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Thanks Thomas ! Very instructive.
Love the video, thanks! I'm going to be playing the french in an upcoming tournament.
Hello everybody!I'm and fierce french lover and i thought i'd share a game of mine with u all:P Hope you'll enjoy it:P!
Very interesting, I'm a French def player myself, so I kind of heard that Tarrasch is met by waiting moves, but didn't see what is the benefit, now I'm getting closer to it. Aggressive g5 is appealing to me too =)
Great detail and I appreciated a presentation free from condescension
Dear Thomas Rendle!
Thank you for this very interesting repertoire suggestion.
There are 2 questions left for me:
1) After 1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nd2 a6 4.e5 c5 5.c3 Qb6 6.Ndf3 Bd7 7.Bd3 Bb5 8.Bc2 your suggestion 8...Nc6 unfortunately seems to lose to 9.a4 winning the bishop on b5 (sorry - I just saw, that this is already solved! )
2) There is a straight forward side line - not mentioned: 1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nd2 a6 4.Ngf3 Nf6 5.e5 Nd7 6.c4!? - when Black probably has to take on c4: 6...dc4 7.Bc4 (7.Nc4!? was played in some corr. games) Nb6 8.Bb3 Bd7 with the idea to put the bishop on d5, the knigth on b8 to c6, the queen to d7 and castle queenside
all the best!
Thanks,but isn't a6 waist of temp?
A question I have is that at the point when Mark Ferguson played ed5 why not dc5. If the de4 Ne4 Be4 Qd1 we are back in the endgame variation and Bc5 Qe2 seems a little uncomfortable. At least to me who at the moment is only a blitz French dabbler. That might change.
great one...but Nd2 is played rarely...many prefr Nc3
Nice vid Thomas. Sound explanations and delivery. Not too hurried. I always prefer to hear about things that the player actually plays and believes in.
Its my first video that I have watched, and I found it very interesting. I don't use this variation, but very useful information to maybe using it someday. I look forward to our game against you. I feel very privaledged to be playing you..
Welcome & thanks so much for your instruction. I am currently trying to come up to speed with the French, so this is very timly for me. I look forward to many more.
Thanks for the Video!
Thanks for all the welcoming comments!
BrendanT is right, Nc6 is a mistake for Black. Instead of ..Nc6 Black has some interesting options: the simplest is to play a5 first, clearing the a6 square for the Bishop and also gaining space on the Queenside.
Also cxd4 is perfectly sensible, with the idea of after White recaptures with cxd4 then Nh6!? Black shouldn't be afraid of Bxh6 as the two Bishops and the half open g-file is more than enough compensation for the doubled pawns. An immediate Nh6 (before cxd4) is also playable.
TheJoefish - No. At 9:20 the knight is not on e2, a4 wins, check Fritz if you can't see it yourself.
Great video! Welcome to Chess.com.
Good lecture, excellent material; quite advanced, but basics explained on the way. Looking forward to more lectures by Tom on the French, in which he is an expert.
@ Joethefish. WHite doesn't have to play ne2. he can play a4 right away
On 9:05, you said black can play nc6; can't white just play a4 and win the bishop?
I like French Defense. I play it in tournament a lot against 1. e4. But I used to play e5, which led to Guiocco Piano or Ruy Lopez, which are some openings I was not too comfortable playing with black. The disadvantage to the French defense is that 1...e6 blocks black's queen bishop, which can take some time to develop. However, it does guard the f7 square and provides a good support for black.
by IM Thomas Rendle
International Master, Thomas Rendle, makes his Chess.com debut with a video series on the French Defense. To be more specific, IM Rendle will be reviewing the most "topical" and theoretically relevant variations of this classic opening. If you are a French player, or even an e4 player, then this series -- lengthy due to necessity -- is more than a dream come true. Thomas's detailed approach should make anyone interested in these lines very happy...
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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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