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Chess.com University - Course #2

  • IM DanielRensch
  • on 7/5/10, 3:09 PM.

Welcome Dragon "Slayers", Najdorf "Demolishers", and Taimanov "Tyrants"!!! :) This group, designed specifically for Chess.com University's second course -- "Don't Fear the Sicilian", has been created just for you! Many chess players spend their entire careers avoiding the main lines of the Open Sicilian... But not you, not after today...

Even some very strong players would rather "jump" from one Anti-Sicilian to another, reinventing the wheel as many times as necessary to convince themselves that "they are actually achieving some kind of advantage as white against the Sicilian". However, I am here to tell you that whether you are currently playing the Grand Prix Attack, The Closed Sicilian, the Smith Morra, or the Alapin (or any others) you are NOT achieving the best possible positions white has available...

"But I just can't play against the Najdorf, Dragon, Taimanov, Sveshnikov, and whatever other 'ov' the Sicilian might throw my way. Just too much theory..." Well, you have been right to be scared up to now. The Sicilian (along with 1...e5) is played by more Grand Masters and other chess professionals than any other opening for a reason. It is aggressive, dynamic, challenging, and most of all flexible. The Sicilian is even the reason some players won't even play 1.e4...

I was once in your shoes. I am here to show you the light at the end of the tunnel. Now, you can take the blue pill -- and none of this ever happened :) Or, you can sign up today for Danny Rensch's (that's me btw) "Don't Fear the Sicilian" -- Chess.com University -- and I will show you just how far down the rabbit hole goes, until we are knocking on the door of "English Attack" mastery!!!\

COURSE DESCRIPTION and LOGISTICS:

  1. Introduction. Why most players fear the Sicilians;
  2. Good games; key questions; 1st homework assignment
  3. English Attack against the Najdorf #1 --e6 variations
  4. English Attack against the Najdorf #2 --e5 variations
  5. English Attack against the Najdorf #3 --Ng4 variations NOTE: Najdorf may be extended into more videos. 
  6.  Classical Sicilian
  7. Taimanov; 2nd homework assignment
  8.  More of my own games against the Sicilians
  9. Your Games Analyzed from Homework assignments #1 and #2
  10. Yugoslav Attack 9.0-0-0
  11. Acc Dragon -- 9.Bc4 Yugo Update and Maroczy Bind
  12. Recommended repertoire against Kan and Sveshnikov -- Assignments and recommendations about how to approach those “non English Attack” Sicilians...
  • 12 Week Course
  • Each Seminar will take place on Friday at 1pm Pac (USA) Time
  • Minimum # of Students required for Course Activation - 20 Registrants. Course closed at 30 Registrants.
  • Student level: should be at one of these levels: echess 1800-2400; live 1400-2000; uscf 1600-2200
  • Course scheduled start date - August 13th
  • $225 for the complete 12 week course. $202.50 (10% off) to yearly Diamond Members. 10% discount also available to anyone joining their first Chess.com University Course.

To register, send an "invitation request" to either Daniel Rensch (ACEChess) or David Pruess (dpruess). After completing the registration and payment process, you will be invited to join the "Don't Fear the Sicilian" private group and message boards.

Thanks to all!

Here are a couple games I played in the English Attack. Just a little taste to keep the kids happy!! Enjoy...

 

 

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  • 4 years ago

    chessfunk_7

    the course sounds great ,,,,, the price in this economy is just to high plain and simple. my chess master course comes with great videos and tutorials. thats not saying you guys are not offering a quality product . its that price point is just a tad bit outside my budget range. so i make due with the books , videos and programs available . good luck  all.

  • 4 years ago

    Legend_01

    Sorry, but i am pro-sicilian, not anti.

  • 4 years ago

    Phobetor

    Yes, I was kidding with the lower price for Europe.

    If the course was for stronger players, I may have considered joining the course. Hicetnunc has a good point about the "Too Much Information"-syndrome there; I also have a shelf with like 30-40 chess books, of which I really read only a few. To get some guidance besides just buying those books would be nice, and a sicilian-themed course is always useful. But I'm 2200+ FIDE so I don't think this course is for me.

  • 4 years ago

    TheBenzinator

    I think some free sample of recorded university class lecture will help for deciding if someone would like to register for such full course. This will show interaction in class and how it is different from just regular video lesson. I think it is hard to commit in advance for such long course which is not cheap and it is quite new concept either.

  • 4 years ago

    SchachMatt

    THIS CHANGES EVERYTHING!!!!!!!!

