Ab5+ and then can build an Adwance-like centre by using the Ruy López manoeuvre by bringing bishop back to a4, playing c3 and putting bishop back on c2.

In this month update in the Lenderman game, 5. a3 Af8 6. Ad3 Ad7 in the notes it given += at the end. But why not take on d4 before White can bolster centre with c3 ¿ I remember Marin recommended 6...Ad7 here in his databank.
  
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Re: French book by Everyman to publish February
Reply #29 - 03/12/19 at 18:31:45
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Note that the new French update addresses the 4...b6 Winawer.
  
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Re: French book by Everyman to publish February
Reply #28 - 02/28/19 at 19:58:33
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Already from my replies #16 and #19 should be clear that have mixed feelings about this book.
Certainly it’s Lakdawala‘s usual entertaining and encouraging style explaining openings. He obviously has experience in the Winawer with b6/Qd7, as he gives  many of his own games (rapid & tournament). Good explanations of what black should play for, especially if white chooses noncritical lines. But the coverage of critical lines cannot satisfy: imo too thin and not deep enough!? Even not for ~1800 level!?

In addition to my concerns in reply #16 I noticed another hole?!
1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Bc3 Lb4 4.e5 Qd7 5.a3 Bxc3+ 6.bxc3 b6 7.Qg4 f5 8.Qg3 Ba6 9.Bxa6 Nxa6 10.Ne2 Lakdawala reaches this also after 4...b6 and ...Qd7 later. He doesn’t recommend a special move order and also analyzes ...Bb4-f8 after both 4...Qd7 and 4...b6, but according to the Index of variations the position after 10.Ne2 is his main line within his repertoire. Though it is covered in only 1 of 18 main games on this system!? Well, now (page 107) he calls 10...Kf7 and 10...Nb8 11.Nf4 Kf7 „virtually interchangeable“.
In CBM 152 (2013) GM Kritz gives a white repertoire against this line and has 10...Nb8? 11.c4! dxc4 12.d5!! with a strong white attack, based on Grishuk-Dizdar Mainz 2006 (1:0, 27). A later game was won by black, then another by white, finally most black players seem to have shifted away from 10...Nb8?! My Engines strongly prefers White ( +1,2 +/-), maybe they err in these positions. I don’t know [anyone here?] if Grishuk‘s 11.c4 can be neutralized, but for sure black should know about the existence of this move ...

Nevertheless Lakdawala‘s book may be useful for someone intending to play this Petrosian Winawer. It’s just that he shouldn’t rely solely on this source but use it only as introduction!?
Anyway, from me not more than 2-3 stars out of 5.

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Re: French book by Everyman to publish February
Reply #27 - 02/27/19 at 20:31:27
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Does anyone have this book and if so what do you think of it?
  
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Re: French book by Everyman to publish February
Reply #26 - 02/13/19 at 23:33:55
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Unless I missing something, I do not see Shaw's book in the bibliographie.

Antiç and Maksimoviç book The Modern French is there though.
  
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Re: French book by Everyman to publish February
Reply #25 - 02/13/19 at 23:03:11
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I've also played the Petroff in numerous ICCF games (although I only tend to play it against players rated around 2400+) and have found his book very helpful. However, recent books seemed to have been churned out rather rapidly and I think that may be coming at a cost.

From earlier comments on this site I'm getting the feeling his new book on the French has avoided analysing some of the more testing white variations?
  
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Re: French book by Everyman to publish February
Reply #24 - 02/13/19 at 20:56:02
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I have used hes Petroff book in 5 correspondence chess thematical Petroff events att ICCF (4 normal + 1 final) and found no obious misses in critical lines. However I lost a Caro Kann Panov attack game in an other thematical event where I followed hes Caro Kann book where he missed a simple improvment over some over the boar game where both had 2600+  ,and I forgot to double check move ,where white won by force. 
  
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Re: French book by Everyman to publish February
Reply #23 - 02/13/19 at 17:37:29
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I thought that his Slav book was good.
  
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Re: French book by Everyman to publish February
Reply #22 - 02/13/19 at 08:25:34
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Depends on what you expect. I like his book on the Veresov - a not so serious book on a not so serious opening.
  

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Re: French book by Everyman to publish February
Reply #21 - 02/13/19 at 08:07:33
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IMO Berg2015 is the most important source about the Exchange variation from Black‘s perspective and the mentioned line (why 9...f6 and not 9...0-0-0) is the core of Berg‘s coverage. The book is well known and 4 years old, so Lakdawala or the editors could have checked!?


Has Lakdawala done a single good opening book?
  

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Re: French book by Everyman to publish February
Reply #20 - 02/12/19 at 20:36:36
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Thanks.  I recall Ametanoitos (Ntirlis) favoring 9...f6, which also got a positive mention by Psakhis back in 1992 (The Complete French).
  
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Re: French book by Everyman to publish February
Reply #19 - 02/12/19 at 20:13:49
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kylemeister wrote on 02/12/19 at 18:48:04:
tracke wrote on 02/12/19 at 18:27:34:
In the Exchange Variation Lakdawala ignores some warnings from Berg2015 concerning 4.Nf3 Bd6 5.Bd3 Nc6 6.0-0 Nge7 7.c3 Bg4 8.Re1 Qd7 9.Nbd2 0-0-0?!


