IM Scieciechowic has recorded a 10-hour Opening Preparation for Black based on Berlin Defense. But I must warn you. This is not the opening for every day. This is the opening for "must-not-lose" situations, especially when you are facing a stronger opponent.
You are in the last round of the Open Tournament, up against a much stronger, 2395 rated IM.
You’ve got the Black pieces and the IM just played 1.e4!
The good news is… you only need a ‘draw’ to win the event.
What do you play?
Polish IM Marcin Scieciechowic suggests the Berlin Defense.
Berlin is THE MOST SOLID defense out there against 1.e4.
Kramnik won his World Championship title outplaying the all-time-great Garry Kasparov thanks to unbreakable Berlin Defense.
Carlsen held Vishy Anand in game 4 playing the Berlin and ultimately won the Match.
Now nearly every super-GM has Berlin added to their repertoire.
The question is, would you play Berlin Defense in your final game against the 2395 IM? Would you… let him attack the Wall, let him burn the clock, let him get frustrated, let him make a mistake losing the game?
IM Scieciechowic has recorded a 10-hour Opening Preparation for Black based on Berlin Defense. But I must warn you. This is not the opening for every day. This is the opening for “must-not-lose” situations, especially when you are facing a stronger opponent.
Here is what you’ll learn:
- Carlsen’s Masterclass – IM Scieciechowic demonstrates how to play Berlin Defense the Magnus way. Learn from the best player’s strategies, favorite lines, and thinking processes.
- Beating 4.Nc3 Kramnik’s Way – You’ll learn how to “shut down” one of your opponent’s pieces, the exact same way Kramnik did in his game against Short. Although the material on the board was equal, Short was effectively playing a piece down. (Chapter 5)
- Magnus’ Novelty – You’ll learn Magnus Carlsen’s unique Bc5 idea for handling the 4.d3 System ( Anand). This is a practical approach requiring zero memorization, yet it will confuse most club-level opponents. (Chapter 7)
- Berlin Endgames Blueprint – IM Scieciechowic shares his complete algorithm for winning the Berlin Endgame if White decides to exchange queens and trade the pieces. (Chapter 14)
In short, you are getting a ready-to-go opening repertoire for Black, geared towards practical chess players, and that will work well at under 2500 Elo.
Not only you are getting 10+ hours of world-class opening preparation on Berlin Defense, but the course also comes loaded with PGN Vault containing the entire opening preparation, practicum access, and a very special bonus… the AlphaZero “Game-Changer”.
You’ll be able to see how AI-engine (artificial intelligence) crashes your typical 3400-rated StockFish with Berlin Defense. And not once, but twice.
- Chapter 1. Illustrative Games
- Chapter 2. 4th Move White’s Secondary Lines
- Chapter 3. 4th Move White’s Secondary Lines Game Examples
- Chapter 4. 4.Nc3 System
- Chapter 5. 4.Nc3 System Games
- Chapter 6. 4.d3 System part I
- Chapter 7. 4.d3 System part I Game Examples
- Chapter 8. 4.d3 System part II
- Chapter 9. 4.d3 System part II Game Examples
- Chapter 10. 4.0-0 Secondary Lines
- Chapter 11. 4.0-0 Secondary Lines Game Examples
- Chapter 12. 5.d4 Secondary Lines
- Chapter 13. 5.d4 Secondary Lines Game Examples
- Chapter 14. 9.h3 Berlin Endgame
- Chapter 15. 9.h3 Berlin Endgame Game Examples
- Chapter 16. 9.Rd1 Berlin Endgame
- Chapter 17. 9.Rd1 Berlin Endgame Game Examples
- Chapter 18. 9.Nc3 Berlin Endgame part I
- Chapter 19. 9.Nc3 Berlin Endgame part I Game Examples
- Chapter 20. 9.Nc3 Berlin Endgame part II
- Chapter 21. 9.Nc3 Berlin Endgame part II Game Examples
- Chapter 22. Bonus. Stockfish 8 – AlphaZero
About the Author
IM Marcin Sieciechowicz [FIDE 2462]
Marcin won many medals in the Polish junior chess championship, from 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+.