VECO – Vol#7 The French Tarrasch

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The French Defense is a semi-closed chess opening for Black which occurs after the moves 1.e4 e6

It is one of the most trusted openings in chess, popular at all levels from beginner to strong grandmasters.

The French Defense has been used relied upon by both the great chess masters of history and many leading grandmasters today as a main weapon for Black.

Veco – Vol#7 The French Tarrasch

The French Tarrasch variation begins with the moves 1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nd2. (diagram)

This is a flexible setup for White, named after Siegbert Tarrasch.

This variation with 3.Nd2 became popular in the 1970s and 1980s when Anatoly Karpov often played it to great effect, such as in the famous 1974 Candidates final match against Viktor Korchnoi.

In this course you will access the work of 2 great coaches, IM Robert Ris and GM Mihail Marin, who will provide you with a full set of weapons to  succesfully face the French Defense with this 3.Nd2 variation.

About the Authors: 

Robert Ris

Ris is a Dutch International Master who learned how to play chess from his father when he was eight years old, and started playing in SV Amstelveen. In 2002 he started playing for SC Utrecht, and, later, in other clubs.

In the same year, he also won the Open Dutch Youth Chess Championship, which he had also won the D category (up to 12 years) in 1999. Ris has been an international chess coach since 2007. He was also part of the selection of Young Orange.

GM Mihail Marin

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.

GM 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.

How is this course going to help me?

So Black has tried several responses over the years, get to know them with these super coaches!

The French Tarrasch 3…Nf6

Veco – Vol#7 The French Tarrasch

3… Nf6 aims to keep the center closed, IM Ris will cover the line after 4.e5 Nfd7 and we get into a pawn chain central formation where we will learn a typical Knight maneuver as the f3 square is ofter kept free for the Queen’s Knight! And also the general ideas of play with and against a pawn chain will be shown by IM Ris.

Other possibilities for Black are moves like 3…c5, and 3…Be7, both covered in the following chapters.


The French Tarrasch 3…a6

Veco – Vol#7 The French Tarrasch

So Black can try playing directly with 3…c5 but also 3…a6 preventing 4.Bb5+ is a possibility, here GM Marin will show us an important tabiya for this variation that will help us to understand way better the several lines and possibilities for white.

Also, GM Mihail Marin takes a look at how play can develop when Black plays 3…c5, and 3…Nc6.

PLUS over 300 GM games in the French Tarrasch…

We’ve put together a 300+ game PGN of recent (2019-) games in the French Tarrasch – the perfect resource for finding new ideas once you’ve mastered everything in this course.

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Chapter Content:

  • Lesson 1 – Tarrasch 3…Nf6 – IM Robert Ris
  • Lesson 2 – Tarrasch 3…c5 – IM Robert Ris
  • Lesson 3 – Tarrasch 3…Be7 – IM Robert Ris
  • Lesson 4 – Tarrasch 3…a6 – GM Mihail Marin
  • Lesson 5 – Tarrasch 3…c5 – GM Mihail Marin
  • Lesson 6 – Tarrasch 3…Nc6 – GM Mihail Marin