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The French

Dazzle your opponents!

320 Seiten, kartoniert, Everyman, 1. Auflage 2007

Aus der Reihe »Dangerous Weapons«

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Gefährliche Waffen: Französisch

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Do you need a well-deserved break from your normal chess openings? Are you tired of constantly having to keep up with modern chess theory? Or perhaps you simply wish to try out something new and exciting, but cannot decide amongst the embarrassment of choices available? Look no further for the answer!

In Dangerous Weapons: The French , International Master John Watson takes a revolutionary look at one of the most famous and widely-played chess openings: the French Defence. Instead of travelling down well-trodden and analyzed paths, Watson concentrates on fresh or little-explored variations of the French, selecting a wealth of'dangerous' options for both colours. Whether playing White or Black, a study of this book will leave you confident and fully-armed, and your opponents running for cover!

Dangerous Weapons is a brand-new series of opening books which supply the reader with an abundance of hard-hitting ideas to revitalize his or her opening repertoire. Many of the carefully chosen weapons are innovative, visually shocking,incredibly tricky, or have been unfairly discarded; they are guaranteed to throw even your most experienced opponent off balance.

  • The French Defence in a whole new light
  • Packed with original ideas and analysis
  • Ideal for ambitious and adventurous players


The French Defence is a popular opening among players of all strengths. It is defined by 1 e4 e6; in this book we will be discussing variations that begin after the Standard continuation 1 e4 e6 2 d4 d5.

Black's second move strikes back in the centre and challenges White to make a decision with respect to his e-pawn. Depending upon the inclinations of the play­ers, the French can lead to wild tactical battles or the quietest of manoeuvring games. In most variations, White will play e5 at some point, setting up a 'pawn chain' on the central dark squares d4 and e5. This wedge serves to both grab space and prevent Black's pieces from developing actively, in particular the bishop on c8 and knight on g8. Black's task is to attack that chain of pawns and break it down, or to coordinate his pieces and pawns in such a way as to actively work around the chain.

My selections for White are dangerous weapons in the sense of aggressively attacking Black's position, with a good dose of tactical content. For Black, the French Defence is primarily a counterattacking opening that begins with measured steps, emphasizing positional strategy. Therefore most of my suggested variations for Black are not violent, but dangerous weapons in the sense of being ignored, discredited, or visually shocking, as laid out in the Preface.

I have suggested opening variations that, with two exceptions, have very little theory attached to them. As far as I can see, none of them allow your opponent an easy way to advantage, and none are unsound. I should add that the proposed lines do not overlap with those previously given in my Play the French books; indeed, I have included variations that I have misassessed or skipped over in the past.

At the end of every chapter, each variation is characterized in terms of certain attributes, using a point scale of 1 to 5. They are as follows:


In one sense, the suggested systems are all easier to play than mainstream ones because their theory is less developed. In other words, you don't need to study as much to be able to achieve a playable position, all the more so because most of your opponents will be thrown upon their own resources. Nevertheless, I think that it's useful to point out, especially to the inexperienced, the frequency with which variations can become critical from both an offensive and defensive point of view.

Attacking Nature

How sharp the variation is in terms of aggressive assaults and tactically charged situations.

Positional/Strategic Nature The extent to which the variation is characterized by manoeuvring, and concentration upon static features such as pawn structure, weaknesses, quality of the pieces, and the like.


The degree to which your position is hurt when your strategy breaks down. For example, the chance of achieving lost or very poor positions due to one bad move or a miscalculation. In this book, 3 Nc3 variations are usually riskier than 3 Nd2 variations.


The degree to which you benefit if your strategy succeeds. For example, you may come out with a material advantage or even win the game outright. Usually this correlates to risk.

Theoretical Depth

The amount of theory associated with the opening, and especially theory that is outside what only a few specialists know. Of course, any new theory presented in this book doesn't count. Since none of the lines in this book are extremely theo­retical, the scale is relative. For example, the Guimard Variation of the Tarrasch and 6 Be3 in the MacCutcheon receive the highest rankings (5) in spite of being played in only about 7% of Tarrasch Variations and 10% of MacCutcheon Varia­tions respectively.

I didn't add a Fun Factor, but I've tried to find variations that are entertaining as well as effective. As you bamboozle your opponents, remember to enjoy yourself!

