Shockers!

Learn from some of the greatest attacking moves you will ever see!

Have you ever been shocked by a move in a game? Have you ever wondered how you can find shocking moves to win a game? Then this is the course for you! In this series, I will present some moments in chess history when one side dropped down a shocking and strong move, and you will have to find their brilliance. Start using shocking moves in your games today!

Here is what you will learn:

  • Practice calculating difficult combinations!
  • Flex your chess imagination!
  • Learn how to find and play shocking moves!
The Two Towers

The Two Towers

In the penultimate round of a big money tourn, one 2600 GM shocked the other.
3 Challenges
He played WHAT?

He played WHAT?

White is down a pawn... but with a huge lead in development.
1 Challenge
Overworked pieces

Overworked pieces

White has been fighting an uphill battle for most of the game.
1 Challenge
Dangerous Dragon

Dangerous Dragon

Black no longer has a dark squared bishop, but even then, the Dragon seems to always have some extra fire to breathe.
2 Challenges
Tricks are for kids

Tricks are for kids

Black has been winning for a long time, but it just goes to show, one can never let their guard down...
1 Challenge
Perpetual?

Perpetual?

GM Karjakin has been defending extremely well, but in the end, a lost position is a lost position.
1 Challenge
Time control woes

Time control woes

White has been desperately trying to neutralize Black's initiative for quite some time now, to no avail.
1 Challenge
Paralysis

Paralysis

In this position, GM Ponomariov found a very nice move.
3 Challenges
With tempo

With tempo

A somewhat strange position has arisen after just 12 moves, but soon the position was clarified.
2 Challenges
Creating Problems

Creating Problems

In a very boring looking position that seems it must be inevitably drawn, try to make some problems for your opponent.
4 Challenges
Double attacks

Double attacks

Black has a nice bishop pair, but how to make use of it?
2 Challenges
Smothering

Smothering

Black seems to have a great initiative, but how to convert it into something tangible?
1 Challenge
One last chance

One last chance

White has been trying very hard to make counterplay for quite some time, but Black's a-pawn has been too good. However, Black's next to last move before time control was a terrible blunder...
1 Challenge
Making room

Making room

GM Alexander Shabalov grabbed clear first with this win over GM Ildar Ibragimov in the 2007 US Championship, which he went on to win.
3 Challenges
Karjakin-Anand, 2006

Karjakin-Anand, 2006

GM Karjakin had showed extensive opening preparation to get to this position, where everything looks just peachy for White. However, GM Anand, the World Champion at the time, had other plans for him.
3 Challenges
Just in Time

Just in Time

White looks to have one move before catastrophe strikes, does he have a way to make use of it?
2 Challenges
Hopeless?

Hopeless?

Black seems to be firmly in control of the situation.
2 Challenges
Piece arrangement

Piece arrangement

A 2300 player has just played 18. ... Rfe8. Black looks to have a very active position. What should White do?
1 Challenge
Black Resigned

Black Resigned

In the following encounter, Black resigned at this moment, but why was it premature.
2 Challenges
Final move

Final move

Just like the previous problem, Black is on the brink of resignation.
1 Challenge

Shockers!

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Released January 29, 2008
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