The French defense is a very powerful opening against 1.e4-players who plays aggressively. Against the French you have to understand the underlying positional themes, if not you will quickly get a difficult position. As all major openings the French defense is full of concepts and variations. Many books leave the students with lines and ideas that are easy to mix up. In this DVD you will be presented a coherent strategic opening repertoire against 1.e4. The main theme is to always attack Whites center with the f- and c-pawns, and then with the pieces until nothing is left of it. The recommended repertoire is based on understanding rather than memorization. The pedagogic idea is to give you an integrated understanding which will help you to solve all kind of problems over the board. You will learn which pawn formations in centre to strive for, to be able to implement powerful manoeuvres and to recognise small strong moves. You will also learn when it is time to switch to an attack against the opponents king. The recommended lines are solid and it will be able to play the lines many years without having to bother too much about recent developments. This CD covers: 1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.e5 c5 1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nd2 Nf6 4.e5 Nfd7 1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.e5 Nfd7 1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.Bg5 Be7 1.e4 e6 2.exd5 1.e4 e6 2.Nf3 d5 3.Nc3 1.e4 e6 2.d3 (Kings Indian Attack) 1.e4 e6 2.Qe2 1.e4 e6 2.Nf3 d5 3.b4 (Wing Gambit). Video running time: 6h 48min. The International Master Ari Ziegler is a renowned theoretician in Sweden. He has a long career as a chess teacher which begun already 1981. Here he happily shares his own repertoire and some unplayed Novelties with the viewer.
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Ari Ziegler is refreshingly honest in his assesments. His coverage is good. Some of the text on the screen is not English. His repertoire choices are to play the French to win. His reflections on the f4 Tarrasch get to the heart of the sorrows of any opening system. There is a liability to every choice somewhere. Over all the French is an excellent defense full of Black repertoire flexibility. Nigel Davies, John Watson, and Neil McDonald could well complete the French story for aspiring players today.
I really enjoy this training DVD so much information given and in terms I understand. Very good author