Win with Petroff Defense for Black with IM Marcin Sieciechowicz
Imagine your opponent is rated 400 points higher than you and a draw gets you into the final…
What do you do? You play for a DRAW.
You steer clear of complications and go for positions where White gets no tangible ideas at all.
That’s where the super solid and resilient Russian Defense or the Petroff comes in.
The author personally likes the Petroff because beneath its harmless, mirror-like image lies a “hidden” bite. If White is not careful, it can become a nightmare soon.
And guess what, it is probably going to.
(Because most White players do not care to study the Petroff – hey, can’t blame them. Not a popular opening, after all.)
That’s exactly why you NEED the Petroff in your arsenal when you are playing as Black.
This is why IM Marcin Sieciechowicz is here with his training, Win with Petroff Defense for Black.
A 10-hour-long exclusive video training that not only shows the EXCITING side of the opening (with illustrative games)…
… but also covers rare lines that your opponents never saw before – more power to you as Black.
Here is what you’ll learn:
- Mistakes happen. Black played a “natural” move 15…f6?! Oops… that allows White’s pawn the chance to sneak in with 16.e6. White gets his other pieces into position and… Boom! You are toast. (Fun fact: Short didn’t see his chance against Kramnik in the 2010 Wijk aan Zee match.)
- Boring? Says who? This position is from the 2007 Carlos Torre Wimbledon tourney. Black lands his queen on g2, sacrificing his rook. Discovered check is coming – while his king can be mated any second! You call that boring, I call that the quintessential Petroff. It bites back when you don’t expect it to.
- What to choose… and what not to. When White plays 3.d4, what do you play? Do you take back the pawn on d4? Or the e4 one? What about d5 though? Is 3…Nc6 playable? If you know, you know. If you don’t, get ready for a once-in-a-lifetime thrashing by White.
About the Author:
IM Marcin Sieciechowicz [2462 FIDE] won many medals in the Polish junior chess championship, among which the most important is the gold medal in the Polish junior chess championship in classical chess won in 2010 (under 18). He made two of his IM norms before reaching 18, and the last in 2010, and became International Master just after his 18th birthday. He has been competing three times in the Junior European chess championship (2004, 2007, 2008) and once in World junior chess championship (2010). He has two GM norms, made in 2010 and 2013, his highest rating was 2462. He is playing French Defense for 20 years and has a couple of wins in this opening with the players rated 2600+.
Chapter 1. Illustrative Games
Chapter 2. Rare Lines
Chapter 3. Rare Lines – Game Examples
Chapter 4. Alternatives on Move 4
Chapter 5. Alternatives on Move 4 – Game Examples
Chapter 6. 4.Nf3 – White Avoids Main Lines (part I)
Chapter 7. 4.Nf3 – White Avoids Main Lines (part I) – Game Examples
Chapter 8. 4.Nf3 – White Avoids Main Lines (part II)
Chapter 9. 4.Nf3 – White Avoids Main Lines (part II) – Game Examples
Chapter 10. 4.Nf3 – White Avoids Main Lines (part III)
Chapter 11. 4.Nf3 – White Avoids Main Lines (part III) – Game Examples
Chapter 12. 5.Nc3 Nimzowitsch Attack (part I)
Chapter 13. 5.Nc3 Nimzowitsch Attack (part I) – Game Examples
Chapter 14. 5.Nc3 Nimzowitsch Attack (part II)
Chapter 15. 5.Nc3 Nimzowitsch Attack (part II) – Game Examples
Chapter 16. 5.d4 Classical Attack (part I)
Chapter 17. 5.d4 Classical Attack (part I) – Game Examples
Chapter 18. 5.d4 Classical Attack (part II)
Chapter 19. 5.d4 Classical Attack (part II) – Game Examples
Chapter 20. 5.d4 Classical Attack (part III)
Chapter 21. 5.d4 Classical Attack (part III) – Game Examples