Mastery: Strategy

Recognizing the Opponent's Moves

Recognizing the Opponent's Moves

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.

  • Lesson 1

    How do you evaluate the situation? Black just played Re5-e3. Why do you think he played this move? Does white have any good opportunities? What should he do?

    • 3 challenges
  • Lesson 2

    Black just played Nd7-b6. Why do you think he played this move? Does white have any threats? What is the best way for white to continue?

    • 2 challenges
  • Lesson 3

    In this position black just played Rf8-c8 with good pressure on the white position. Can you see how to turn the tables and start a winning counter attack?

    • 3 challenges
  • Lesson 4

    White just played Qd1-c1 which adds pressure to h6 and prepares sacrifices against your King. You must find the appropriate way to react to this plan.

    • 4 challenges
  • Lesson 5

    This is a famous position from the game Zapata - Anand from the 1988 Biel tournament. At the time both were top level players and the game only lasted 6 moves! Black just played 5...Bf5 adding support to his Knight but this is a losing move! Do you see...

    • 3 challenges
  • Lesson 6

    This position is from the game Chuchelov - Vallejo from the 2008 Bundesliga. Black just played Kg8-f8 to avoid the threat of Nd5-f6+ winning material. But is black really out of danger?

    • 4 challenges
  • Lesson 7

    This is from the game Paulsen - Morphy from 1857. White has just played 11. Be2-f3 attacking on the long diagonal. Do you see the correct defense?

    • 3 challenges
  • Lesson 8

    This is from the game Nikolic - Bindrich from the 2008 European Championship. White just played Ne2-f4. Do you see the threat? How can you meet the threat?

    • 1 challenge
  • Lesson 9

    Black has just played Ng6-e5 in response to white's first move f4-f5+. Now how do you continue to play for the advantage?

    • 3 challenges
  • Lesson 10

    You must think carefully in this position. What is white threatening? How can you prevent this threat? One incorrect move and your advantage will slip away.

    • 1 challenge
  • Lesson 11

    This is from the game Piket - Timman 1996 Netherlands Championship. Black just played 11...f6 to support his e5 pawn but this is a positional mistake. Do you see how to take advantage of this?

    • 3 challenges
  • Lesson 12

    Here white has a Queen for Rook in the ending. But things are not as simple as they may seem.

    • 3 challenges
  • Lesson 13

    Here is a position out of the c3 Sicilian opening. Here black has just played Qd5-d7 which looks like a plausible move but this is actually a huge mistake. Do you see why?

    • 3 challenges
  • Lesson 14

    This position is from the game Kacheishvili - Fedorov 2001 European Team Championship. White just played Nd4-c6 attacking on the opponent's Bishop. But now this opens up a tactical opportunity. Do you see it?

    • 4 challenges
  • Lesson 15

    This is from the game Ovod - Shalimov, Chigorin Memorial 2002. Black just played c4-c3 continuing to advance the passed pawns. It seems like black will be able to continue pushing the passed pawns to victory but can you find a way out as white?

    • 2 challenges
  • Lesson 16

    This is from the game Hernandez - Psakhis from the 1988 Calcutta tournament. White just played 29. Re1-c1+. What should black do with a material edge in the endgame?

    • 5 challenges
  • Lesson 17

    This is a famous endgame study from Otten in 1892. Black just played Bg7-f8. Why did black play this move? What is he trying to achieve?

    • 5 challenges
  • Lesson 18

    Black just played Nd7-f6 which turned out to be a very bad move. Do you see how to take advantage of this?

    • 3 challenges
  • Lesson 19

    This is from the game Euwe - Reshevsky from the 1948 World Championship. White just played b2-b4 threatening to kick the defender of the e5 pawn. How should black react?

    • 4 challenges
  • Lesson 20

    In this position black just played Kg8-h7 to what appeared like a safer position for the King. However, this was an inaccuracy. Do you see how to take advantage of this mistake?

    • 3 challenges
  • Lesson 21

    In this position black just played 18...Rf4-h4 attacking the white Queen and the h2 pawn. Do you see a way to avoid trouble and turn this in white's favor?

    • 3 challenges
  • Lesson 22

    In this position black just played Ra5-f5. Black was down by 1 pawn and had decent drawing chances. His last move didn't have any threats and was probably intended to give his King additional support. Now how does white force a winning endgame?

    • 4 challenges
  • Lesson 23

    In this position black just played the surprising Qd8xg5 winning a piece. How should white react to this shocking turn of events?

    • 3 challenges
  • Lesson 24

    Black just played 28...Qc7-c3 looking to trade Queens. But what did he miss and can you find the opportunity to quickly win the game?

    • 3 challenges
  • Lesson 25

    In this position white just played 35. Rg2xg7 and now it seems that white has a nice tactic to win material. But do you see the clever way to create a defense to prevent this?

    • 4 challenges
  • Lesson 26

    Black just played Ba5-c7 attacking and pinning your Knight. How should you react to this?

    • 2 challenges
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