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    First Steps - The French
    Catalog Code: B0439EM

    In this book, International Master Cyrus Lakdawala explains the basic ideas in the French and examines the important variations. The key ideas are emphasized with notes, tips and warnings and the reader’s understanding is tested with frequent exercises. This book tells you everything you need to know in order to take your first steps with the French Defense.
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    First Steps - The French

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    The Fierce McCutcheon - 2 DVDs - Chess Lecture - Volume 147
    Catalog Code: DVD0147CL

    The MacCutcheon Variation is one of the sharpest and most exciting variations in the French. In this variation, the second player ignores White's threat of e4-e5 and instead plays 4... Bb4. The main line continues: 5. e5 h6 6. Bd2 Bxc3 7. bxc3 Ne4 8. Qg4. At this point Black may play 8...g6, which weakens the kingside dark squares but keeps the option of castling queenside, or 8...Kf8.
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    The Fierce McCutcheon - 2 DVDs - Chess Lecture - Volume 147

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    The Classical French - Main Line - Rustam Kasimdzhanov
    Catalog Code: WIN0473CB

    This DVD looks at one of the most important lines of the French Defence. After 1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3. Nc3 Nf6 4. e5 Nfd7 5. f4 c5 6. Nf3 Nc6 7. Be3, the author takes a detailed look at a daring line with 7... cxd4 8. Nd4 Qb6, as well as the quieter plans with 7...cxd4 8. Nd4 Bc5, and the main line with 7... a6 and b5. Thorough analysis of the trendy lines, and lots of new ideas for both White and Black make this DVD a must-have for any French player!
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    The Classical French - Main Line - Rustam Kasimdzhanov

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    POWER PLAY - A Repertoire for Black with the French Defense - Daniel King - VOLUME 22
    Catalog Code: WIN0462CB

    The French Defence is one of the most reliable openings against 1 e4. The solid central pawn chain protects Black’s king and provides the basis for counter-attacks on both wings. On this DVD Grandmaster Daniel King offers you a repertoire for Black with the French. Based around ten stem games, all White’s major lines against the French are covered. The French Defence is one of the most flexible of openings. This DVD explores different systems so that you can always keep your opponent guessing as to your choice.
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    POWER PLAY - A Repertoire for Black with the French Defense - Daniel King - VOLUME 22

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    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

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    The Even More Flexible French
    Strategic Ideas & Powerful Weapons
    Catalog Code: B0157NIC

    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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    The Even More Flexible French

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    Grandmaster Repertoire 16 - The French Defence - Vol. 3
    Catalog Code: B0108QT

    Grandmaster Repertoire 16 – The French Defence 3 concludes this ambitious three-volume series by offering a comprehensive repertoire against the Advance, Tarrasch, and other alternatives to 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3.
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    Grandmaster Repertoire 16 - The French Defence - Vol. 3

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    The New McCutcheon - Rustam Kasimdzhanov
    Opening
    Catalog Code: WIN0438CB

    Playing the McCutcheon Variation of the French Defence (3.Nc3 Nf6 4.Bg5 Bb4) immediately sharpens up the game, but quite frequently what soon arises is a positional struggle. Until recently the whole opening system was considered to be double-edged, if not downright notorious – White only had to have good knowledge about the main line. But nowadays the McCutcheon has been developing in an entirely new direction. Rustam Kasimdzhanov now calls 5.e5 h6 6.Bd2 the old main variation – since, as he demonstrates, Black can remarkably easily obtain a pleasant game.
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    The New McCutcheon - Rustam Kasimdzhanov

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    The Classical French - Move by Move
    Catalog Code: B0397EM

    In this book, International Master Cyrus Lakdawala invites you to join him in studying the French Defence, Classical Variation, which is a popular choice among chess players of all levels. Lakdawala examines in detail the important and commonly played lines, including the Steinitz, McCutcheon and Burn Variations. Using illustrative games and drawing on his own experience with the opening, he explains the main positional and tactical ideas for both sides, provides answers to all the key questions and tells you everything you need to know about successfully playing the Classical French.
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    The Classical French - Move by Move

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    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

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    French Defense
    The Solid Rubinstein Variation
    Catalog Code: B0076RE

    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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    French Defense

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    A System Against the French - Chess Lecture - Volume 89
    Recommended for Intermediate - Advanced Players
    Catalog Code: DVD0089CL

    GM Jesse Kraai, an expert on the French defense, demonstrates and gives excellent advice on how to deal with multiple variations of the French including Classical, MacCutcheon, Winawer, Burn and Rubinstein.
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    A System Against the French - Chess Lecture - Volume 89

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    a6/b5 Against the French Steinitz - Chess Lecture - Volume 75
    Catalog Code: DVD0075CL

