Are you looking for a plan as White in the Carlsbad pawn structure?
Look no further than the work of Mikhail Botvinnik, one of the greatest chess theoreticians of all time.
GM Dejan Bojkov reviews Botvinnik’s plan in this structure, and shows you an instructive game against Botvinnik’s main rival, Paul Keres, who was himself an inventive super-grandmaster. | Watch video
How did the great Henry Nelson Pillsbury handle the Carlsbad pawn structure?
GM Dejan Bojkov demonstrates an educational win in this pawn structure by Pillsbury from more than 100 years ago.
Do you know the “Pillsbury circle” in this opening? Find out in this video how to use the circle to gain space.
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It’s Throwback Thursday, your chance to watch the best videos in the Chess.com archive.
This week, we dial the time machine back to Aug. 13, 2010, for GM Dejan Bojkov’s enlightening series on the true powers of each chess piece.
You’ll learn how to evaluate your pieces not by static point values, but by what they can actually accomplish in a given position or plan.
If you can start doing this regularly, it might just revolutionize your chess game. | Watch video
GM Dejan Bojkov concludes his tribute to Réti with a brilliant and unusual attacking game from the great master.
Learn how Reti uses his eponymous opening to launch the assault on the super-strong Bogoljubov, who appropriately responded with the defense that would also eventually be named after him.
You won’t believe the clever queen maneuver Reti uncorked to apply maximum pressure to Black’s center and kingside.
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Can Reti squeeze a win out of what looks like a textbook draw?
GM Dejan Bojkov continues his analysis of Reti’s brilliant play, picking up this time in the early endgame against Romanovsky.
Learn how Reti creates advantageous imbalances from this seemingly lifeless position. | Watch video
What happens when two of the greatest chess minds ever collide?
GM Dejan Bojkov shows you the fireworks when two of history’s strongest grandmasters face each other: GM Richard Reti and GM Akiba Rubinstein.
GM Bojkov analyzes this positional masterpiece from Reti, and explains how he was able to crack Rubinstein’s defenses to score a win. | Watch video
We know by now what White's minority attack looks like in the Carlsbad pawn formation, but let's have some fun with Black today. GM Bojkov shows a variety of games and positions where Black invades the light squares around White's king, long before the queenside crumbles. You'll get a chance to put all four attacking units en prise at various stages! Dismantling White's castle sometimes takes creativity, and today you'll need it! | Watch video
"Just keep your pieces active and everything is going to be fine," Coach and GM Dejan Bojkov says. In the imbalanced Carlsbad structure, it seems White will just methodically press the minority attack, but Black has enough resources based on the dark-squared bishop and the open a- or b-file. Today he brings you two games, with three World Champions! Watch and see how these players react to White's plan and how you can hold the balance. | Watch video
GM Bojkov is back! Today he begins a well-researched series on a pawn structure that will surely occur in your games sooner or later. Make sure you're good with the Carlsbad. In today's part 1, he focuses on the infamous minority attack. How can two pawns defeat three? With the help of an open c-file, that's how. Bojkov shows all the permutations of the attack on the c6-pawn, including a World Champion preemptively attacking the pawn even before it gets there! | Watch video
How far can preparation get you? Well, certain GMs play 40 moves and win entire games from preparation. Today you'll see an amateur player get an advantage from his homework. But GM Bojkov's big warning - careful simplifying into a "winning" position. Sometimes you actually aren't winning at all. It seems no amount of opening preparation can make you skilled at the endgame - you just have to know your basics! | Watch video