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The Definitive French Collection - 6 DVDs - Chess Lecture

This Collection Includes: - Insights Into the French Defense - The French Defense for White - New Ideas in the French Defense - A System Against the French - a6/b5 Against the French Steintz - The French Defense: Guimard Variation 8.9 Hours 25 Lectures
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- Insights Into the French Defense:

The Philosophy of the French Run Time: 00:20:55

A System Against the French: Part III: The MacCutcheon Variation Run Time: 00:15:24

The Wing Gambit Against the French Run Time: 00:20:04

Heresy in the French! Run Time: 00:15:55

An Exemplary Game in the Winawer Poison Pawn Run Time: 00:19:42

Running Time: 105 Minutes

- The French Defense for White:

3. Nd2! French; Part I; The Pawn Sac Run Time: 00:23:50

3. Nd2! French; Pt. II; Nf6 Without The Pawn Grab Run Time: 00:14:58

 3. Nd2! French; The Panda Answers Be7; Part III Run Time: 00:15:17

3. Nd2! French; Part IV; The Guimard Run Time: 00:14:58

3. Nd2! French; Part V; exd5 Run Time: 00:16:02

What the Nd2 French Drove Me To Run Time: 00:30:49

- New Ideas in the French Defense:

GM Jesse Kraai reviews:

- ECO C02 The French, Advance from Blacks Perspective 1 e4 e6 2 d4 d5 3 e5

- ECO C00 The Basic French Defense but with a new twist. 1 e4 e6, Jesse Shows you a new move that surprised even him and is very playable. Inspired from a discussion with Grandmaster Vinay Bhat of a recent game

- ECO C10 The Fort Knox variation of the French 1 e4 e6 2 d4 d5 3 Nc3ECO: C02, C00, C10

Content: 55 minutes of instruction and analysis in a series of 3 lectures.

Members of rated this series a 4.76 out of 5 Fans on said: Very well explained in a very short period of time. Thank you!


- A System Against the French:

Content: 2.25 hours minutes of instruction and analysis in a series of 6 lectures. 

GM Jesse Kraai, an expert on the French defense, demonstrates and gives excellent advice on how to deal with multiple variations of the French including Classical, MacCutcheon, Winawer, Burn and Rubinstein.

Members of rated this series a 4.27 out of 5  

ECO C00, C14, C12, C15

Fans on saidI have studied Alburt-Dzinzi- Perelshteyn's book and I was having exactly this problem Against the French, with my opponents smashing me in the queenside. Your plan of reaching a better endgame with c3 is very clear.   

- a6/b5 Against the French Steintz:

Content: 54 minutes of instruction and analysis in a series of 3 lectures.

The Steinitz is a variation for white against the French Defense . The Steinitz is an attacking scheme in particular against the Classical Variation of the French Defense. Here GM Jesse Kraai gives a clear explanation of the plans for black and the pitfalls to avoidRecommended for Intermediate Players

Members of rated this series a 4.3 out of 5 ECO C11

Fans on said: I've been looking forward to the continuation of this series and was not disappointed! Great stuff, Jesse. .

GM Jesse Kraai resides in Berkeley, California. His most notable chess achievements are winning the Denker Tournament of High School Champions in 1989 and 1990, and competing in the US Championship from 2002-2006. Jesse received his final GM norm at the Foxwoods Open 2007 and has a Ph.D in Philosophy from the University of Heidelberg. Jesse recently released his first book “Lisa, a chess novel”. Jesse is an active chess coach.

- The French Defense: Guimard Variation:

The French Defense: Guimard Variation is a chess opening 3... Nc6 is known as the Guimard Variation: after 4.Ngf3 Nf6 5.e5 Nd7 Black will exchange White's cramping e-pawn next move by ...f6. However, Black does not exert any pressure on d4 because he cannot play ...c5, so White should maintain a slight advantage, with 6. Be2 or 6. Nb3.Grandmaster Guimard was a 3 time chess champion in Argentina.

Members of rated this series a 4.0 out of 5

Fans on said: I’m glad that IM Watson covered Ng5 idea for White and what kind of things that Black can do. Excellent Lecture!!!



8.9 Hours Total


25 Lectures


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