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Re: GM Harikrishna's chessable course on the french
Reply #6 - 07/14/19 at 12:05:06
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mn wrote on 07/14/19 at 09:59:46:
Incidentally, is there anything stopping White from reaching that line via 3 Nd2, e.g. 3...Nf6 4 e5 Nfd7 5 c3 c5 6 Ndf3 Nc6 7 Ne2, if he doesn't want to face the Winawer?


There is 3...c5 obviously. Also there may be divergences at move 6. For example Harikrishna suggests meeting 6...cxd4 7.cxd4 f6 with 8.f4 which is not possible in your move order. But I guess there 6...cxd4 7.cxd4 f6 8.exf6 followed by Bd3 and Ne2 should be fine (but I haven't checked). So probably nothing except for 3 ... c5 which for me is reason enough.
  
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Re: GM Harikrishna's chessable course on the french
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Incidentally, is there anything stopping White from reaching that line via 3 Nd2, e.g. 3...Nf6 4 e5 Nfd7 5 c3 c5 6 Ndf3 Nc6 7 Ne2, if he doesn't want to face the Winawer?
  
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Re: GM Harikrishna's chessable course on the french
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mn wrote on 07/14/19 at 07:04:54:
Would it be fair to say that the position is harder to play for both sides than the analogous French Tarrasch line? i.e. White's development is less smooth but Black also has a harder time freeing his position?


That's the impression I have so far. I have been playing the French with Black for over 40 years now and against the Tarrasch I usually play 3... Nf6 (with the occasional 3...c5 and Qxd5 thrown in) but I do not find it easy to judge the positions in the lines he gives. Things are always slightly off.
  
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Re: GM Harikrishna's chessable course on the french
Reply #3 - 07/14/19 at 07:04:54
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tp2205 wrote on 07/14/19 at 05:22:29:
mn wrote on 07/14/19 at 01:21:42:
I saw he recommends the line 1 e4 e6 2 d4 d5 3 Nc3 Nf6 4 e5 Nfd7 5 Nce2 c5 6 c3 Nc6 7 Nf3 - I'm a French Tarrasch player and I'm curious what the advantages of this line are compared to the one where White puts the Bishop on d3. Is it a matter of having an extra tempo to consolidate the centre and/or avoiding 3 Nd2 c5 is a big deal?


I think you are right on both counts although he doesn't mention "avoiding 3. Nd2 c5". Stabilizing the center and making it harder for Black to play f6 are mentioned though. I also think one goal was to have repertoire which, while avoiding main lines, is sound, tries for some form of advantage and is not a bunch of computer generated lines which humans have trouble making sense of.

I am still studying the variations after 1 e4 e6 2 d4 d5 3 Nc3 Nf6 4 e5 Nfd7 5 Nce2 (I only played Steinitz with White before) and have not come to a full conclusion but so far have not found a clear (as in clear for me) path to equality for Black.


Would it be fair to say that the position is harder to play for both sides than the analogous French Tarrasch line? i.e. White's development is less smooth but Black also has a harder time freeing his position?
  
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Re: GM Harikrishna's chessable course on the french
Reply #2 - 07/14/19 at 05:22:29
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mn wrote on 07/14/19 at 01:21:42:
I saw he recommends the line 1 e4 e6 2 d4 d5 3 Nc3 Nf6 4 e5 Nfd7 5 Nce2 c5 6 c3 Nc6 7 Nf3 - I'm a French Tarrasch player and I'm curious what the advantages of this line are compared to the one where White puts the Bishop on d3. Is it a matter of having an extra tempo to consolidate the centre and/or avoiding 3 Nd2 c5 is a big deal?


I think you are right on both counts although he doesn't mention "avoiding 3. Nd2 c5". Stabilizing the center and making it harder for Black to play f6 are mentioned though. I also think one goal was to have repertoire which, while avoiding main lines, is sound, tries for some form of advantage and is not a bunch of computer generated lines which humans have trouble making sense of.

I am still studying the variations after 1 e4 e6 2 d4 d5 3 Nc3 Nf6 4 e5 Nfd7 5 Nce2 (I only played Steinitz with White before) and have not come to a full conclusion but so far have not found a clear (as in clear for me) path to equality for Black.
  
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Re: GM Harikrishna's chessable course on the french
Reply #1 - 07/14/19 at 01:21:42
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I saw he recommends the line 1 e4 e6 2 d4 d5 3 Nc3 Nf6 4 e5 Nfd7 5 Nce2 c5 6 c3 Nc6 7 Nf3 - I'm a French Tarrasch player and I'm curious what the advantages of this line are compared to the one where White puts the Bishop on d3. Is it a matter of having an extra tempo to consolidate the centre and/or avoiding 3 Nd2 c5 is a big deal?
  
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GM Harikrishna's chessable course on the french
07/13/19 at 05:53:34
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Has anybody here seen Harikrishna's course on "toasting the french" at chessable? It offers a repertoire for White based on 3. Nc3. Of all the anti-french repertoires I have seen during my 40 years of playing the french this is the most impressive. Many ideas I have not seen elsewhere while still accessible to weaker (sub 2700) players.

What I wanted to ask is whether anybody here has looked at the video as well. I haven't quite made up my mind about buying it (it would be my first chess video).
  
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