After the immense success of the first two editions, the chess world has been anticipating the next instalment with baited breath... and now the wait is over! Once again this is a fully revised edition of John Watson's classic Play the French, providing Black with a complete repertoire in the French Defence, one of the most strategically and dynamically complex opening systems. As is typical with his books, Watson often arms the reader with not one, but a choice of two and sometimes three lines against every main variation. Watson also presents a thorough grounding on the positional and tactical aspects of the opening and outlines the typical plans for both White and Black. This is particularly welcome for those newcomers wishing to add the French Defence to their openings armoury. Last, but not least, hardened French Defence devotees will find plenty of original analysis and suggestions to sink their teeth into.
The previous editions of Play the French were amongst the most powerful opening books of the 1980s and 90s, and this only added to the large number of French Defence advocates at every level of chess. Now Watson has updated his analysis for French Defence players of the new millennium.
|Edition description:||Third edition|
|Product dimensions:||6.00(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.25(d)|
About the Author
John Watson is an International Master and a skilled chess writer, whose books have received much praise by reviewers and players alike. He is resident in the US.
Table of Contents
|1||Advance Variation: Introduction||7|
|2||Advance Variation: 5...[Bishop]d7||19|
|3||Advance Variation: 5...[King]b6||36|
|4||King's Indian Attack||55|
|6||Tarrasch Variation: Introduction and 3...c5||81|
|7||Tarrasch Variation: 3...[Bishop]e7||101|
|8||Winawer Variation: Fourth Move Alternatives||121|
|9||Winawer Variation: Fifth Move Alternatives||154|
|10||Winawer Variation: Main Line with 7 [King]g4||175|
|11||Winawer Variation: Positional Lines||192|
|12||Winawer Variation: Black Plays 6...[King]c7||212|
|13||Classical Variation: 4 e5||227|
|14||Classical Variation: 4 [Bishop]g5 (4...dxe4 5 [Knight]xe4 [Bishop]e7)||246|
|15||Odds and Ends||256|
|Index of Variations||264|
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I was introduced to this type of opening play from the great 'french defense' battle between Botvinnik and Smyslov. The aggresiveness that black can play made an impression. This book by GM Watson is a must for every 'French' player!
This book is regarded by most professional chessplayers and knowledgeable amateurs as a classic. Grandmaster Watson covers the Advance, King's Indian Attack, Tarrasch, Winawer, Exchange, and unusual white second move 'odds and ends.' He give more than one Black response in each of the main lines and organizes the resulting variations very clearly, with extensive notes on thematic ideas and game references. Watson does not use the illustrative game method (in which an author gives a variation fragment and then gives several sample games) as it is his opinion that it is too easy to miss a critical variation, or simply force the reader, rather than the author, to figure out what happened in the sample game. NOTE: this is a repertoire book that answers 1. e4 and is not an overall review of the French defense. Thus, Watson does NOT include two main lines, the Classical French (1 e4 e6 2 d4 d5 3 Nc3 Nf6) or the MacCutcheon Variation (1 e4 e6 2 d4 d5 3 Nc3 Nf6 3 Bg5 Bb4) - even though the other reviewer claimed it covered 'all main lines.' A good work for intermediates and above, beginners will be challenged but could also find value in this book. There is another book for beginners and intermediates - Master the French With The Read And Play Method - which has excellent discusses on typical themes, ideas, plans, and pawn structures in the French. Consider that one also.