Mastery: Master Games

Sensing the Danger - Examples from My Games

Sensing the Danger - Examples from My Games

This course is designed for more advanced players. The positions I've assembled in this course should help strong players learn to identify the critical moments in their own games, and develop a "healthy sense of danger" when facing those moments. It will be a mix of different types of problems, but whether each puzzle is strategic or dynamic in nature, most of the examples will highlight the missed opportunities, often by me.

  • Keeping the opponent's play under control

    The main idea in this problem is to find the best way to improve your pieces while stopping your opponent's ideas.

    • 1 challenge
  • Noticing the opponent's main idea and preventing it

    The idea of this lesson is to be able to notice the opponent's ideas in a harmless looking position, stopping them and slamming the door at the right moment.

    • 3 challenges
  • Minimizing the damage

    This lesson is designed to help minimizing the danger when you're under pressure in an unpleasant position.

    • 3 challenges
  • Creating counterplay rather than getting slowly squeezed

    The goal in this lesson is to learn how to sense the danger of not only being attacked but also of potentially being squeezed in an unpleasant position. It's important to know when to create an unbalance. Usually it's a good idea to do it at some point when you are getting outplayed. It's important to change the course of the game and make it less comfortable for your opponent in such a case.

    • 3 challenges
  • Consolidating an Advantage While Under Attack

    Sometimes your opponent will sacrifice some material to try to get an initiative going against you. This example shows you how to stave off your opponent's initiative with some accurate moves.

    • 4 challenges
  • Staving off the initiative

    The goal here is to stave off your opponent's initiative in the best possible way.

    • 5 challenges
  • Sensing Strategic Danger

    In this lesson the idea is to learn how to sense strategical danger and how to come up with the right strategy against it.

    • 1 challenge
  • Exploiting a Lack of Sense of Danger

    In this example we try to take advantage of our lead in development. Sometimes even earlier than move 10 in a harmless looking position there are sudden opportunities available in the position.

    • 2 challenges
  • Punishing the opponent's carelessness in the opening

    The idea here is similar to the last lesson, to try to take advantage of your opponent's careless opening play.

    • 4 challenges
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