A step by step guide to help you improve with confidence your positional Chess
You play chess for some time, know by hard all the tactical motives and how to attack but still you are not 100% happy from your game. You might wonder why you are not be able to perform similar tactics and attacks against any opponent or to any position. The answer to your question is simple. First you need to improve the position of your pieces and only then to perform tactics or attack.
The great player Paul Morphy stated it very accurately: “Help your pieces so they can help you.”
The next logical conclusions is how can you improve the position of your pieces successfully? In order to reply this question we need to know what is a positional move. Positional chess characterized by the moves that make your position more active. You need to place your pieces in the best possible positions (Positional Chess) and then the time for tactics or attack will come!
Activity will give you the right to create tactics and attacks.
Strong players are able to "read" any position and find the best moves for their pieces instantly. Then the tactics or the final winning attack will come very naturally. In general there are 3 different categories on how to improve your position:
- Improve the position of your King
- Improve the position of your pawnstructure
- Place or regroup your pieces in better places.
How To Play With Rook-s
Why This Course Created?
I decided to create this course in order to help you grow your chess understanding. It took me more than 10 years to collect all of these useful pieces of information and you can learn them by a single chess course.
In the first chapters you'll be able to learn how to identify the best placement for each chess pieces separately and how to archive it in your practical games. There are many chess rules, principles and ideas but I simplify the processes for you. You can follow a simple but effective chess thinking system that will help you to find the best moves all the time. Please also notice that thinking system by itself is good but you need a lot of examples! You are welcome to check the curriculum below and you can discover easily that I selected highly illustrative examples for each separate chess lesson. Therefore, you'll be able to understand clearly the theoretical lesson and be able to apply the knowledge directly to your games right after studying this chess course.
How This Course Will Help Me?
I'm very happy to mention here that you'll learn how to put your pieces in the best positions and in the same time you'll learn how to avoid the positional errors. These are most frequently seen comparing to tactical errors.
People usually CANNOT recognize the positional errors. I really love when my opponents wondering “when I committed a mistake?” Often, even the computer analysis cannot help you with the positional errors. Maybe the computer slightly increase the evaluation advantage for your opponent's position, but it will NOT HIGHLIGHT that this particular move could give you hight possibilities to lose the game after 10 – 20 moves...
Inside the course you can study a separate chapter for them. First of all you need to learn what they are, and then how to avoid them in your games. In the other hand, you'll be able to recognize instantly your opponent's bad moves and you'll be able to punish them.
12 Ways To Use Your Knights Effectively - Practical Tips
Here's What You Are Going to Learn
- Understand Chess Like a Strong Player
- Develop Your Chess Thinking System
- Understand the openings in a better way
- You'll learn how to evaluate the position property; most players cannot do it
- Advance Positioanl Ideas and Motives
- Dramatically Increase Your Pattern Recognition
- Develop Rock-Solid Confidence
- Unleash your potential and become the chess player you meant to be!
Are there any course requirements or prerequisites?
Who are your target students?
