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Grefe and Silman give many variations and analysis from the Black perspective to show why the French Defense is one of Black's best replies vs. 1.e4.
CLEARANCE - French Defense for Black
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Many players are attracted to the Dragon Sicilian, but are put off by the fierce mating attacks that White can launch. In the Accelerated Dragon, Black aims for an improved version, saving a move with his queen's pawn. If White tries to ignore the difference, Black's instant detonation of the centre will come as an unwelcome cold shower! The authors show that White's main reply, the Maroczy Bind, is not so fearsome as was once thought Black has many ways to break out, while quite often it is possible to manoeuvre around White's 'binding pawns' and show that they imprison White's pieces as much as they do Black's.
The accelerated dragon is the perfect weapon for the competitive chess player. This text provides an objective and detailed analysis of all variations for white and black which should enable the reader to gain a true understanding of this defence while enjoying the scope of original thought.
IM's Donaldson and Silman are completing a series of volumes on the Slav Defense which will cover the opening in unprecedented detail, as well as bringing previous work up to date. This first volume to appear presents a number of gambit lines, including the Winawer and Slav Gambits. The first is one of today's hottest variations!
Gambits in the Slav