• Essential Checkmate Patterns

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    Essential Checkmate Patterns, by FM Thomas Wolski. This module contains 130 challenges that cover all common checkmates and most uncommon checkmates that occur regularly in middlegame positions and sometimes in openings. Nearly all of the positions come from actual games, and the various themes are repeated from simple to more complex examples. This module is suitable for novice players up to intermediate players with Elo or USCF ratings up to 1600, and will enable them to recognize checkmate possibilities...
  • The King's Indian Defense

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    The King's Indian Defense - FM Thomas Wolski. This module contains 40 challenges chosen from all of the important systems in the King's Indian Defense and is suitable for players of all levels. You will learn all of the basic opening principles for both White and Black and also come across many original ideas and novelties. Players with Elo ratings up to 1800 and perhaps even higher will benefit from this course module. Novices may have some difficulty with these challenges, but will gain a good...
  • First Chess Openings for White

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    This course contains a set of lessons on basic chess openings for White that almost all new chess students run into at some point. These are positions you must know how to handle in order to escape the opening alive and take advantage of winning opportunities right from the beginning...
  • Chess Traps and Miniatures Part 1 - Quick Knockouts

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    This is a course on chess traps and miniatures. They are from actual chess games that have ended in 20 moves or less. In almost every game, errors are swiftly punished, and thus this course may be studied as a source of opening traps and lines to be avoided or take advantage of. This course provides an excellent opportunity to study tactical positions, attacks, combinations, and sacrifices.
  • The Art of Exchanging Pieces

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    There are many occasions when an attack isn't possible and positional chess is the order of the day. This means you try to create various favorable imbalances (space, superior minor pieces, weak squares, fractured enemy pawns, etc.) and milk it for all its worth. This particular course explores the eternal question of piece trades: should you or should you not trade one minor piece for another, your Rook for his, or your all-powerful Queen for his equally imposing female deity? At times a trade...
  • Improve Your Decision Making in Critical Positions

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    Every game you play presents many different challenges. You constantly need to make decisions - what to do (to attack, to defend, improve ...), where (K-side, center, a-file etc...), and how (advance, move away, trade, sacrifice etc...). How do you make these decisions?? Let IM Igor Khmelnitsky, famed author of " Chess Exam And Training Guide: Rate Yourself And Learn How To Improve" show you how! You will have an opportunity to see how well you could answer these questions (i.e. find the moves),...
  • Understanding the Colle-Zukertort

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    This course is designed to help players improve their opening play in a way that is rarely presented in the books. By going through positions featuring typical ideas it develops and understanding of typical Colle positions. With better PATTERN RECOGNITION players start to get a feel for where their pieces belong in the opening and what they should be trying to do. There are 25 lessons in total, most of which feature positions typical of the Colle-Zukertort (1.d4 Nf6 2.Nf3 e6 3.e3 or 1.d4 d5 2.Nf3...
  • Chess Traps and Miniatures Part 2- Checkmates

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    This course contains positions that lead to checkmate. All the positions are from real games that ended quickly, less than 20 moves. Most of the games are from opening traps in which an opponent fell victim and quickly got checkmated. Look for the attacking patterns and tactics that lead to checkmate.
  • Finding Tricky Tactics

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    This course is intended to stretch your mind so that you can spot unique solutions to chess situations. In most cases you can't find the right move by "normal" means. The positions are drawn from my book "Awesome Chess Moves" (Cardoza). The book contains much more analysis than can be presented here, but the main goal is to get you to consider moves that may seem outrageous and see how they work. Many times you will look at the correct plan, but reject it because you don't see the win. So...
  • First Chess Openings for Black

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    This course for beginners provides advice for all the openings you are likely to have to deal with as Black. You'll find out how to avoid the dreaded Fried Liver Attack, cope with the Spanish Inquisition, deal with a variety of gambits and gain an all-purpose defense against all moves other than 1.e4. The suggested lines are not necessarily the ones you'll want to play when you are a more advanced player. We're not going to look at very complicated tactical lines where it is easy to make a fatal...
  • Champion Tactics with GM Wolff - Forks

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    This course is designed to explore the fork motif in the game of chess. The fork occurs when one of your pieces can attack two or more of the opponent's pieces. It can be executed with any piece other than the King and it is a very powerful strategy which can quickly turn the tables and lead to a decisive position.
  • Champion Tactics with GM Wolff - Pins and Skewers

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    Pins and skewers are two ways that the "long-range" pieces (the bishop, the rook, and the queen) can attack two or more pieces simultaneously along the same rank, file, or diagonal. This is another basic tactical tool that is easy to understand and critical to master. When you can clearly see in your mind's eye all the potential for using pins and skewers, you will discover that your "long-range" pieces are much more powerful than you realized. You will also protect yourself from potential disaster! With...
  • Champion Tactics with GM Wolff - Double Attacks

