Here’s a question for you.
What do Topalov, Aronian, Shirov, Firoujza, MVL, So, Nakamura, and Caruana have in common?
They are super GMs? Right, but that’s not it.
The answer is…
They all fell prey to the Alekhine Defense against Magnus Carlsen, playing as White.
What’s surprising is, none of these players are mere rookies. Not even IMs or your average GMs.
Also, the Alekhine Defense is not an opening that we can expect a Super GM to be unaware of. In fact, it is often a part of their tournament preparation. Then what went WRONG?!
What we believe…
Is it because the opponent was Magnus? Of course, a part of it is BUT…
Even if you are a super strong player, it is not possible to beat your super-strong opponents with the same opening as Black.
- This happened not only once but time and again.
- He did it when he was young.
- He did it in 2007 when he cross 2700+ in rating.
He did it last year in online tournaments as well.
How? A BIG question indeed.
This is why IM David Fitzsimons is here with his brand-new course “Carlsen’s Alekhine Defense”, where he dissects Carlsen’s most popular games in the Alekhine Defense—and finds out the secret behind his wins against his super-strong and highly prepared opponents.
Here’s what you are going to learn:
- Caruana’s Four Pawns outplayed. One of the most critical lines against the Alekhine Defense. You will find how Carlsen went for a provoking line to make Caruana overextend his pawns… resulting in the White rook getting trapped early on.
- Younger Carlsen in the Exchange. In a game from his early days, Carlsen plays this position against Bluvshtein where the position quickly turned brutally tactical—and Carlsen ended up with a very active knight in the endgame.
- White’s Reversed Philidor Defense. How should Black respond against it? David analyzes every possible line in this setup and found out which line actually leads to an advantage for Black. Want to know which one? Check Lecture 11.
- Chase your Opponent around. When White goes for the Chase Variation, he invariably creates white square weakness with his pawns being on dark squares. David suggests exchanging White’s light-square bishop and exploit it.
- Sämisch Attack tackled to the ground. In Lecture 15, David takes a look at this unique line where White usually ends with doubled pawns on the queenside… and Black with strong central control. Result? Black scores a full point (yay!).
This course spans a HUGE 19+ hours and is one of the best courses out there on the Alekhine Defense, especially featuring the World Champion.
About the author:
IM David Fitzsimons is the first “homegrown” member of Elm Mount Chess club to achieve IM distinction and only the eighth Irish Chess Player to become an International Master, he obtained his IM norm in 2018. He is an active tournament player, chess coach, and author.
Bonus Chapter – Your Secret Weapon
IM David Fitzsimons provides battle-tested, low theory lines to score quick victories in your blitz and rapid games! This is gold in short-time control games, and some of those could even be used in classical chess!
Complete set of PGNs
Downloadable, complete set of PGNs of everything covered so that you can analyze it at your own pace and convenience. A must-have treasure chest for any serious player.
Access to Practicum
Train the important attacking motifs with a set of specifically designed tasks and challenges. Practical part is an important element of the course.