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The Tournament Of The Year?

The Tournament Of The Year?

GM Illingworth
| 5 hrs ago

Hey chess family,Has the chess tournament of the year 2021 already been played?My answer is: Yes, it's being played right now!It's a tournament featuring over 100 of my American Facebook friends, and it's quite possible you've missed it, as it's b...

How To Train Chess Like A Grandmaster!

How To Train Chess Like A Grandmaster!

GM Illingworth
| 2 days ago

Would you like to train your chess like a Grandmaster?Last year, I recorded a special 2-hour training video on How To Train Chess Like A Grandmaster, which I have recently made available on my Youtube channel!It's been quite popular and I'm sure y...

Anand Vs The Computer

Anand Vs The Computer

GM Illingworth
| 5 days ago

Did you hear about Anand's latest game against the chess computers?Well, it turns out that it wasn't just COVID that was checkmated in Anand's latest simul...I covered Anand's full game against the machine recently, revealing the full solution to ...

How To Play 1.d4

How To Play 1.d4

GM Illingworth
| 7 days ago

Hello chess friends!Would you like to be ready to start playing 1.d4 in just 14 minutes?If so, then I have something special for you  I just uploaded a new Youtube video, called 'How To Play 1.d4', where you'll discover: - How To Play The Q...

Got 60 Seconds?

Got 60 Seconds?

GM Illingworth
| 9 days ago

What's up chess fam?It's GM Max here with some new special videos for you - where we do the 'impossible'!That is - I show you the basic ideas you need to know to start playing an opening, in just 60 seconds!Don't believe me?Check out the video bel...

How To Play 1.e4

How To Play 1.e4

GM Illingworth
| 11 days ago

Welcome to my latest blog post, where I have a quick win at the Grandmaster level to share with you! Our first game is between GMs McShane and Cheparinov, where White goes for a little-known but quite tricky setup known as 'The Big Clamp' agains...

How To Beat 1.c4

How To Beat 1.c4

GM Illingworth
| 13 days ago

How do you beat the solid, flexible English Opening (1.c4)?Today, I'm going to show you TWO solutions that allow you to grab a central space advantage and set problems for your opponents!Recently, one of my Grandmaster friends asked me why I ask a...

How To Beat 1.d4 With The Benko!

How To Beat 1.d4 With The Benko!

GM Illingworth
| 16 days ago

What is the best-scoring opening against 1.d4 at the 2000 level and below?It's the Benko Gambit - and after watching my two new videos on this opening, both featuring wins by Magnus Carlsen in 2021, you will understand why!You'll also discover the...

Grandmaster Blitz & Taking Down The Stonewall

Grandmaster Blitz & Taking Down The Stonewall

GM Illingworth
| 18 days ago

What's up guys?I've been a bit sick in the last few days (now I am feeling better), however the show goes on on Youtube, where I have uploaded some more videos to help you win more of your chess games!Our first video is a recorded blitz session of...

More Attacking 1.e4 Systems

More Attacking 1.e4 Systems

GM Illingworth
| 20 days ago

What's up guys?Last time I talked about some dangerous weapons for White and Black with 1.e4 - today, we're going to discover two more!First, would you like to know the easiest answer to 1.e4 to learn, that still gives you good attacking chances?T...

Would You Rather Beat 1.e4 e5, Or 1.e4?

Would You Rather Beat 1.e4 e5, Or 1.e4?

GM Illingworth
| 22 days ago

What's up guys?It's GM Max here with another blog - this time, I have two Grandmaster video lessons to share with you, where we'll discover how to beat two extremely common chess openings!Our first vlog is all about how to beat 1.e4 e5 - the most ...

The Tricky 1.Nf3 Repertoire

The Tricky 1.Nf3 Repertoire

GM Illingworth
| 26 days ago

Hey guys,How would it feel to play an opening that's easy for you to learn and play, and also very uncomfortable and practically difficult for your opponents?Now imagine - what if you could also master the middlegame, developing the following key ...

