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drtimer ♡ 17 ( +1 | -1 )
French defence book? I regularly play the French defense, I'm looking to buy a book to research it more but there are loads of them, can anyone recommend something readable and fairly comprehensive?
barryblue ♡ 12 ( +1 | -1 )
French Defence Yes, Mastering the French by Harley+McDonald ISBN 0713457163 Interesting games and strategically very well mapped
jstack ♡ 50 ( +1 | -1 )
French books I really don't study the openings very much anymore but there was a time when I did. I have played the french for years. I can reccomend a few books. For the adavanced variation I like Tony Kosten's "The French Advanced" for most Nc3 french I likeI like Gufeld and Stetsko "The classical French" However this book does not cover the winawer. But you don't have to learn that highly analysed line if you don't want to. I am not familiar with Harley-Mcdonald's work but I hear it is good.
nottop ♡ 24 ( +1 | -1 )
French Defense I recommend Watson - "Play the French Defense" (2nd edition).
If you are willing to purchase two books I also recommend Emms - "French Tarrasch" - because so many play the Tarrasch now.

Good luck with this fine defense.
jstack ♡ 67 ( +1 | -1 )
Emms book I also highly reccomend this book. Emms explains the main ideas better than most. However, if the tarrash does not appeal to you, you can transpose to the rubinstein variation. The Tarrash is sharper and more tactical than the rubinstein. The rubinstein is similar to the caro kan. So if you are familiar with the caro kann the rubinstein french may suit you. Watson's book is good too. It covers a lot of different set ups. The only thing it does not cover are the clasical french set ups. Nc3 with the exception of the winawer. What I like about it is it covers the exchange variation and the kings indian attack set up. I don't know of any other french book that talks about these variations.
john_wr ♡ 85 ( +1 | -1 )
Try GM Daniel King Videos I have beeen playing the French Defense for many years now and have tried a couple of books on
it but found the following most helpful; Foxy Openings, French Defense Vol 1 & 2 By GM Daniel
King, covers all the main lines but has some unusual and original ideas as well...
eg.. 1. e4 e6, 2. d4 d5, 3. Nc3(or Nd2) Nf6, 4. e5 Ne4, 5. Nxe4, dxe4, 6. Be3 c5....


Not sure if they are available on DVD? They are for sale at the above London Chess Centre link
but I would still shop around for the best deal, I have seeen them appear on eBay and sell for 6
> 10. Hope this is of help..