Synopses & Reviews
The French is a sound and resilient defence, which also provides abundant opportunities for counterplay. As a result it has been favoured by such great fighting players as Lasker, Botvinnik and Korchnoi. Current adherents include Short, Shirov, Morozevich and Khalifman. By playing 3 Nc3, White confronts the French head-on. The upshot is often a ferocious battle as Black tries to destroy or damage White's central pawn phalanx. Some of the variations, such as the notorious Winawer Poisoned Pawn, are among the sharpest in opening theory. However, both sides have quieter, more positional, options at their disposal, so there is truly something for everyone in the Main Line French. This book, the first of two volumes by Pedersen on the French, covers all lines after 3 Nc3, including the Winawer (Nimzowitsch), Classical (including the Steinitz), MacCutcheon and Guimard Variations. There is also a full discussion of 3...dxe4, a move that has found favour among those seeking to avoid theory.
The French Defense is one of the most popular chess openings among players of all levels. This book, by an author with a formidable reputation for producing top-quality works on opening theory, provides detailed coverage of the French with 3 Nc3, including the critical Winawer (or Nimzowitsch) variation. This is the first of two planned volumes by Pedersen on the French, and covers all lines after 3 Nc3, including the Winawer, Classical (including the Steinitz), MacCutcheon, and Guimard Variations. It also includes a full discussion of 3...dxe4, a move that has found favor among those seeking to avoid theory. Sure to become a classic work on this sound and resiliant defense!
An expert guide to the most critical lines of the French, including the Winawer, Classical and MacCutcheon Variations.
About the Author
Steffen Pedersen is a young international master from Denmark. He scored a grandmaster norm when he was 16, and played in several World and European junior championships. In 1998 he was joint winner of the Hampstead Grandmaster tournament, and achieved another grandmaster norm at the Aars get2net Cup in 1999. He has written several highly regarded opening books, with subjects including the Dutch Defence, Sicilian Scheveningen, Benko Gambit and the Semi-Slav.