    The Steinitz is a variation for white against the French Defense . The Steinitz is an attacking scheme in particular against the Classical Variation of the French Defense. Here GM Jesse Kraai gives a clear explanation of the plans for black and the pitfalls to avoidRecommended for Intermediate Players
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    a6/b5 Against the French Steinitz - Chess Lecture - Volume 75

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    Grandmaster Repertoire - The French Defence - Vol. 2
    Catalog Code: B0090QT

    The French Defence is one of the most popular and reliable responses to 1.e4. Grandmaster Repertoire 15 – The French Defence 2 covers the most critical variation of the Winawer, which occurs after the opening moves 1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.e5 c5 5.a3 Bxc3† 6.bxc3 Ne7 7.Qg4. This volume presents three contrasting ways of meeting White’s aggressive opening system: 7...cxd4 leading to the notorious Winawer Poisoned Pawn; 7...0–0 8.Bd3 f5, a solid yet strategically complex system; and 7...0–0 8.Bd3 Nbc6, which leads to a tense, full-blooded battle.
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    Grandmaster Repertoire - The French Defence - Vol. 2

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    Playing the French
    Catalog Code: B0081QT

    The French Defence is one of the most solid and strategically rich responses to 1.e4. Many opening lines have been analysed to death by computer, but the French is relatively resistant to this growing trend, as the characteristic blocked pawn centre leads to situations where a player with superior understanding can overcome an opponent whose expertise lies in computer-assisted preparation.
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    Playing the French

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    Grandmaster Repertoire - The French Defence - Vol. 1
    Catalog Code: B0088QT

    The French Defence is one of the most popular and reliable responses to 1.e4. Black invites his opponent to gain space in the centre, with the intention of undermining the enemy position and launching a counterattack. Although the amount of theory has expanded in recent years, the French often leads to positions where positional and strategic understanding prove more relevant than long sequences of computer-generated moves. Grandmaster Repertoire 14 - The French Defence 1 introduces the Winawer Variation after the opening moves 1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 Bb4, and provides expert recommendations against all of White's major possibilities
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    Grandmaster Repertoire - The French Defence - Vol. 1

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    KNOW THE TERRAIN - The Advance French Structure - Sam Collins - VOLUME 4
    Catalog Code: WIN0383CB

    The information explosion has led to a massive increase in opening theory. But how often do you win a game with a prepared line? What gives strong players the edge over their opponents is not some blockbuster novelty, but a deep understanding of the pawn structures to which their openings lead – an understanding that lasts into the middlegame and endgame, and is transferable between different openings with similar structures.
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    KNOW THE TERRAIN - The Advance French Structure - Sam Collins - VOLUME 4

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    The French Winawer - Move by Move
    Catalog Code: B0362EM

    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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    The French Winawer - Move by Move

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    EBOOK - The French Winawer - Move by Move
    Catalog Code: E-B0362EM

    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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    EBOOK - The French Winawer - Move by Move

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    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

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    The French Defense for White - Chess Lecture - Volume 19
    Catalog Code: DVD0019CL

    GM Jesse Kraai currently resides in Berkeley, California. His most notable chess achievements are winning the Denker Tournament of High School Champions in 1989 and 1990, and competing in the U.S. Championship from 2002-2006.
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    The French Defense for White - Chess Lecture - Volume 19

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    Insights into The French Defense - Chess Lecture - Volume 20
    Catalog Code: DVD0020CL

    GM Jesse Kraai currently resides in Berkeley, California. His most notable chess achievements are winning the Denker Tournament of High School Champions in 1989 and 1990, and competing in the U.S. Championship from 2002-2006.
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    Insights into The French Defense - Chess Lecture - Volume 20

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    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

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    Play the French - 4th EDITION
    Catalog Code: 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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    Play the French - 4th EDITION

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    Attacking Chess - The French
    A Dynamic Repertoire For Black
    Catalog Code: 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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    Attacking Chess - The French

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    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

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    The Wonderful Winawer
    Strategic Ideas & Surprise Weapons for Dynamic Chess Players
    Catalog Code: B0094NIC

    The widely-played Winawer Variation has been called 'the jewel in the crown of the French Defence'. It is easy to see why. This is an opening for players who love a real fight. Black immediately attacks White's centre and the resulting positional dynamics offer chances to both sides.
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    The Wonderful Winawer

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    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

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    How to Beat French Defense
    The Essential Guide to the Tarrasch
    Catalog Code: B0239EM

    In How to Beat the French Defence, Andreas Tzermiadianos meets this difficult challenge head on. He advocates his favorite weapon against the French - the Tarrasch Variation. Drawing upon his wealth of playing experience and study of this line, Tzermiadianos reveals an abundance of opening ideas and novelties, and provides the reader with a complete repertoire which is aimed at posing Black serious problems. Read this book and you will be able to fight the French Defence with renewed confidence and vitality.
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    How to Beat French Defense

    $27.95
    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

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    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

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