I am a 1750 Elo player with a very positional, quiet and strategic style of play.
I am looking for one or more books about the French Defence which fits these 3 conditions:
It must offer a complete Black repertoire. It must cover the French Defence from the point of view of Black only. (I don't care about playing the French Defence as White since I don't play 1. e4) (And if the diagram boards in the book show Black at the bottom, ie. with the board flipped, that would be great.)
The Black repertoire proposed in the book must (on average) tend to lead to positions which are as much solid, positional, slow, closed, quiet and strategic as possible. I want as few sharp and tactical lines as possible.
If possible, I would like that the repertoire tries to avoid playing the Pawn break ...f7-f6 (except when it's totally necessary).
I don’t really like 3.Nc3 dxe4 and 3.Nd2 dxe4. I’ve looked in my ChessBase Mega Database and on Chess Tempo games database and here is what I found out:
3...X: A | B | C | D
X: The Black move
A: The average Elo that Black is expected to lose, ie [Average Elo] minus [Performance Elo] - Statistics from Chess Tempo
B: The average Elo that Black is expected to lose, ie [Average Elo] minus [Performance Elo] - Statistics from ChessBase (selecting only games where both players were rated between 1700 and 2200)
C: The percentage of games that ended in a draw - Statistics from Chess Tempo
D: The percentage of games that ended in a draw - Statistics from ChessBase (selecting only games where both players were rated between 1700 and 2200)
3...Bb4: 43 | 33 | 34.3 | 27
3...Nf6: 37 | 19 | 38.4 | 27
3...dxe4: 57 | 40 | 47.7 | 34
3...Nf6: 53 | 35 | 34.1 | 28
3...c5: 43 | 28 | 49.7 | 32
3...Be7: 40 | 33 | 39.8 | 33
3...dxe4: 59 | 27 | 47.2 | 30
3...Nc6: 58 | 27 | 33.0 | 33
3...a6: 43 | 34 | 43.1 | 35
Conclusion: 3... dxe4 scores extremely poorly both against 3. Nc3 and against 3. Nd2. And against 3. Nd2 it isn't even efficient at making draws.
I don't know much about the French so I don't know exactly which of these moves are sharp/tactical and which of them are solid/positional/quiet.
But I would guess that against 3. Nc3 I should probably choose 3...Nf6 (I heard that 3...Bb4 was extremely sharp and tactical)
And against 3. Nd2 I should probably choose 3...c5 and answer 4. exd5 with 4...Qxd5 (I heard that 3...Nf6 was extremely sharp and tactical) (and 3...Be7 looks too subtle for a non-GM)
So any more suggestions would be appreciated, thanks.