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Flexible French: 10 Surprise Weapons for Dynamic Chess Players [Paperback]

Viktor Moskalenko
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1 Jun 2008
The French Defence is one of the most popular chess openings for players of all levels. Many of its lines, however, are over-played, over-explored, and thus over-loaded with academic theory.;Flexible French; provides readers with a refreshing break from the well-trodden paths, presenting a selection of unusual, ambitious, and engaging but very playable ideas. Well known as a champion of anti-dogmatic chess, Grandmaster Viktor Moskalenko has selected some radical but practical variations on these ideas for both Black and White.This book presents radical and ambitious, yet highly playable variations on one of the most popular openings in chess.

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  • Paperback: 230 pages
  • Publisher: Interchess BV (1 Jun 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9056912453
  • ISBN-13: 978-9056912451
  • Product Dimensions: 17.5 x 1.8 x 23.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 891,971 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is simply a great opening book (..) I prefer to delve deep into the IDEAS of this beautiful opening, and I can't think of a better guide than Viktor Moskalenko. --Arne Moll, ChessVibes

You get multiple weapons against many systems (..) the analysis simply sparkles with ideas. --John Watson, The Week In Chess

This volume has opened my eyes to numerous new ideas and possibilities (..) It is the most interesting English-language opening book I have seen for years. --Steve Giddins, author of '50 Ways to Win at Chess'

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Viktor Moskalenko is an International Grandmaster and a successful chess author.

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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent french book 2 Jun 2009
By JRed
Really an excellent book on the French. Provides a range of combative options. Has the benefit of being written by an ardent practitioner of the line. Very much not a database dump, much more a concentration of original ideas.
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5.0 out of 5 stars First class and original 28 Dec 2010
Interestingly presented, and full of interesting ideas. It is pleasing to see a book that is also very easy to read. Far too many chess books just contain reams of variations, and offer little to the club player. Well done!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book for the Francophile 26 Oct 2008
By Peter Hodges - Published on
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Having purchased and thoroughly enjoyed the author's earlier book on the Budapest Gambit I eagerly anticipated Moskalenko's work on the French. This book has the same engaging literary style with the addition of many games from the author's own practice (some as current as 2008). This is not a repetoire book along the lines of "see variation A4b1" but Moskalenko does a very good job of offering more than one option against all the major White choices (Advance, Tarrasch, Classical) plus coverage of many minor systems (KIA, Wing Gambit, Exchange, Anti-Winawer, etc.). Please note, you will not find the main line Winawer Poisoned Pawn (tG, imho). Instead there is material on 4...b6, 4...c5 5 a3 Bxc3+ 6 bc Qa5 and 6...Qc7. While written from the perspective of a long time devotee of the French the author also includes suggestions and improvements for White, plenty of White victories in illustrative games, and an interesting attacking system for White in the Classical/Two Knights. I was pleased to note that the bibliography includes recent works by Sveshnikov, Watson, and Psakhis.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars For excellent play versus 1. e4, buy this book! 21 April 2011
By Jerome Lewis - Published on
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The author is a writing genius! Moskalenko gives you the tools needed for playing the French D with a break down of variations, alternate ideas, planning, stategies, tactics etc. The book has five parts:

P1: the Advance variation,
P2: the Tarrasch variation,
P3: the Classical variation,
P4: the Winawer variation
and P5: Seven Samarai Swords, for a total of 16 chapters.
The author gives detailed analysis of the options available for both sides in the French but this book is a must read for playing BLACK! Players on the white side can benefit from knowing what Black's options are in given positions. The referenced games are from the author's personal play as well other GMs' classical and modern gameplay in the French D. The games use mainline moves as the foundation for teaching the reader how to play the French.
It's great for novices, intermediate and higher players across chess world. I have become a convert of the French and this book has been most helpful, especially when playing CC. Once you learn the basic pawn structures in each variation, you can go for broke in active play confident in your analysis and planning. The book is well organized and easy to follow and the binding is heavy duty for page turning. It opens perfectly next to my analysis board. I am very impressed with the books i've purchased from the publisher "New in Chess". They have made their books for the "in use" chessplayer considering how hard I've been reading them! All in all this book is 5 star and you will not regret the purchase! "GO FRENCH & FLEXIBLE!!"
15 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful book 15 May 2009
By Carlos Guaimare - Published on
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I have a lot of books about the French Defence, but this is by far the best of all. Moskalenko gives you several options and does an excellent review of all of them. You will not need any thing more to improve your French
12 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Pleasure to Read! 30 Jan 2009
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I found this to be an entertaining and informative read! I could tell that the author is a true lover of the French Defense. The only other book on the French that compares with this, is Wolfgang Uhlmann's book. If you cherish the French Defense, get both of these!
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Book for the Frenchofile 3 Jan 2014
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I like this book simply for the way it goes about explaining the French defense and various lines within. The comments and annotations to real games are helpful. It points out "weapons" that can be used when venturing into the labyrinth of French positions. He gives fair advice to the French if you are playing it, or against it.
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