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

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.

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


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


  • 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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