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Poll update – French Defence

People love the McCutchian it seems. I better look up how it is spelled!

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  2. Gilchrist is a Legend
    October 1st, 2012 at 15:52 | #2

    But still, 4…Be7 should be considered for the second alternative line as mentioned earlier.

  3. fierypawn
    October 2nd, 2012 at 11:38 | #3

    Yes.I’m also hoping that 4…Be7 would be included as a second line

    • Jacob Aagaard
      October 2nd, 2012 at 11:45 | #4

      Me too!

  4. John Johnson
    October 2nd, 2012 at 11:43 | #5

    So has the King’s Gambit book been rescheduled?

    • Jacob Aagaard
      October 2nd, 2012 at 11:45 | #6

      Not really. John is getting closer, though this week he is proof reading my book and maybe parts of Avrukh’s as well. The last week of any project we all pull together as a team to make it as close to perfect as we can.

  5. Kevin
    October 9th, 2012 at 01:52 | #7

    I’m interested to know what recommendation the French book will have against the Advanced Variation. I have numerous French books and, depending on the Author, the recommendations are different.


    Simon Williams: 1, e4 e6 2. d4 d5 3. e5 c5 4. c3 Nc6 5. Nf3 Bd7 (followed by a quick f6)
    Nikita Vitiugov: 1. e4 e6 2. d4 d5 3. e5 c5 4. c3 Qb6 5. Nf3 Nc6 (followed by Nh6 or Bd7)
    John Watson: 1. e4 e6 2. d4 d5 3. e5 c5 4. c3 Nc6 5. Nf3 Qb6 (followed by Nh6 or Bd7)
    Dejan Antic/Branimir Maksimovic: 1. e4 e6 2. d4 d5 3. e5 c5 4. c3 Nc6 5. Nf3 Bd7
    Neil McDonald: 1. e4 e6 2. d4 d5 3. e5 b6 4. c3 Qd7

    Is there a particular line the French Defense book will focus on against the Advanced?

  6. Jacob Aagaard
    October 9th, 2012 at 10:05 | #8

    We have several ideas; Nikos has finished one and I have to have a thorough look at it.

  7. Michael
    October 12th, 2012 at 00:18 | #9

    Anyone else notice we have had 4 french defenses so far at the Bilbao Masters Tournament?

  8. Nikos Ntirlis
    October 12th, 2012 at 07:04 | #10


  9. Gilchrist is a Legend
    October 12th, 2012 at 16:50 | #11

    Someone on ChessPub mentioned that Carlsen played 7…0-0 yesterday, and drew. Maybe revitalisation of the 7…0-0 Winawer? In any case I always have thought that this line deserves more consideration in any upcoming French repertoire books :D. He played the 8…f5 line, and I would prefer to play as Black in that game.

    Perhaps a poll on QC blog as the question, “Which Winawer line would you prefer to play?” with options 7…Qc7, 7…0-0, 7…cxd4, 7…Kf8, 6…Qc7, 6…Qa5, 5…Ba5, 4…Ne7, 4…b6, 4…Qd7, etc.


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