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Post by fanat on October 26th 2009, 10:28 pm

I've just started Month 9. I'm not doing the work for the main module just yet but ICS started to cover the French Defence in detail and I am definitely starting to take a look at this.

My question is for the people who saw the material ICS provided for the French Defence in Month 9. I don't have a lot of experience with the French but it seems that the lines ICS recommends are a bit aggressive vs. the main lines?

Am I impression correct?

What does everybody think about the French material in general?

Am I better off with a book like "Play the French", "Flexible French" or "How to play against e4". Or ICS material is worth studying in detail?
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Re: French Defence lines by ICS

Post by Blue Devil Knight on October 27th 2009, 9:15 am

What do they recommend?

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Re: French Defence lines by ICS

Post by fanat on October 27th 2009, 3:08 pm

So far I've only looked at the advanced French.

They recommend 5...Bd7. NO Qb6 in most variations and early f6 breaks!
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Post by Blue Devil Knight on October 27th 2009, 3:53 pm

Wow that is badass. No experience here, I thought you meant French from white's perspective Smile

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Re: French Defence lines by ICS

Post by Bilbo on October 27th 2009, 7:19 pm

I get Month 9 in a couple weeks so havn't seen it yet. It's probably consistent with their usual recommendations of choosing something slightly unusual to throw your opponent a little.

I've not had the chance to play many of their lines in OTB play as I rely on my tried and trusted QGD and 1.e5 and 1.d5 as Black but those openings that I have used tend to work out pretty well.

I liked their KID material and I've thrashed many people online with their Nc3 Dutch in under 20 moves, that seems a great little system if an opponent is unprepared.

If you want to play the French I'd play their lines, your paying for the course so you may as well use it.

So far I'm using their reportoire for the Indian Defences, basically anything after 1.d4 Nf6, apart from 2....e6 and Black transposing into a QGD or Queens Indian.

I intend to study their Catalan material though as I feel much of their White reportoire is built around that, the Slav lines and Benoni for example are all structured to match up with the Catalan.

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Re: French Defence lines by ICS

Post by fanat on October 28th 2009, 9:10 am

Bilbo wrote:I get Month 9 in a couple weeks so havn't seen it yet. It's probably consistent with their usual recommendations of choosing something slightly unusual to throw your opponent a little.

I've not had the chance to play many of their lines in OTB play as I rely on my tried and trusted QGD and 1.e5 and 1.d5 as Black but those openings that I have used tend to work out pretty well.

I liked their KID material and I've thrashed many people online with their Nc3 Dutch in under 20 moves, that seems a great little system if an opponent is unprepared.

If you want to play the French I'd play their lines, your paying for the course so you may as well use it.

So far I'm using their reportoire for the Indian Defences, basically anything after 1.d4 Nf6, apart from 2....e6 and Black transposing into a QGD or Queens Indian.

I also plan to study and use Catalan in the future but it might be a while. Catalans is a very sophisticated opening that requires players to have good positional understanding. I'm not there yet but I'm quickly progressing. For now I play the English.

The good thing about the Catalan is that you don't need to study huge amount of separate theory on NID/QID but you still have to study on how to face the Slav! But I will have to do that anyway even with English.

I intend to study their Catalan material though as I feel much of their White reportoire is built around that, the Slav lines and Benoni for example are all structured to match up with the Catalan.
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Re: French Defence lines by ICS

Post by Bilbo on November 9th 2009, 6:03 am

I got Month 9 over the weekend.

I havn't looked through the recommendations in the French yet but the sheer volume of material is very impressive.

I think it's something like 22 pages against 3.e5 and another 15 or so against 3. Nc3 with another month to come.
This makes the French Defence overwhelmingly their most thorough and detailed opening investigation.

So far the only openings I have studied are the white 1.d4 Indian openings. There the ICS team manage to cram a fair bit of information into just two pages on average for each opening line so having around 50 on one opening in one month will really flesh out the opening in depth.

I think next season I will definitely look at taking up the French, very impressed with the scope of their coverage. I just wish the Semi Slav had a bit more.

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