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    Starting Out - The French
    Catalog Code: B0039EM

    The French is one of Black's soundest defences to 1 e4 and is very popular at all levels of chess. Club players enjoy its super-solid structure, while at the top it's played by famous grandmasters such as Vishy Anand and the young Russian star Alexander Morozevich.
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    Starting Out - The French

    $24.95
    Fighting the French
    A New Concept
    Catalog Code: B0074EU

    Nowadays the French Defence 1...e6 is one of the most popular openings in response to 1.e4. I'd like to suggest a new concept of combating it. White plays 2.d4 d5 3.Nd2 and then deploys his pieces according to the scheme Ngf3, Bd3, c3, 0-0, against almost anything that Black may play. This will usually lead to exchanges in the centre and the appearance of an isolated queen's pawn for White.
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    Fighting the French

    $31.95
    Tarrasch French Guimard Variation with 3...Nc6
    Updated in 2011 with New Games and Analysis
    Catalog Code: B0100IS

    The popularity of the French Defense has surged to the point where it rivals the Sicilian and the Spanish in the chess international tournament arenas. Always known for its solid character, the French offers Black excellent winning chances in the main lines of the Winawer and in many side variations.
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    Tarrasch French Guimard Variation with 3...Nc6

    $14.95
    Dangerous Weapons - French
    Dazzle Your Opponents!
    Catalog Code: B0190EM

    In Dangerous Weapons: The French, International Master John Watson takes a revolutionary look at one of the most famous and widely-played chess openings: the French Defence. Instead of travelling down well-trodden and analyzed paths, Watson concentrates on fresh or little-explored variations of the French, selecting a wealth of ''dangerous'' options for both colours. Whether playing White or Black, a study of this book will leave you confident and fully-armed, and your opponents running for cover!
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    Dangerous Weapons - French

    $26.95
    The French Defence - Reloaded
    Catalog Code: B0080EU

    A completely updated edition which presents a Black repertoire based on the French.
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    The French Defence - Reloaded

    $31.95
    The Modern French
    A Complete Guide for Black
    Catalog Code: B0116NIC

    This is a complete and up-to-date work for players of all levels, and contains brand-new concepts in topical modern lines such as the Steinitz, McCutcheon and Morozevich Variations.
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    The Modern French

    $32.95
    EBOOK - Play the French - 4th EDITION
    Catalog Code: E-B0354EM

    The wait is over. Finally it's here... the much anticipated 4th edition of John Watson's Play the French – the must-have book for all French Defence players for over 20 years!
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    EBOOK - Play the French - 4th EDITION

    $24.95
    EBOOK - Attacking Chess - The French
    A Dynamic Repertoire For Black
    Catalog Code: E-B0325EM

    This will prove ideal for players who like to seize the initiative and cause problems for their opponents from the outset. Williams' recommendations in the French are based on his own repertoire which he has successfully employed at Grandmaster level.
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    EBOOK - Attacking Chess - The French

    $19.95
    EBOOK - Dangerous Weapons - French
    Dazzle Your Opponents!
    Catalog Code: E-B0190EM

    In Dangerous Weapons: The French, International Master John Watson takes a revolutionary look at one of the most famous and widely-played chess openings: the French Defence. Instead of travelling down well-trodden and analyzed paths, Watson concentrates on fresh or little-explored variations of the French, selecting a wealth of "dangerous" options for both colours. Whether playing White or Black, a study of this book will leave you confident and fully-armed, and your opponents running for cover!
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    EBOOK - Dangerous Weapons - French

    $19.95
    EBOOK - How to Play Against 1. e4
    Catalog Code: E-B0174EM

    It's not easy finding a good opening to play against 1 e4, especially if you don't have endless time available to study the latest theoretical developments. If you choose fashionable openings, it's often a necessity to keep pace with modern theory if you want to succeed with Black. This book provides a solution. Neil McDonald advocates his favorite opening - the very popular French Defence - but chooses a repertoire for Black that requires only the minimum amount of move memorization.
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    EBOOK - How to Play Against 1. e4

