Surprise Weapons for White and Black with IM Mika Karttunen

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Surprise Weapons for White and Black with IM Mika Karttunen
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IM Mika Karttunen, 7-times Finnish chess champion and the 12-times Finnish blitz chess champion, is here with his latest, exclusive course ‘Surprise Weapons for White and Black’ to teach you exactly that—how to take your opponents out of their comfort zone as early as move one.
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Renowned Coach IM Mika Karttunen reveals…

Ever heard of the word “novelty” before? Grandmasters love them, and you know why?

Because every novelty packs a punch of surprise!

If you can surprise your opponent, you have got him out of his preparation already. Every move he makes next is like a step into dark, unknown territory—while you still know what you are doing…

The likelihood of silly mistakes and horrendous errors goes up. So do the chances of winning the game.

So, are you ready to take your opponent to where he has never been before?

Want to come up with a deadly “surprise” in your next game, whether as White or Black?

IM Mika Karttunen, 7-times Finnish chess champion and the 12-times Finnish blitz chess champion, is here with his latest, exclusive course ‘Surprise Weapons for White and Black’ to teach you exactly that—how to take your opponents out of their comfort zone as early as move one.

He has coached hundreds of students, young and old, before and is known to take evaluated risks getting his opponents out of the balance.

Want to unleash a surprise weapon as White or Black?

Here’s what you are going to learn:

  • 1.c4 against Grünfeld players. The Grünfeld players want a sharp game. So give them one—one that they can never forget. How? Mika suggests stalling the castling of your king and instead push the h-pawn forward.
  • The KID without c4. In lecture 5, Mika shows an amazing line where White does not play the c4 before putting his knight on c3. Is it blocking the c-pawn? Yes, and there’s a LOT of compensation for it.
  • Ratting your opponent out. What to play against White’s 1.d4? The KID, the Slav, the Dragon? Nah, too predictable. Mika teaches you the English Rat Defense as a surprise weapon against White’s 1.d4.
  • The unconventional Sicilian. Tons of theory. Thoroughly prepared against. Extremely overused. But what about the rare sideline, the O’Kelly Variation? It starts with 2…a6! A great way to tackle White’s 1.e4.
  • White’s 3.Bd3 in the French. The two common ways to play against the French is to push the e-pawn forward or to exchange it with Black’s d-pawn. Mika tells you to do neither. Instead, lead with 3.Bd3, develop a piece and protect the e-pawn instead.

What next? Let Mika teach you…

Totally unconventional and built for fun.

This is a course that you confidently refer to and play for the rest of your life… without having to stay up-to-date with the latest theory.

What’s Included?

  • Surprise Weapons for White and Black – video course [11 hours 55 mins] IM Mika Karttunen is here with his latest, exclusive course ‘Surprise Weapons for White and Black’ to teach you exactly that—how to take your opponents out of their comfort zone as early as move one. This is a course that you confidently refer to and play for the rest of your life… without having to stay up-to-date with the latest theory.
  • Complete set of PGNs Downloadable, complete set of PGNs of everything covered so that you can analyze it at your own pace and convenience. A must-have treasure chest for any serious player.
  • Access to Practicum Train the important attacking motifs with a set of specifically designed tasks and challenges. Practical part is an important element of the course.

Outline:

CHAPTER 1 KID Semi-Averbakh
CHAPTER 2 1.c4 against Grunfeld Players
CHAPTER 3 The f3-line against Pirc
CHAPTER 4 The c3-Dutch
CHAPTER 5 The KID without c4
CHAPTER 6 The Najdorf Sicilian – Surprising 6.a3
CHAPTER 7 The Slav Defence with 4.Qc2
CHAPTER 8 The Albin Countergambit 5.a3
CHAPTER 9 The French Defense 3.Bd3
CHAPTER 10 The Exchange Variation Caro-Kann
CHAPTER 11 The Rat Defense
CHAPTER 12 The Sicilian Defence OKelly Variation
CHAPTER 13 The Four Knights Game with Bd6
CHAPTER 14 1.d4 d6 2.Nf3 Nf6 3.c4 g6 4.Nc3 Bf5
CHAPTER 15 3…Qb6 in Rossolimo Sicilian
CHAPTER 16 The Catalan Opening Black Surprises with 5…Bd6
CHAPTER 17 1.d4 – Try the Malinoise Defense
CHAPTER 18 The Reti 2…Nc6 3…Bg4
CHAPTER 19 The Bird Opening g3 h5!
CHAPTER 20 The Nimzo Defense Bxc3

Meet the Author

IM Mika Karttunen [2485 FIDE]

is a Finnish International Master with a peak Elo rating of 2485 and I one GM-norm. Mika is a 7-times Finnish chess champion and 12-times Finnish blitz champion. He has written two books and filmed over one hundred chess videos for his students. IM Karttunen has represented Finland in many international team events since 2000: Olympiad 2000-2018, European team championship 2003-2017, Euro Cup (13 times). Mika faced many 2700+ rated players and achieved 9 draws in 23 battles. IM Mika Karttunen is also a full-time coach. His students have won multiple Finish Chess Championships in different age groups, obtained bronze in Nordic Championship, and gold in European Blitz Championship.