Just curious ...there's a game Ong-Berg from 2005 which stuck in my memory (basically it went from sharpness to an evenish ending, which Berg won).  Did Berg refer to that?


No. Berg2015 gives 9...0-0 as solid and equal while he recommends 9...f6! as flexibel and more promising.
Regarding 9...0-0-0 Berg2015 says: „I have played this successfully myself but, after checking it carefully, I was forced to conclude that Black is taking too big a risk“
The game Ong -Berg 2005 went 9...0-0-0 10.b4 Ng6 11.Nb3 but Berg2015 fears 11.h3! or 11.b5 Nce7 12.h3, which are both not mentioned by Lakdawala.
The game Horstmann(2182)-Richter(2491) Berlin 2014 continued 11.h3 Nf4 12.Bf1 Bh5 13.Qa4 Kb8 14.b5 Ne7 15.Ne5! Bxe5 16.dxe5 Ne6 17.Nb3 Bg6 18.Be3 (+/- Berg2015) b6 19.Nd4 Nxd4 20.cxd4 Rhe8 , and in this position, which is +- (~ +3) according to the engines, the amateur accepted the master‘s draw offer.
The lesser evil for Black would be 11...Bf5 (Watson) 12.Nb3 Bxd3 13.Qxd3 Rhe8 14.Be3 with advantage (+/-).

IMO Berg2015 is the most important source about the Exchange variation from Black‘s perspective and the mentioned line (why 9...f6 and not 9...0-0-0) is the core of Berg‘s coverage. The book is well known and 4 years old, so Lakdawala or the editors could have checked!?

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Re: French book by Everyman to publish February
Reply #18 - 02/12/19 at 19:53:42
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I wish he had chosen 4...exd5 in the Tarrasch. It is becoming more popular again with some new ideas. 4...Dxd5 however, whilst very good theoretically, is becoming riddled with opening theory and long lines.

I get quite annoyed at the strange fancy writing that he uses. Why not say literally what he wants to say instead of the poetic language ¿  Cheesy
  
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Re: French book by Everyman to publish February
Reply #17 - 02/12/19 at 18:48:04
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tracke wrote on 02/12/19 at 18:27:34:
In the Exchange Variation Lakdawala ignores some warnings from Berg2015 concerning 4.Nf3 Bd6 5.Bd3 Nc6 6.0-0 Nge7 7.c3 Bg4 8.Re1 Qd7 9.Nbd2 0-0-0?!


Just curious ...there's a game Ong-Berg from 2005 which stuck in my memory (basically it went from sharpness to an evenish ending, which Berg won).  Did Berg refer to that?
  
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Re: French book by Everyman to publish February
Reply #16 - 02/12/19 at 18:27:34
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My copy arrived only some hours ago and I‘m no expert for these systems, neither a Frenchie nor an 1e4 attacker

The usual „entertaining and inspiring“ language and work from Lakdawala, the level IMO more Move-by-Move than Opening Repertoire...

At the Anti-Winawers there’s nothing about the Winckelmann-Reimer-Gambit 4.a3 Bxc3+ 5.bxc3 dxe4 6.f3?! This gambit might be risky, dubious or bad but it‘s certainly dangerous to encounter this totally unprepared over the board ...

In the Qd5 Tarrasch the sacrificial line 11.Re1 Qc7 12.Bb3 Bd6 13.Nf5 is covered well but 12.Bf1 (as played on highest level and recommended by Shaw2018) not at all.

In the Exchange Variation Lakdawala ignores some warnings from Berg2015 concerning 4.Nf3 Bd6 5.Bd3 Nc6 6.0-0 Nge7 7.c3 Bg4 8.Re1 Qd7 9.Nbd2 0-0-0?!

Advance, KIA, 2Knights and minor variations seem okay.

Well, the b6/Qd7 Winawer ... I‘m no expert on this and computer evaluation (strongly favouring White) might count for something or not.
I tried to compare with Negi but that comparison was very difficult ( especially in short time). The system is very transpositional, besides Lakdawala‘s coverage is more about „ideas, plans, manoeuvres and structure“ with several move orders but Lakdawala not recommending one of them ( to be fair, Negi often restricts himself to exemplary lines calling everything else „similar“). I’m not sure if Lakdawala built a solid repertoire move-ordering Negi or if Lakdawala has no ideas against Negi and just fixed the coverage in a way that doesn’t cross Negi‘s move order?! In short time I found only one example where Lakdawala explicitly ignores Negi:
(Game16 Eliseev-Fedoseev 2016) 4.e5 Qd7 5.a3 Bxc3+ 6.bxc3 b6 7.Qg4 f5 8.Qg3 Ba6 9.Bxa6 Nxa6 10.Ne2 Nb8 11.Nf4 Kf7
and here Lakdawala only has 12.Qf3 while Negi (other move order, p.202 right coloumn) recommends 12.Nh5!?

