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The French Winawer: Move by Move (English Edition) [Format Kindle]

Steve Giddins

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This series provides an ideal platform to study chess openings. By continually challenging the reader to answer probing questions throughout the book, the Move by Move format greatly encourages the learning and practising of vital skills just as much as the traditional assimilation of opening knowledge. Carefully selected questions and answers are designed to keep you actively involved and allow you to monitor your progress as you learn. This is an excellent way to study any chess opening and at the same time improve your general chess skills and knowledge.

The Winawer is a very popular choice amongst French Defence players. It enjoys a sound reputation and reaches positions rich in possibilities for both players. It offers Black the opportunity to enter sharp, dynamic lines, such as the notorious Poisoned Pawn Variation, as well as lines which are more strategic in nature. In this book, FIDE Master Steve Giddins invites you to join him in studying the French Winawer, an opening which he has played for over 25 years, and its many variations. He examines instructive games, covers the most important lines and provides answers to all the key questions.

* Essential guidance and training in the French Winawer
* Important ideas absorbed by continued practice
* Utilizes an ideal approach to chess study

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  • Editeur : Everyman Chess (12 février 2013)
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 Good Instruction, Poor Organization 13 février 2013
Par Glenn E. Mitchell II - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
I downloaded this for the Kindle today. I have not worked through the text yet. Not close. I did work through the first game.

The analysis is consistent with what I expect from IM Giddings previous work. Very competent. It's also consistent with the Move-By-Move series from Everyman. The analysis avoids long variations. Uses a chatty Q&A format, which I like and find instructive.

This is the first title in the Move-By-Move series where the organization disappoints me. There are no chapters. Well, OK, there are 25 chapters. One for each game. But no thematic chapters. The presentation of concepts is also left somewhat wanting as a result of this lack of chapters, too.

Instead of chapters with meaningful names and some introductory thematic discussion, you get this sort of thing

"4 e5 Certainly the main move, although White has no fewer than five alternatives, of varying degrees of respectability. These fourth move alternatives are examined in Games 23-25."

Why not chapters like "The Poison Pawn" or "The Armenian (5...Ba5)"?

The result feels like the book was rushed. Worse, for the Kindle version, there is not even a list of variations at the end of the book. The reader has no clue which variation is discussed in which game.

I can see this sort of organzation in a collection of games by a World Champion like Botvinnik or Fischer. But, in a book designed to introduce players to an opening, well that's just poor form, in my opinion.

I own all of the current volumes in this series, and this book's organization really stands apart. IM Giddings did a better job of organizing the material with The English Move By Move. Again, there wasn't a lot of discussion tying things together in that volume, but at least there were meaningful chapter titles.

By way of contrast from Everyman . . . Andreas Tzermiadianos does a very nice job of explaining the middlegame plans and resulting endgames from the Tarrasch in How to Beat the French: An Essential Guide to the Tarrasch. Some material along those lines would be very helpful.

Perhaps I'll have more to say, after I work through more of the book.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Possibly the most didactic opening book out there 8 avril 2013
Par Goosemeyer - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Broché|Achat vérifié
This is a truly wonderful book. I think it is my favorite opening book of all. I have a strong bias in favor of didactic material over information and this might be the most instructive opening book around. There is no meandering - it is all business. You should consider that it is a Move by Move book and so is targeted for something like 1600-2000 rating range and the instruction is perfect for this range. I bought this with no intention of playing the Winawer as Black but I'm hooked. It is quite inspirational.

Now there are a few mental hurdles to jump before you can fully appreciate this one. Firstly, looking at the contents you will simply see a list of games, one per chapter, with no attempt to categorize by pawn structures, or variation or anything. Like some other reviewers this was disturbing to me because it's not what I was expecting. But don't panic - it makes perfect sense given how the book is written. Giddins takes us on a journey through the history of the opening, point and counterpoint, thrust and counter thrust, as the greats explore the landscape of the opening in search of an advantage. The structures aren't introduced in a static way but as they arise out of the discussion between the champions of both sides of the opening. You not only learn "how" to play a closed structure (after, say, ...c4) but when and why the position is closed.

