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    French Defense Books

    Hi everyone. What books/material would you recommend for an aspiring French Defence player? Particularly the Classical French variation and the Steinitz variation. Everywhere I look I see books/materials on French Tarrasch and French Winaver.
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    'S' to a 'C' please! You know how reading bastardisations (especially in thread headers) pain me so. Thanks Zwiscy.
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    Right onz - Sprout is also interested in the french defence style and would like to hear from some of the Jedi Masters(CC Crew) to make a few Suggestions on this subject.

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    Check both the second and third editions of Watson's "Play the French". The lines you are after may not occur in both editions; I find the two editions sort-of complement each other.
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    Isn't French Defense an oxymoron?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zwischenzug
    Hi everyone. What books/material would you recommend for an aspiring French Defence player? Particularly the Classical French variation and the Steinitz variation. Everywhere I look I see books/materials on French Tarrasch and French Winaver.
    This will be a bit vague, since all my chess books are currently safely in boxes.

    The best book I have seen for a beginning French player was by Shaun Taulbut (or something). Explains the themes, good/bad pieces, weak/strong colours and squares, thematic pawn breaks etc. I'd start here if I were you.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kevin Bonham
    Check both the second and third editions of Watson's "Play the French". The lines you are after may not occur in both editions; I find the two editions sort-of complement each other.
    Hey Kevin, do you recommend French Classical by Byron Jacobs?

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    Isn't French Defense an oxymoron?
    Don't see how it is an oxymoron.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zwischenzug
    Hey Kevin, do you recommend French Classical by Byron Jacobs?
    Have not read, as I don't play that variation. Carsten Hansen's review here (PDF link) makes several criticisms of it (even for less strong players), but still gives it three out of five.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Zwischenzug
    Don't see how it is an oxymoron.
    Didn't your mob prove it a few times?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Boris
    This will be a bit vague, since all my chess books are currently safety in boxes ... I'd start here if I were you.
    What? You want him to pick the locks?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Zwischenzug View Post
    Hi everyone. What books/material would you recommend for an aspiring French Defence player? Particularly the Classical French variation and the Steinitz variation. Everywhere I look I see books/materials on French Tarrasch and French Winaver.
    I bought an old book about the French Tarrasch variant. However, I'll be honest, I haven't read it yet because I'm studying Pirc and Moderna. The name is "French Defense: Tarrasch Variation". Authors: Raymond Keene and Shaun Taulbut.
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