Top Choice Repertoire: Play the French Defence Vol.1 & 2 and French Defence Powerbook and Base

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The French Defence is one of the most popular openings - from club player to grandmaster. It’s a very solid opening against 1.e4 but leaves room for counterplay and initiative. In this two-volume video course former world-champion and startrainer Rustam Kasimdzhanov shows you the ins and outs of this hugely complex opening. Through his vast experience both as a player, as well as the second of Vishy Anand and Fabiano Caruana; Kasimdzhanov has created a full lifetime repertoire after 1.e4 e6 for you. Start your journey now!

• 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.e5
• 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.Bg5
• 3.Nc3 Nf6 Sidelines

• Video running time: 5 hours (English)
• With interactive training including video feedback
• Extra: Training with ChessBase apps - Memorize the opening repertoire and play key positions against Fritz on various levels


• 3.Nd2 c5
• 3.e5 c5
• 3.exd5 exd5
• Sidelines

• Video running time: 5 hours 45 minutes (English)
• With interactive training including video feedback
• Extra: Training with ChessBase apps - Memorize the opening repertoire and play key positions against Fritz on various levels

French Defence Powerbook 2022

For the French Powerbook top-quality material was used: 870,000 games from the Mega and from correspondence chess, plus 655,000 games from the engine room. The statistics in the Winawer, particularly in the sharp line 7.Qg4 Qc7, are hardly appealing for Black, and they help to understand why the top players use this set-up only very rarely. In huge contrast to the Steinitz Variation 3.Nc3 Nf6. E.g. the line 4.e5 Nfd7 5.f4 c5 6.Nf3 Nc6 7.Be3 which currently is the most popular continuation for both sides

Here 7...cxd4 is still the most popular move but there is a trend to play 7...Be7 and particularly 7...a6 – which is already the most often played move in the online database.

In the Steinitz Variation White has only a few promising alternatives but Black has a number of good options to deviate. For instance with 7...a6 8.Qd2 Be7 9.Be2 b5 10.0-0 0-0.

The statistics in the Powerbook for this line are based on almost 24,000 games while the online database has little more than a 1,000 games with this variation.

French Defence Powerbase 2022

The 659 selected annotated games offer excellent study materials. Top players such as Carlsen (2 annotated games), Caruana (5), Anand (4), So (2), Radjabov (2), Nepomniachtchi (1), Karjakin (1), Harikrishna (1), Navara (1), Vitiugov (2) analysed their games, plus French experts like Marin (46), Edouard (31), Sadorra (28), Atalik (23) and Berg (23). All in all, there are 10.275 such games and they do have a rating-average of at least 2580 (except games with annotations and those of French experts).

 A double click on the database loads the games overview. A further double click loads the relevant game. The tab Players lets you sort the games according to frequency (with the tab Total). This helps to take a closer look at games from players such as Shirov (an expert for White) or Meier, Kortschnoj and Volkov.

The games can be played through or further investigated with an engine or a Powerbook.

Windows 10 or higher
Minimum: Dual Core, 2 GB RAM, DirectX11, graphics card with 256 MB RAM, (DVD-ROM drive), Windows Media Player 9, ChessBase 14/Fritz 16 or included Reader and internet access for program activation. Recommended: PC Intel i5 (Quadcore), 4 GB RAM, Windows 10, DirectX11, graphics card with 512 MB RAM or more, 100% DirectX10-compatible sound card, Windows Media Player 11, (DVD-ROM drive) and internet access for program activation.

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