John Watson,

January 2007

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Gefährliche Waffen: Französisch

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Gewicht 510 g
Hersteller Everyman
Breite 15,2 cm
Höhe 22,8 cm
Medium Buch
Erscheinungsjahr 2007
Autor John L. Watson
Reihe Dangerous Weapons
Sprache Englisch
Auflage 1
ISBN-13 9781857444353
Seiten 320
Einband kartoniert

005 Preface

009 Introduction

Systems for White

012 1 A Confounding Retreat (3 Nc3 Nf6 4 Bg5 Bb4 5 e5 h6 6 Be3)

038 2 A Beginner's Move? (3 Nc3 Nf6 4 Bg5 Be7 5 e5 Nfd7 6 Bxe7 Qxe7 7 Qh5)

058 3 Down with the King! (3 Nc3 Bb4 4 e5 c5 5 Qg4)

078 4 Leaving the Unbeaten Path (3 Nc3 Bb4 4 exd5 exd5 5 Qf3)

099 5 A World of Difference (3 Nd2 Nf6 4 e5 Nfd7 5 Bd3 c5 6 c3 Nc6 7 Ndf3)

125 6 Breaking the Chain (3 Nd2 Nf6 4 e5 Nfd7 5 f4 c5 6 Ngf3 Nc6 7 Nb3)

Systems for Black

143 7 Swearing in Church (3 Nc3 Nc6)

173 8 A Surprise in the Winawer (3 Nc3 Bb4 4 e5 c5 5 a3 cxd4)

189 9 Waiting and Outflanking (3 Nc3 h6) 204 10 Two for the Price of One (3 Nc3 Bb4 4 e5 Bf8; 3 Nc3 Nf6 4 e5 Ng8)

224 11 A Leap of Faith (3 e5 c5 4 c3 Nc6 5 Nf3 Nh6)

245 12 What Can You Do to Me? (3 Nd2 h6)

270 13 One Rook Pawn Deserves Another (3 Nd2 a6)

290 14 A Debasing Strategy? (3 Nd2 Nc6)

The master of strategy, International master John Watson, handles in this latest dangerous weapons book a collection of exciting offbeat lines in the French defence. As the most of us know John Watson has the French opening in his repertoire and he is author of the book Play the French Everyman Chess 2003. This latest heavy weight from 320 pages covers around fourteen unexplored lines in the French defence as for example the strange looking Queen move 7.Qh5, that runs after the moves: 1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.Bg5 Be7 5.e5 Nfd7 6.Bxe7 Qxe7. But first some words from Watson himself: "A beginner’s move! Of the major authors and books that I am aware of, only Tiemann, Minev and Encyclopaedia of Chess Openings (ECO) give 7.Qh5 even a passing mention. The wordless ECO refers to 7.Qh5, but says only 7.Qh5 0-0! With a slight advantage for Black, a judgment they rightly accredit to Keres. Tiemann assigns 7.Qh5 a “?” and is satisfied with quoting one brief excerpt to show black’s advantage. Unfortunately, that excerpt ends in a position in which white has a one move tactic which after some forced moves gives him a winning advantage! To Tiemann’s credit, this indicates computer-free analysis, a rare an valuable practice that probably accounts for many of the fresh ideas in his excellent book. Nevertheless, 7 Qh5 escapes his book with its reputation unscathed. Mines is the open-minded one giving 14 moves of the Fuderer – Guimard game below. He also quotes Keres, but suggests that 7.Qh5 0-0 8.f4 c5 9.Nf3 Nc6 10.0-0-0 could use a practical test. I should also mention that several books deal briefly with the related line 7.f4 a6 8.Qh5, a transposition of 7.Qh5 a6!? 8.f4 we look at this below. Seen that here are not so many good games with 7.Qh5, Watson puts a lot of energy in his analyses and gives a lot of interesting possibilities as 1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.Bg5 Be7 5.e5 Nfd7 6.Bxe7 Qxe7 7.Qh5 0-0 8.Nf3 c5 9.Bd3 g6 10.Qh6 Nc6 11.Nb5 c4 12.Be2 f6 13.exf6 Nxf6 14.Nc3 where both sides have dynamic possibilities. Or 1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.Bg5 Be7 5.e5 Nfd7 6.Bxe7 Qxe7 7.Qh5 0-0 8.f4 c5 9.Bd3 f5 10.Nf3 Nc6 11.0-0 Nxd4 12.Nxd4 cxd4 13.Ne2 Qb4 14.a3 Qb6 15.g4 Nc5 16.gxf5 Nxd3 17.f6 Nc5 18.Kh1 Ne4 19.Rf3 Bd7 20.Rg1 Rf7 21.Qh6 g6 22.f5 exf5 23.Nf4 Nxf6 24.exf6 Qxf6 25.Nxg6 Rg7 26.Rfg3 and wins, unfortunately there is a type set error in the book 26.Rgf3. But there are also suggested lines as 1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.e5 Bf8 (chapter 10 with the text two for the price of one)that I would never play, but it stays a matter of taste, surely development means something here. More serious is a confounding retreat where Watson suggests the bishop move (3.Nc3 Nf6 4.Bg5 Bb4 5.e5 h6) 6.Be3!? which is feared by many MacCutcheon fans. Other ideas that you can find in the book are 3.Nd2 Nf6 4.e5 Nfd7 5.Bd3 c5 6.c3 Nc6 7.Ndf3!? Jonathan Rowson and John Emms have shared there secrets with John Watson on this move and the ideas and analyses here are in these 26 pages are certainly worth trying! Further I found breaking the chain 5.f4 c5 6.Ngf3 Nc6 7.Nb3, 1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 Nc6 (Swearing in church) A surprise in the Winawer 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.e5 c5 5.a3 cxd4!?, Down with the king 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.e5 c5 5.Qg4, Leaving the unbeaten path 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.exd5 exd5 5.Qf3,Waiting and outflanking 3.Nc3 h6. A leap of faith 3.e5 c5 4.c3 Nc6 5.Nf3 Nh6, 3.Nd2 h6 What can you do to me, One rook pawn deserves the another 3.Nd2 a6 and a debasing strategy 3.Nd2 Nc6. The move 3 ... Nc6 introduces the Guimard system, again Watson has included some latest developments from the Neil McDonald and his Chess Publishing column. Conclusion: A book that is overloaded with interesting ideas!

