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  • Weak Color Complexes Explained

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    Being sensitive to weak color complexes provides extremely important insight into positional and tactical chess play. It often shapes the entire middlegame struggle, and informs the decisions made as early as the opening phase of the game. Yet many players don't even know what a "weak color complex" is; and many others have heard of it, but partly wonder if it's an artificial abstraction invented by secret grand mages of chess's professional society in order to cloud their art in obscurity. But...
  • Knight Endgames (Pt 2) - Both Sides Have Knights

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    This course shows the most important methods of battle in endgame positions where both players have knights. It features some extremely important exact positions, as well as the typical strategical ideas behind some complex endgames that will help the student better understand the ideas behind knight endgames. The positions cover a range of material from 1000 level all the way up to expert (2000). Enjoy! By the way, as "part 2" suggests, you will be able to understand this course muuuuuuuch better...
  • The Benoni and its Tactics

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    The Benoni is one of the sharpest defenses to 1.d4. Here we will see some of the typical tactics and strategic themes that result from this opening. This course is for players from 1400 to 2200.
  • The Drawing Zone, Part 1

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    Everyone wants to be a winner in chess. But don't forget that part of winning is...not losing! Every chess player, from the earliest beginner to the world champions, sometimes has a game that gets derailed and needs to be saved. Part of improving in chess is learning how to defend a disadvantageous ending and save the draw. This improves your results just as much as winning an advantageous ending does. There is also a beauty in saving a difficult ending, in holding on with subtle and dour defense....
  • Exploiting Opening Errors 3

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    This is the third part of my "Exploiting Opening Errors" Course. It is geared only for strong players who have already completed the first 2 easier courses-- You'll find no trivial problems here! And with that, I bid you good luck! Studying this course will allow the student to: * learn a few important opening ideas they won't know yet, * deepen their overall understanding of the opening phase of the game, and * improve their thought process in the opening, particularly how to think logically...
  • The Drawing Zone, Part 2

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    In "The Drawing Zone, Part 1" we saw some examples of how to hold a draw in an inferior position. Saving a draw in the endgame may not be the most sexy part of chess, but it is still a very important element of chess ability. Now let's see some more difficult problems on the same theme.
  • Same Side Pawn Storms

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    In this course we will look at pawn storms when both kings are castled on the same side. This will serve as a great attacking tool but as we will see, it is risky if you do it at the wrong time. The first part of the course is aimed at showing you the strength of pawn storms, either by having you start them or conclude attacks where the pawn storm has already taken place. The last part of the course is a test where you have to decide in each position whether a pawn storm is the right decision or...
  • Beginner: Rules and Basics

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    Learn all the rules of chess and how to write, read, and talk about chess moves!
  • The Amazing Combinations of Mikhail Tal 1

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    Mikhail Tal was the eighth world champion (1960). He shined like a meteor all his life and was known for his brilliant attacking chess. His play could be described by all the colours of the rainbow. All of them, but the grey one! Enjoy his sparkling combinations!
  • Beginner: Openings

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    Learn the basic principles of opening play and take note of our tips (for beginner level players) on all the things you need to know to properly start a chess game.
  • Beginner: Tactics

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    Learn the point values of the pieces and how to spot good moves quickly.
  • Beginner: Checkmates

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    Learn basic checkmate patterns and get started winning games!
  • Beginner: Endgame

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    Learn basic skills and techniques for the most subtle part of chess: the endgame!
  • Intermediate: Openings

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    This course is to serve as the continuation of the "Beginner: Openings" course. In it you will learn more about basic opening strategies and start to develop an understanding of what to do in the opening stage of the game.
  • Intermediate: Tactics

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    Learn about more advanced tactical tricks and patterns. Perfect for those who have completed the Beginner: Tactics course.
  • Intermediate: Strategy

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    This course is a break from the move-to-move tactics that we've been covering so far with the Beginner level courses. Now we're going to cover STRATEGY - the long-term structural considerations that reveal the depth and inner logic of chess! To clearly define strategy in chess: Strategy is any move that doesn't create the clear threat of a tactic or capture of an enemy piece. Strategy is every maneuver, minor improvement of a piece to a better square, and every long term plan developed in a game....
  • Slaying the Sicilian: Kingside Storms

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    White's space advantage and mobile pawns in the Sicilian often lead to devastating kingside attacks!
  • Capablanca's Endgame Masterpieces

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    The third world champion was famous for his incredible technique. The endgame was the area where his natural talent discovered its full potential and Capablanca produced a number of model endgames. I would like to share some of them with you!
  • The Amazing Combinations of Mikhail Tal 2

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    The tactical heritage of Mikhail Tal is enormous and I hope that a second course on his brilliant ideas will please the reader...and bring the reader to the next level of tactical mastery! June is the month of the Tal Memorial in Moskva, so what better time to honor this champion?
  • Advanced: Openings

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    In this course you will learn more about opening strategy and begin to develop a feel for where your pieces should be developed. In general, the opening lessons in this course are designed to help you "click through" in order to learn more basic opening principles, and see some of the most common openings where those principles are applied. In many cases, your task is simply to read the notes and further your understanding of how both White and Black should approach each specific opening.
  • Expert: Openings

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    Now that you've mastered the basics of opening play - from the Beginner to Advanced Opening Courses - it's time to learn about some of the more advanced strategic decisions that one must make in the opening stage of a chess game.
  • Master: Openings

    Avg Rating: 1200
    In this course you will get a basic introduction to 10 different "tournament level" openings. These are tried and true openings that have been played by many Grandmasters all throughout history. This final course is designed to help you gain the knowledge of what is most commonly played, so that you might take the first steps of choosing and preparing an opening repertoire.
  • Intermediate: Checkmates

    Avg Rating: 1200
    Learn about harder and more complicated checkmate patterns. Perfect for those who have completed the Beginner: Checkmate course.
  • Expert: Tactics

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    In this course we will move beyond the basics to more complicated tactics - which will help you to outwit even stronger players!
  • Master: Tactics

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    They say that chess is 99% tactics - ultimately, tactics are the difference between a win, loss, or draw. In this course we will be delving further into the realm of tactics and seeing some master-level patterns.

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