The Vibrant Exchange French
No Longer Your Dull Draw!
Paperback, 240 pages, Russell Publishing
In the first book ever exclusively devoted to the Exchange French
Variation, American grandmaster Alex Fishbein recognizes that the Exchange
French is an opening for a player who likes active piece play, fights for
the initiative, excels in positions with possibilities on both sides of the
board, and finds strategic and tactical nuances that arise out of almost
nothing. And if you play the French as Black, then this book will help you
deal with White’s 3.exd5.
Authors of French Defense books from the black perspective have recognized
for a while that there is no draw here at all and have proposed lines where
Black can create interesting play. Indeed, both sides can create
complications. The author shows that playing “boring” moves is actually
risky with both White and Black. The Exchange French is a vibrant opening,
just like any other, and yet there has been very little literature showing
how to play it from the white side. That void is filled with this book.
While the main point of this book is to build a White repertoire, any
player of the Black side of the French will benefit by reading it. A good
number of the sample games end well for Black, whereas in the games in
which White gains the upper hand, Fishbein is careful to note improvements
for the second player. I have been playing and writing about the French
Defense, including this variation, for many years, but I came across a lot
that I hadn’t known in nearly every sub-variation.
I suspect that most readers of this book will be pleasantly surprised to
find out how rich the play can become in the French Exchange Variation.
That alone is enough to reward a careful reading, and Fishbein’s careful
exposition of lines and strategies will undoubtedly translate into extra
points over the board. – from the Foreword by John Watson
About the Author:
Alex Fishbein is an American grandmaster. He has been competitive in each
of his four U.S. Championship appearances, including in 2004 when he won
the Bent Larsen prize for the most uncompromising chess.
2018, the year Alex turned 50, was perhaps his most successful year in
chess so far. That year, Alex won the first Senior Tournament of Champions,
modeled after the Denker tournament of which he was also the inaugural
winner 33 years earlier. He also tied for second in the US Open and
finished in the top 10 in the USCF Grand Prix for the first time.
Alex repeated his senior championship performance in 2020, winning the
tournament again. A lifelong 1.e4 player, Fishbein is known for interesting
and creative play. This is his second book for Russell Enterprises."