With kind permission of the author John Elburg (www.chessbooks.nl)

In den letzten Jahren hat sich auf dem Schachbüchermarkt der Trend entwickelt, der gängigen Schach­theorie, die sich phasenweise ins Uferlose erstreckt und für den Otto-Normalschächer kaum noch zu über­schauen ist, ausgefallene Nebenwe­ge an die Seite zu stellen und diese dem Leserpublikum schmackhaft zu machen.

Bei den jeweiligen Autoren handelt es sich dabei gewöhnlich um gestan­dene Schachkoryphäen, deren analy­tischer Arbeit der genannte Normalschächer üblicherweise mehr Ver­trauen entgegenbringt als irgendei­nem Nobody.

Genau dieser Fall liegt hier vor. John Watson, seines Zeichens Inter­nationaler Meister und zudem Ken­ner der Französischen Verteidigung - immerhin stammt aus seiner Feder die Monografie "Play The French", gleichfalls bei Everyman Chess ediert - hat sich seiner Domäne ein weiteres Mal angenommen und ist auf den Zug, der meines Wissens erstmals mit der SOS-Reihe "Schach ohne Scheuklappen" auf die Schie­nen gesetzt worden ist, aufgesprun­gen.

Insgesamt untersucht der Autor 14 französische Seitenwege und zwar zunächst die Systeme für Weiß (nach 1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5):

1) 3.Sc3 Sf6 4.Lg5 Lb4 5.e5 h66.Le3

2) 4...Le7 5.e5 Sfd7 6.Lxe7 Dxe7 7.Dh5

3) 3...Lb4 4.e5 c5 5.Dg4

4) 4.exd5 exd5 5.Df3

5) 3.Sd2 Sf6 4.e5 Sfd7 5.Ld3 c5 6.c3 Sc6 7.Sdf3

6) 5.f4 c5 6.Sgf3 Sc6 7.Sb3

Es folgen acht Systeme für Schwarz:

7) 3.Sc3 Sc6

8) 3...Lb4 4.e5 c5 5.a3 cxd4

9) 3...h6

10) 3...Lb4 4.e5 Lf8 sowie 3...Sf6 4.e5 Sg8

11) 3.e5 c5 4.c3 Sc6 5.Sf3 Sh6

12) 3.Sd2 h6

13) 3...a6

14) 3...Sc6

Kenner der Materie werden sicher­lich einwenden, dass längst nicht al­les aus dem obigen Angebot theore­tisches Neuland ist, sondern bereits seit Jahr und Tag - wenngleich eher selten gespielt - zur Tunrierpraxis gehört. Dies ist sicherlich, richtig, al­lerdings muss berücksichtigt wer­den, dass profunde Kenntnisse über Ausgefallenes, aber "100prozentig Gesundes" (Zitat S. 6) in der Praxis einen nicht zu unterschätzenden Vorteil darstellen. Insofern erfüllt unser Buch durchaus seinen Zweck, wenngleich man über die Wahl ein­zelner Symbole wie Kanone, Blitz und Würfel, die für "gefährliche Waffe", "Vorsicht" und "Risiko" ste­hen, geteilter Meinung sein darf: nach dem Empfinden des Unter­zeichners würde das Buch ohne die­sen Firlefanz seriöser daherkommen. Das für englische Verhältnisse er­staunlich günstige Preis-Leistungs­verhältnis mag man dankend anneh­men, mehr als eine Vermutung ist von dieser Stelle aus aber leider nicht möglich. Vielleicht hat der sehr kundenfreundliche Kostenfak­tor etwas mit der momentanen Euro-Hausse zu tun.

