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.
004 Key to Symbols used
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