Fight 1.e4 like Caruana – IM Christof Sielecki

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A Full e4-e5 Repertoire of Black Chess Openings

fight like caruana product imageThe popular German IM Christof Sielecki, aka ChessExplained, presents a 1.e4 e5 repertoire of black chess openings based on the lines American Super GM Fabiano Caruana used to qualify for the 2018 World Championship match in London against Magnus Carlsen.

Carlsen faced his biggest challenge yet from Caruana during that match – and here is a new repertoire for black inspired by the challenger.

In this course, IM Sielecki covers the following chess openings:

  • Bishop’s Opening
  • Scotch Opening
  • Ruy Lopez
  • Petroff Defense

About the Author:

Christof Sielecki is a German International Master. He started to play chess professionally in 1987 at the age of 13, then he earned the FM title, breaking 2300 Elo rating at the age of 21.

He was able to cross the 2400 Elo barrier and earn his first IM norm two years after becoming a Fide Master.

His victory at the Latschach Open in 2013 ahead of many strong GMs. In league chess, he won the Dutch Team Championships in the Netherlands with Voerendaal in 2012.

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A Cutting-Edge Black Chess Opening

As all chess fans know, Caruana has almost single-handedly revived the Petroff Defense.

It was considered an old, romantic opening that had fallen out of fashion – not now.

After impressive results at elite tournaments in 2017 and 2018, the Caruana’s innovations in the Petroff are without a doubt the opening lines everyone is talking about.

Caruana’s pet – The Petroff Defense

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Petroff Defense starting position

Sound and solid, Caruana has deployed the Petroff against giants of the modern game like Wesley So and the world champion himself.

Caruana even used it in his crucial final match in the Berlin Candidates Tournament that won him the right to take on Carlsen.

The opening has also recently been adopted by a cohort of Chinese grandmasters including Ding Liren, Yu Yangyi, and women’s number one Hou Yifan.

And, while Fabiano Caruana has given this opening a very modern turn, veterans like Michael Adams and Vladimir Kramnik also have the Petroff in their arsenals.

In this course, IM Christof Sielecki has painstakingly pieced together Caruana’s novelties and new lines into a full repertoire of black chess openings, covering everything black needs to know after 1.e4 e5.

His suggestions are based on research by a man bidding to be world champion and come with full explanations detailing all White’s tries and how to counter them.

Learn to play the Petroff the Caruana way – and if you are reading, Magnus, you might want to buy a copy.

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Chapter 1 – Early Gambits And Attacks
Chapter 2 – Bishop’s Opening, Vienna
Chapter 3 – Petroff Sidelines and Four Knights
Chapter 4 – Scotch and Spanish Four Knights
Chapter 5 – Petroff with 3. d4 Sidelines
Chapter 6 – Petroff with 3. d4 Main Line
Chapter 7 – Petroff with 3. Nxe5 Sidelines
Chapter 8 – Petroff with 3. Nxe5 Main Line
Chapter 9 – Petroff Modern Main Line