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Re: Mastering the French by Lenderman and Tillis
Reply #7 - 05/24/20 at 19:56:13
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MW wrote on 05/24/20 at 05:57:15:
Interesting that he has added some Winawer lines....I'm not familiar with the Shulman Variation but guessing that I probably know it as the Hook Variation 3 ...Bb4 4 e5 c5 5 a3 Bxc3 6 bxc3 Qa5.....?

You guessed right.
We had a discussion here in the forum years ago on the most fitting name for this line and ended up with the name Portisch-Hook variation, which was then taken up by theoreticians like Watson and Moskalenko.

Tillis was apparently unaware of this name and instead named the line after GM Shulman since he had seen him play it several times.
  

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Re: Mastering the French by Lenderman and Tillis
Reply #6 - 05/24/20 at 09:55:21
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Bibs wrote on 05/24/20 at 02:39:15:
I'll just comment here briefly.

I am not the obvious target market for products by NM Tillis, as I am an FM. I got two Chessable products of his - this and the Alekhine one. The market is probably somewhat lower - more punters.

(And, my non-disclaimer as ever - I have no connection to chessable, and have never met Tillis)


I agree with this. I also own his Alekhine course. Compared to some other courses on Chessable it was quite engaging and easy to learn based on his explanation. While I know he is not the strongest player (we are about the same strength him and I), I did receive excellent support from him when I asked a question about his repertoire and he was able to explain the ideas very convincingly. As far as I understand, he has a small team behind the scenes who help him respond to questions and update the course, which is a big plus.

I mostly bought his Alekhine course to use it in blitz and against lower rated opponents over the board. So far it has served its purpose really well. But when it comes to the French defense I think I am going to go with TopNotch suggestion of buying a course from some more recognized theoretician and maybe even buy an additional course to compare with. Kasimdzhanov has two Chessbase courses that apparently gives quite a good overview and he is known as an excellent theoretician.
  
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Re: Mastering the French by Lenderman and Tillis
Reply #5 - 05/24/20 at 05:57:15
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Interesting that he has added some Winawer lines....I'm not familiar with the Shulman Variation but guessing that I probably know it as the Hook Variation 3 ...Bb4 4 e5 c5 5 a3 Bxc3 6 bxc3 Qa5.....?

If so with this inclusion the course seems excellent value. I looked at the Short & Sweet version about a year or so ago but decided against it mainly because I wasn't a Chessable user at that time. I've since brought a few courses and quiet like the format so if this course now includes the Hook Variation I will have another look at it.
  
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Re: Mastering the French by Lenderman and Tillis
Reply #4 - 05/24/20 at 02:39:15
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I'll just comment here briefly.

I am not the obvious target market for products by NM Tillis, as I am an FM. I got two Chessable products of his - this and the Alekhine one. The market is probably somewhat lower - more punters.

That said, I'd like to say that I found him engaging as a presenter. He is enthusiastic and explains clearly. He puts the material together in a sensible order. He speaks forwards to the camera (obvious, maybe, but many do not!) and addresses the viewer well.

Yes, 1800 is a bit low for the upper level. Add 200 on to that, supplement with C24-Edouard as noted by Stigma and you are set.

I do not comment much here any more, but I think when people do well, it is worth crediting that. So, respect to Tillis for doing a worthy job.

(And, my non-disclaimer as ever - I have no connection to chessable, and have never met Tillis)
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Re: Mastering the French by Lenderman and Tillis
Reply #3 - 05/24/20 at 01:49:07
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TopNotch wrote on 05/23/20 at 21:15:06:
My answer is who is Tillis? Yes Lenderman's name is in the title but it is not clear to me how much input is his. Everything is presented by Tillis and that makes me a bit suspicious, he also has a similar collaboration on chessable on the Alekhine Defence this time trading on the name of Dzinzichashvili, lets just say I wasn't impressed.

He's a National Master in the US at least. His input probably was by far the biggest, but I think Lenderman provided some analysis on the Classical and the Tarrasch.

While I understand the skepticism, Master the French Defense is actually one of the most popular openings courses on Chessable, with more than 900 users on the Leaderboard right now. I see a couple of reasons for this:

Firstly, Tillis is very generous with his time in responding to questions and adding lines whenever someone feels something is missing. He even added two full chapters on the Winawer because someone requested it! The course used to give the Classical and the Rubinstein against 3.Nc3; now all three main lines are there. So whenever a major hole is found, it's likely to get plugged in short order on request.

Secondly, he doesn't pretend it's a repertoire for titled players: The course is only officially recommended for players up to "Intermediate" level (meaning up to 1800 according to Chessable). There are plenty of courses on Chessable (not to mention books and products from everyone else) that pretend to cater to a too large range of players.

I actually think the upper limit of 1800 is a bit too modest; I have the course and use some of the lines myself. Though admittedly I mostly play the French in blitz. Anecdotally I remember seeing a complaint on Eduoard's Chess24 French videos that a dangerous quick h4 line in the Classical Steinitz wasn't covered. After some database research I concluded that the best move order to neutralize the line was the one already covered by Tillis and Lenderman in Master the French Defense.
  

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Re: Mastering the French by Lenderman and Tillis
Reply #2 - 05/23/20 at 22:23:43
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Chessable are in the process of putting together a Lifetime Repertoire on the French, i think it is by Anish Giri, but i havent seen a release date mentioned yet.
  

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Re: Mastering the French by Lenderman and Tillis
Reply #1 - 05/23/20 at 21:15:06
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HAJS wrote on 05/23/20 at 18:10:58:
Hi French section,

I am taking up the French defense and I am considering buying "Mastering the French" by Lenderman and Tillis on chessable. Mostly because I like the format and the videos are usually very thorough in their explanation compared to some other vendors.

Does anyone own this and have any opinions about it. It was released on October 2018  and I wonder if the recommendations still hold up, granted they held up to begin with.


My answer is who is Tillis? Yes Lenderman's name is in the title but it is not clear to me how much input is his. Everything is presented by Tillis and that makes me a bit suspicious, he also has a similar collaboration on chessable on the Alekhine Defence this time trading on the name of Dzinzichashvili, lets just say I wasn't impressed.

There is a lot of good stuff out there on the French from Black's perspective in both print and video, for instance I've heard good things about Edouard Romain's Chess24 course, then Chessbase has something by Yannick Pelletier that was well received, normally I would not recommend Damian Lemos but his French stuff is pretty good, probably because it was his main defence to 1.e4 for a long time.

Some advice, when looking for reliable info on openings its generally a good idea to go with presenters that actually play those openings, as you tend to gain insights not normally available from non-practitioners. Also Chessable Videos are ridiculously over-priced, and only a small select few are worth considering at those price tags, among those would include some of Sielecki's stuff; Shankland's Semi-Slav; Gustafsson's 1...e5 Rep and Harikrishna's French Fried French. One of Chessable's recent presenters that has impressed me a lot is FM Yuriy Krykun, he is very articulate with lots of fresh ideas backed up with original analysis, clear explanation and good evaluations. Krykun is definitely one to keep an eye on.
  

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Mastering the French by Lenderman and Tillis
05/23/20 at 18:10:58
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Hi French section,

I am taking up the French defense and I am considering buying "Mastering the French" by Lenderman and Tillis on chessable. Mostly because I like the format and the videos are usually very thorough in their explanation compared to some other vendors.

Does anyone own this and have any opinions about it. It was released on October 2018  and I wonder if the recommendations still hold up, granted they held up to begin with.
  
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