For sure a much deeper investigation is necessary with better analysts than me, but for now and on the whole I wouldn’t trust Lakdawala that his systems are really promising to play on higher levels against preparation!?

But who am I ?!

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Re: French book by Everyman to publish February
Reply #15 - 01/23/19 at 16:47:32
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Thanks, that's useful suggestion.
  

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Re: French book by Everyman to publish February
Reply #14 - 01/23/19 at 00:01:14
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Perhaps this complex 4...b6/4...Dd7 is getting more popular. I am going over some lines from French database of Marin:

https://www.modern-chess.com/en/chess-databases/database=41

I tend to trust Marin in opening theory, since he has wrotten excellent books throughout history. I doubt that he would have recommended this line if there had been some problem therewith.

Both Marin and Lakdawala recommend 5. Dg4 Af8, I am interesting to see how they compare with each other. Often Black tries to play some strange Advance-hybrid by ...Cge7->...Cf5 plus ...h5. Then trying to swap on a6 sometimes. Looks like an interesting setup to me.

kylemeister wrote on 01/18/19 at 04:49:18:
After 5 a3 Bf8!?, White played 6 Bb5+! c6 7 Ba4.  It’s worth knowing this maneuver: the plan is Nce2, c3, and Bc2, and there’s little that can be done to stop it."


In the database of Marin that I bought, he recommends 6...Ad7 here. Then Black can try to play for ...c5 without wasting tempi.
  
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Reply #13 - 01/22/19 at 21:25:03
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Agreed and given the fact that I play the Classical Dutch I can't complain about += anyway. However I do expect an author writing a book like Lakdawala's to point out such lines, so that I can research them and won't have to figure everything out during my games. I don't trust Lakdawala in this respect and the exceprt hasn't taken away my distrust.
  

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Re: French book by Everyman to publish February
Reply #12 - 01/22/19 at 17:45:06
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Oops on the excerpt.

I take it "+= with best play" has been the usual view of this stuff.   I see that a blurb for a 2013 CBM article on 4...Qd7 said that Leonid Kritz shows how White obtains a [slight?] advantage with precise play.  I presume that Negi in his book of the following year thought White could obtain a [slight?] advantage.
  
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Reply #11 - 01/22/19 at 10:28:59
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The link in the OP gives the same excerpt; actually it contains one complete game. It leaves me in doubt, because the mirrored KID-style a la Petrosjan is not what I would prefer. I'm mainly interested in in exchanging white-squared bishops.
Inspired by this thread I've looked at a few lines and 4...Qd7 5.Qg4 f5 6.Qh5+ Qf7 7.Qf3 seems to promise White an edge. And I'm not sure if I'm comfortable with 4...b6 5.Qg4 Bf8.
Lakdawala's The Furious Veresov has its pluses, eg it is quite entertaining, but now and then the author is extremely sloppy, leading to completely incorrect conclusions. As this repertoire book on the French also is build around lightly annotated games I have serious doubts whether he will identify and research critical attempts by WHite.
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Reply #10 - 01/21/19 at 17:45:32
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Sample (Leseprobe) at
https://www.schachversand.de/de/the-french-defence-18935.html

...including a fraction of the main line Winawer chapter, which starts with two Petrosian games from the '50s.
  
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Reply #9 - 01/18/19 at 13:40:06
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MNb wrote on 01/18/19 at 11:02:43:
The reason Watson stopped recommending this line is because of the sharp variation [b]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 ......

there is also 10...Kf7 as       Aryan Chopra, (2536)
      Antipov, Mikhail Al. (2626)
Event: 51st Biel Master Open
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Round: 9.10      Date: 08/01/2018
  
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Reply #8 - 01/18/19 at 11:02:43
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an ordinary chessplayer wrote on 01/18/19 at 02:54:36:
The reason Watson stopped recommending this line is because of the sharp variation [b]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 ......

There is 11...Kf7.
IIrc there is another problem line; I'll have to look it up. I'd love to regain confidence in 4...Qd7.
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Reply #7 - 01/18/19 at 08:01:27
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I have Marin's French database of Modern Chess, and if I remember correctly he recommended putting the bitchop on d7 instead of going into the ...c6 type lines.

Not sure if Lakdawala would recommend that, but it looks better than ...c6, since Black can play ...c5 in one move.
  
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Reply #6 - 01/18/19 at 04:49:18
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A bit from Watson (Aug. 2017 update):  "Black’s systems with ...b6 instead of ...c5 always have a minor following, and recently we’ve seen a surprising number of games with 3 Nc3 Bb4 4 e5 b6 (or here 4...Qd7 intending ...b6). Vaganian is one of the faithful adherents to this strategy, but after decades of playing it, he inexplicably fell into one of the worst variations in Morozevich, A -Vaganian,R, Biel 2017. After 5 a3 Bf8!?, White played 6 Bb5+! c6 7 Ba4.  It’s worth knowing this maneuver: the plan is Nce2, c3, and Bc2, and there’s little that can be done to stop it."
  
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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.

Quote:
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!
--Watson

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
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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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Re: French book by Everyman to publish February
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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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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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