Mit freundlicher Genehmigung

E. Carl, Rochade Europa 7/2007


Dazzle your Opponents! (Blenden Sie Ihren Gegner!), dieser Untertitel zeigt, worin es in diesem Buch geht, um trickreiche, seltene und chancenreiche Varianten abseits des Mainstream. In der Reihe "Dangerous Weapons“ präsentiert John Watson diesmal die Französische Verteidigung. Sowohl für Weiß als auch für Schwarz werden interessante Systeme vorgestellt, die ihren Gegner in der nächsten Partie vor ziemliche Probleme stellen könnten. Bereits beim Lesen des Inhaltsverzeichnis erweckten viele Systeme meine Neugier.

Watson gliedert sein Buch in zwei Teile auf, Systeme für Weiß und Systeme für Schwarz.

Einige Beispiele für trickreiche Systeme mit Weiß:

1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Sc3 Sf6 4.Lg5 Lb4 6.e5 h6 7.Le3 (Diese Variante wird den McCutcheon Anhängern Magenschmerzen bereiten). Oder wie wäre es, wenn Sie Ihren nächsten Gegner mit 1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Sc3 Lb4 4.e5 c5 5.Dg4 konfrontieren? Unter dem Titel "A Beginner´s Move?“ geht der Autor der Frage nach, ob nach 1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Sc3 Sf6 4.Lg5 Le7 5.e5 Sfd7 6.Lxe7 Dxe7 der Zug 7.Dh5 dazu geeignet ist, ihren Gegner aus dem seelischen Gleichgewicht zu bringen.

Für Schwarz hat Watson natürlich auch eine Menge Interessantes anzubieten:

So ist zum Beispiel 1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Sc3/Sd2 h6 durchaus spielbar, genauso wie das System 3.Sc3 Sc6 und sogar 3.Sc3 Sf6 4.e5 Sg8 hat eine gewisse Daseinsberechtigung, zumindest bei Watson. Der Clou an diesem System ist, dass es auch durch die Zugfolge 1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Sc3 Lb4 4.e5 Lf8 erreicht werden kann.

Ein Beispiel für dieses widersinnig anmutende System:

\s3 Rogulj,B (2425) - Zaja,I (2440) [C11] CRO-chT Medulin, 1997

1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Sc3 Lb4 4.e5 Lf8 5.Sce2 c5 6.c3 Sc6 7.Sf3 f6 8.Sf4 g5 9.Sh5 g4 10.Sxf6+ Sxf6 11.Lg5 Le7 12.exf6 Lxf6 13.Lxf6 Dxf6 14.Se5 Sxe5 15.dxe5 Dxe5+ 16.Le2 Ld7 17.0-0 h5 18.Dd2 0-0-0 19.Tae1 Dd6 20.f4 gxf3 21.Lxf3 Lb5 22.Le2 Lc6 23.Tf6 Tdf8 24.Txf8+ Dxf8 25.Lf3 Dd6 26.Dg5 d4 27.Lxc6 bxc6 28.Dg6 Td8 29.Dxe6+ Dxe6 30.Txe6 Kc7 31.Kf1 Tb8 32.Te2 Kd6 33.c4 Tf8+ 34.Ke1 Tf5 35.Kd2 Tf1 36.Kd3 Td1+ 37.Ke4 Tf1 38.Kd3 Td1+ 39.Ke4 Tf1 40.b3 a5 41.Kd3 Tc1 42.Ke4 a4 43.Kf5 Tc3 44.h4 axb3 45.axb3 Te3 46.Tf2 Tg3 47.Te2 Tg4 48.Te6+ Kd7 49.Tf6 Txh4 50.Ke5 Kc7 51.b4 d3 52.bxc5 Txc4 53.Tf7+ Kb8 54.Td7 Txc5+ 55.Ke4 Td5 0-1

Wie man es von Watson gewohnt ist, schreibt er offen und ehrlich über Vorzüge aber auch gewissen Risiken bei bestimmten Varianten. Am Ende von jedem vorgestellten System findet man eine Zusammenfassung und eine allgemeine Bewertung über Risiken, Chancen und anderen Faktoren.


Man muss nicht immer der allgemein gültigen Theorie folgen um Erfolg zu haben, auch kleine giftige Seitenwege führen manchmal zum Ziel. Wer seinen Gegner überraschen oder sein vorhandenes Französischrepertoire mit neuen Ideen aufwerten will, der ist mit diesem Buch sicherlich gut beraten.

Mit freundlicher Genehmigung

Martin Rieger, www.freechess.de