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Wonderful Video! In 20 minutes you explained the major strategies in the French Defense from both sides. Bravo!
18:58. Where did all the arrows suddently come from?
Very good explanation of the most important variations, again focusing on the reasons why moves where played and how the other side tried to counter the ideas. Well done.
Awesome video! Thanks a million!
What if the beaop takes the horse?
Just see it, it's a kind of an order.
Is there a PGN file for this video
I have seen a few of your videos. You are really very good at explaining! Congratulations! :)
Well organized, rich analysis for beginners/intermediates. I also enjoyed the varied analysis at different points in the presentation.
Well done. Lots to chew on. I'll be back for more, thank you.
at 8:03 why on earth not Nf3 first, instead of Bd3?!
That way the white king will still be able to castle..
I'm planning to use the french defense and learn more about it. Thanks for the introduction to it. There is clearly a great deal to learn about it.
Nice video. Thank you. Helpful in understanding pawn structure and exchanges.
nice video but 6 min only !!!
brill video, like all lilov's style :)
nice video lesson I am hoping for more...
Nice review of the French. I play this sometimes and it was good to see the main ideas again!
lame video mushmouth
I'm not a beginner or a big fan of the French defence, but I like to pick up tips on how play against it anyway... so I decided to watch it and I think anyone who's rated under 1400 and likes the French defence will get a lot out of this video.
Very good overview of this opening! Well presented and easy to understand.
This video inspired me to create a tournament with the starting position 1. e4 e6 2. d4 d5 3. Nc3 allowing black to go into the Winawer, MacCutcheon, or Classical Systems. (The Tarrasch will be for another tournament)
Time control is 24 hrs per move. Vacation allowed.
Ok everyone there's 50 places in each tournament so don't be shy jump on in.
I like your videos because they explain what each side is suppose to be playing for. At the beginner level this is esential. I can't remember all the lines of all variations, so when I understand the theme, its easier. Thanks. I have noticed that people who criticise usually do it on a level they feel they are qualified to do so, the way it was said, presented, bla bla, but not on the chess level because they aren't qualified. Otherwise they wouldn't be watching a beginner video. Anlamk, post a video and let me criticise it. Get real!
by IM Valeri Lilov
The Tiger Returns today with another great video lecture in his series about opening play for the beginner level! Today he discusses a dynamic and main line weapon for black against 1.e4: The French Defense! Lilov explains more principles that beginner players must know and apply in the first stage of a chess game, and he dives into the details of the French along the way. Enjoy!
French Defense: Winawer Variation (C15)
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IM Valeri Lilov
Valeri feels fortunate to have learned to play chess from his father when he was only three, immediately becoming seriously engaged. By the age of seven he was able to play blindfold chess in several games at the same time. At the age of eight, he achieved a record-breaking ELO of 1985, and subsequently became the European Individual School Chess Champion U10 in Moscow, Russia. He has won over 30 medals in national and international competitions, and in 2008 achieved his highest rating of 2443 and in 2013, the title of International master.
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