The French Defence - Structures, Tactics and plans Vol.1 & 2 plus Powerbook/base

The French Defence is an opening with a marked strategic character, but it also offers rich tactical possibilities to both sides. This video course is aimed as a tactical guide for Black, featuring the most typical combinations for the French structures. The reader is also invited to find combinations delivered by White, in order to become aware of the possible dangers. For virtually all types of white combinations, the video course features symmetrical equivalents for Black, but also tests how Black can withstand the White aggression.

Video course 1

41 Games are presented with more than 100 questions to solve. Themes: Tactics involving the h7/2-. g7/2- and f7/2-pawn, the pawn break f4-f5, the counter move g7-g5.

• Video running time: 4 hours 50 Minutes (English)
• With interactive training including video feedback
• Extra: Training with ChessBase apps - Play key positions against Fritz on various levels

Video course 2

38 Games are presented with more than 100 questions to solve. Themes: Pawn Chains (e6, d5, c4; e5, d4, b2), The French Isolani and The French Bishop.

• Video running time: 4 hours (English)
• With interactive training including video feedback
• Extra: Training with ChessBase apps - Play key positions against Fritz on various levels

French Powerbook

For the French Powerbook top-quality material was used: 870,000 games from the Mega and from correspondence chess, plus 655,000 games from the playchess.com engine room. The statistics in the Winawer, particularly in the sharp line 7.Qg4 Qc7, are hardly appealing for Black, and they help to understand why the top players use this set-up only very rarely. In huge contrast to the Steinitz Variation 3.Nc3 Nf6. E.g. the line 4.e5 Nfd7 5.f4 c5 6.Nf3 Nc6 7.Be3 which currently is the most popular continuation for both sides

Here 7...cxd4 is still the most popular move but there is a trend to play 7...Be7 and particularly 7...a6 – which is already the most often played move in the online database.

In the Steinitz Variation White has only a few promising alternatives but Black has a number of good options to deviate. For instance with 7...a6 8.Qd2 Be7 9.Be2 b5 10.0-0 0-0.

The statistics in the Powerbook for this line are based on almost 24,000 games while the online database has little more than a 1,000 games with this variation.

French Powerbase

The 659 selected annotated games offer excellent study materials. Top players such as Carlsen (2 annotated games), Caruana (5), Anand (4), So (2), Radjabov (2), Nepomniachtchi (1), Karjakin (1), Harikrishna (1), Navara (1), Vitiugov (2) analysed their games, plus French experts like Marin (46), Edouard (31), Sadorra (28), Atalik (23) and Berg (23). All in all, there are 10.275 such games and they do have a rating-average of at least 2580 (except games with annotations and those of French experts).

 A double click on the database loads the games overview. A further double click loads the relevant game. The tab Players lets you sort the games according to frequency (with the tab Total). This helps to take a closer look at games from players such as Shirov (an expert for White) or Meier, Kortschnoj and Volkov.

The games can be played through or further investigated with an engine or a Powerbook.


bundle contains:

This is what is delivered:

  • Fritztrainer App for Windows and Mac
  • Available as download or on DVD
  • Video course with a running time of approx. 4-8 hrs.
  • Repertoire database: save and integrate Fritztrainer games into your own repertoire (in WebApp Opening or in ChessBase)
  • Interactive exercises with video feedback: the authors present exercises and key positions, the user has to enter the solution. With video feedback (also on mistakes) and further explanations.
  • Sample games as a ChessBase database.
  • New: many Fritztrainer now also available as stream in the ChessBase video portal!

That's what the FritzTrainer App can do for you:

  • Videos can run in the Fritztrainer app or in the ChessBase program with board graphics, notation and a large function bar
  • Analysis engine can be switched on at any time
  • Video pause for manual navigation and analysis in game notation
  • Input of your own variations, engine analysis, with storage in the game
  • Learn variations: view specific lines in the ChessBase WebApp Opening with autoplay, memorize variations and practise transformation (initial position - final position).
  • Active opening training: selected opening positions are transferred to the ChessBase WebApp Fritz-online. In a match against Fritz you test your new knowledge and actively play the new opening.

Even more possibilities: Start FritzTrainer in the ChessBase program!

