Advance Variation against French and Caro-Kann
This product includes all the videos from the workshop as well as the PGN file related to the training sessions. Overall, the material consists of approximately 6 hours of video and a PGN database which includes 73 files!
You will find the following lectures:
1) Typical Structures in the Advance Variation of French Defence - GM Petar Arnaudov
2) Theoretical Overview - GM Petar Arnaudov
3) Typical Structures in the Advance Variation of Caro-Kann - GM Ioannis Papaioannou
4) Theoretical Overview - GM Ioannis Papaioannou
Now, we shall take a look at the different lectures.
Typical Structures in the Advance Variation of French Defence
The main position of the Advance Variation arises after 1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.e5
GM Petar Arnaudov introduces the subject in the following way:
The Advanced Variation in French Defence was always considered very interesting for White but was somehow underestimated. In recent years, this variation has a new life. White found some fascinating gambit ideas, and nowadays, this has become a deadly weapon in the hands of White players. White has a space advantage from the start, but Black is getting counterplay against White's centre and sometimes on the queenside. Precise knowledge of the theory is not required here; I believe that if you learn good tactical and positional ideas, you will be ready to play this line, even without studying 20+ moves theory. I will explain the main concepts and most critical structures in this lecture. I will also give you some theoretical guidelines. Please note that I am not providing you with a complete repertoire, but you can use my suggestions as a base.
In the article featuring the typical pawn structures, GM Arnaudov examines the following 3 typical pawn structures:
This is one of the essential structures. We usually get it when White takes on c5.
This is another fundamental structure in Advanced French. We reach it after White takes Black's knight on f5.
This important pawn structure arises when Black plays ...f7-f6 followed by ...fxe5.
In the lecture featuring the typical pawn structures, you will find 11 extensively annotated model games.
Below, you can find one of them.
In this section, GM Petar Arnaudov covers the most important theoretical lines that you should know in order to play the Advance Variation against the French Defence.
The most important theoretical position is being reached after 1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.e5 c5 4.c3 Nc6 5.Nf3 Qb6 6.Bd3 cxd4 7.0-0 Bd7 8.Re1
This is the starting position of the modern tabiya in Advanced French. White is sacrificing a pawn for quick development. Black's main problem is that finding a safe place for his king and developing the kingside would be tough. Both Black's minor pieces on the kingside have only one good square (e7). On the other hand, White has several ways to develop his initiative, depending on Black's reply. White has three plans to develop the initiative: 1) a2-a3 followed by b2-b4, trying to force Black to take on c3 with a knight still on b1.
2) Nd2-b3 forcing Black to take. Then after dxc3 bxc3, White has the semi-open b-file at his disposal and also the advanced c3-c4.
3) Playing c3-c4 trying to exchange the d5-pawn and get the squares "c4" and "e4" at our control
GM Arnaudov provides in-depth insights on how to handle this position. Also, he covers some less popular lines.
Typical Structures in the Advance Variation of Caro-Kann
The Advance Variation is by far White's most challenging option against the Caro-Kann Defence. The initial position of this line arises after 1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.e5
Right from move 3, Black should decide how to fight against White's space advantage. The arising structures are very similar to the French Defence. Therefore, the knowledge from the previous lectures will come in handy.
Against the main move 3...Bf5, GM Papaioannou suggests 4.h4.
White not only takes space on the kingside but also prevents 4...e6. The idea is that in the case of 4...e6??, Black is dropping a piece after 5.g4. Therefore, Black's main move is 4...h5. In this lecture, GM Papaioannou shows why the move ...h7-h5 is so important positional concession. Due to the weakness of the g5-square, all French structures (after the exchange of the light-squared bishops) become annoying for Black. In a variety of model games, Papaioannou shows all the must-know positional strategies that you should know. In this line, understanding is much more important than the knowledge of concrete theory.
Below, you shall take a look at one of the model games.
In the theoretical lecture, GM Papaioannou provides you with the essential theoretical knowledge that you need in order to play the Advance Variation. Once you have studied the typical pawn structure, this part of the course will be easier for you. Besides the most popular lines, Papaioannou comes up with interesting suggestions against the minor lines as well.
Below, you can find one of the theoretical lines.