Lemos Deep Dive – The Petroff Defense

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Play The Petroff Defense Like Caruana – Lemos Deep Dive Vol 9

Lemos Deep Dive - The Petroff Defense
Lemos Deep Dive Vol 9 – The Petroff Defense

The Petroff Defense, also known as the Russian Defense, was a favorite opening of both Karpov and Kramnik. The Petroff is as solid as a rock, easy to learn and offers a ton of ways to turn the tables on those 1.e4 players!

The Petroff is starting to come back in a big way with Fabiano Caruana just one of the top GMs who relies on it when it matters.

In this comprehensive 8 hour Deep Dive course, GM Damian Lemos builds up your knowledge of this powerful opening weapon, demonstrating how to combat each of the White sidelines and mainlines in turn.

As well as the recommended lines and tricky novelties, GM Lemos shows how these ideas play out in practice with analysis of instructive games, making sure you always know what to do next.

About the Author:

Damian Lemos is a grandmaster from Argentina with a top rating of 2559 Elo.

In his lessons, Damian works closely with students to first identify the flaws and weaknesses in their games so that they can be properly evaluated and corrected.

By developing specifically-tailored training regimens for every one of his students, Grandmaster Lemos is able to achieve results that other chess coaches dream of.

How do I benefit from this course?

Playing the Petroff Defense can be a vital alternative for all Black players who plan to stick to 1…e5 but are tired of entering the highly theoretical terrain of the Ruy Lopez, the Italian Game or the Scotch Opening.

When you play The Petroff Defense, you can immediately take the opponent out of his comfort zone by playing a move which is not as frequently played as 2..Nc6.

In the 1980s, the Petroff Defense was known as one of the toughest nuts to crack for White and players like Kramnik, Anand and Gelfand used it with Black to achieve easy draws at the top level.

Here’s what GM Damian Lemos is going to teach you in this course:

Anti Petroff Systems

First of all, it is important to note that White can try to avoid playing against the Petroff Defense by going for the moves 1.e4 e5 2.Bc4.

However, Black can still play in the style of the Petroff Defense with 2..Nf6 3.d3 c6! Black tries to punish White for playing a quick Bc4 in the opening by preparing the move …d5.

The Two Knights Variation

Lemos Deep Dive - The Petroff Defense

When playing the Two Knights Variation after 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nf6 3.Nc3, White’s idea is to trick Black into a Scotch or a Ruy Lopez after, for example, 3…Nc6 4.d4 (Scotch Opening).

To keep the game in Petroff territory, GM Lemos suggests playing the move 3…Bb4 with Black.

The 3.d4-Variation

The 3.d4-Variation arises after the moves 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nf6 3.d4 Nxe4.

Here, White has a choice between the moves 4.Bd3 or 4.dxe5. 3. After 4.Bd3 d5 5.dxe5 (5.Nxe5 is analyzed in the full games section) 5…Nc5.

Here, White has two moves again – 6.0-0 or 6.Be2 (wasting a tempo but keeping the bishop pair).

After 6.Be2 Black has easy development for all his pieces with …Be7, …0-0. Black also has ideas to play …Nc5-e6 and to push …c5, gaining more control over the center, followed by …Nc6.

The e5-pawn is a potential target in the middlegame. Black has ideas to play maneuvers like …Re8, …g6, …Be7-f8-g7,
eyeing this pawn.

This course is full of up-to-date coverage of the Petroff Defense, featuring the most recent top-level games from the Sinquefield Cup in August 2018 and the 2018 Candidates Tournament.

Take those e4 players out of their comfort zone and into your territory with the flexible Petroff – a positionally sound opening full of hidden bite!

Enjoy this course!

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Content Outline

Chapter Outline:

Introduction: About this course

Chapter 1: Anti-Petroff Systems

  • Part 1: 1.e4 e5 2.Bc4 (1)
  • Part 2: 1.e4 e5 2.Bc4 (2)

Chapter 2: The Two Knights Variation (1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nf6 3.Nc3)

Chapter 3: The 3.d4-Variation

  • Part 1: 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nf6 3.d4 Nxe4 4.Bd3
  • Part 2: 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nf6 3.d4 Nxe4 4.dxe5 (1)
  • Part 3: 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nf6 3.d4 Nxe4 4.dxe5 (2)

Chapter 4: The 3.Nxe5-Variation – Early Deviations

  • Part 1: The Cochrane Gambit: 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nf6 3.Nxe5 d6 4.Nxf7
  • Part 2: 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nf6 3.Nxe5 d6 4.Nd3 and 4.Nc4
  • Part 3: 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nf6 3.Nxe5 d6 4.Nc4

Chapter 5: The 3.Nxe5-Variation – Sidelines

  • Part 1: 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nf6 3.Nxe5 d6 4.Nf3 Nxe4 5.Bd3
  • Part 2: 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nf6 3.Nxe5 d6 4.Nf3 Nxe4 5.Qe2 (Exchange Variation)
  • Part 3: 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nf6 3.Nxe5 d6 4.Nf3 Nxe4 5.d3 (Exchange Variation)

Chapter 6: The 3.Nxe5-Variation – Mainline with 5.Nc3

  • Part 1: 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nf6 3.Nxe5 d6 4.Nf3 5.Nc3 (1)
  • Part 2: 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nf6 3.Nxe5 d6 4.Nf3 5.Nc3 (2)

Chapter 7: The 3.Nxe5-Variation – Mainline with 5.d4

  • Part 1: 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nf6 3.Nxe5 d6 4.Nf3 5.d4 & 9.Nc3
  • Part 2: 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nf6 3.Nxe5 d6 4.Nf3 5.d4 & 9.Re1

Chapter 8: Model Games

  • Part 1: Kamsky – Karpov (1)
  • Part 2: Kamsky – Karpov (2)
  • Part 3: Karjakin – Caruana
  • Part 4: Lautier – Gelfand
  • Part 5: Carlsen – Caruana (1)
  • Part 6: Carlsen – Caruana (2)