Fabien Libiszewski Method

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Master Method Series #31

Mastering the French Defense using the Libby Method

Mastering the French Defense using the Libby Method

The French Defense has been a favorite of many of the world’s top players, including former World Champion Mikhail Botvinnik and the legendary Viktor Korchnoi.

In the modern day, Wesley So, Ding Liren and Alexander Morozevich all rely on the French as one of their major opening weapons.

Now you can learn this powerful opening from a world-renowned expert, French GM Fabien Libiszewski. Over the course of 17 hours, Fabien reveals how to counter all of White’s setups from the main lines to the dangerous gambits and offbeat deviations.

You will learn grandmaster strategies that will turn your initial cramped position into total domination of the board, plus discover sneak ways to lure your rivals into tempting but deadly traps that give you quick wins.

Mastering the French Defense works perfectly as both a complete training course and as an invaluable reference guide. And who better to learn the French Defense from than a French GM!


  • Chapter 1: Introduction to the French, part 1 
  • Chapter 2: Introduction to the French, part 2 
  • Chapter 3: Introduction to our repertoire 
  • Chapter 4: Introduction to the Exchange variation 
  • Chapter 5: Exchange variation 4.Bd3
  • Chapter 6: Exchange variation 4.Bd3 c5, Tatai-Korchnoi 
  • Chapter 7:  Exchange variation 4.Bd3 Nc6 in practice, Tipu-Psakhis 
  • Chapter 8: Exchange variation 4.Bf4 & 4.c4 
  • Chapter 9:  Exchange variation 4.c4, Miezis-Arizmendi
  • Chapter 10:  Exchange variation 4.Nf3 
  • Chapter 11: Introduction to the Advance variation 
  • Chapter 12: Advance variation, minor lines 
  • Chapter 13: Introduction to the Milner-Barry gambit 
  • Chapter 14: Milner-Barry gambit main line 
  • Chapter 15: Advance variation 6.a3 part 1 
  • Chapter 16: Advance variation 6.a3 part 2 
  • Chapter 17: 6.a3, two model games 
  • Chapter 18: Advance variation 6.Be2 part 1
  • Chapter 19: Advance variation 6.Be2 part 2 
  • Chapter 20: Tarrasch Variation (3.Nd2) Introduction 
  • Chapter 21: Tarrasch Variation 5.f4 
  • Chapter 22: Tarrasch Variation, universal set-up with Ngf3 
  • Chapter 23: Tarrasch Variation, Main line with 9.Nf4 
  • Chapter 24: 9.Nf4 line in practice, Van der Wiel – Timman 
  • Chapter 25: Introduction to Tarrasch with 9…Qf6!? 
  • Chapter 26: Tarrasch 9…Qf6, countering White’s plan 
  • Chapter 27: Tarrasch 9…Qf6 Theory Part 1 
  • Chapter 28: Tarrasch 9…Qf6 theory Part 2 
  • Chapter 29: 3.Nc3 introduction 
  • Chapter 30: Refuting 5.Qg4 
  • Chapter 31: The Two Knights variation 
  • Chapter 32: Nce2 setup 
  • Chapter 33: Steinitz variation introduction 
  • Chapter 34: Steinitz variation theory 
  • Chapter 35: The 4.Bg5 line, introduction 
  • Chapter 36: Chatard-Alekhine Attack, Introduction 
  • Chapter 37: Chatard-Alekhine Attack, Theory 
  • Chapter 38: Classical variation, sub-lines 
  • Chapter 39: Classical variation, main line
  • Chapter 40: Minor lines without 2.d4 
  • Chapter 41: King’s Indian Attack, with Qe2 setup
  • Chapter 42: King’s Indian Attack, main line 

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