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amleto 10 ( +1 | -1 )
Good book for French def Hi,
I was just wondering if anyone has some knowledge of a good book for the French defense?

atrifix 29 ( +1 | -1 )
Play the French by Watson is great, and Mastering the French by Neil McDonald is also very good. Uhlmann's Winning with the French is a must. Other than those, you can buy books on specific variations, but those will give you the best ideas of how to play the French.
than77 32 ( +1 | -1 )
Emms, Pedersen John Emms has a book out on the Tarrasch that I think is really good (Batsford) A
lot of explanations of positional ideas rather than just theory. Also, Steffen
Pedersen's 2 part series (Gambit) is pretty comprehensive. Vol 1 covers the
Classical, winawer, MacCutcheon etc and Vol 2 covers the Advance and Tarrasch.

Au revoir...
rayape 4 ( +1 | -1 )
how to win try how to win with the french by raymond c kuehl jr
brucehum 56 ( +1 | -1 )
The Complete French 'The Complete French' by Psakhis is very well considered. Very difficult to find. It was recommended to me by a GM who plays the French exclusively against 1.e4

Now Psakhis is bringing out a new set of books on the french: (searched in Amazon)
-"French Defence 3.Nd2" should be out since October.
-"Advance and Other Anti-French variations" will be out February 2004
-"French Defence 3.Nc3" will be out March 2004

Watson's "play the French" will soon have a 3rd edition, so maybe waiting for it is a good idea.

Also, we have the 'Starting Out: The French' if you want basic ideas.
neosporin 20 ( +1 | -1 )
the french defence RHM Press
by svetozar gligoric with the collaboration of
wolfgang uhlmann,intro by botvinnik,contibution by karpov.
this and the other books above ought to keep you busy.