  • The database with all games and analyses can be opened directly.
  • Games can be easily added to the opening reference.
  • Direct evaluation with game reference, games can be replayed on the analysis board
  • Your own variations are saved and can be added to the own repertoire
  • Replay training
  • LiveBook active
  • All engines installed in ChessBase can be started for the analysis
  • Assisted Analysis
  • Print notation and diagrams (for worksheets)

Sample video


    The French Defence - Structures, Tactics and plans Vol.1

  • Introduction
  • Sacrifice on h7/2, g7/2, f7/2 Part 1
  • Introduction
  • Example 1: Svidler-Renner
  • Example 2: Sax-Timman
  • Example 3: Lopez-Perez
  • Example 4: Iordachescu-Dvirnyy
  • Example 5: Rjumin-Alatortsev
  • Example 6: Braga-Van Riemsdijk
  • Example 7: Menvielle-Ljobojevic
  • Example 8: Nestorovic-Gleizerov
  • Example 9: Bialas-Uhlmann
  • Example 10: Mikhailovich-Anfimogenov
  • Sacrifice on h7/2, g7/2, f7/2 Part 2
  • Example 11: Luecke-Lputjan
  • Example 12: Solodovnichenko-Ramiro
  • Example 13: Smirnov-Popov
  • Example 14: Atlas-Sermier
  • Example 15: Gikas-Andersen
  • Example 16: Paehtz-Macek
  • Example 17: Parligras-Bluebaum
  • Example 18: Conquest-Gurevich
  • Example 19: Nezhmetdinov-Lein
  • Example 20: Gurevich-Grigorian
  • Sacrifice on h7/2, g7/2, f7/2 Part 3
  • Example 21: De Jesus-Sadorra
  • Example 22: Bogdanovich-Zhukova
  • Example 23: Mazi-Genocchio
  • Example 24: Tiviakov-Lieb
  • Example 25: Vuckovic-Grischuk
  • Example 26: Yevseev-Rashkovsk
  • Example 27: Beilin-Chistiakov
  • The pawn break with f4-f5
  • Introduction
  • Example 1: Potucek-Keey
  • Example 2: Hamdouchi-Gurevich
  • Example 3: Kuczynsky-Matlak
  • Example 4: Lilienthal-Ragozin
  • Example 5: Stevic-Kortschnoj
  • Example 6: Inarkiev-Gordievsky
  • Example 7: Zelcic-Riazantsev
  • Example 8: Caruana-Bluebaum
  • Example 9: Predojevic-Kotsur
  • Countering with g7-g5
  • Introduction
  • Example 1: Euwe-Castaldi
  • Example 2: Zsedenyi-Portisch
  • Example 3: Padevsky-Portisch
  • Example 4: Honfi-Portisch
  • Example 5: Popilsky-Marin

    The French Defence - Structures, Tactics and plans Vol.2

  • Introduction
  • Sacrifice vs the pawn chain: e6-d5-c4
  • Introduction
  • Example 1: Parma-Gulbrandsen
  • Example 2: Petrosian-Vocaturo
  • Example 3: Almasi-Knaak
  • Example 4: Reti-Spielmann
  • Example 5: Fuchs-Richter
  • Example 6: Hug-Portisch
  • Example 7: Khalifman-Gulko
  • Example 8: Efimenko-Socko
  • Example 9: Ni-Hua Pham
  • Example 10: Pillsbury-Lasker
  • Example 11: Kortschnoj-Udovcic
  • Example 12: Georgiev-Borngaesser
  • Example 13: Saric-Batchuluun
  • Sacrifice vs the pawn chain: e5-d4-c3-b2
  • Introduction
  • Example 1: Schories-Zander
  • Example 2: Bartuszat-Kuebart
  • Example 3: Reshevsky-Vaganian
  • Example 4: Gotschall-Tarrasch
  • Example 5: Vorobets-Matskevic
  • Example 6: Paavilainen-Vaisser
  • Example 7: Mista-Navara
  • Example 8: Volf-Horak
  • Example 9: De Rosa-Marin
  • The "French Bishop" Bc8
  • Introduction
  • Example 1: Spassky-Kortschnoj
  • Example 2: Kovalev-Lupulescu
  • Example 3: Tal-Wiedenkeller
  • Example 4: Rozentalis-Satyapragyan
  • Example 5: Zherebukh-Sadorra
  • Example 6: Matsenko-Savenkov
  • The "French Isolani"
  • Introduction
  • Example 1: Simacek-Jobava
  • Example 2: Baches-Marin
  • Example 3: Stanec-Eingorn
  • Example 4: Xie-Kortschnoj
  • Example 5: Sigurjonsson-Uhlmann
  • Example 6: Velimirovic-Uhlmann
  • Example 7: Solak-Nevednichy
  • Example 8: Donchev-Eingorn
  • Example 9: Hansen-Agdestein
  • Example 10: Malovanyi-Marin
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