Crush Opponents with the Rozman French Defense

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This is a fun French Defense weapon known as the Rozman French. I have played it many times and it avoids the Classical and Tarrasch variations. I also show some ideas against Exchange and Advance French.

0:00 Introduction
0:50 THEORY
8:24 ANISH GIRI GAME
11:08 GAME 1 VS 971
18:08 GAME 2 VS 1326
23:12 GAME 3 VS 1387
28:58 GAME 4 VS 1497
34:14 GAME 5 VS 1567
43:08 GAME 6 VS 1765

PGN FILE:

1. e4 e6 2. d4 d5 3. Nc3 (3. Nd2 dxe4) 3… dxe4 4. Nxe4 Nf6 5. Nxf6+ (5. Bg5 Be7 6. Bxf6 (6. Nxf6+ Bxf6 7. Bxf6 Qxf6 (7… gxf6)) 6… gxf6 (6… Bxf6)) (5. Ng3 c5) 5… gxf6 6. Nf3 Nc6 7. Bd3 (7. g3 e5 8. d5 Nb4 9. c4 Bf5 10. Qa4+ b5 11. Qxb5+ c6 12. dxc6 Nc2+ 13. Ke2 Qd3#) (7. Bb5 Qd5 (7… Qd6)) (7. c4 b6 8. d5 exd5 9. cxd5 Bb4+) (7. Be3 Qd7 8. g3 b6 9. Bg2 Bb7 10. O-O O-O-O 11. c4 h5 12. Qe2 Kb8 {Following Aharon – Ivanisevic, 2015}) 7… b6 8. O-O Bb7 9. Be3 Qd7 10. a3 O-O-O 11. b4 Rg8 12. c3 Bd6 13. c4 Ne7 14. c5 Bxh2+ 15. Kxh2 Qd5 16. b5 Qh5+ 17. Kg1 Bxf3 *

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274 Comments

  1. I'm the only one who thought this was Levy's own variation of the french defense?

  2. How would you rank the the Rozman French? Is it Legit, Legendary, or a Really bro. ? lol

  3. Now matter what some people may say, Levy has a rare gift for giving a good overview over an opening. This may encourage more people to play, because if you consult the encyclopedias you easily feel totally overwhelmed and exhausted if you try to study these endless analyses and information. How do the supergm´s actually digest all this information? I know they play and play and play, but come on, besides very good heads they must also have something up the sleeve that makes it easier for them to learn. I simply can´t believe that someone like Hikaru plays on for 36 hours before taking a break. They say that training for 6 hours per day is insane, so what is 36 hours in a row then? Totally crazy in most people´s view. This may be a silly question, but has our beloved Mr. Levy made videos on endgames about how to checkmate with knight and bishop? And with queen against rook? We chess-spasspeople who despite all odds want to master these nuances of the endgame would like if Levy could make as userfriendly videos as possible on these themes. Man he could become popular. 🙂

  4. This Rozman French thing is lit. Racked up tons of wins with this. It also cuts back in the amount of theory that is needed to be learnt. Levy ur weird openings like the Beef eater are actually some of the best. I have also used the jalalabad and won quite a few games. Do keep these vids coming and thx for all the content

  5. In lines where you're expanding on the queen side, are you often looking to put the King on e7 rather than castle? Or does castling queenside still tend to be good?

  6. Me sees title of video : HE INVENTED AN OPENING AND HE ISNT EVEN A GM!?!?!?
    Me: (After watching video) : Oh :/

  7. I knew that idea which I am popularizing, it is Morozevich variation in Winawer gxf6 Be7 and then instead of b6 (it creates wholes on c6 and a6) a6 and b5 (grabbing a bit of space) and then Bb7. That is very agressive very effective and you will have fun. I am 2200 now. Askham Chess is a channel for novice level. You should definitely switch ti Ginger GM if you are taking chess seriously.

  8. So this is where the Dark King on the back of the shelf came from huh

  9. that is just bullshitting, "you can play this on a very high level" and that level is…1750 buhahaha, come on just watch S. Williams playing his repertuar from his DVD and he is just destroying players like askham IM or GM it doesnt matter. What matter is, his gambits really works, I could beat those guys in this video by plying f6 Kf7 c6 Ke6-Kd6-Kc7 and claiming I just invented a new opening which works just fine, lool.
    please play at least against some decent guys from 2000-2300 and let's see how it goes.

  10. 25:59 that was a weird analogy. i think the guy was just wondering what it takes to be a GM.

