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Master Material Imbalances

Master Material Imbalances

How can you tell when an uneven exchange will work out?

Join WGM Tatev Abrahamyan as she demonstrates how to master tricky material imbalances and win games from hard to evaluate positions.

  • When can a queen beat a team of minor pieces?
  • What can give you enough compensation against a queen?
  • How do a rook and pawns fair against two minors?
  • How should you evaluate an exchange sacrifice?
Master Material Imbalances: Queen vs Minors

Master Material Imbalances: Queen vs Minors

In one of WGM Tatev Abrahamyan's best games she sacrificed three minor pieces to win a queen and then took advantage of her opponent's open king to win the game!
12 min
5 Challenges
Master Material Imbalances: Bishop And Rook vs Queen

Master Material Imbalances: Bishop And Rook vs Queen

When Anish Giri played a quick in-between move against Levon Aronian, Aronian sacrificed his queen for a rook and bishop, while making it nearly impossible for his opponent to finish development. Learn how to embarrass an opposing queen from this fantastic blitz game.
11 min
5 Challenges
Master Material Imbalances: The Exchange Sacrifice

Master Material Imbalances: The Exchange Sacrifice

When he had a chance to impede his opponent's development, Alexander Grischuk did not hesitate to sacrifice an exchange for a pawn. Check out how his bishop pair never gave Fabiano Caruana a chance to fight back.
10 min
5 Challenges
Master Material Imbalances: Tal's Rook And Pawn vs Two Knights

Master Material Imbalances: Tal's Rook And Pawn vs Two Knights

How did former World Champion, Mikhail Tal, demonstrate the power of a rook and pawn in an endgame against two knights? Check out this fascinating struggle, featuring a common imbalance.
10 min
5 Challenges
Master Material Imbalances: Capablanca's Minor Pieces vs A Rook and Pawn

Master Material Imbalances: Capablanca's Minor Pieces vs A Rook and Pawn

How did World Champion, Jose Raul Capablanca demonstrate the power of two minor pieces against a rook and pawn? With style!
12 min
5 Challenges

Master Material Imbalances

Strategy
5 Lessons
55 Minutes
25 Challenges
Released February 3, 2021
3,224 Students