Secondly, this is not a theory book at all, and there is very little material on the sharp Poisoned Pawn variations. There is a reason for this too - the opening is inherently an unbalanced positional opening, and it is only the search for advantage that has led to the super sharp 7.Qg4 positions. The positional Winawer makes an awful lot of sense and is explicable by someone of Giddins' talents. The critical Poisoned Pawn variations are wild and irrational, and not really amenable to non-concrete analysis, and so Giddins doesn't dwell on them. This seems appropriate for the targeted audience.

What you are left with after reading this book is, considering the audience, a remarkable understanding of piece placement, plans, decision points and motifs. After finishing this I looked at Play the French 4 and I could actually make some sense of it. Beforehand, not so much. And it is there you will find the theory if you are so hungry for it. Moskalenko's books are much more accessible, but they too took on new meaning for me.

Read it, enjoy it, and play it. For White and Black, there could be no better introduction to the positional Winawer.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 instructive 11 mars 2013
Par Chess Master - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Broché|Achat vérifié
I like the Everyman Move by Move series of openings books. They are usually presented at a moderately high level, but do not overwhelm with variations. This author's writing style and annotations are quite enjoyable and instructive, and I like this book very much. However, there are a few weaknesses worth pointing out.

First, there are 25 "core" games that are analyzed, with many other games listed in the notes to these games. It might have been easier to read, and more instructive, if some of these other games had been analyzed separately, and perhaps in a little more depth. For example, game 17 goes on for 19 pages, and includes game scores of at least a dozen other games, in addition to move analysis.
These game scores are welcome, but why not analyze some of them as separate games?

More importantly, I found it odd that only about 25% of the book, and only 4 of the 25 core games, dealt with 7. Qg4, the most popular and critical line of the Winawer, while about half of the book dealth with 7. Nf3/a4, even though these two moves are played, in aggregate, about half as often as Qg4. Also, in my opinion, they don't generally lead to as tactical or complicated (or interesting) positions as 7. Qg4.

I also found an odd annotation on page 164, where the author states that at the end of a given line, "Black's extra pawn (soon to be two) plus initiative adds up to the advantage", seeming to overlook that white has an extra piece. With best play it appears black can win the piece back at the cost of a pawn, but no variation is given, and his advantage appears to be very slight.

Nonetheless, I recommend this book for anyone interested in this opening, subject to the caveats above. It is an entertaining and instructive read. I'm still not sure that the opening is totally sound at the very highest level, but it can be a fun opening to play at the amateur level.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Another Move by Move Classic 16 février 2014
Par WBS - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Broché
This is a measured, informative, and lucid exposition of the Winawer. It more than fulfills the expectations that the "Move by Move" series has created. I suspect that Mr. Giddins's long stay and training in Russia has something to do with the sober objectivity that characterizes his writing.
The existence of great opening books such as this actually annoys me in light of the time that I wasted some ten or twenty years ago on the comparatively useless treatises then available to me -- back when I had time and a young mind to devote serious study to chess. Well, I hope the young and young-in-mind appreciate what unprecedented training opportunities they now have thanks to books such as these. You get games based on all the main variations with commentary explaining the positional ideas in a way even beginners can understand. Enjoy.
5.0 étoiles sur 5 Spot on presentation.... 9 août 2013
Par Broadmeadow - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
As a whole I like the Move by Move series. Specifically I found this book very understandable and the presentation adds an interesting little twist to it. There's a sense of learning the history of the variation and the ideas. That gives it a bit more grounding and anchoring. One other critic complained that the book wasn't organized by variation type and that's a legitimate complaint but it would require that the book be rewritten and lose some of that sense of the evolution of the Winawer French.

A good example is the black push of his pawn to c4. It is pointed out that this used to be considered essential due to the threats white was presenting but that in later years it was found that the tension could be kept in the center and that move delayed. So early on it goes through games with the pawn push and shows the advantages and problems it creates. It also shows when you might push the pawn anyway if white plays differently.

I'm getting a real sense of understanding the layers and evolution of the opening and not just the variations.
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