The Flexible French
Strategic Explanations & Surprise Weapons for Dynamic Players
by Viktor Moskalenko
The Flexible French
Publisher: New In Chess, 2008
Edition: Paperback medium
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 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."
IM John Donaldson:
"Moskalenko has an engaging and entertaining writing style (..) Highly recommended."
John Anderson, Correspondence Chess Magazine:
"The book simply sparkles with origial ideas and has convinced me to start playing the French again."
"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."
Elburg Chess Reviews:
"All main ideas, new findings and recommendations are very well explained, with an unbelievable amount of readable text."
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."
Pavel Matocha, Chess Weekly:
"A good guide book to French labyrinths. Moskalenko explains the main ideas and setups in this opening in a very understandable way."
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!"
Praise for Viktor Moskalenko’s The Fabulous Budapest Gambit:
“Many authors could take a page from Moskalenko’s book and incorporate the same thoroughly descriptive style. Great stuff.”
“I find this to be a model of an opening book.”
US National Master Bill McGeary, ChessVille