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    Complete French Vol 2

    Welcome to the Complete French, Volume 2!

    Do you ever wish you played something solid, theoretical, something not too crazy but also very good and with lot of options against various moves your opponent may employ? Enter the “French Defense!” 

    We recommend this wonderful opening for all levels, especially those who are experienced tournament players. The French Defense is not designed to prevent any 4-move checkmates but rather set up an extremely logical pawn structure and then navigate and adjust based on what White will play. The French Defense exhibits most of the traits a successful tournament player usually looks for. Here are 10 reasons the French defense clearly shines- reasons that may convince you to choose it over other popular openings:

    1. A logical system where plans are clearly defined.

    2. Something that is easy to play yet is not easy to refute.

    3. A system where there are several choices on each move thus enriching the experience based on the tournament situation, opponent’s rating and style and even the mood the player is in for that game.

    4. Something where there will be a nice middlegame but even nicer endgame, thus making sure we do not have to win quickly or else lose later, but have a chance to stretch the game for a long time without worries.

    5. Enough tactical shots and counterattacks to make it exciting for more aggressive players who do not like passive defense.

    6. A solid pawn structure that is yet very fluid and can change and be adjusted with a moments of notice.

    7. There is evidence the strongest players in the world trust this opening or the particular system

    8. It is hard for the opponent to prepare for the systems played.

    9. A little opening mistake here and there will not be fatal.

    10. White’s plans are not clearly defined and therefore are hard to implement, thus often leading to mistakes.

    So if this sounds like a plan, then let us move forward with explaining the French Defense in detail.

    There will be dozens of lessons, each dealing with specific lines and in order of least popular (or good) to most popular and dangerous. There will be plenty of quizzes and explanations to define plans and whenever possible, provide as many options as possible for Black. There will also be many novelties (both human and computer generated) to help you navigate the dangerous and exciting sea of the French defense not only better but with more knowledge and confidence than your opponent.

    The lessons will be divided into 4 parts after the required 1. e4 e6 moves:

    Part 1: Random and creative moves by White (all except 2. d4, 3rd move alternatives and the Exchange Variation)

    Part 2: Advance Variation (1. e4 e6 2. d4 d5 3. e5)

    Part 3: Tarrasch System: (1. e4 e6 2. d4 d5 3. Nd2)

    Part 4: Main Line (1. e4 e6 2. d4 d5 3. Nc3).

    We will cover Parts 1 and 2 (The random moves and the Advance Variation) in Volume 1, and in Volume 2 we will cover Parts 3 and 4 (The Tarrasch and the Main line).

    Below is a short history of the French Defense for your viewing pleasure.

    The French Defence is named after a match played by correspondence between the cities of London and Paris in 1834. That is when one of the players for the French team persuaded others to successfully adopt this defense.

    For a long time this opening was considered a “second class” defense until players started discovering the true richness of this Opening. In 2007 the French Defense was only 2nd to the infamous Sicilian Defense in response to 1. e4. That speaks volumes of the French Defense popularity now in the chess world.

    Many World Champions and world class grandmasters have contributed to the Defense, making it one of their most trusted opening choices against 1. e4. Some of the most important contributors to the development of theory and popularization of the entire system go to  contributors to the theory of the defense include World Champion Mikhail Botvinnik and Tigran Petrosian, Aron Nimzowitsch, and Rafael Vaganian from the “older generation”. More recently, its leading practitioners include Evgeny Bareev, Alexey Dreev, Mikahil Gurevich, Smbat Lputian, Alexander Morozevich, Teimour Radjabov, Hikaru Nakamura, and even the highest rated player ever on the planet Magnus Carlsen can be often seen using the French Defense in his most important encounters as Black.

    Both authors of this series hold the French Defense in highest regard, playing it as often as possible and having some of the most exciting wins against National level players and International Grandmasters using this very opening!

    Hope you enjoy the series and soon feel ready to play the French and win!

     

    Note that this course is the companion to Complete French Vol 1!!!

    ---International Master Levon Altounian and CM Sameer Manchanda.


    • 1Boleslavsky Steinitz 8. Qd2...
    • 11Steinitz 5. Nf3 c5 6. dxc5...
    • 2Tarrasch 4. Bd3...
    • 12Steinitz 5. Qg4...
    • 3Steinitz Burn Minor 6th Moves...
    • 13Trammell - Abrahamyan...
    • 4Pavlov - Ibragimov...
    • 14Steinitz Burn Minor 8th...
    • 5Steinitz Burn 8. Qd2...
    • 15Topalov - Bareev...
    • 6Tarrasch 4. Nf3...
    • 16Steinitz 5. Nce2...
    • 7Boleslavsky Steinitz 8. Na4...
    • 17Steinitz 5. Nf3 c5 6. Be3...
    • 8Boleslavsky Steinitz 8. Bb5...
    • 18Tarrasch 4. c3...
    • 9Steinitz 5. Nf3 c5 6. Bb5...
    • 19Steinitz 5. Nf3 c5 6. Ne2...
    • 10Tarrasch 4. e5...
    • 20Boleslavsky Steinitz 8. a3...
  • Author
    Levon Altounian

    IM Levon Altounian is on the list of the most prominent chess players, coaches and organizers in the USA. He was a participant of three of the most prestigious US Championships, winner of the 2000 National Open and 2011 G10 National Open, many Arizona and California State Championships, including the 2010 “Champion of the State Champions” title. He also holds numerous records on ICC (chessclub.com) where he recently played a match with GM Hikaru Nakamura. Under his leadership, his students from all over the US won more than 100 Individual and Team State and National titles, including the K-5 Nationals in 2004 (Tucson, AZ team) and Denker competitions. His organization, called Arizona Chess For Schools, works tirelessly to promote chess on every level and also specializes in organizing chess events, camps and providing private and group lessons. To find out more please visit Arizonachessforschools.com or contact Levon directly at laltounian@msn.com.