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Re: Non Repertoire-based Book Recommendation?
Reply #5 - 11/19/19 at 23:15:42
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MCO-15 is from 2008. I have no idea if this type of dead tree openings encyclopedia still makes money, which would be the main driver of De Firmian's decision. I note that MCO-15 is as up-to-date as anything. The most recent ECOs also came out in 2008.

Anyway, I was referring to the updated in 2011 CDs by Kalinin and Kalinichenko. Sorry I wasn't clear about that.
https://shop.chessok.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=7_26_39&products...
  
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Re: Non Repertoire-based Book Recommendation?
Reply #4 - 11/19/19 at 20:44:50
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an ordinary chessplayer wrote on 11/16/19 at 05:46:17:
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Modern Chess Openings was updated in 2011, but no dedicated French Defense CD, you would have to get the Semi-Open Games.


Do you know if MCO will ever receive another update? I once emailed Nick de Firmian without response.


Addendum: In my initial post I mentioned Aagaard's book, Playing the French. I meant Emmanuel Berg's French book with Grandmaster Repertoire.
  
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If you are satisfied with more current as opposed to actually current,
there is Kalinin (2003) The French Defence - Modern Practice.
Reviewed: http://seagaard.dk/review/eng/bo_opening_french/rus_the_french_defence.asp
Available: https://www.niggemann.com/en/franzosische-verteidigung-french-defence.html

Also by Kalinin (2003?) Modern Chess Openings: French Defense (CD)
Reviewed: https://chessok.com/files/BobPawlak/News/French_Defense_Kalinin.html
Available: https://shop.chessok.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=32

Modern Chess Openings was updated in 2011, but no dedicated French Defense CD, you would have to get the Semi-Open Games.
  
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Re: Non Repertoire-based Book Recommendation?
Reply #1 - 11/16/19 at 02:06:44
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Here are a few:
How to Play the French Defence - Taulbut
Starting Out: The French - Jacobs
The Complete French -  Psakhis
The Even More Flexible French - Moskalenko
  
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Non Repertoire-based Book Recommendation?
11/15/19 at 23:53:42
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I have Gligoric's book, which is a bit dated now (published in 1975), but it analyzes all of its contemporary lines instead of just constructing a repertoire for either color. Does anyone have any recommendations that has more current theory?

E.g. Aagaard's book seems excellent, but it covers only the ...d4 pawn sacrifice after Qd3 in the poisoned pawn, which is not sufficient if you also play the variation as white. I also want to be familiar with some sidelines so I can deviate myself if I want.
  
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