60 ( +1 | -1 ) Kofman...There are many books out there on various variations of the Sicilian... Since the Sicilian is an all time favorite of mine, I have a few books on the defensive opening... I would recommend the book "The secrets of the Sicilian Dragon" by Eduard Efimovich Gufeld... But not knowing your ability at the game of chess, I do want to warn you, this book is rather for advanced players...
Seeing you have no responce to this thread, I saw it fitting to make this offer... As for the French, I don't fancy it much in my repertoire of defensive openings... I do like the white side of the opening though... Do to the fact I usually win those who try it...
28 ( +1 | -1 ) Thanks for posting, my friend is very close to a pro player (now in college), he uses the french and it's his favorite, so I wanted to learn it in order to try and beat him one day. The scicilian looks like something I would enjoy so thanks allot for both. I'll check out The secrets of the Sicilian Dragon. Thank you.
43 ( +1 | -1 ) Kofman...I know of a few club players that enjoy playing the French as well... LOL, funny, one of my friends that plays it often is Mr. Coffman.... The French is one of those openings that you either love or hate... The limited scope of the Bishop at c8 dicourages many players from adopting the opening into thier repertoire... But a few champions have patonized it and had very good success in tournaments... So the defence carries a lot of merrit...
36 ( +1 | -1 ) Write your own books!This is a serious reply. Download a bunch of games of the openings you like (many free sites) and if you own ChessBase or Fritz, run them through them, annotate them, play them. Hit only Master level play. Play the games over and over. This is much better than any book. Practice....Practice....Practice.
20 ( +1 | -1 ) "Mastering The French " 1997 by Neil McDonald & Andrew Harley looks at the French by studing typical pawn structures, Plans are discussed in detail and the Illustrative games are copiously annotated.
72 ( +1 | -1 ) kofman2155coyotefan is pretty much correct. Most of the opening books on the market today are either regurgitated trash or database dumps. Very few authors put much of themselves into their books. Once you are familiar with an opening most opening books are a waste of money.
A few authors are exceptions to this 'rule'. John Watson comes to mind and is a personal favorite of mine. Most French players consider his book on the French defense a classic, even though it is a Black repertoire book. John gives a couple of lines for Black at most important junctures. I think 4. ... Qd5: in the 3. ...c5 line of the French Tarrasch was one of his suggestions that quickly became the main line.
28 ( +1 | -1 ) Kofmani don't think that creating your own book is appropriate advice for someone at Koffmans level. Maybe for Bogg, but not you. You requires explanation of the principles, and memorizing lines will not do this, nor do I think fritz analysis is sufficient. Plus the investment of time would be huge.
6 ( +1 | -1 ) divinethan what comes to mind if analysis isn't the answer
29 ( +1 | -1 ) kofman2155Opening books are not the answer. Lev Alburt wrote a great series of books on chess strategy. When you get the stratigies down, then downloading and studying Master games is the way to go. Opening books are slanted with the authors view of the opening. Just read the Pafu threads.
59 ( +1 | -1 ) kofmanIt seems I wasn't clear before, as usual! What I was trying to point out was that by buying Chessbase and a good database or even downloading a database from the net and keeping current by downloading the games from The Week in Chess you have all of the resources necessary to create an opening tree which is as good as nearly all of the opening books on the market today. While this is a significant outlay of money you end up with tons of games to look at in you favorite lines, whatever they might be, and a full set of opening encyclopedia that you can keep up to date on a weekly basis.
26 ( +1 | -1 ) But is such approachReally a good way to got for Kofman? This sounds like something for players at (or perhaps above) master level. I am pretty sure what Kofman needs is not an opening tree but good (verbal) explanations of basic strategies in Sicilian and French.
100 ( +1 | -1 ) i suggestdepends whether you have any books already. An encyclopedia (ECO or MCO) will not give you much help in the strategic principles of an opening, but with a more verbose text you will soon be out of book. However I would think understanding the principles of the openings is of much more value. Once you decide to concentrate on a particular line, then playing it quickly over and over with a friend (not necessarily to conclusion) will give you a good idea of what works and what doesn't and why. At this stage it is good to look in more detail at the early variations. Best indeed is a database generated tree. You could do this with a free database program and get games from chessville specifically on French lines (or other openings of interest) and play over these lines comparing them to your own assessments. I cannot give specific advice on good books for the french or dragon, but see book reviews and look in the local bookstore.