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Doubled Pawns: Pros And Cons

Doubled Pawns: Pros And Cons

How can you tell when to accept doubled pawns? GM Fabien Libiszewski demonstrates the pros and cons in sharp Caro-Kann and Nimzo Indian variations.

GM
Fabien Libiszewski
4 Lessen
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Name Your Pawns

Name Your Pawns

Learn the best way to use your a, b, c and d-pawns to help you win the game! GM Simon Williams will help you make the most of your queenside!

GM
Simon Williams
8 Lessen
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Learn From The Best: Leela Chess Zero

Learn From The Best: Leela Chess Zero

AlphaZero was the first neural net chess engine, but it only played a couple of matches before retiring. Its mantle has since been taken up by Leela Chess Zero, the winner of the 2020 Computer Chess Championship. Take a look at Leela's greatest games!

Chess.com Team
5 Lessen
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Pawn Structures That Win

Pawn Structures That Win

Life is easier when your pawns are working for you! Join GM Aman Hambleton as he demonstrates structures that can give you an edge!

GM
Aman Hambleton
5 Lessen
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Hammertime Strategy

Hammertime Strategy

Join Grandmaster Jon Ludvig Hammer as he demonstrates key strategies that can win games at all levels. Not only does Jon Ludvig demonstrate his own games against the strongest players in the world he also shows a variation that he helped Magnus Carlsen prepare to win a brilliant game against former World Champion Vladimir Kramnik!

GM
Jon Ludvig Hammer
5 Lessen
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The Carlsbad Pawn Structure

The Carlsbad Pawn Structure

The Carlsbad Pawn Structure is one of the most important structures in all of chess. You can reach it out of the Queen's Gambit, the Caro-Kann or a variety of other openings. White can aim for a minority attack or kingside play. Black can attack or focus on equality. Learn a structure that was a favorite of many world champions.

GM
Dejan Bojkov
6 Lessen
Meesterschap
Why Simon Loves the Sicilian Dragandorf

Why Simon Loves the Sicilian Dragandorf

Join GM Simon Williams as he demonstrates a full system against 1.e4. Simon meets the Open Sicilian with the rare and double edged Dragandorf variation. He also demonstrates sharp attacking lines against every anti-Sicilian that White can throw at you!

GM
Simon Williams
7 Lessen
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Secrets of the Carlsbad

Secrets of the Carlsbad

The Carlsbad pawn structure can be reached from many openings, most frequently the Queen's Gambit Declined and related systems. It has been played from both sides by many world champions and is even a favorite of the super chess engine AlphaZero! Join GM Melik as he demonstrates some of the lesser-known, but essential plans for both sides in this dynamic structure.

GM
Melikset Khachiyan
3 Lessen
Meesterschap
Play in the Center

Play in the Center

Join GM Dejan Bojkov as he discusses the strategies of playing with and against strong center pawns. He demonstrates the games of strong Grandmasters like Vladimir Kramnik, Giorgi Margvelashvili and Pouya Idani as they take over the center and attack. Follow along and learn from the best!

GM
Dejan Bojkov
4 Lessen
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Bishop Battles

Bishop Battles

Join Jon Ludvig Hammer as he competes with strong Grandmasters including former World Champion Vishy Anand. Each game is influenced by Jon Ludvig's handling of bishops. Watch his masterful use of the bishop pair, fights between bishops and knights and opposite colored bishops. Enjoy and keep a close eye on Hammer's bishops!

GM
Jon Ludvig Hammer
5 Lessen
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Deep Concepts Explained

Deep Concepts Explained

Join GM Jon Ludvig Hammer as he demonstrates key pawn structure concepts with isolated pawns and doubled pawns. Hammer has beaten World Champion Carlsen and can show you the key concepts that have helped him along the way.

GM
Jon Ludvig Hammer
2 Lessen
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Weak Color Complexes Explained

Weak Color Complexes Explained

Being sensitive to weak color complexes provides extremely important insight into positional and tactical chess play. It often shapes the entire middlegame struggle, and informs the decisions made as early as the opening phase of the game.

Chess.com Team
22 Lessen
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Pawn Play

Pawn Play

Pawn play is a vast subject. In this course we're going to cover its most typical - and some atypical - aspects. Some puzzles will focus on tactics, others on strategy. A few of the ideas covered: Strong and weak pawns; the overall pawn structure; understanding how the characteristic pawn formations of various openings determines the middlegame plan; the fight for the center; pawns attacking and defending the King; advanced passed pawns, etc. etc.

Chess.com Team
18 Lessen
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Now What?

Now What?

The fact is, all openings demand a certain amount of memorization. But far more important than the memorization of a bunch of moves is the understanding of what the pawn structures call for, where your pieces should be placed in these situations, and what the plans for both sides offer the respective players. The material in this course is designed to give you a taste of what these "prepackaged" plans look like, and this will help you search for such setups and plans in your own systems.

IM
Jeremy Silman
20 Lessen
Meesterschap
Strategic Errors

Strategic Errors

Strategic errors are played at every level of the game. However, in the amateur ranks, strategic mistakes are a dime a dozen. Nevertheless, just because a move might be strategically dubious doesn't mean that it will be punished. This course will help you become more aware of strategic errors, and will help you strive to milk every drop of juicy goodness from your opponent's mistaken concept.

IM
Jeremy Silman
20 Lessen
Meesterschap
Silman's Lessons in Strategy (2)

Silman's Lessons in Strategy (2)

Lessons in Strategy (2) - IM Jeremy Silman This module continues with strategic positional challenges similar in difficulty to those contained in Silman's Lessons in Chess Strategy (1). Some are very long, and experts and masters (USCF or Elo ratings above 2000) will not find many of these to be easy. The course also provides a look into some of the top players and chess tales of the 1990s.

IM
Jeremy Silman
51 Lessen
Meesterschap
Silman's Lessons in Strategy (1)

Silman's Lessons in Strategy (1)

Lessons in Strategy (1) - IM Jeremy Silman This module contains instructive positional challenges. Some are very long, and experts and masters (USCF or Elo ratings above 2000) will not find many of these to be easy. A novice or intermediate level player (USCF or Elo ratings below 2000) will find these challenges quite difficult, but they will learn a bit more with each attempt, all the way until they reach master or higher.

IM
Jeremy Silman
53 Lessen
Meesterschap
Roots of Positional Understanding

Roots of Positional Understanding

The Roots of Positional Understanding, by IM Jeremy Silman. Are you ever at a loss for what to do when there are no immediate tactics in sight? If so, then you need to learn the basics of positional play. The master seems to optimally place his pieces with effortless ease where they coordinate well and control key lines and squares. This is because he sees the board as a structural entity. (Initial release date of November 20, 1998)

IM
Jeremy Silman
288 Lessen
Meesterschap

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