IM David Fitzsimons reveals…
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 to exchange White’s light-square bishop and exploit it.
- Sämisch Attack tackled to 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 center 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.
- Lecture 1. Carlsen vs Sidelines: Exchange Variation
- Lecture 2. Carlsen vs Exchange Variation I
- Lecture 3. Carlsen vs Exchange Variation II
- Lecture 4. Carlsen vs Four Pawns Attack I
- Lecture 5. Carlsen vs Four Pawns Attack II
- Lecture 6. Carlsen vs Modern Line I
- Lecture 7. Carlsen vs Modern Line II
- Lecture 8. Carlsen vs Modern Line III
- Lecture 9. Repertoire Overview
- Lecture 10. 2nd Move Sidelines
- Lecture 11. 2.d3 d5 3.Nd2
- Lecture 12. 2.Nc3 d5 Sidelines
- Lecture 13. 2.Nc3 d5 Mainline
- Lecture 14. 3rd Move Sidelines
- Lecture 15. 3.Nc3
- Lecture 16. Chase Variation & Other 4th Move Sidelines
- Lecture 17. 3.d4 d6 4th Move Sidelines
- Lecture 18. 4.exd6 cxd6
- Lecture 19. Exchange Variation 6.Nf3 Sidelines
- Lecture 20. Exchange Variation 6.Nf3 Mainline
- Lecture 21. Exchange Variation 6.Nc3 & Sidelines
- Lecture 22. Exchange Variation Voronezh Mainline
- Lecture 23. Four Pawns Attack Sidelines & 10.d5
- Lecture 24. Four Pawns Attack 10.d5 Mainline
- Lecture 25. Four Pawns Attack 10.Be2 Mainline I
- Lecture 26. Four Pawns Attack 10.Be2 Mainline II
- Lecture 27. 4.Nf3 Modern Line Sidelines
- Lecture 28. 4.Nf3 Modern Line 6.c4
- Lecture 29. 4.Nf3 Modern Line Mainline 6.Bc4
About the Author:
IM David Fitzsimons (2416 FIDE)
Is an International Master from Ireland. He achieved this title in 2018 having reached a peak rating of 2416 in 2015, and scoring his three IM norms in consecutive seasons of the Four Nations Chess League (4NCL) from 2016 – 2018. He became the first and only Irish player to win an international open event, the inaugural Summer Prague Open in 2014, and has won numerous tournaments and national and regional titles in classical chess, rapid, and blitz. He has played for Ireland in two Olympiads (2010 and 2018) and has been selected to represent Ireland again at the upcoming Moscow Olympiad.