French Defense – Advance Variation & Sidelines – GM Mihail Marin

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Overview

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french defense advance variationIn this database from Modern Chess, GM Mihail Marin deals mainly with 2 of best White’s alternatives on the very first moves: the Advance and Exchange Variations. He is providing adequate antidotes, both based on strategical ground and by concrete ideas or move orders.

The included material resembles a small encyclopedia from Black’s point of view.

It is structured into 25 chapters.

The last 9 are covering the less popular continuations on move 2, as well as the unusual ways of defending the attacked central pawn after 2.d4 d5 in the final one.

Before them, another 5 are devoted to its exchange – 3.exd5 exd5.

The author examines both the symmetrical position after 4.Nf3 Nf6 (chapters 12-15) and 4.c4 (chapter 16), by which White shows readiness to play with an isolated central pawn himself.

The database starts with a review of 3.e5 and the explanation that “The Advance/Nimzovich System is the third most important way to meet the French. By defining the central structure at once, White strongly restricts Black’s possibilities, which may be psychologically effective against players who prefer to answer 3.Nd2 and 3.Nc3 with 3…dxe4 or other lines with an open center”. In reply Marin recommends 3…c5.

About the Author

Mihail Marin is a Romanian chess Grandmaster and a very popular chess coach and author. Marin’s first major success in international chess was qualifying for the Interzonal in 1987.

He has won the Romanian Championships on three occasions and has played in the Chess Olympiads ten times, winning a bronze individual medal in 1988. For several years he was editor of the magazine Chess Extra press.

french defense marin advanceGM Mihail Marin is one of the most respected coaches in the world today having trained the young Judit Polgar and being praised for his ability to explain deep chess truths in a way improving players can understand.

Content Outline

1. Introduction
2. Chapter 1 – Advance Variation – Sidelines on Move 4
3. Chapter 2 – Advance Variation – 4.Nf3
4. Chapter 3 – Advance Variation – Sidelines on moves 5 and 6
5. Chapter 4 – Advance Variation – 6.Bd3
6. Chapter 5 – Advance Variation – 6.Na3
7. Chapter 6 – Advance Variation – 6.Be2 (Part 1)
8. Chapter 7 – Advance Variation – 6.Be2 (Part 2)
9. Chapter 8 – Advance Variation – 6.a3 – Sidelines
10. Chapter 9 – Advance Variation – 6.a3 & 8.Be2
11. Chapter 10 – Advance Variation – 8.g3 (Part 1)
12. Chapter 11 – Advance Variation – 8.g3 (Part 2)
13. Chapter 12 – Exchange Variation – Introduction
14. Chapter 13 – Exchange Variation – 5.Bg5
15. Chapter 14 – Exchange Variation – 5.Bd3 (Part 1)
16. Chapter 15 – Exchange Variation – 5.Bd3 (Part 2)
17. Chapter 16 – Miezis Variation
18. Chapter 17 – 2.Nf3 d5 3.e5
19. Chapter 18 – 2.Nf3 d5 3.Nc3
20. Chapter 19 – 2.b3
21. Chapter 20 – 2.f4 d5 3.e5
22. Chapter 21 – 2.Nf3 d5 3.Nc3
23. Chapter 22 – 2.d3 & 7.Nc3
24. Chapter 23 – 2.d3 & 7.c4
25. Chapter 24 – 2.d3 & 7.Nbd2
26. Chapter 25 – Odds and Ends
27. Update (January 2020) – L’Ami, Erwin – Shirov, Alexei
28. Update (January 2020) – De Rosa, Mariagrazia – Marin, Mihail

What You’ll Get

  • Fully annotated PGN file with 25+ games, examples, and tests so you can get the most out of Marin’s lessons.
  • A 39-page eBook full of theory, examples, and useful ideas to play the Advance Variation of the French Defense.

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