Crushing White – The French Defense – GM Damian Lemos

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LEMOSBEFThe French Defense is one of the most powerful weapons for black against 1. e4, based on an incredibly solid positional foundation that guarantees a minimum of fighting equality if not more for black from the opening.

In the chess DVD ¨Crushing White – The French Defense¨ GM Damian Lemos shares his years of experience and intimate knowledge of the French Defense with the help of presenter FM Will Stewart.

GM Lemos is one of the world`s leading experts on the French Defense and has effectively employed this chess opening at the higher levels for many years.

This chess DVD teaches viewers the fundamentals of this solid opening system and progresses to deeper ideas that Lemos has researched and often used in his own games.

By only focusing on his preferred systems instead of every single variation in the French Defense, GM Lemos is able to narrow down the scope of the DVD and present quality recommendations in every mainline and sideline.

The French Defense is a comprehensive response for black against 1. e4 and this chess DVD will teach you not just equalize with black in the opening, but fight for the win!

In the French Defense white almost always obtains a space advantage in the very first moves, however black is frequently dictating the course of play by energetically counterattacking white`s extended pawn structure.

If you are looking to add a complete and effective weapon to your opening repertoire for black against 1. e4, this 3-hour chess DVD is guaranteed to provide you with the tools that you will need to succeed – focusing on combining sound positional concepts with highly creative attacking patterns to CRUSH WHITE!


Chapter 1 – Brief Introduction

Chapter 2 – Advance Variation with 3. e5

1. e4 e6 2. d4 d5 3. e5 c5 4. c3 Qb6 5. Nf3 Nc6 6. a3

1. e4 e6 2. d4 d5 3. e5 c5 4. c3 Qb6 5. Nf3 Nc6 6. Be2

1. e4 e6 2. d4 d5 3. e5 c5 4. c3 Qb6 5. Nf3 Nc6 6. Bd3

Chapter 3 – Paulsen Variation with 3. Nc3

1. e4 e6 2. d4 d5 3. Nc3 Nf6 4. e5

2. e4 e6 2. d4 d5 3. Nc3 Nf6 4. Bg5

Chapter 4 – Tarrasch Variation with 3. Nd2

1. e4 e6 2. d4 d5 3. Nd2 c5 4. exd5

Chapter 5 – The Exchange Variation

1. e4 e6 2. d4 d5 3. exd5

Additional information

Weight 0.3 lbs


Running time

3 hours 14 minutes


H. 264, mp4, compatible with all PC and Apple Devices


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7 reviews for Crushing White – The French Defense – GM Damian Lemos

  1. Rated 4 out of 5

    klassa (verified owner)

    This is a great DVD!! Before watching this I had been considering switching to the French Defense, but after watching I did, and have had many great successes.

  2. Rated 4 out of 5

    shakespeare (verified owner)

    As an e4 player I am quite often faced with the French – and I hardly ever loose since I studied thoroughly the 3 DVDs of Kasimdhanov. I bought this DVD to see it from the black side – maybe to prepare against some new lines – well made DVD – but to play the French myself if there is 2.c5 – even after this DVD – nope 🙂

  3. Rated 5 out of 5

    Calvin Hori

    GM Damien Lemos and NM Will Stewart do a great job of explaining the nuances of the French Defence. Rather than focusing on the theoretical aspects of this complex opening, they explain the ideas and concepts behind the variations so the typical club player can better understand how to formulate his strategy to gain the upper hand against the White player.

  4. Rated 5 out of 5

    Charkov P

    I was having some doubts about the French Defense but after watch this DVD (GM Damian Lemos and the FM William Stewart) I decided to try it since then I have had great success. Highly recommended!

  5. Rated 5 out of 5

    Jake O

    I just didn’t know what I was doing wrong now thank you to the explanations of the GM Damian Lemos on the 2nd chapter with all the advanced variations helped me to improve and success in all my games.

  6. Rated 4 out of 5

    danragatz (verified owner)

    This is a pretty good overview of the French with a lot of good insight into black plans and themes. I only have two suggestions to improve it: 1) It would be nice to have a pgn file with all of the games that were covered in the DVDs, as it is hard to find some of the games. 2) I would like a way to email the presenters with questions about the lines they recommend. For instance, in the 1. e4 e6 2. d4 d5 3. Nc3 Nf6 4. Bg5 line they only cover 2 possibilities for white, but in practice I’ve had a lot of trouble when white plays Qe2 and castles queenside, which isn’t covered at all.

  7. Rated 4 out of 5

    Brian (verified owner)

    There should be pgn files made available for the games and lines demonstrated. Apart from that, a sound and useful approach for black.

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