My Game Of The Year For 2020

My Game Of The Year For 2020

GM Illingworth
| Apr 27, 2021

Hello chess friends!For today's post, I'm sharing a free sample of a training video from one of my courses, 'How To Beat 1.e4 e5'.  It features an incredible game, where GM Daniil Dubov sacrifices many pawns in the opening to beat GM Sergey...

What Makes You A Great Student?

What Makes You A Great Student?

GM Illingworth
| Apr 24, 2021

Hello fellow chess lovers!I'm curious to know - what makes you a great student of chess? I've been helping others with their chess as my career and passion for a long time now - and I've noticed certain similarities among the students that ac...

A New Gambit Vs. The French

A New Gambit Vs. The French

GM Illingworth
| Apr 22, 2021

Hello chess lovers,Do you find it difficult to get attacking chances against the French Defence?Do you wish there was some gambit that gave you good compensation and practical chances even when the opponent defends well?After following a discussio...

Artemiev Takes Down Two Top GMs In Blitz!

Artemiev Takes Down Two Top GMs In Blitz!

GM Illingworth
| Mar 12, 2021

Hello fellow chess players!I just uploaded a short Grandmaster mini-lesson, called 'How To Swindle Hikaru!' In this video, you're going to discover: - How To Convert A Material Advantage Into Victory; - How To Swindle With Tactical Tricks; ...

Crazy Queen Trap!

Crazy Queen Trap!

GM Illingworth
| Mar 10, 2021

Hello fellow chess players!I just uploaded a new training video to Youtube, called 'Crazy Queen Trap!!!'.In this video, you're going to discover:- How To Get An Opening Edge With The Modern Italian - How To Fight Back From Difficult Positions ...

How I Became A FIDE Master

How I Became A FIDE Master

GM Illingworth
| Mar 8, 2021

Hello fellow chess players!I recently uploaded a new free training video, called 'How I Became A FIDE Master'!In the video below, you're going to learn:- What I did to get to the 'baseline' level of 2200+ FIDE; - How I systematically improved my...

How To Win At Chess FAST!

How To Win At Chess FAST!

GM Illingworth
| Feb 18, 2021

Dear chess friends, Are you ready to start winning more chess games, and improving your chess ratings 100+ points?  Discover how, using my simple 6-step system for chess mastery, presented in my FREE Grandmasterclass How To Win At Ch...

Rubinstein's Opening Developments

Rubinstein's Opening Developments

GM Illingworth
| Jan 6, 2021

What is so special about Akiba Rubinstein (pictured below)? He is considered to be one of the greatest players never to become World Champion, but did you know that he also developed a number of completely new opening systems, that tod...

My Latest Blitz Session

My Latest Blitz Session

GM Illingworth
| Jan 4, 2021

Hey chess family!In this post, you can enjoy my games from my latest blitz session, where I share how a fellow Grandmaster and I kept swindling one another!Click the video below to watch the 90 minute swindling lesson: Click here to subscribe to...

This Is Classified Chess Information...

This Is Classified Chess Information...

GM Illingworth
| Jan 2, 2021

Are you ready to make 2021 your breakthrough chess year?Perhaps you set a New Year's Resolution of 'gain over 200 rating points'.Maybe your New Year's Resolution was 'win the big Championship event later this year'.I know exactly what you need to ...

How To Gain 200+ Points In 2021

How To Gain 200+ Points In 2021

GM Illingworth
| Dec 31, 2020

What will it take for you to gain 200+ points in 2021? Here's the short answer: 1. Passion for chess If you aren't loving your chess, you'll struggle to stay motivated and have a clear purpose. However, it's easy to put more time in when you lo...

Epic Afek Problems...And A Special Opportunity

Epic Afek Problems...And A Special Opportunity

GM Illingworth
| Dec 6, 2020

Many of you know that IM Yochanan Afek is a Grandmaster in chess composition. In fact, he is the only person to possess international titles in five different facets of chess. I just bought the new 6th edition of Harold van der Heijden's Endg...

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