Chess 214: Opening Repertoire for Intermediate Players Part 4, Beat the French Defense!

Hi chess friends!

It is time to announce my next University seminar.

Chess 214:Opening Repertoire for Intermediate Players Part 4, Beat the French Defense!

Level: This seminar is aimed at players rated between 1200 and 1600 ELO and is also recommended for higher-rated players who have trouble playing against the French Defense.

When:  Saturday, December 1st, 3:30 PM Pacific Time

Format: The total seminar duration will be 1 hour and 45 minutes with two 45-minute sessions that are separated by a 15-minute break.

Course Description:

Are you not sure how to play against the French Defense? Right after you play 1.e4, do you summon the chess gods and pray Black doesn’t employ the French Defense? If so, you are not alone! I have come across hundreds of chess players who fear the French simply because their d4 pawn always comes under fire and their central pawn structure collapses. If you would like to solve the problem of the French once and for all, Chess 214 is for you!

Chess 214 is the 4th installment of the Opening Repertoire for Intermediate Players series. The move I recommend white to play is this series is 1.e4. In Chess 211 and Chess 212, I taught 1.e4 e5 and 1.e4 d5 (Scandinavian) from White’s point of view. In Chess 213, I covered how to play against 1.e4 c6 (Caro-Kann) and how to react to the Nimzowitsch Defense (1.e4 Nc6).

In this installment, Chess 214, I will cover 1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nd2, the Tarrasch System, which is an easy and solid way to play vs the French Defense.


Tuition: $21/person

Class size: 8 to 16 students


In order to register, purchase "Chess 214" at the following link:


Answers to Commonly Asked Questions:

The seminar will take place on my livestream channel. After a person purchases this seminar, I will message him/her the link to my channel.

You are able to ask questions throughout the seminar.

If you cannot pay with a credit/debit card, you may pay via PayPal (message me for this).


Not a member of University? Click here to join!)

If you have further questions, you may message Kairav Joshi or comment on this news post.


  • 4 years ago


      Hey now, I think you are being a bit unfair calemcc. The best chess players don't always make up the best chess teachers, and the best chess teachers don't always make the best chess players. I have had IM's and GM's who are no doubt stronger than Kairav Joshi, but have learned less than I have with him as well.

      I find it is often easier for a teacher who is only a few hundred points above you to understand the problems you are making and the thought process which you use in your games since they are relatively close to your skill, but still well enough to help you get to the next level. A super high 2700 will most likely have greater troubles finding your weaknesses because its easy to overlook something that now seems obvious to them. All their opponents know what they know, which also helps them to look over what would be hard for us lower rated.

      Pricing is a small point I want to bring up as well. Having lower level teachers will allow us to purchase lessons at cheaper prices. Some GMs sell lessons for +$50, So having a lower rated teacher will make the cost of learning a bit easier for us.

      Furthermore, learning openings is not as hard as you are making it sound. Yes there is a lot of theory, and it is very complex, but when you are at a low level it is good enough to survive the opening with a small edge or equality for black. This series is to teach ways to combat openings while learning as little theory as possible, so we can achieve this. once we have learned this, and then played it for a while, we can grow upon this knowledge and start playing more complex variations.

      A little side note: Although I am just pointing this out as a possibility, I have no factual basis for it, Kairav Joshi could be an opening expert and just fall short in tactics or the end game. This means that he could teach the opening courses perfectly regardless of rating. This part may mean absolutely nothing, but I just wanted to add it in there for food for thought anyways.

      Bottom line is I have taken all of his opening lectures and it has helped me greatly. I am around 1600 rating so take that for what it's worth, but don't dismiss a teacher just because they aren't titled.  

  • 4 years ago

    NM calemcc

    Your a 1900 trying to teach a way to "break" the most solid opening in chess? You say this is a class for intermediate players, but you ARE an intermediate player... And not even a really good system either...

Back to Top

Post your reply: