The French Defense | Advance Variation | Chess Openings | IM Andrey Ostrovskiy

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In this video, IM Andrey Ostrovskiy continues the series on the French Defense with the Advance Variation. If white continues after 1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 with 3.e5, we enter the Advance Variation. By playing 3.e5, white is aiming for a space advantage and some attacking chances. Black can defend himself if he plays dynamically against white’s pawn wedge on d4 and e5.

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  1. Please arrange the board from the prospective of black

  2. Nice thorough analyses! French is suprising me more and more : it's supposed to be closed but tends to be quite the opposite!

  3. These videos on the French are the best I've seen. The ideas and positions are explained really effectively. I've played the French (as an average club player) for a while but now am beginning to understand it much more deeply.

  4. what are the chess pieces? I want those fat pawns lol

  5. Des explications plus que compréhensibles :-)Au top

  6. Excellent!! Loved the big chessboard. Play a lot of french. Have trouble with advance variation, so this was really helpful

  7. very usefull thanks u for this life saving video.u r my hero

  8. Supernice video and explanation, thanks so much!! I've been playing the advanced variation without knowing the theory, and I often got in trouble… but watching the theory, I was also pleased that some of the solutions that I sometimes spontaneously found are part of theory. Very dense forest to navigate! After watching your video I at least have some idea of it, I'm sure my play will improve! Thanks again 🙂

  9. Great great video, thanks Andrey & Chessfactor. As a French player (along with Sicillian) i got some new ideas & understandings today.

  10. Best video on French Advance I have seen on YouTube. Fantastic as it explains the ideas clearly and not just moves. Thanks!

  11. Good day sir, could you show the 2.Qe2 line against french defense, I'm having troubles with that one, thanks a lot

  12. nice video! only 15:32 N×d3 is ok but there is Bc5! which leads to an better endgame after B×a6 Qf2…

  13. awesome! How About Making A Video about Catalan?

  14. I just recently discovered your channel, and watched many vids on Italian Game, visualization, and now 2 of the French.. thank you so much for such clear, high quality content. I see you have much more in your playlists which I will be watching and I also look forward to seeing anything new you are working on.
    BTW it refreshing to see the games played out on an actual board.
    Great work !

  15. one of the best Chess videos I ever see in youtube, super quality, Andrey using a top class and calming language, this really deserves 1Million like, thanks Andrey !! pleas keep us the great work, and let us know how to support ?

  16. It helped a lot. Thank you. Would have been a lot lot comfortable if made in a digital way.

  17. Great analyses of 'why' things are played. This is what's needed, thank you.

  18. Just discovered you guys. Awesome content, keep up the good work 🙂

  19. Really great video and explaination too

  20. Love this! Found your channel by watching the videos in the Sicilian with Alex, but the lines get very sharp and complicated and I started trying the French. I now am a complete French player against e4 and haven't had problems with it since I watched the video, great explanation of all of the positional ideas, and not just giving us moves and lines of theory so we understand our openings, keep up the great work guys. Yours sincerely, a 1400

  21. Thank you. I love this video you share. most of the time these positions are played.

  22. Like many others here, I only recently discovered your channel. I'm surprised to not see more views as your content is precise, interesting and easy to understand and learn something at various experience levels. I've known basics of the French for some time now and got curious about going deeper into theory on the various lines, but content on YouTube at least was seemingly scarce – your video series on French variations has been well ahead of what else I've been able to find. Thanks for taking the time to create this content!

  23. Hello Sir, thanks for the video. It is so helpful and the content is very instructive and high quality. I plan to watch all of your video and learn from them :D. By the way, I have questions: what is the general plan for black after he succeed in destroying white's center? I do understand that the center domination is important, but what's the plan after that?

  24. 1 e4 e6 2 d4 d5 3 e5 c5 4 Nf3 Nc6 5 Bd3 Qb6 6 dxc5 Bxc5 7 O-O Nge7
    8 Nc3 Nf5 9 Bxf5 exf5 10 Nxd5 Qd8 11 Bg5 Qa5 12 c4 f6 13 exf6 gxf6
    14 Re1+ Ne5 15 Nxf6+ Kf7 16 Nxe5+ Ke6 17 Qd5+ Ke7 18 Ng6#

  25. As someone who's played the French Defense over the last 5 years and is very familiar with these positions, this is so helpful looking at the reasons behind each move. For example, it's confusing how to know when to play cxd4 after Be2 and this video really explained it well.

  26. 36 minutes seems so fast because of your way of explaining

  27. Great work you are doing out there. I recently noticed your channel and I must add, that you live board presentation is one of a kind. Your simply yet clear analysis with reason to back up the same has made this channel my favorite. Your composure is at a different level. Keep it up.

  28. Thank you for the great video. Especially appreciate the middle game strategy tips and explanations. Helped me win an important game!

  29. great! FYI, the choice of recapture at 19:25 does matter and is nontrivial: stockfish evaluates …cxb4 as 2 points worse than …cxd4, since with …cxb4 white can recapture axb4 opening the A file for the rook – capturing the c pawn is recommended here

  30. I came here just to understand why a3 is played. you guys should add time stamps to your videos and youd get more subscribers easy

  31. best video on French advanced in the YT… thank you 🙂

  32. 1. e4 e6 2. d4 d5 3. e5 c5

    As Black 62% win
    As White 50% win 7% draw

    The more I learn these lines the better those percentages will get, I just love playing the French as Black. Couldn't have done it without you. Great channel, thanks a lot.

  33. After the 1 minute mark Bxc5 immediately is good for black, after Qg4 Ne7 is good for black.

  34. 6:40 7…Nge7 8.Na3 is a stronger try for white, 8…Nf5 9.Nc2 Bb4+ 10.Kf1 Be7 11.h4 +/=.
    7…Nh6 is supposed to be the equalizer to prevent Na3, though 8.Bxh6!? Qxb2 9.Nbd2 gxh6 10.0-0 Nxd4 11.Rb1 is a sharp one which needs some extra-prep to be allowed.

  35. Thank You so much for your content! Combining your channel with Hanging Pawns for learning Openings is a deadly combo! Its amazing! Please keep up this amazing job!

  36. i just discover your Chessfactor and I find out that this is by far the best explanation, introduction as you said, of French Advanced, without wasting time without bla-bla-bla. Congratulations

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