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Chess Mentor Demo

IM Jeremy Silman, FM Wolski, & others Kiwango cha Wastani: 1465 Mchanganyiko

This is a demo of the Chess Mentor product. We have put together a random selection of lessons from all our popular courses.

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  • Basic Mate: King and Two Bishops vs. King

    Two bishops can only deliver mate in a corner. Therefore you must drive the opposing king to the side of the board and force it to a corner from there. Editor's note: This is a long challenge. It is intended to illustrate one method of accomplishing the checkmate. You may already have a checkmating method that you have been using; there are many. The important thing is to have a method that you are comfortable with and that you will be able to remember when the situation arises.
  • Converting Positional Advantages

    When one has a positional advantage of some kind, it is often necessary to be familiar with all sorts of tactical means to realize it. Tactical possibilities usually do not arise unless your opponent has made some positional concessions.
  • The Knight Fork in the Opening

    The opening is a very important part of the chess game. One or two errors in the opening can be enough to lose an entire game. It is important to study all parts of the game and not give too much emphasis on either the middlegame, the endgame, or the opening by itself. If you don't study the opening well, you may not reach positions in which you can practice the middlegame or endgame skills you have obtained. In this position, both sides have played the opening sort of sloppily. White has spent two...
  • A common trick with pawns

    Black to move could easily stop the White pawns with ...g7-g6. White to move though, has a way to force the promotion of a White pawn into a queen!
  • Exploiting an Open File

    White has complete control of the c-file and his pawn chain (the pawns on g2-f3-e4-d5) points to the queenside, indicating that White should seek play on that side of the board (because that is where White's space advantage lies). This idea of playing on the side of the board where your pawns point has become known as the Silman pawn pointing theory. It should only be used in positions with closed or semi-closed centers because open positions call for piece play rather than pawn play.
  • Deep Blue - Kasparov, Game 1 of 1996 Match

    IBM's Deep Blue (White) plays against World Champion Garry Kasparov (Black). This match, and particularly this game, made chess and computer history. Millions of people worldwide followed the match live via the Internet. For the first time ever, a computer beat the reigning World Champion in a chess game at normal (slow) time controls. Now -- play for White and discover for yourself how Deep Blue beat the Champ. (OPTIONAL) BACKGROUND READING: Computers have performed progressively better in recent...
  • Fischer-Gadia, Mar del Plata 1960

    Former World Champion Robert Fischer (playing White) used to play this system against the Sicilian all the time: he would bring his light-squared Bishop out to c4 and then to the safety of b3; next he would advance his f-pawn to f5 and force Black to weaken his control of d5. The great Bobby would then grab hold of that square and never let go. He won countless games in this fashion.
  • Spassky-Petrosian, Moscow (World Championship) 1969

    Tigran Petrosian (playing Black) won the World title from Botvinnik in 1963. Petrosian was a positional player much in the style of Nimzovich, and his rather dry, scientific games didn't appeal to the public's desire for wild combinations and excitement. Because of his safety-first philosophy, he never did very well in tournaments (too many draws) but he was considered almost unbeatable in matches. Always a hard man to beat, he became noticeably weaker at the end of his life due to his losing battle...
  • Meinsohn - Meng, France 2002

    This lesson demonstrates a mating threat against a King caught in the center of the board.
  • Lesson 7

    White's last move 1.Nc3-d5 is an example of a common Middlegame idea of a discovered attack. How will you deal with White's threats?
  • Yusupov - Spiridonov

    This position is from the game Yusupov - Spiridonov, Plovdiv 1983. Black has just won a pawn on a3 and it's White to play.
  • Be ready for the Reti

    We've already seen how to handle 1.Nf3 followed by b3. Suppose White wants a Reti, and plays 2.c4 hoping for 2...d5? We confront this strategy by erecting a strong pawn chain.
  • Lesson 22

    In this position black just played Ra5-f5. Black was down by 1 pawn and had decent drawing chances. His last move didn't have any threats and was probably intended to give his King additional support. Now how does white force a winning endgame?
  • To Grab Space or Not to Grab Space?

    Every chess player hears about space. But when should one take it? Should one be afraid of the opponent taking it? Is the acquisition of space always worthwhile? If not, what could possibly make it bad? These kinds of questions fill the minds of most chess fans. They are well acquainted with the concept of space, but really understanding it is a different thing altogether. Here we'll take a look at a common structure that features a common way to grab a significant amount of space on the wing....
  • Balancing Imbalances

    Many players are used to my idea of imbalances, yet that doesn't mean they can spot all of them (for both sides!) in any given position. Even harder is the idea of comparing multiple imbalances and then deciding which will rule and which will fail. Our present lesson makes use of the game N.MacLeod - W.Pollock, New York 1889. The position in question comes about after a very odd opening: 1.e4 e5 2.c3 d5 3.Nf3 Nc6 4.Bb5 f6 5.Qa4 Ne7 6.0-0 dxe4 7.Qxe4 Bf5 8.Bxc6+ bxc6 9.Qa4. There are many imbalances...
  • Pawn Tension is Your Friend

    This position, which was full of tension a move ago, is quite an interesting one. Black's d4-pawn has just moved to d3, but a moment ago the c- and d4-pawns were in each other's face. However, even though the d4-pawn no longer stares at c3, there is still tension all over the place: the e5-pawn is in need of constant defense, g7 is hanging, and black's battery of Queen and Bishop down the a7-g1 diagonal is creating nasty pressure against f2. Most amateurs dread tension, envisioning it as...
  • The Silent Consensus

    When a player looks at a position to see what his opponent can do, he often internalizes a checklist where he says, "After I make that move, he can't do that, he can't do that, and he can't do that." Oddly, the other player is also aware of that checklist and, quite often, he agrees! Thus, a silent consensus is formed with both players agreeing on what can and cannot be done. But, what if you refuse to go along with the program? What if you try as hard as you can to make the impossible possible?
  • Lesson 2

    You are playing black and your 'partner' is Ludeck Pachman. It is your move. How do you evaluate the situation? Fischer just played 55. Rd3-c3. Why do you think he played this move? Does white have any good opportunities? What should he do?

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