Mastery: Attacking

Using the Initiative

Using the Initiative

Join Grandmaster Mac Molner as he demonstrates how to fight for the initiative and carry out amazing attacks. Grandmasters no less than Shirov, MVL and Van-Wely are the three players who lost these games. Learn how to attack with the initiative against the best players in the world!

  • Using the Initiative Part 1

    International Master Mackenzie Molner (now a Grandmaster) offers a "broader take" on the topic of fighting chess. Today he shows us a game between two Super-GMs who have some experience with attacking chess. Don't miss his move-by-move commentary as this battle reaches its climax!

    • 22 min
    • 5 challenges
  • Using the Initiative Part 2

    GM Mackenzie Molner brings us the second installment to his video series on the initiative today! Here we take our understanding to the next level by reviewing an exciting game between two Super-GMs. The most critical lesson from this game was the importance of creating threats, even at the potential cost of more material (especially if you've already sacrificed something to get the initiative you currently have). Enjoy!

    • 21 min
    • 5 challenges
  • Using the Initiative Part 3

    IM Mackenzie Molner brings the first section of his video series to a close by reviewing a victory he had over GM Loek Van Wely! After an interesting variation of the Sicilian Kan develops, Mac highlights that his mind was set on keeping the initiative with attacking moves. Eventually, this approach paid off with a crushing attack... and who knew a former Super-GM would let himself get checkmated?

    • 17 min
    • 5 challenges
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