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French Defence Advance Variation
French Defence Advance Variation

French Defence Advance Variation

Volume One

Progress in Chess


176 Pages, 6 x 9

Formats: Trade Paper

Trade Paper, $29.95 (US $29.95) (CA $32.95)

Publication Date: April 2008

ISBN 9783283005238

Rights: US, CA, LAM, SAM & CAR

Edition Olms (Apr 2008)

Price: $29.95


The well-known grandmaster and theoretician Evgeny Sveshnikov has used the Closed Variation (1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.e5) more than 150 times in tournament play, with a score of more than 70 percent. Many theoretically important games have been excluded by the author from official chess databases, and here they are exclusively published for the first time. Volume 1 of this two volume set includes an historical overview of the Closed Variation; plans for White and Black on the basis of thoroughly annotated games, a lesson on the blockade, and 70 test positions.


"I consider this book to be a real manual, original in its conception and excellent in its execution. It not only teaches you how to play a specific variation of the French Defence, but it also helps you understand many strategic ideas and their practical application in the middlegame, which for the majority of players is even more important."  —Anatoly Karpov, 12th world chess champion

Author Biography

Evgeny Sveshnikov is an International Grandmaster of chess, and a chess writer.