    $19.95
    EBOOK - Starting Out - The French
    Catalog Code: E-B0039EM

    The French is one of Black's soundest defences to 1 e4 and is very popular at all levels of chess. Club players enjoy its super-solid structure, while at the top it's played by famous grandmasters such as Vishy Anand and the young Russian star Alexander Morozevich.
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    EBOOK - Starting Out - The French

    $19.95
    EBOOK - French Advance
    Catalog Code: E-B0162EM

    The Advance Variation is a popular and direct way of meeting the ultra-solid French Defence. Very early on in the game White opts to fix the pawn structure and establishes a genuine space advantage, upon which he later hopes to mount a serious attack. This method of playing against the French Defence has become a firm favourite amongst uncompromising Grandmasters such as Alexei Shirov, England's Nigel Short and the rising star in Russia, Alexander Grischuk.In this book, opening expert Sam Collins explains the strategies and tactics of this dynamic opening, studying both the main lines as well as the more offbeat variations. Through the use of model games for both White and Black, he provides a thorough grounding in the key plans and ideas, so that readers can quickly and confidently begin to use the French Advance in their own games.
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    EBOOK - French Advance

    $19.95
    SHOPWORN - The French Winawer - Move by Move
    Catalog Code: SWB0362EM

    This series provides an ideal platform to study chess openings. By continually challenging the reader to answer probing questions throughout the book, the Move by Move format greatly encourages the learning and practicing of vital skills just as much as the traditional assimilation of opening knowledge.
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    SHOPWORN - The French Winawer - Move by Move

    Regular Price: $27.95

    Special Price $11.18

    SHOPWORN - The Modern French
    A Complete Guide for Black
    Catalog Code: SWB0116NIC

    This is a complete and up-to-date work for players of all levels, and contains brand-new concepts in topical modern lines such as the Steinitz, McCutcheon and Morozevich Variations.
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    SHOPWORN - The Modern French

    Regular Price: $32.95

    Special Price $16.48

    SHOPWORN - The Even More Flexible French
    Strategic Ideas & Powerful Weapons
    Catalog Code: SWB0157NIC

    The Even More Flexible French has largely the same structure as its predecessor, but the content is fully up-to-date on the latest theory. Moskalenko has found hundreds of improvements, alternatives, new ideas and fresh weapons that will delight and surprise the reader. The book contains a more or less complete French repertoire for Black. Yet Moskalenko also presents quite a few weapons and opportunities for White. The Ukrainian Grandmaster’s analysis is, as before, high-level, his touch has remained light and fresh.
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    SHOPWORN - The Even More Flexible French

    Regular Price: $29.95

    Special Price $14.98

    SHOPWORN - French Defense
    The Solid Rubinstein Variation
    Catalog Code: SWB0076RE

    This book is an eye-opener, and even top grandmasters might find that they have underestimated Black’s resources in important positions…The average tournament and online player will appreciate Langrock’s straightforward, no-nonsense style. He keeps the complexity of the analysis within bounds, and highlights relevant details without drifting into obscure page-long analytical byways. General themes are clearly presented within the context of illustrative games…The result is a book that covers a broad swath of material in a modest number of pages. I’m sure that you will be well-rewarded for its study, and come out with a useful new weapon in your chess arsenal.'' From International Master John Watson's Foreword
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    SHOPWORN - French Defense

    Regular Price: $24.95

    Special Price $9.98

    WINNING CHESS THE EASY WAY - VOLUME 11 - Mastering The French - PART 1
    Catalog Code: DVD0011SP

    On this 3 Part DVD series, Susan Polgar will share with you her experiences, exciting battles, and won games from the first opening she ever learned at the early age of 4. Although the French can be complex, the main benefit is there are not many long and forceful lines compared to other openings.
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    WINNING CHESS THE EASY WAY - VOLUME 11 - Mastering The French - PART 1