  11. I always play Bd7 after Nc6. Most of the time your opponent plays Bb5 and will have Nf3 played and that my friend opens up the line: Nxe5! Yep, a free pawn. If NxN you have BxB and if BxB, you have NxB back. I am speaking of when you were talking about if they advanced at 2:15 in

  12. I liked the alternate even after cringing as a French enthusiast to ruin the pawn structure. 🙂

  13. Can't lie I was super confused when you said you did not have a Youtube channel had to check the date on the video to assure myself that you were trolling lol.

  14. Demetrius Demarcus Bartholomew James III Jr. says:

    Regards from Bangladesh

  15. Rozman-French, best French. This helps those of us that do not have the time to master all the theory, but we need a practical approach. This is it. Thank you.

  16. Please, Levy, do more videos about the French Defense( I play Always if i can the Rubinstein, Just because of you, i didn't know It before) And some more theory about the Rozman, it's Just so much fun to play!

  17. Best chess channel on YouTube, period. I love the game again thanks to Levy.

  18. At 33:06 why can't White simply capture the queen Kxb2??

    Unless I'm missing something, that's a stone cold blunder that White hilariously ignores.

  19. the anish joke was way over the top. Give that guy a medal! LOL!

  20. never seen someone to play with at knight there so RIP think i’ll skip that part lmao

  21. I plan on watching all of this guy's content after those great WCC recaps…

  22. Any advice for early attacks on the f6 pawn, esp with the queen? I keep getting into trouble in that scenario

  23. LEVY PLAYED THIS IN AN ACTUAL TOURNAMENT GAME AAAAAAAAAAA

  24. Hey Levy, after having watched this video I`ve decided to use it as a weapon and give it a try in a local café. My opponent was able to easily play very well even not familiar with this opening. Most of the game was equal and after 60 moves I`ve lost. I will keep trying but, in this variation, I have a feeling that is very easy for white.

    1. e4 e6 2. d4 d5 3. Nc3 dxe4 4. Nxe4 Nf6 5. Nxf6+ gxf6 6. Nf3 Nc6 7. Bb5 Qd5 8. c4 Qe4+ 9. Qe2 Bb4+ 10. Bd2 Bxd2+ 11. Kxd2 Qxe2+ 12. Kxe2 Bd7 13. Bxc6 Bxc6 14. Rhd1 Rd8

  25. This is a wonderfully thought provoking video! Thank you!

    Also, take a look at the 1944 game in Russia between Boleslavsky vs. Ufimtsev. O-1. Fascinating!

  26. What does black do if white castles long say Be3 … Qd2 … 0-0-0 ?

  27. I was confused, but only because I couldn’t hear any sarcasm in Levy’s voice when he said “I don’t have a YouTube channel.” When using sarcasm, it is important to drag out your words and use a deadpanned voice.

  28. I would've been so proud if I delivered a swallow's tail mate but then you do it intuitively 😅

  29. Hello Lewy, thanks a lot for this inspiring video. What do you play when white does not take on f6 ?! Of course to take the knight is from the whites perspective the best move.

  30. Lmao! Rozman French wtf? Stop thinking you found the opening lmao!!!! DELETE THIS SHIT

  31. THIS IS NOT NEW OPENING AND ITS NOT YOUR OPENING!

  32. This is low key one of your best videos, mate. Thank you. I really like the explanations here.

  33. It's funny many French books don't really cover this line (eg, Pentala Harikrishna) or like Psakhis they give a paragraph and say its double edged. So there's not an easy or clear way to bust the line that I can see. A lot of YouTube fun openings an opponent can get a good game if they know the best lines. I don't think that's the case with this line. G3 which in the Larsen_Bronstein gxf6 caro kann is pretty good — isn't here as Levy shows in his game v Anish Giri.

  34. I tried this for 1st time and got totally anhilated lol. Is this a series opening for intermediate/advanced players or better for just blitz?

  35. Savage opening. I'm a chess noob but hey, you said beginners should try it anyway, so that's what I'm going to do.

  36. Gotham: Plays 1700 player to show French defense works again high level

    Also Gotham: Tells him to play for content

  37. Actually, the first example position You gave in 5:45 is terrible because of Ba6 forcing the trade of our most valuable attacker. If white sets up a queen and bishop battery like that You either don't castle at all and eventually Your king ends up on d7, unless You can solve the issue tactically with Nb4. I've been using the Rozman French for over a year now, with great success, but once in an OTB tournament I missed the battery, didn't play Nb5 and the position went from much better for black to slightly better for white immediately. That's one of the things You need to watch out for.

  38. Still watching this 2 years later, and watching your new videos every day!

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