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Watched the series up till this episode...verdict: Good general story..but...very sloppy in details.
You should engine check your comments/tactics when making a video.
MANY big errors... according to strong engines.
I must say I absolutely love IM Trendle's videos; I'm not sure if it's the accent or what, but I feel lik I could listen to him all day - and I don't even play the French!
Really want the next one in this series :)
good video on french variations.
Great video. Explanations were clear and you answered the questions most club players would have at each step. Interesting opening. Thank you.
This was a very good attacking strategy
With the way the opening went for White (badly!) I think Leko just wanted his King out of the centre before Black got to play ..e5. If instead of 0-0 if Leko had played say Qd2 planning to castle on the Queenside then there's not a good answer to ...e5 in that position.
In retrospect given the strength of black's king-side attach is White's king-side castle a given? What is the downside of O-O-O for white?
True BrendanT. It doesn't change the assessment of the position just before. Black should castle Queenside and then play f6 to avoid the Qh5+ trick and the position is better for Black.
As you continue this series on the French Defense, I hope that you will cover at some point a line in the Exchange variation 1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.exd4 exd4 4.c4!? which can lead to rather sharp play.
At 6:43 you say the position is fine for black; however, after 1. Qh5+ black has to give up castling rights because 1... Qf7 is met by 2. Nxf6+
by IM Thomas Rendle
International Master Thomas Rendle continues his video series on the recent and topical variations of the French Defense. As he transitions into one of the more popular sidelines for black (3...Nc6) -- he displays an instructive win by Morozevich against fellow Super-GM, Peter Leko. The practical value of playing a "surprise weapon" is displayed in this game, when Leko chooses an inferior line. Watch as Moro' uses activity to punish his opponent!
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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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