IM Andrew Martin Presents: The French Defense, Rubinstein Variation

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IM Andrew Martin states that former World Chess Champion Mikhail Botvinnik described the French Defense as a difficult and dangerous opening, although IM Martin still believes the French Defense to be a very versatile and effective opening weapon for beginner and intermediate players. In the below chess video excerpt from the chess DVD ¨French Defense, Rubinstein Variation: Busy Man’s Chess Openings¨ IM Andrew Martin presents the main benefits of focusing specifically on the Rubinstein Variation of the French Defense while explaining the main ideas. Although black does simplify the position with the early 1. e4 e6 2. d4 d5 3. Nc3 (Nd2) dxe4 – IM Martin demonstrates how black is able to not just achieve an equal game, but fight for an advantage early in the opening and middlegame. In the below chess video excerpt, IM Martin analyzes a highly instructive game played by Super-GM Hikaru Nakamura recently in 2006 against GM Alexander Ivanov.

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