The Henley Files – The French Rubinstein

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The Henley Files – The French Rubinstein

The Rubinstein Variation

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The Henley Files - The French Rubinstein

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Grandmaster Ron W. Henley – the former training partner of 12th World Champion Anatoly Karpov – recommends you put your time and effort into two things: building a rock-solid opening repertoire and becoming tactically adept.

In this, the first volume of his Henley Files series, GM Henley teaches you how to play the Rubinstein variation of the French Defense – 1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3/Nd2 dxe4!

By capturing in the center, Black opens the position, allowing for free development of their pieces while maintaining a safe, solid kingside structure.

This is an easy-to-learn system that takes the sting out of White’s initiative and gives you a clear way to play for an advantage.

Learn this material once and enjoy a fantastic anti-e4 repertoire for the rest of your life.

Here’s what this course will do for you:

The Rubinstein (1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3/d2 dxe4!) reduces White’s space advantage while giving Black easy development and a clear plan of attack.

This lesson – taken from GM Ron Henley’s fantastic new training – shows just how easy it is to take the game to White in this underestimated line.

Ron’s Rubinstein French gives you…

  • Free-flowing development, including a starring role for the traditionally ‘problem’ c8 bishop.
  • The secure king position enjoyed in other French lines.
  • A systematic way to rob White of their usual plusses – space advantage and strong center..

Things we cover…

  • It doesn’t matter whether White plays the Winawer (3.Nc3) or Tarrasch (3.Nd2) formation. We can still play our move..
  • By eliminating White’s e-pawn, we avoid the e5 push that can cramp our game.
  • The ‘problem’ c8 bishop becomes one of our best attacking pieces using an idea that only works in the Rubinstein variation.
  • GM Henley’s recommended Nd7-f6 and early c5! set White a number of problems… problems that can lead to early victories like this (diagram).

About the author

Ron Henley (born December 5, 1956, in Houston, Texas) is an American chess grandmaster, writer, narrator, and producer of chess videos.

Henley obtained the International Master title in 1980 and the Grandmaster title in 1982. He also appeared on the cover of Chess Life in 1982, representing the United States.

Aside from being a strong player in his own right, GM Henley acted as second, analyst and trainer for former World Chess Champion Anatoly Karpov in many of his matches in the 1990s.

Ron Henley also trained 7-times US Women’s Champion, GM Irina Krush.

Content Outline

Chapter Outline

Chapter 1: Introduction to The Rubinstein Variation
Chapter 2: The 7.Bd3 Attack
Chapter 3: Khalifman’s System, 6.Bd3
Chapter 4: Kasparov’s System 7.c3
Chapter 5: White’s Minor 7th Moves
Chapter 6: White Plays 6.Bg5
Chapter 7: White’s Castling Options

– Part 1: White Castles Queenside
– Part 2: White Castles Kingside
– Part 3: White Keeps Castling Options Open
Chapter 8: White’s Fianchetto Systems
Chapter 9: French Advance 3.e5 – Drazic System

– Part 1: 6.Be2
– Part 2: 6.Be3
– Part 3: 6.a4
Chapter 10: French Advance 3.e5 without 4.c3
Part 1: 4.Nf3 and 4.dxc4
Part 2: 4.Qg4

Chapter 11: The King’s Indian Attack
Chapter 12: Chigorin’s 2.Qe2
Chapter 13: French Exchange Variation
Part 1: 4.Bd3
Part 2: 4.Nf3
Part 3: 4.c4
Chapter 14: White’s 2.b3 System
Chapter 15: The Wing Gambit


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