The French Defence ReloadedThe French Defence Reloaded.
Type: BOOKS. Detail: Vitiugov, N. Product Code: 9789548782869.
Category: 1 E4 OPENINGS. Publisher: .
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A completely updated edition of the classic book which presents a Black repertoire based on the French. The first two parts of the book deal with minor lines: part 2 addresses Chigorins 2.Qe2 and the King's Indian Attack, while part 1 covers the Exchange Variation, Wing Gambit, 2.Nf3 d5 3.Nc3 and other rare options. Part 3 covers the Advance Variation, which he proposes to meet with 3 c5 4.c3 Qb6 5.Nf3 Nc6.Part 4 offers the supersolid Rubinstein Variation: 3.Nd2 (or 3.Nc3) dxe4 4.Nxe4 Nd7. Parts 5 and 6 offer two alternative ways of meeting the Tarrasch (3.Nd2): Morozevich's 3...Be7 (Part 5) and Korchnoi's old favourite 3 c5 (followed by recapturing on d5 with the queen). In part 7 Vitiugov presents Winawer's 3 Bb4 against 3.Nc3, and while he continues to propose 4.e5 c5 5.a3 Bxc3 6.bxc3 Ne7 for his readers' approval, in the new edition he also proposes 6 Nc6 as a second option. Part 8 is a big addition. In 2010 Vitiugov proposed that readers meet 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.Bg5 with 4...dxe4 5.Nxe4 Nbd7, transposing to what he labelled a favourable version of the Rubinstein. He stands by that assessment and recommendation here as well, but this time has a chapter on the sharper and feistier MacCutcheon Variation with 4...Bb4. I think this is a good and important addition, as in all other cases Vitiugov offers Black choices for sharp play, so why should this one move order be an exception? Finally, part 9 covers the Steinitz Variation 3.Nc3 Nf6. There's a major addition this time around, as after 4.e5 Nfd7 5.f4 c5 6.Nf3 Nc6 7.Be3 he presents 7...cxd4 in great detail. (As in the first edition, 7 Qb6 and 7...a6 are still covered. All the revised chapters are longer this time, some considerably longer. A great book for anyone who plays the French Defence. Softback, 360 pages. Dimensions 145 x 215 x 10mm, 400g.
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