Fighting 1.e4 – The Complete Repertoire for Black with FM Yuriy Krykun

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Chess Openings for Black: Fighting 1.e4 – A Complete Repertoire

complete opening repertoire for black yuriy krykun

“Know thyself, know thy enemy. A thousand battles, a thousand victories.” – Sun Tzu.

Leave your opponent clueless. Drag them kicking and screaming into a world only you know and understand.

Know what you will do. Know the mistakes they will make.

This kind of opening advantage is worth 200 Elo points or more.

But how can you get this dominance in a world of booked-up players?

FM Yuriy Krykun has put together a fighting repertoire that will stupefy your rivals and give you the control you’re looking for.

Is this course for me?

FM Krykun actually gives you TWO anti-e4 repertoires in this course. As he points out, you’re going to want to mix things up.

First up is the Czech Pirc (1.e4 d6 2.d4 Nf6 3.Nc3 c6). That sneaky c-pawn push covers d5 and opens the path for …Qa5. This early queen move gives White a headache, pinning the knight and threatening …Nxe4.

Next is a tricky line in the Alekhine: 1.e4 Nf6 2.e5 Ng8! Carlsen has played this, Mamedyarov has too. That e5 pawn quickly becomes a problem for White… a problem few will be able to solve at the board.

Come out fighting with…

  • Sideline killers. When White avoids Nc3 Qa5 ideas, we quickly take the center with …e5! This leads to rapid development and kingside attacks like this demolition (diagram) of a 2580-rated player in just 25 moves!fighting e4 krykun
  • The Alekhine center. Your opponent might think you’re mad playing …Nf6 then …Ng8, but after 3.d4 d6 4.exd6 cxd6 5.c4 Nf6 6.Nc3 e6 White only has the usual half-move lead and YOU have the perfect small center, covering every square from c5 to f5!
  • Knowledge of White’s tricks. Our setup is solid. Prevent the few tricks White has (like Nxd5!, diagram) and your superior understanding of the position will win out every time.fighting e4 krykun 2

Two repertoires full of aggressive, hard-to-deal-with options that your rivals will be totally clueless against.

About the Author

FM Yuriy Krykun (Peak rating of 2382 Elo as July 2020) – Ukrainian FIDE Master and member of the National Team. He has one IM norm. He has played in many National and International tournaments, winning over 10 medals. Bronze medal winner in European U18 Championship. Full-time chess player, coach, and author of multiple publications.

What will I get?

Fighting 1.e4: The Complete Repertoire for Black – Video Course [6 hours 11 minutes]

FM Krykun gives you 2 full repertoires against 1.e4 based on the Czech Pirc and a very special setup in the Alekhine’s Defense!

Two Full Repertoires against 1.e4

FM Yuriy Krykun gives you a complete blueprint to take your opponent out of “book” in as little as 4-5 moves with some great chess openings for Black!

Access to Practicum

Train the important move sequences with a set of specifically designed tasks and challenges. The practical part is an important element of the course.

PGNs of all games

Downloadable PGNs of the games presented in the course with Master’s analysis, extra lines, and ideas.

Here is what you’ll learn:

  • GM Memedyarov’s strong surprise weapon for Black against White’s mainline in Czech Pirc
  • Magnus Carlsen’s sneaky move order in Alekhine’s Defense to cut down the INSANE amount of theory and avoid White’s most dangerous responses
  • The choice of two systems in Alekhine’s Defense and when to use each one
  • How to reduce White’s possibilities in Czech Pirc, steering the game towards the positions YOU want
  • Powerful antidotes against the sidelines and off-beat variations in both Czech Pirc and Alekhine’s Defense

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Running Time

6+ hours

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Content Outline

Chapter 1 – What this Course is About
Chapter 2 – The 4.Nf3 Czech Pirc
Chapter 3 – The 4.f4 Sidelines in the Czech Pirc
Chapter 4 – The 4.f4 Mainline in the Czech Pirc
Chapter 5 – The Sidelines on Move 4 in the Czech Pirc
Chapter 6 – 1.e4 d6 2.d4 Nf6 3.f3
Chapter 7 – 3.Bd3 and Nd2
Chapter 8 – Sidelines on move 2
Chapter 9 – My games in Czech Pirc
Chapter 10 – The Alekhine Sidelines I
Chapter 11 – The Alekhine Sidelines II
Chapter 12 – The Alekhine with 4.exd6
Chapter 13 – The Alekhine with 4.Nf3 and f4
Chapter 14 – My games in Alekhine