    $24.95
    WINNING CHESS THE EASY WAY - VOLUME 12 - Mastering The French - PART 2
    Catalog Code: DVD0012SP

    On this 3 Part DVD series Susan Polgar will share with you her experiences, exciting battles, and won games from the first opening she ever learned at the early age of 4. Although the French can be complex, the main benefit is there are not many long and forceful lines compared to other openings.
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    WINNING CHESS THE EASY WAY - VOLUME 12 - Mastering The French - PART 2

    $24.95
    WINNING CHESS THE EASY WAY - VOLUME 13 - Mastering The French - PART 3
    Catalog Code: DVD0013SP

    On this 3 Part DVD series Susan Polgar will share with you her experiences, exciting battles, and won games from the first opening she ever learned at the early age of 4. Although the French can be complex, the main benefit is there are not many long and forceful lines compared to other openings.
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    WINNING CHESS THE EASY WAY - VOLUME 13 - Mastering The French - PART 3

    $24.95
    Killer French Defense - VOLUME 1
    Catalog Code: DVD0019OT

    Simon's frank, clear and understandable delivery of material of which he has extensive knowledge certainly aids the viewer in increasing their understanding of these opening lines. Simon's first DVD has been internationally acclaimed as setting new standards in this format for his clear approach to delivering sometimes complex material.
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    Killer French Defense - VOLUME 1

    $29.95
    Killer French Defense - VOLUME 2
    Catalog Code: DVD0020OT

    Simon's frank, clear and understandable delivery of material of which he has extensive knowledge certainly aids the viewer in increasing their understanding of these opening lines. Simon's first DVD has been internationally acclaimed as setting new standards in this format for his clear approach to delivering sometimes complex material. Chapters are broken up through chess-related montages maintaining a viewing interest from start to finish.
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    Killer French Defense - VOLUME 2

    $29.95
    FOXY OPENINGS - VOLUME 24 - French 1
    Catalog Code: DVD0024FX

    This video presents a complete system for Black against 1.e4. French expert GM Daniel King considers the Advance Variation (3.e5), the Exchange Variation (3.exd5), the King's Indian Attack (2.d3), and recommends a dynamic line that can be played against 3.Nc3 or 3.Nd2, that is 1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 (or 3.Nd2) Nf6 4.e5 Ne4!
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    FOXY OPENINGS - VOLUME 24 - French 1

    $24.95
    FOXY OPENINGS - VOLUME 25 - French 2
    Catalog Code: DVD0025FX

    In the second of his two videos on the French, GM Daniel King takes a more detailed look at 3.Nd2 and 3.Nc3. Against each move King recommends his own favorite systems and in addition reveals secret weapons employed by his grandmaster colleagues!
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    FOXY OPENINGS - VOLUME 25 - French 2

    $24.95
    FOXY OPENINGS - VOLUME 33 - McCutcheon French
    Catalog Code: DVD0033FX

    This is a repertoire for Black. Forget those over-analyzed lines of the Winawer and Classical French that are now at virtual saturation point. Today's treatment of the McCutcheon (1.e4 e6 2.d5 d5 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.Bg5 Bb4) guarantees uncompromising positions, perfectly tailored to playing for a win with Black. IM Andrew Martin presents the original ideas of the modern McCutcheon.
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    FOXY OPENINGS - VOLUME 33 - McCutcheon French

    $24.95
    ROMAN'S LAB - VOLUME 90 - New Revelations for B&W in The Burn-Morozevich Variation Of The French Defence
    Catalog Code: DVD0090RM

    On this DVD the Roman Rybka team brings to you a detailed analysis on the Burn - Morozevich variation of the French Defence. The analysis creates a new way for Black and White to play. Roman will show you newly discovered tactical and positional lines for both sides.
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    ROMAN'S LAB - VOLUME 90 - New Revelations for B&W in The Burn-Morozevich Variation Of The French Defence

    $19.95
    The Complete Killer French by GM Simon Williams - 2 Volumes
    Catalog Code: DVD00XXOT