  • 4 years ago

    IM dpruess

    i just reduced the price on this course for everybody because something had been miscalculated. however, we won't be doing special regional pricing ever; not sure if you seriously suggested that or were just talking.

  • 4 years ago

    jlueke

    But I play d4 Tongue out

  • 4 years ago

    astroduf

    Sounds like a good course for the price. I would have considered registering if it was not on Friday afternoon. Some of us have real job and only week-end days to spend on chess...

  • 4 years ago

    Phobetor

    @ dpruess: About those tournaments, prices are much lower in Europe, or the Netherlands at least. To play in the 9-round FIDE-rated 2100+ Dutch Open would cost € 70 for untitled players, which is the highest entry fee of all comparable summer tournaments here (Vlissingen, Leiden, Hilversum, ...). Distances in the Netherlands are also much smaller, so people here don't fly to tournaments.

    Maybe you should reduce the cost of the course for people from Europe, since they're used to lower costs :)

  • 4 years ago

    IM dpruess

    "I can't imagine anybody spending that much on chess" -- ever seen the entry fee to a chess tournament? not to mention people fly to tournaments, get hotel rooms, get private lessons with grandmasters, buy digital clocks, books...

    i've spent more than 200 times that much on chess, personally. (though along the way i did also win prizes of a similar amount).

  • 4 years ago

    IM dpruess

    the target student level for this class is supposed to be:

    1600-2200 uscf; OR 1400-1800 live chess.com; OR 1800-2400 echess chess.com.

    i'll add that in to the description.

  • 4 years ago

    Conflagration_Planet

    I can't imagine anybody spending that much on chess.

  • 4 years ago

    LordTC

    My main concern is with one 2 hour lecture slot for game analysis in the entire course if you get anywhere near 30 people I doubt some of my games are going to get covered.  Also unlike the KG course this course doesn't really list a preferred level so I think the group methods might run into level problems.

    I'd be much more interested in this course if there was some preparatory material given, indicating where someone should be at the start of the series. Ideally something that was publically available before signing up so one could avoid participating in a course that was too advanced or too basic for them.

    I also am a little wary of the fact that there are only two homeworks listed and only one take up session.  Ideally someone signing up for a course like this would like at least one of their games to be covered, and with only 2 hours of covering user games that's just not possible in a 20 to 30 person course.

  • 4 years ago

    IM DanielRensch

    24 hours of teaching  -- maybe more because Danny talks too much as you all know :) --. So, at $270 for 24 hours (not including homework hours, which I learned in college you should spend 1 hour of studying per hour of teaching :). Just joking, PapBear didn't even go to college ;)

    the cost is a little less than $12 an hour? I didn't go to college so I don't know...

  • 4 years ago

    TheBenzinator

    11$/hr rate suggested here is quite fair compared to 50$/hr you will pay on private lesson but i'm not sure what will be the level of 1 on 1 in this university since with 20-30 participants it is not easy...So i am not sure if this is comparable.

  • 4 years ago

    coolzeph1294

    i ain't got enough money to register

  • 4 years ago

    _valentin_

    It's amazing (though I guess one shouldn't be surprised at) how many people wrote "I can't afford it", and I'm sure 10x as many people thought the same but didn't bother expressing it in writing.  There's definitely something waiting to be invented for such folks... 

    The most important thing is motivation; once that is in place -- and it is for those who say "I wish I would be able to take it"... -- the rest should be easier.

  • 4 years ago

    SchachMatt

    OK.

    I think Chess.com University is an awesome idea, I think this course in particular is a great one which contains material I definitely need to learn, and I think Danny Rensch is the man....

    BUT(you knew this was coming)

    I am already a full time student which means I have neither the time nor the money available to take part.  Is there any case that the materials of the course, minus the teacher interaction, will be available to diamond members at some later date?

  • 4 years ago

    bigdoug

    Hah!  I can afford it, but only because I have to be working at 1 pm Pacific time...and therefore can't take the course...

  • 4 years ago

    hicetnunc

    To those comparing the University offer with Diamond membership, there's a big difference : since the advent of databases, chess suffers from what Soltis calls the TMI syndrome, where TMI stands for "Too Much Information".

    Of course, you can find lots of resources with a Diamond membership, but the big value of lessons with a competent and dedicated teacher, is that he will save you huge amounts of time by pointing to the right resources AND extracting the gist out of them so that you can learn what's most useful on your chess journey... That's my 2 cents as a chess coach Cool I remember how much I learnt when I was a teenager because I was lucky enough to have strong players help me analyze my games...

    Good luck guys, and to those who can afford it, I strongly recommend this kind of package : you'll probably save a couple of years of your time Smile

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