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LOSVEFDAV1

French Defence, Volume 1 1

176 pages, paperback, Olms, 1. edition 2007

From the series »Progress in Chess«

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The well-known grandmaster and theoretician Evgeny Sveshnikov has used the Closed Variation (1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.e5) more than 150 times in tournament play with a score of more than 70%. Many theoretically important games have been excluded by the author from 'official' chess databases, and here they are exclusively published for the first time.

The present Volume 1 (Basic Course) contains the following main chapters:

- Historical overview of the Closed Variation;

- Plans for White and Black on the basis of thoroughly annotated games;

- A lesson on the blockade;

- 70 test positions: what would you play?

This two-volume work is intended for a broad range of chess enthusiasts. The author guarantees that anyone making a thorough study of the available material can expect an improvement in his playing strength in this system of approximately 200 Elo points.

More Information
Weight 450 g
Manufacturer Olms
Width 17 cm
Height 23,7 cm
Medium Book
Year of Publication 2007
Author Evgeny Elinovich Sveshnikov
Series Progress in Chess
Language English
Edition 1
ISBN-13 9783283005238
Pages 176
Binding paperback

006 Foreword by Anatoly Karpov

008 Introduction

010 Symbols

011 1 For and against 3. e5

024 2 The plans for each side, linked to the pawn structure

025 2.1 Attack on the king

042 2.2 Advantage in space and/or development, typical endgame

068 2.3 For and against the blockade, weak colour complex

082 2.4 Play on both wings

108 3 The many facets of the blockade

108 3.1 Aaron Nimzowitsch: theoretician, practical player and romantic

111 3.2 The classical blockade

119 3.3 The modern view of Nimzowitsch's theory

134 4 What would you play?

146 Check your solutions!

157 Appendix

157 Index of themes

158 Index of names

160 Index of games

175 Index of variations

Two new exciting Olms translations in the English language on the French advance from the two German {Olms} openings books from Evgeny Sveshnikov. Sveshnikov handles in this first volume the so called basic course where he discusses all the necessary understanding of strategies that a player needs to be aware of, if he or she has an interest to get involved with the favourite pawn move from Nimzowitsch. All games in these volumes are very well explained and volume one starts with an impressive collection of 80 model games, which are all overloaded with instructive text, and not to forget there are also around 70 exercises to see if you have understood the strategies of this opening. Grandmaster Sveshnikov goes much further in this book than providing the reader with a coverage of most important strategies and tactics of this dynamic opening, for example there is a very instructive 15 page chapter with the modern view of Nimzowitsch theories. But first to the historical overview from the advanced with interesting games from Greco,Lous Paulsen,Aaron Nimzowitsch, but also some superb. games from the great Sveshnikov and dear reader he is an leading authority on the French advanced! Part two {band 2} is more for the advanced player seen the large amount of theory and model games where I counted a small 68 of them but the best part of this book are the theoretical surveys the encyclopaedia part of this book, which is good for around 55 pages of text all in the well known and easy to read ECO symbols. The murderous Milner Barry line from Sveshnikov 1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.e5 c5 4.c3 Nc6 5.Nf3 Qb6} gets a 6.Bd3? remark and the same with 6... cxd4 7.cxd4 Bd7 8.Nc3 Nxd4 9.Nxd4 Qxd4 10.0-0 Qxe5?! But Steffen Pedersen writes about this move in his book French: Advanced and other lines, Gambit 2006: The acceptance of the second pawn queries the correctness of the Milner Barry Gambit, provided that black knows what to do. Anyway after 11.Re1 Qb8 12.Nxd5 Bd6 13.Qg4 Kf8 14.Bd2 h5 15.Qh3 Bc6 16.Ne3 Nf6 17.Nc4 Bc7 18.Bc3 Nd5 19.Ne5 and it is after Sveshnikov a even game but he does not mention the improvement from Watson 18 ... Ng4! But Junior 10 waves all these suggestions away with 1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.e5 c5 4.c3 Nc6 5.Nf3 Qb6 6.Bd3 cxd4 7.cxd4 Bd7 8.0-0 Nxd4 9.Nxd4 Qxd4 10.Nc3 Qxe5 11.Re1 Qb8 12.Nxd5 Bd6 13.Qg4 Kf8 14.Bd2 h5 15.Qh3 Bc6 16.Ne3 Nf6 17.Nc4 Bc7 18.Bc3 Ng4 19.g3 b5 20.Ne3 and the position is even. The best way to search for improvements is probably 19 ... Rh6! Included in both books are excellent made games and players indexes, and pleasant to mention is that both books cover an interesting introduction from the legendary Anatoli Karpov. But these English editions are exactly the same as the German editions even that part of this English translation has 17 pages more as the German edition.Conclusion: A must book for all lovers of the French advanced!