The French Defence is one of the most popular and reliable responses to 1.e4. Black invites his opponent to gain space in the centre, with the intention of undermining the enemy position and launching a counterattack. Although the amount of theory has expanded in recent years, the French often leads to positions where positional and strategic understanding prove more relevant than long sequences of computer-generated moves.
Grandmaster Repertoire 15 ? The French Defence 2 covers the most critical variation of the Winawer, which occurs after the opening moves 1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.e5 c5 5.a3 Bxc3? 6.bxc3 Ne7 7.Qg4.
This volume presents three contrasting ways of meeting White?s aggressive opening system: 7...cxd4 leading to the notorious Winawer Poisoned Pawn; 7...0?0 8.Bd3 f5, a solid yet strategically complex system; and 7...0?0 8.Bd3 Nbc6, which leads to a tense, full-blooded battle.
Emanuel Berg is a Swedish grandmaster with a peak rating of 2627. Twice Swedish Champion, he is known both for his aggressive playing style and for his thorough opening preparation. He is a lifelong devotee of the French Defence, having played it successfully for more than two decades.