The Modern French: A Complete Guide for Black (英語) ペーパーバック – 2012/8/16
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Grandmaster Dejan Antic and International Master Branimir Maksimovic have written a book that will change the way chess players look at the French Defence , one of the most popular chess openings.
Black players in a French Defence have sound options like undermining the White center or playing against a damaged pawn structure. Once you have really mastered the black side in the French, you possess such a powerful weapon that even strong players will think twice what to play against you.
This is a complete and up-to-date book for players of all levels, with brand-new concepts in topical modern lines such as the Steinitz, McCutcheon and Morozevich Variation. Antic and Maksimovic explain strategic concepts and methods of attack, and present numerous novelties and new tactical ideas in all French main lines. But they have also developed several sidelines into deadly surprise weapons. The conclusion is clear: Black is OK in the French!
Despite my years of experience playing the French with both sides, I found myself learning an incredible amount, particularly regarding the ideas behind many of the common lines that I often employ, but, it turns out, only superficially understand. This book compares very favourably to its high quality competitors.--Grandmaster David Smerdon "ChessVibes "
I was very impressed by the content, which is detailed, up to date, and has the right blend of variations and verbal explanation.--Steve Giddins
A nice bonus occurs when the authors really want to emphasize a factor, whereupon they label a small section as important, just to make sure that the point has been taken. I found their suggestions to be coherent and important. An excellent piece of work.--Grandmaster Glenn Flear
Still, for readers that will want every line this might be ideal for them.
The book does a decent job of explaining moves, so it is useful for players with either side. However, the fact that it tries to cover everything means that it can't really cover anything in depth.
As a final note, there are better books on the French, for example Play the French and Playing the French are both better than this book, in my opinion.