A fun lover's guide to Chess Opening Traps: French Defence
What you'll learn
- Be able to play stunning tactics and combinations and understand more the basis for their very existence
- Be able to get a better grip on the downsides that cause traps to be successful or not
- Be able to avoid traps in the opening by appreciating the downsides more of specific variations in the French Defence
- Be able to understand more the philosophies behind great chess traps
- Be able to get a firmer grip on the basics of winning chess and practice your forcing move awareness
- Be able to get a variety of different opening systems and moves to try out for fun and results
- Be able to see the diverse range of Greek Gift sacrifices that often provide quick wins vs the French
- Be able to see a wide range of instructive blunders right in the early stage of chess games even from GMs and past World chess champions
- Be able punish "suspicious" looking moves as they create subtle "scents of downsides"
- Be able to replace more your routine habitual moves with more "punishing" moves right in the Opening
- Be able to experience a wide variety of variations against and for the French defence getting awareness of specific downsides
- Be able to have specific tactical insights in the French Winawer variation
- Be able to have specific tactical insights in the French Tarrasch variation
- Be able to have specific tactical insights in the French Rubinstein Variation
- Be able to use surprise weapons and variations such as the "Finger slip" variation or the Chigorin variation or the Wing Gambit
- Knows the basics of playing Chess
The French Defence after 1.e4 e6 can be a tough opening to play against.
This course shows how one can win quickly sometimes against the French Defence by setting a broad range of traps for the unsuspecting French defence player. A number of different variations are explored which may act as candidates for a broader opening repertoire for use against the French Defence.
The Variations which are explored in this course to set traps include:
The Winawer Variation
The Classical variation
The Rubinstein Variation
The Tarrasch Variation
The Advance Variation
The Exchange variation
This course goes over the major chess opening traps that every chess player should be aware of in the French Defence. You may wish to explore different openings to gain an understanding of different pawn structures and imbalances. In doing so, you might incur the risk of falling victim to opening traps. This course will help make sure you don't fall into anything too nasty along the way, and you can also use these against unsuspecting opponents.
Traps also enable one to improve understanding of chess tactics such as X-ray attacks, double attacks, deflections, and other aspects of tactical chess. They can be a great points scorer especially for tournaments where one needs to win quickly such as many online chess tournaments. A knowledge of traps therefore can help understand chess tactics better.
Who this course is for:
- Chess beginner and intermediate players
Tryfon Gavriel, also known as "Kingscrusher" on the Internet. I am a FIDE Candidate Master (CM), and British Regional Chess Master, and run a popular Youtube channel for many years with over 114k+ Subs as of 2021 and a Silver Button Award.
I have done many shows on commercial chess servers. I am also the Webmaster of the correspondence-style chess server Chessworld which emphasizes game quality and research.
Over 35 years of playing activity both online and offline. Peak ICC blitz rating of 2625 (18-Jun-1999). Peak ICC 5 min auto-pairing of 2383 (29-Jun 2012). ECF Grading peak classical: 212 (A) ECF. Peak Rapid rating: 217 (C).
Lichess marathon top 10 finishers in 4 marathons so far. Top 50 finisher in 7 marathons so far. Top 100 finisher in 4 marathons so far. And top 500 in 1 marathon so far. Won quite a few tournaments at lichess - in fact giving me 3rd rank overall behind Lance5500 and papasi in a recent detailed statistical blog analysis titled "Lichess Marathon Statistics".
One of my earliest Over-the-board achievements in Chess was winning the Lloyds Under 18 national UK tournament in 1989. My trophy was awarded to me by Grandmaster and Ph.D. Mathematician Dr John Nunn.
I have done teaching in Schools and also have done teaching online with several Lichess students on a regular basis, and have a very good coaching rating at lichess.
Played twice in the main British Chess championship. Many of my Youtube viewers claim big rating increases after watching my videos.
I particularly love attacking chess, chess tactics, and combinations, and it is probably no accident that my "Complete Guide to Chess Tactics" has been a best-seller shortly after its release here at Udemy.
In general, I will try and give you greater enthusiasm for the game and in particular the dynamic attacking, aggressive tactical aspects of playing chess. My favorite heroes are mainly Attacking style tactical players: Paul Morphy, Alexander Alekhine, Mikhail Tal, Bobby Fischer, and Garry Kasparov. if you want to be a dynamic aggressive attacking style player, I may be able to encourage you and find you relevant resources on that path. The dynamic aggressive attacking players were particularly strong tactically and would often trade off pawn structure neatness and material to try and checkmate the opponent's kings. Checkmate does win the game :) They were masters of finishing combinations naturally as they sought to reduce the king's safety of the opponent in various ways including bringing the King out for often beautiful mating combinations.
In terms of concrete openings to make use of potentially teaching here at Udemy through courses. I like Solid openings on such as the London System. I also like provocative openings like the Knight's Tango systems to encourage weaknesses from opponents. I am also at faster time controls especially, particularly fond of aggressive openings and gambits. For example, the Smith-Morra Gambit vs the Sicilian Defence, and other gambits can be used aggressively even with the black pieces such as the Albin Counter Gambit. Gambits vary of course in soundness and it is important to teach what "ticks many boxes" for use in various time controls. Also, I like surprising opponents with openings such as the Nimzo-Larsen attack, the King's Indian Attack, The London System, and Queen's Knight attack system 1. Nc3, all of which I have courses for here at Udemy.
In the search for the ideal courses to provide you, I like to search within myself for my core strengths and passions within the passion of Chess.
I truly hope you enjoy my courses and they improve your chess and your enjoyment of chess generally - and life generally :)