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On Tuesday July 15, 2015 I watched this video. Thank you!
This is by far the video that has helped me the most on chess.com. I was going to focus on learning the korchnoi but now that I saw this video I am going to learn this opening first and play it to death. Thank you. I often play a person that is a lot better than I am and he often uses the french to gain a pawn or two in the opening. This opening has given me a new avenue to look at. I think playing through these lines will improve my tactical awareness and get me ready for bigger and better things later. I am already playing this opening and enjoyed great success again someone who chose to move his pawn up instead of taking, and later elected to completely close the queen side pawn chain. I remembered your video, and used the same general attacking idea to eventually find a way into the kingside.
I'm starting to notice things intuitively when I play now. I think I'm close to jumping over this hurdle that has been keeping me from getting a higher rating in blitz. I have now become a d4 player. Since I'm still new at d4 I am going to play it to death on long games until I make the moves intuitively. I know d4 doesn't have anything to do with the french but this video allowed me to notice something about the way I play. For most of my chess life I have played e4 and nothing else. I played it to death. Now I am learning that the pawn structure dictates where your pieces can go, and knowing how to reconize a good pawn structure, knowing how to change the pawn structure favorably, and exploiting good pawn structures, are key, to changing from a chess player who just develops and trades pieces and just finds himself in a losing middle game, to a chess player that understands pawn structure and creates his own chances. Just blindly trading pieces hoping to come out better in the end is a recipe for staying at a very low rating. You have to consider the pawn structure, and the pieces in action, and decide from there wheither to trade or keep attacking. And lastly, don't make moves that can be easily defended :). I knew all that stuff before but after I watched this video it helped me see the value of knowing how to change the pawn structure favorably even if you have to sacrifice a pawn to do it. I'm also going through a book called pawn structure chess by Andrew Soltis, but the video you posted, is also about pawn structure. Props to you, GM Roman Dzindzichashvili. Your video may cause to raise my rating a lot in the coming months, after much work on my part. Thank you!
two questions for you my good Ferric, when you say players C and below do you mean Class C and below USCF? and when you said Perelshteyn has the same study does that mean he has videos on this system as well? thank you
I have played this system many times, most players C and below really have problems with it. Very highly recommended. Eugene Perelshteyn has the same study.
awesome. i really like your explanations.
I wanted to thank you, Roman, for making this video, as in the past I had a great deal of trouble playing against the French, and now I look forward to it! I have had great results so far playing your system. However, I recently played a game that I lost in the 6... f6 variation, as after I played your 7. Qe2 he played 7... Qc7 which I think gave him an advantage. Should I look into playing 7. Bb5 instead? Or do you have some good response to 7... Qc7 that I don't see? Thanks again!
I dont think white has so much after 7...Qc7 in the 6...f6 variation.
Thank you. Nice system. Thankyou
Thanks so much! I've been having a hard time lately with the French but I've written down all these lines you discussed and I'm ready to try them out !! Also did the Caro 1 and 2 that you presented ... I'm loving these lines because they're easy to remember and make sense ... Thank YOU!!!
In this variation, it is very easy for black to go astray with "normal" French-looking moves. Hence, the chances are white will emerge with a significant advantage after the first 15 moves. I have been a French/Advanced player since I first saw black playing e6 and d5. I think this system is fully playable, even by GM's!
Thank you Roman for this wonderful piece of instruction!
would be worried about blacks connected center pawns in this variation. Don't see much advantage for white.
Finally something I can learn quickly against the French besides the KIA. Thanks!
I had f5 played against me and I just hacked the centre with pieces and won easily
Oh wanted to add: LOVE THE SYSTEM. Have played it twice and won both times. The first using exactly the kingside attack you suggest and the second actually check mated him using the exact bishop sacrifice you suggested. Love it when your oppening preparation takes you all the way from move one to checkmate lol! And it took me half hour or so to learn. Very good!! Now what about that 6... f5 move I was worried about??
by GM Roman Dzindzichashvili
Grandmaster Dzindzichashvili reveals a variation in which we can play for a positionally sound, structured, and yet aggressive plan with the white pieces against the French Defense. As Roman instructs, the ideas that white is able to execute with a lead in development and space advantage on the kingside, seem to make up for the sacrificed d-pawn in many variations. Not to mention that a "less known" variation such as this one is always played with practical value... Enjoy!
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GM Roman Dzindzichashvili
GM Dzindzichashvili was once one of the top players in the world. Born in Georgia, his chess first developed in the USSR. While still an International Master, he defeated opponents like Botvinnik and Bronstein before emigrating, first to Israel where he became a Grandmaster, and then to the United States. His accomplishments in the U.S. include two U.S. Championship first places, and one World Open. He has not played actively in tournaments recently, but has become even more famous perhaps in the U.S. for quality instructional materials, in particular chess videos! Roman Dzindzichashvili now teaches chess classes and seminars for Chess.com University. Feel free to contact him for more information!
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