Renowned coach IM Marcin Sieciechowicz reveals…
Looking for an opening for Black that allows you to build an unbreakable defense against White, the French Defense is here for you.
The French Defense is the epitome of solidity and resilience. It is one of the most successful openings for Black and has an excellent score against White in chess databases.
When you are playing the French, the game result is statistically in your favor.
Good news for someone who plays serious chess, whether as a club player or at an advanced level.
What really makes the French Defense special? You are playing to create imbalances from get go. You are playing for a freakin’ WIN, my friend.
With an uneven advantage on the queenside, ready attack on weak pawns, and locking of the center (at times!) … you are setting up the position for a c5 or a f6 breakthrough.
Do you love slow games where your opponents feel like they are being squeezed out of life by a python?
Do you love to keep fiddling with pieces unless your opponent just gives up and breaks his own position?
Are you a positional chess junkie? The French Defense is a must-have weapon in your opening repertoire.
If yes, then IM Sieciechowicz is here for you with his exclusive course on the French Defense… only for those are brave enough to wield it.
The 10-hour video course covers the most important variations, with practical examples from games of top-level grandmasters, and shows how to break apart White’s 1.e4 with ease.
Got a big tournament coming up? It’s time to ‘French’ up!
Is this course for you?
To answer this question, you must ask yourself what kind of chess player you are.
If you look for sacrifices in every move you make, this opening is definitely not for you.
However, if you are a budding chess player who aims to progress to the expert level and play against the elites at the highest level, this opening should be a part of your repertoire.
It is one of the most trusted openings in chess, popular at all levels from beginner to strong grandmasters.
It was used by the likes of Botvinnik, Petrosian and Korchnoi in the past. And it was used regularly by Wesley So, Alexander Morozevich and Ding Liren at present.
Do you really want to give it a miss? Don’t think so.
Here’s what you will learn:
- Harry in attacking mode. White often tries for a kingside attack with an early h-pawn push up the board—especially after driving the Black’s knight from its sweet post on f6. How to play this as Black against the infamous Alekhine-Chatard Attack? This course will show you how to protect your king without falling prey to any trap by White.
- Beware the Greek Gift Sacrifice. White goes for the weak h7 pawn and exchanges his queen for three of your minor pieces. Black is up in material for sure, but White ends up with a lot of activity… scary indeed! Let Marcin show you exactly how to deflect White’s incoming blows and convert your material advantage into a convincing win. Not easy but doable.
- The g7 bobby trap for the White queen. What if White plays Qg4 trying to punish Black for distracting the bishop from defending the g7-pawn? Marcin shows how to lure the queen into taking the pawn and then harass it with the king’s rook around. Black ends up winning a couple of free pawns and a winning position. Want to know how it’s done? Check out the video on the Winawer variation.
- Free the c8-bishop in the Rubinstein. Black’s idea is to exchange the e4-pawn with his d5-pawn, and open up the position for a sharp, dynamic game. White might want to exploit it with Qe2! eyeing the Black king. What next? A good deal of queen maneuvering and a solid center control with the e-pawn push! For amateurs, this line is tricky and one can end up losing your pawn… or much worse, your queen.
Not for you though. You will learn all about it in the videos on the Rubinstein variation—also in the free PGN files and the additional practicum.
French Defense – video course [10 hours 28 mins]
IM Marcin Sieciechowicz’s presents a massive 10-hour video compilation covering the most crucial variations of the opening… from the Classical to the Exchange to the Advanced, and much more.
Complete set of PGNs
Downloadable, complete set of PGNs of everything covered so that you can analyze it at your own pace and convenience. A must-have treasure chest for any serious player.
Access to Practicum
Train the important attacking motifs with a set of specifically designed tasks and challenges. Practical part is an important element of the course.
CHAPTER 1 Classical games
CHAPTER 2 Rare variations
CHAPTER 3 King’s Indian Attack
CHAPTER 4 Game Examples
CHAPTER 5 Advance Variation Rare lines
CHAPTER 6 Advance variation main lines
CHAPTER 7 Game Examples
CHAPTER 8 Tarrasch with 3….c5
CHAPTER 9 Rubinstein Variation
CHAPTER 10 Practical games
CHAPTER 11 Rubinstein Variation games
CHAPTER 12 Steinitz Variation
CHAPTER 13 Steinitz Variation (part 2)
CHAPTER 14 Steinitz Variation games
CHAPTER 15 Steinitz Variation games
CHAPTER 16 McCutcheon Variation
CHAPTER 17 McCutcheon Variation games
CHAPTER 18 Winawer Variation
CHAPTER 19 Winawer Variation part 2
CHAPTER 20 Winawer Variation games
IM Marcin Sieciechowicz (FIDE 2462)
Marcin won many medals in the Polish junior chess championship, from which the most important is the gold medal in the Polish junior chess championship in classical chess won in 2010 (under 18). He made two of his IM norms before reaching 18, and the last in 2010, and became International Master just after his 18th birthday. He has been competing three times in the Junior European chess championship (2004, 2007, 2008) and once in World junior chess championship (2010). He has two GM norms, made in 2010 and 2013, his highest rating was 2462. He is playing French Defense for 20 years and has a couple of wins in this opening with the players rated 2600+.