Description: The French Defence is coming back to fashion again! One of the leaders in the 2020 Candidates tournament, Ian Nepomniachtchi, successfully staked on it. Lately World champion himself also embraced the French several times. A great expert of this opening is the last challenger for the world title Fabiano Caruana. The French became a real arena of the battle of the engines - neural network genius Leela was confidently repelling the attacks of its powerful rivals.
The author’s view on the French allows Black to obtain fresh creative positions without having to compete with deep knowledge in well trodden paths.
The theoretical material is based on the author’s tournament practice, and passed the test at a GM level during the writing of the book.
Content: 007 Preface Part 1. Advance Variation 3.e5 c5 010 1) A) 4.dc; B) 4.Qg4; C) 4.Nf3 022 2) 4.c3 Qb6 5.Nf3 Nc6 Rare; A) 6.Na3; B) 6.Be2; C) 6.Bd3 050 3) 4.c3 Qb6 5.Nf3 Nc6 6.a3 c4 070 4) 4.c3 Qb6 5.Nf3 Nc6 6.a3 Bd7 Part 2. Winawer Variation 3.Nc3 Bb4 085 5) A) 4.Bd3; B) 4.Qd3; C) 4.Bd2 104 6) 4.a3 110 7) 4.ed 117 8) 4.Ne2 126 9) 4.e5 c5 A) 5.Nf3; B) 5.dc; C) 5.Qg4; D) 5.Bd2 145 10) 4.e5 c5 5.a3 Ba5 A) 6.Qg4; B) 6.Nf3; C) 6.Bd2 162 11) 4.e5 c5 5.a3 Ba5 6.b4 cd 7.Nb5 171 12) 4.e5 c5 5.a3 Ba5 6.b4 cd 7.Qg4 184 13) 4.e5 c5 5.a3 Bxc3 6.bc Qa5 7.Qd2 203 14) 4.e5 c5 5.a3 Bxc3 6.bc Qa5 7.Bd2 Qa4 A) 8.Bb1; B) 8.Nf3; C) 8.h4 218 15) 4.e5 c5 5.a3 Bxc3 6.bc Qa5 7.Bd2 Qa4 8.Qb1 230 16) 4.e5 c5 5.a3 Bxc3 6.bc Qa5 7.Bd2 Qa4 8.Qg4 246 Complete Games 268 Index of Variations