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Learning from Yasser Seirawan Part 1

Learning from Yasser Seirawan Part 1


Seirawan, 1994. Picture taken from http://nezhmet.wordpress.com/tag/yasser-seirawan/



Currently in my studies I am looking at the games of Yasser Seirawan. I have decided to publish my analysis for a couple of reasons:


1. This forces me to analyze every week and work hard at producing the best work

2. I believe that many viewers on Chess.com can also benefit from learning from Seirawan's games.



Short Biography

Yasser Seirawan was born on March 24, 1960 and is an American Grandmaster. In the late 1980s and 1990s Seirawan was at his peak, and became known for his positional style and involvement in chess politics.


How to use this article

<1600 Play through the mainlines and please DO ask questions!
1600-1800 Play through the mainlines and also the sidelines.
2000+ Just enjoy Seirawan's style and play. Remember, I am not a GM so feel free to correct my analysis if needed!



The following game is taken from his early years and features a nice struggle with chances for both sides.


I will definitely try to publish every 1.5 weeks (hopefully every week) so keep posted!
Thank you!


  • 6 weeks ago


    Thank you Julian, great job!

    I've been away from chess during 35 years and recently started to play again. Your analyzes are valuable Smile. Perfect games for me to start with!

    Seirawan is kind of a favorite player for me. Not because he is the best chess player in history but because he always have a clear strategy in his games. A strategy that is quite easy to follow, understand and learn from and no one explains this better than himself. Check it out at Youtube. There are several videos with him. This one about the English.

    I always liked to follow his English strategy with the long h1-a8 diagonal bishop on g2 and a Q-side attack against b7. 

  • 3 years ago


    ok. Thanks. Sorry, it's been about a year since I've done a thorough analysis. Great to see someone kept at it from our group!

  • 3 years ago


    I have not checked my analyses with a computer, so I may have some glaring errors... otherwise it looks like the seemingly obvious f3 may lose to this sensational line.
  • 3 years ago


    Right before move 18, in your variation, you note in the byline that 26... h5 is equal. Maybe I'm missing something, but would 27. f3 win material for White?

  • 3 years ago


    analyses, I think.

  • 3 years ago


    hi, you suck


    PS dude pretty amazing game though, u might needa analyze this in detail later though

  • 3 years ago



    cant wait for part 2 Smile

  • 3 years ago


    Thanks for showing this game which is instructive for methodical improvement of position.

  • 3 years ago


    Very nice analysis :)

    I like how you explain the clear plans of both sides.

    What is the plural of analysis? Analysises or Analysie or ??

  • 3 years ago


    Please leave a comment, be it "hi" or "you suck", anything would be great. (although I would hope for positive criticism and less verbal abuse ;)

    Thank you for reading!



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