Playing the French (hardcover) - Jacob Aagaard and Nikolaos Ntirlis

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.

Acclaimed authors Ntirlis and Aagaard present a complete repertoire for Black based on 3.Nc3 Nf6 and 3.Nd2 c5. With many new discoveries and detailed explanations of positional and strategic motifs, this book is essential reading for those playing this complex opening with either colour.

Nikolaos Ntirlis is a computer specialist and supplier of opening ideas for many grandmasters.

Grandmaster Jacob Aagaard is born in 1973 in Denmark but lives in Scotland. Jacob Aagaard won the British Championship at his first and only attempt in 2007. He is also a chess author and co-owner of Quality Chess, a chess publishing house. Jacob Aagaard is the only chess author to have won all the major awards, such as the Boleslavsky Medal as well as the Guardian, ECF and ChessCafe Book of the Year awards. His training material is used by amateurs, grandmasters and World Champions alike. His work is well know for a mixture of lame humour and easy to follow explanations.

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Table of Contents

004 Key to Symbols used

005 Preface

006 Bibliography

009 Introduction

013 1 The Advance Variation

027 2 The Euwe System

053 3 6.a3

075 4 6.Be2

095 5 The Exchange Variation

109 6 The Symmetrical Variation

124 7 Breaking the Symmetry

139 8 The Tarrasch Variation

159 9 4.exd5 Qxd5 - Intro and 5.dxc5

174 10 Alternatives to the Main Line

196 11 Main Line with 10.Nxd4

218 12 The Steinitz Variation

227 13 5.Nce2

243 14 Introduction to 7...a6

265 15 The Old Main Line - 9.dxc5

282 16 The Modern 9.a3

299 17 The Classical Variation

312 18 Alekhine Gambit with 6...c5!

328 19 Classical 6.Bxe7 Qxe7

340 20 Classical Main Line with 8.Nf3

254 21 The McCutcheon Variation

373 22 6.Bc1 and 6.Be3

395 23 6.Bd2

416 24 The King’s Indian Attack

437 25 Six Rare Birds

455 Index of Main Games

457 Variation Index

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