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    A "double attack" occurs when two pieces make two attacks at the same time. The difference between a fork and a double attack is that a fork is one piece attacking two things at the same time, while a double attack is two pieces making two attacks at the same time. The trick to seeing this possibility in any chess position is to look for any situation where one piece is "covered" by another piece, where if the piece where to become "uncovered", it would create a threat.
  • Champion Tactics with GM Wolff - Discovered Check & Double Check

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    These are a specific kind of Double Attack or Discovered Attack. A "Discovered Check" happens when one piece moves away and "uncovers" check against the king by the piece behind it. "Double Check" is the same thing, except that the piece moving away also puts the king into check, so the king is attacked by two pieces at once. Discovered check sometimes is used in an attack against the king, sometimes is used to win material, and sometimes is used to do both. Double check is usually focused on attacking...
  • Champion Tactics with GM Wolff - Deflecting the Defender

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    Deflecting or removing the defender is all about getting a defensive piece out of the way. Often you'll have a situation where if you could just get one of your opponent's pieces away from a key square, you could execute a powerful attack. Sometimes you can't get the piece out of the way. But sometimes you can. Sometimes it's not obvious that you can, but if you look hard enough and you're creative enough, you'll see the way through. And the best way to get better at finding those opportunities is...
  • Champion Tactics with GM Wolff - Clearance Sacrifice

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    In a clearance sacrifice the sacrificing player aims to vacate the square the sacrificed piece stood on, either to open up for his own pieces, or to put another, more useful piece on the same square. In this course you will learn how to use this tactical idea successfully so that you will be able to use this idea in your own games.
  • Champion Tactics with GM Wolff - In Between Moves

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    An in-between move or Zwischenzug is one that is made unexpectedly in the midst of a sequence of moves. But not just any series of moves, one in which the player falling for the Zwischenzug feels the sequence is forced, while his opponent demonstrates to him that it certainly isn't! Most commonly these fall in between trades where a recapture seems to be the only proper means of play. Such in-between moves often have a surprising and pleasing effect of increasing the potency of a combination beyond...
  • Champion Tactics with GM Wolff - Interference

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    Interference occurs when the line between an attacked piece and its defender is interrupted by sacrificially interposing a piece. It is a chess tactic which seldom arises, and is therefore often overlooked. Opportunities for interference are rare because the defended object must be more valuable than the sacrificed piece, and the interposition must itself represent a threat. But when this opportunity does arise it can reap huge rewards!
  • Champion Tactics with GM Wolff - Misplaced Pieces

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    Sometimes in chess the pieces can step on each others toes and get in the way of one another. This allows for the opportunity of trapping pieces and exploiting the opponent's misplaced pieces. Here you will see many examples of misplaced pieces and how to take immediate advantage.
  • Champion Tactics with GM Wolff - Back Rank

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    Often times there is a critical weakness in the opponent's position known as the back rank weakness. This is when the opponent's King is placed on the back rank and there are other pieces in front of the King or covering the squares in front of the King which in turn traps the King on the back rank which can often lead to a decisive mating attack.
  • Champion Tactics with GM Wolff - Smother Tactics

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    This course will bring many examples of the smother tactic in chess and how it can be used to put a quick finish to the enemy's king.
  • Defeating "Pet Openings"

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    This course advices on handling non-mainstream openings. You'll see simple solutions to countering unexpected replies in the opening. We will look at various White approaches and unusual defenses to 1.e4. The openings covered are: 1. Introduction 2. Polish Opening 3. Grob Opening 4. Bird Opening 5. Nimzo-Larsen Opening 6. Reti Opening 7. King's Indian Ataack 8. Colle System 9. London System 10. Torre Attack 11. Blackmar-Diemer Gambit 12. Van Geet Opening 13. Elephant Gambit 14. Damiano...
  • Recognizing the Opponent's Moves

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    In this course you will learn to think about the opponent's moves and ideas when considering how you should continue. As you are able to recognize your opponent's moves and plans you will be better able to plan ahead for success.
  • Strategic Errors

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    Strategic errors are played at every level of the game. However, in the amateur ranks, strategic mistakes are a dime a dozen. Nevertheless, just because a move might be strategically dubious doesn't mean that it will be punished. This course will help you become more aware of strategic errors, and will help you strive to milk every drop of juicy goodness from your opponent's mistaken concept. Conversely, this course will also convince you that implementing such "attractive" but flawed strategic...
  • Mental Domination

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    Much has been made of psychology in chess, but rarely have I seen anything about how one player can get inside his opponent's head and make him accept a false image of what's really happening on the chessboard. And, once you buy into your opponent's version of reality, defeat isn't far away. This course is all about making an opponent accept your "orders", while also showing you how you can avoid the same fate by not falling for this kind of subliminal illusion. How often does this kind of thing...

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