Webinar 11. How to Play against French Defense: Winawer Variation

Webinar 11. How to Play against French Defense: Winawer Variation

FM Gertsog

Dear Chess Friends!

Thank you for participation in my Simultaneous Exhibition and now I’m glad to invite you to my 11th webinar “How to Play against French Defense: Winawer Variation”.

Of course, you know that Winawer Variation is one of the most competitive lines of French Defense. This line is well-known by irrational positions that it can lead to. That’s why to be able to play this variation properly you should know which moves to play in this or that concrete sideline, what plans to follow and what to expect from black. There is no logic in such positions and anyone (not experienced in such positions) can let the position slip and fall into enemy hands.

What are we going to cover on the webinar?

We are going to cover this line: 1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.e5 c5 5.a3 Bxc3+ 6.bxc3

including how to play after 6…Ne7, 6…Qc7, 6…Qa5. And, of course, I will show how to play Poisoned Pawn Variation (maybe the most illogical position in modern chess).

The webinar starts on Sunday (17th of November) at 10 a.m. (EDT), 3 p.m. (GMT), 6 p.m. (Moscow time). This webinar is free.

Please, register for the webinar with this link:


I kindly ask you to register in advance and reserve your spot in case of high number of attendees. As I mentioned before the webinar is a kind of a group lesson, where I ask students some specific questions about the position and ask to suggest moves and lines. You can do it by voice using a microphone or just type in the chat.

Moreover, 5 participants who register for the webinar first will be able to use a microphone.

If you attend such webinar for the first time – please, read the information below:

What to expect from the webinar?

I’m going to conduct this webinar as a group and interactive chess lesson. I prepared questions and exercises for you and I want you to suggest the moves, plans and share your ideas on the webinar.

Why group lessons are important?
I’m studying and teaching chess for many years and I’m absolutely sure that the key to success in chess depends on proper training methods. That’s why I have no doubts that a training program for almost any student should consist of:

  • Individual lessons (where the coach tries to explain and correct mistakes that the student makes)
  • Puzzles solving (can be part of the lesson or a homework)
  • Group lessons (where students may learn openings and typical plans that can be applied in certain types of positions. Group lessons also help to analyze common mistakes that many students make. And of course, group lessons increase competition between students and stimulate them to get ahead of each other!)
  • Tournament games (why not online games? Because, only tournament games keep you concentrated from the beginning to the very end of the game. This is where you can improve)

See you on the webinar!
FM Victor Neustroev