    Simon's frank, clear and understandable delivery of material of which he has extensive knowledge certainly aids the viewer in increasing their understanding of these opening lines. Simon's first DVD has been internationally acclaimed as setting new standards in this format for his clear approach to delivering sometimes complex material.
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    The Complete Killer French by GM Simon Williams - 2 Volumes

    $54.95
    FOXY OPENINGS - VOLUME 101 - Adventures in the Main Line Winawer
    Catalog Code: DVD0101FX

    With the resurgence of the French Defence at all levels of chess play, International Master Andrew Martin is proud to offer a 3 disk mini-series on the most critical lines which will help the Black player form a successful and effective repertoire.
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    FOXY OPENINGS - VOLUME 101 - Adventures in the Main Line Winawer

    $24.95
    FOXY OPENINGS - VOLUME 102 - A French Repertoire in the Tarrasch and Advance Variations
    Catalog Code: DVD0102FX

    With the resurgence of the French Defence at all levels of chess play, International Master Andrew Martin is proud to offer a 3 disk mini-series on the most critical lines which will help the Black player form a successful and effective repertoire.
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    FOXY OPENINGS - VOLUME 102 - A French Repertoire in the Tarrasch and Advance Variations

    $24.95
    French Defense - Ari Ziegler
    Catalog Code: WIN0121CB

    The French defence is a very powerful opening against 1.e4-players who plays aggressively.
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    French Defense - Ari Ziegler

    $29.95
    BEATING THE FRENCH - Rustam Kasimdzhanov - VOLUME 1
    Catalog Code: WIN0142CB

    In his DVD series on Beating the French Vol. 1, Rustam Kasimdzhanov presents a promising White repertoire based upon 3.Nc3.
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    BEATING THE FRENCH - Rustam Kasimdzhanov - VOLUME 1

    $29.95
    BEATING THE FRENCH - Rustam Kasimdzhanov - VOLUME 2
    Catalog Code: WIN0143CB

    In his DVD series on the French Defence, Rustam Kasimdzhanov presents a promising White repertoire based upon 3.Nc3
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    BEATING THE FRENCH - Rustam Kasimdzhanov - VOLUME 2

    $29.95
    BEATING THE FRENCH - Rustam Kasimdzhanov - VOLUME 3
    Catalog Code: WIN0144CB

    In his DVD series on the French Defence, Rustam Kasimdzhanov presents a promising White repertoire based on 3.Nc3.
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    BEATING THE FRENCH - Rustam Kasimdzhanov - VOLUME 3

    $29.95
    French w/o Nc3
    Catalog Code: WIN0157CB

    he French Defense has a proven reputation for adaptability and soundness, and is attractive to the Black player who seeks a complex strategic fi ght in unbalanced positions, with healthy counterplay and many chances to decide sharp battles in his favor!
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    French w/o Nc3

    $27.95
    1. e6 - A Solid Repertoire Against 1. d4 and 1. e4 - Nigel Davies
    Catalog Code: WIN0231CB

    Many players struggle to find solid openings to play as Black, especially if they have relatively little time to study theory. This DVD addresses this problem, presenting a solid and easy to learn Black repertoire against White’s two main opening moves, 1.e4 and 1.d4.
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    1. e6 - A Solid Repertoire Against 1. d4 and 1. e4 - Nigel Davies

    $30.95
    Fit for the French - Victor Bologan
    Catalog Code: WIN0239CB

    On­ th­is­ DV­D V­ik­tor Bologa­n­ pre­s­e­n­ts­ h­is­ re­pe­rtoire­ a­ga­in­s­t th­e­ Fre­n­ch­ De­fe­n­ce­.
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    Fit for the French - Victor Bologan

    $33.95
    French Defense Strategy - Nigel Davies
    Catalog Code: WIN0262CB

    The French Defense is one of the best choices a player can make for his opening repertoire, especially older players with limited study time.
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    French Defense Strategy - Nigel Davies

    $33.95

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