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ajitsampat I chose to recommend 3...a6 vs the Tarrasch because there has already been quite a lot of recent coverage of the 3...Nc6 line (the Guimard) against 3.Nd2 and I felt I could bring more original ideas into 3..a6. As it happens I play both as I enjoy switching from line to line to avoid deep preparation from my opponents. 3.Nc3 Nc6 hasn't had as much coverage so far.
Petrosianic I'm hoping to show some more stuff about how to deal with the Be3, f4 structure. Watch this space!
Fascinating stuff, I play 1...Nc6 occasionally; this video is quite useful for Nimzowitsch players as well. Black's development looked quite convincing in most lines, the lines looking better than their reputation imo. However, If white can get f4 before Nf3 as in that line that IM Rendle showed with Be3, maybe black has some problems, what to do with the bishops and queen for one, especially that Bb4 guy, and how to make further inroads into white's position - yet maybe black has more active pieces than in a normal French. Looking forward to further analysis!
Enjoyed the video. I've never played the French as black, but I'm inspired to try it now.
Enjoyed the video. Queston...Against Tarrasch variaton, you recommended 3...a6 and here 3...Nc6. Long time ago, I read John Watson's article where he showed 3...Nc6 effective against Tarrasch as well using ideas and the lines you have shown in this video. Any comments from you as to why 3...Nc6 here and not against Tarrasch ?
Please have your name added in authors list so one can find your prevous videos easly. Many thanks.
I love it and I have been keeping up with these videos. My coach play this Guimard line and some cool new ideas have been hinted at here; I am really looking forward to the next installments. Also the Tarrasch ...a6 variation has been netting me some pretty nifty results. Keep it up.
by IM Thomas Rendle
After providing in depth variations and great advice for black against the Tarrasch French, IM Thomas Rendle now attempts to tackle the "Main Line" 3.Nc3 French variations. However, rather then spending the significant amount of time it would take to master the Winawer, Rendle suggest the side line, and much more subtle move, 3...Nc6 for black. The purpose of the video is very specific, yes, but for French players it is a dream come true...
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IM Thomas Rendle
Thomas learned chess at the age of 5 and was immediately hooked. In 1999 he won the United Kingdom Schools Chess Challenge ahead of 35,000 other competitors and remins the youngest ever winner of the event. Thomas became an International Master in 2006 and got a GM norm at the 2007 Gibtelecom Masters where he finished 5th (along with Michael Adams and Ivan Sokolov). Thomas is now a regular chess coach with England at the World and European Youth Championships.
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