After the immense success of the first two editions, the chess world has been anticipating the next instalment with baited breath... and now the wait is over! Once again this is a fully revised edition of John Watson's classic Play the French, providing Black with a complete repertoire in the French Defence, one of the most strategically and dynamically complex opening systems. As is typical with his books, Watson often arms the reader with not one, but a choice of two and sometimes three lines against every main variation. Watson also presents a thorough grounding on the positional and tactical aspects of the opening and outlines the typical plans for both White and Black. This is particularly welcome for those newcomers wishing to add the French Defence to their openings armoury. Last, but not least, hardened French Defence devotees will find plenty of original analysis and suggestions to sink their teeth into.
The previous editions of Play the French were amongst the most powerful opening books of the 1980s and 90s, and this only added to the large number of French Defence advocates at every level of chess. Now Watson has updated his analysis for French Defence players of the new millennium.
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1994 was an eventful year in the chess world, with elimination matches for two rival World Championships, one of the strongest tournaments of all time in Linares, Spain, and hundreds of other events around the world. In this book, Grandmaster Glenn Flear reveals the key personalities and performances of the chess year, and annotates the best games from tournaments and matches in Europe and America. Glenn Flear became a grandmaster in 1987, following his outstanding vicotry in the London 1986 tournament, ahead of such illustrious names as Nigel Short, John Nunn, Boris Spassky and Bent Larsen. He represented England in the 1985 World Team Championships in Lucerne and the 1986 Olympiad in Dubai and has enjoyed tremendous success in open tournaments across Europe.
John Watson is an International Master and a skilled chess writer, whose books have received much praise by reviewers and players alike. He is resident in the US.
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