Webinar 39. How to Prepare for the Tournament Game

Webinar 39. How to Prepare for the Tournament Game

FM Gertsog

Dear Chess Friends!

You know openings are important. However, if you are 1200 or 1300 Elo, of course, it’s not so important. Because it’s very often when your opponent can deviate from the standard opening line and because of low level you won’t be able to exploit the advantage you may get after this deviation. That’s why for players with Elo below 1400 I suggest mainly to focus on tactics, calculation ability and positional understanding. Of course, the basic knowledge of the opening they play is required!

But for players around 1800 Elo or above openings (especially in games with standard time control) are extremely important. A good knowledge of the variation you play can offer you a better position in the middlegame.

At the same time, you should understand that to get a good position in the middlegame is not enough. You should also understand what plans and ideas work for this or that position: what you should do and what plans to expect from your opponent. Anyway, when you are going to play a tournament game against anyone you should take the advantage of home preparation and force your opponent to get into the line (position) that you are more familiar with.

As a result, it will be easier for you to find a plan and avoid blunders, while your opponent will spend more time on finding a good plan in the position, he sees for the first time!

That’s why I decided to conduct a webinar about home preparation! And you are invited to my next 39th webinar “How to Prepare for the Tournament Game”.

What we are going to cover on this webinar:

  • Where to find your opponent’s recent games?
  • How to choose the opening to play against your opponent?
  • How to define your opponent’s style?
  • What else to do after you learned the line?

The webinar starts on Sunday (5th of July) at 10 a.m. (EDT), 2 p.m. (GMT), 5 p.m. (Moscow time). This webinar is free.

Please, register for the webinar with this link:


Please, don’t forget to register in advance and reserve your spot in case of high number of attendees.

See you on the webinar!

FM Victor Neustroev