Mastery: Strategy

Top Level Trickery

Top Level Trickery

What do the best players in the world do when they're backed up against the wall? GM Dejan Bojkov examines how top Grandamsters get out of trouble when they're about to be checkmated or are down in material.
  • Top Level Trickery: Get Rid Of Annoying Pieces

    Grandmaster Jan-Krzysztof Duda is one of the best attacking players in the world. How did GM Vladislav Artemiev defend himself? He traded off the most problematic attacking pieces and reached a defendable ending. How did he do it?

    • 10 min
    • 5 challenges
  • Top Level Trickery: Cover Your Weaknesses

    In the 2020 Candidates Tournament, Ding Liren ran into a razor-sharp sacrifice by Fabiano Caruana. Ding kept his cool, defended every weakness and won the game! Check out how he did it!

    • 10 min
    • 5 challenges
  • How To Defend: Playing When Down In Material

    How did GM Fabiano Caruana handle himself when he lost a knight against GM Levon Aronian? He fought for counterplay and complicated the game until his star opponent gave him an opening to survive.

    • 9 min
    • 5 challenges
  • Top Level Trickery: Defending An Inferior Position

    Grandmaster Alexander Grischuk is difficult to beat, even when his position is technically lost. Against GM Ding Liren he slowly built up counterplay and made his opponent make hard decisions until he was able to hold the game.

    • 12 min
    • 5 challenges
  • Top Level Trickery: Deceive Your Opponent

    What happens when your author, Dejan Bojkov has to compete with top Grandmasters? See how top players have attempted to escape when Dejan had an advantage and how he got himself out of trouble as well.

    • 13 min
    • 5 challenges
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