Publisher: New In Chess, 2008 Edition: Paperback medium ISBN: 978-90-5691-245-1 Pages: 280 Language: English
Selected as one of the Best Chess Books of 2008 by CHESS Magazine (London)
The famous French Defence is one of the most widely-played chess openings. It is a fighting opening, which perfectly suits many club players as well as a growing number of top players.
The Flexible French is a revolutionary repertoire & resources book for both Black and White. Viktor Moskalenko presents a wealth of original and dynamic options in every main line, proving that the French is a very lively and intriguing defence.
The Ukrainian grandmaster’s analysis is high-level, yet his touch is light and fresh, and the book sparkles with original ideas. In his own inimitable style, Moskalenko gives the reader new gusto for the French.
This extremely accessible book rounds off with seven relatively unknown weapons, early deviations with which you may surprise your opponent – as Black or as White!
Viktor Moskalenko (1960) is an International Grandmaster, a successful author and a wellknown chess coach who has worked with Vasily Ivanchuk. The former Ukrainian champion remains a very active player and has won many tournaments in Spain, his new home country.
Arne Moll, ChessVibes: "This is simply a great opening book (..) I prefer to delve deep into the IDEAS of this beautiful opening, and I can't think of a better guide than Viktor Moskalenko."
Steve Giddins, author of '50 Ways to Win at Chess': "This volume has opened my eyes to numerous new ideas and possibilities (..) It is the most interesting English-language opening book I have seen for years."
John Watson, The Week In Chess: "You get multiple weapons against many systems (..) the analysis simply sparkles with ideas."
Carsten Hansen, ChessCafe: "Moskalenko's coverage is excellently balanced (..) [E]asy to read and understand; even weaker players will benefit from Moskalenko's breakdown of the material"
GM Glenn Flear, Yearbook: "Anyone with any interest in this opening should fork out a modest €21.95 for unlimited access to this, the ultimate in opening books."
FreeChess: "What makes this book special is the fact that both Black and White are being offered repertoire, spiced with surprising variations and poisonous moves (..) On the side you learn how to play the French really well." John Anderson, Correspondence Chess Magazine: "The book simply sparkles with original ideas and has convinced me to start playing the French again."
Marsh Towers Chess Reviews: "Plenty of suprises and a plethora of original analysis (..) Accessible and inspirational, this is a book every 1 ...e6 player should have at the top of their shopping list."
Dennis Monokroussos, Chess Today: "The book has all the right ingredients: lots of explanations of typical plans and problems, relevant and recent game citations, original analysis, some statistics, chapter summaries, lists of relevant ideas and other occasional bells and whistles (..) An excellent book."
Bob Long, Thinkers Press: "Be glad I didn't publish this book or I would have charged you $40 for it!"
Chess Horizons: "Many authors could take a page from Moskalenko’s book and incorporate the same thoroughly descriptive style. Great stuff.” US National Master Bill McGeary, ChessVille: “I find this to be a model of an opening book.”