Lessons

Recognizing the Opponent's Moves

Learn when to attack and when to defend!

Do you ever wonder when it's best to attack or to respond to your opponent's plan? Then this is the course for you! This module gives you challenges to practice the critical skill of knowing when to attack and when to defend! Don't let your opponent tie you up defending when you can counterattack! Don't go for mate if the opponent will get there first. Learn when you should attack or defend today!

Here is what you will learn:

  • Practice with 26 tactical and strategic exercises!
  • Learn how to assess your opponent's threats.
  • Learn how to evaluate complicated positions and find the right plan!
Lesson 1

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

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

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

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

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 why?
3 Challenges
Lesson 6

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Lesson 26

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

Recognizing the Opponent's Moves

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26 Lessons
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Released January 10, 2008
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