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Kaidanov opening videos are a new find for me. They are great for intermediate players (I am ~1700). In 20 min he covers the main variations of the simplest lines. Great for people like me who loves to play chess but doesn't have time or energy to study a lot of theory.
Thanks for the video and the homework!
This is a good lesson because many people think that White plays the Exchange Variation against stronger players to avoid complexity and get a draw. I used to think this was extremely boring and as Black made errors in my defence. Years ago a master told me that French players love a feisty attacking game from White and in fact look forward to the battle. By playing the Exchange White can get a little psychological advantage because of the common misconception that it is a bore. In this respect it is like the Colle System for White--Black thinks it boring, plays mechanically, and ends up in a lost position before he knows what's happening. In any case this was a great video and really useful.
I think this type of overview in invaluable, as it shows the direction games can take depending on Black's response. Someone else referred to Watson's video, which I have watched and is excellent for its purpose, but I recommend this general overview to everyone as an introduction or a refresher for the French exchange. There is no point in memorizing endless variations without an understanding of the potential direction of the game. I hope you will do many more like this.
A very nice, but very brief intro. to the exchange French. Viewers should be aware that there is a lot more to this line than is discussed here. IM John Watson covers the line in much more detail on a video on ICC, where he recommends that white aim for IQP positions w/c4 whenever strategically sound. Even then it is highly recommended that more advanced players consult specialty books for tournament preparation. For those who think the line is boring, I would suggest that they really don't understand it. Unlike the Winawer, which, after a lot of flashy tactics is likely to fizzle out into a draw, the Exchange var. allows for a slower build up where an early draw is unlikely. Also, there is a lot to learn about chess here. Strategy, positional play,& especially the attack on the enemy King. When the tactics come, it is usually decisive.
first page !
I don't agree with the critical comments which have been made here. Kaidanov presents lines which are asymmetrical and at least equal for white. If someone wants to play a position in which their intuition will serve them better (this is largely a function of the other positions they play), why not? No one would argue that the exchange is objectively better than main lines. Is it better for many of the e4 players on chess.com? Possibly. Dismissing "inferior" lines which are sound is bad for your chess. Most positions offer a chance to fight.
I agree with salowolf.
While I understand that preparing anti-sicilian or anti-french makes sense if you only care about the result (especially if your result is "not losing"), an amateur player would have a ton of fun in playing mainlines of both.
I'd much rather playing a Poisoned Pawn in the French, and maybe losing a bit more for lack of preparation, than tackling every French with positions that seem really dull and boring.
Gregory, this is a fantastically good video
this is awesome, I used to play this line but gave it up thinking that I was allowing black to simply equallize right away. I'm gonna keep the exchange in my repetoire now, thanks!
Thankyou very much.
Really enjoyed that
Very interesting video. I always play this variation and always get good results.
What about Exchange Variation followed by c4, instead of Nf3?
I haven't seen the video, but the argument in the introduction sounds a lot like: "Chess is hard. Let's go shopping". How can you hope to improve without learning the strategy of such fundamentally important positions like the main lines of the French?
Once again you have provided us with an excellent opening sytem tutorial. Thank you! And Happy New Year!
Es de suma ayuda para resolver o para enfrentarse a la defensa francesa...
Thanks for including the pgn
nice video :)
by GM Gregory Kaidanov
Today Gregory offers his own perspective on how to build a comprehensive opening repertoire. First up, he deals with the French in a simple, direct, and slightly underrated fashion: The Exchange Variation! He points out that against the well prepared opponent, achieving an advantage out of the opening can be difficult, so choosing a solid approach with clear plans might be the best idea for your chess game overall. As he points out, even Kasparov "endorsed" the Exchange...
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Players: Kasparov, Garry
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French Defense: Exchange Variation (C01)
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Considered one of "the" premier chess trainers in America for more than ten years, Chess.com is very proud to add Grandmaster Gregory Kaidanov to its list of prestigious Video Authors. Arguably one of the strongest GMs never to have won the US Championship, GM Kaidanov's list of accomplishments does however include first place finishes in many other major events, including first place at both the World Open and US Open in 1992. A certified FIDE Senior Trainer, his reputation as a chess coach precedes him internationally. Gregory currently resides in Lexington, Kentucky with his wife Valeria and their three children.
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