The French Defense is considered one of the most solid options for Black, so how do you gain an initiative against it?
GM Melikset Khachiyan shows you how he did it in a recent game vs. WGM Tatev Abrahamyan.
Learn Melik’s tips for using quick development to create a formidable attacking plan in this classic opening. | Watch video
GM Sam Shankland, fresh off nine straight draws, needed a victory in the recently completed Tata Steel tournament.
All he had to do was not get checkmated first.
After a Classical French Defense (Burn Variation), the game turned into a race that GM Shankland had to win.
Find out how GM Shankland navigated this furious attacking game in his instructive video lesson. | Watch video
GM Ben Finegold reviews his father’s famous game with Bobby Fischer, one of the greatest players of all time.
NM Ronald Finegold played an excellent game in the French Defense against Fischer, who was 20 years old, at the 1963 Western Open in Bay City, Michigan.
Fischer went on to win the tournament with 7.5/8.
NM Finegold decided to reach an endgame against Fischer, and the result was an instructive position reprinted in textbooks and magazines. | Watch video
A piece for three pawns - one of the hardest positions to analyze properly in chess. Along with queen against two rooks and two minors for rook and two pawns, the imbalance can be difficult to digest. Enter Houdini - the Johnny Appleseed of chess. The computer plants "trees" across the frontier of knowledge, and GM Dzindzichashvili shows you the path. Watch and see the continuation of his personal analysis on a wild variation in the French. | Watch video
GM Dzindzichashvili breaks out the big guns, or rather machines, to show us some dynamic lines in the French Defense. First Black offers a piece for active play, then White returns the favor on the opposite wing. But a standard Greek Gift this is not - White must play extremely accurately to retain the advantage. You might be surprised that the methodical buildup trumps the quick strike - watch and see for yourselves. | Watch video