Outline – Curriculum
Chapter 01 – Introduction - General Ideas | 75'
- The True Value of the Pieces (5 Elements) | 25',10'' // Examples 12
- Your Winning Thinking System | 26',55'' // Examples 07
- The Most Important Opening Principles | 23',24'' // Examples 03
Chapter 02 – How To Avoid The Most Common Positional Mistakes | 75'
- General Positional Mistakes | 21',08'' // Examples 01
- Inappropriate Exchanges | 19',14'' // Examples 02
- Bad Positional Decisions | 20',14'' // Examples 03
- Unnecessary Pawn Moves | 14',08'' // Examples 04
Chapter 03 - How To Play With The King | 80'
- The 5 Specific Situations that Castling Is Bad (Typical Mistakes) | 24',33'' // Examples 09
- The Pawn Storm Against Enemy King (Petrosian's King) | 28',40'' // Examples 06
- The King is in a Great Danger ! | 10',38'' // Examples 02
- How to Activate YOUR King Decisively (Endgame Strategy) 16',53'' // Examples 06
Chapter 04 - Comprehensive Positional Guide For Knights | 94'
- Active vs Passive Knight (The Knight on rim is dim) | 22',53'' // Examples 08
- How To Attack Knights on b6 – g6 | 06',39'' // Examples 02
- How To Use Knight Outposts Like An Expert | 24',32'' // Examples 06
- The USELESS Knight In The Center Of The Board | 09',31'' // Examples 02
- Everything You Need To Know About Competitive Knights | 07',35'' // Examples 01
- Make The Breakthrough With Octopus Knight Technique | 22',47'' // Examples 05
Chapter 05 – Winning Positional Techniques With The Bishops | 86'
- Discover The Active Bishops | 25',00'' // Examples 06
- How To Avoid Bad Bishops and How To Activate Them | 18',11'' // Examples 05
- Shall I Hunt The Bishop With h6 And g5 or Not? | 11',18'' // Examples 05
- Understand Clearly The Capablanca Rule For Bishops | 08',20'' // Examples 03
- Never Worry About The Most Common Plan Against Fianchetto Bishop Again | 23',26'' // Examples 07
Chapter 06 - How To Use Your Rooks Effectively | 117'
- Rook Basic Strategy | 14',56'' // Examples 11
- Rook Advance Strategy (Winning Techniques) | 20',00'' // Examples 08
- Pivot Square - Technique To Double Your Rooks | 05',51'' // Examples 03
- The Alekhine Gun | 09',27'' // Examples 04
- How To Use Rooks In The Open File (Advance Techniques) | 08',01'' // Examples 02
- The Outpost In The Open File (Advance Technique) | 16',57'' // Examples 05
- Ways To Master Your Understanding In The Semi Open Files | 11',56'' // Examples 03
- The Perfect Placement For The Rooks - 7th Rank | 12',56'' // Examples 09
- Tactics In The Open File | 06',52'' // Examples 03
- One Brilliant Chess Game That Summaries Rook Strategy | 09',48'' // Examples 01
Chapter 07 - The Best Ever Positional Techniques With The Powerful Queen | 40'
- The Ideal Placment For Your Queen | 09',29'' // Examples 02
- Practical Tips To Understand How To Use The Queen Decisively In The Opening Stage | 10',04'' // Examples 10
- Tips to Skyrocket Your Tactics By Using The Queen | 07',42'' // Examples 03
- When Experts Exchange Queens And When Avoid It | 12',46'' // Examples 04
Chapter 08 - Successful Chess Strategies With Pawns For Massive Growth | 43'
- How To Completely Change Your Play By Having Active Pawns | 06',53'' // Examples 02
- How to Create the Perfect Pawn Mobile Center | 04',58'' // Examples 02
- Maximize Pawn Activity With The Breakthrough Opportunity | 04',58'' // Examples 02
- The Most Common Functionality That Increase The pawn Value | 13',22'' // Examples 04
- How To Create And Use The Protected Passed Pawns | 03',47'' // Examples 01
- Life - Changing Ways To successfully Exchange Pawns | 08',41'' // Examples 02
Chapter 09 - All Positional Principles – Advance Practical Play | 48'
- Principle of Power Play | 14',11'' // Examples 03
- How To Make Pawn Grabbers Regret Their Choices... | 10',57'' // Examples 05
- How To Transform Active Pieces To Successful Attack (Material vs Activity) | 09',27'' // Examples 03
- Passive Defense Decrease The Activity Of Your Pieces – Avoid It ! | 13',49'' // Examples 03
Chapter 10 - Positional Sacrifices (Advanced Lessons) | 59'
- Rook Positional Exchange Sacrifice | 18',28'' // Examples 04
- A Good Knight Against Rook-s | 07',14'' // Examples 02
- A Good Bishop Against Rook-s | 09',06'' // Examples 02
- Dramatically Improve Your Defensive Technique With Exchange Sacrifice | 11',35'' // Examples 03
- The Most Typical Sacrifice On e6-Square With Huge Practical Value (Separate Enemy Army) | 12',31'' // Examples 05
Chapter 11 - Advanced Positional Understanding | 74'
- How To Isolate An Enemy Piece | 24',57'' // Examples 01
- How Top Chess Players Use The Space Advantage | 26',36'' // Examples 01
- Identify And Use The Opponent's Weak Squares | 23',18'' // Examples 02
Typical Chess Attacking Mistakes & How To Avoid Them
Practice - Exercises
- Exercises 1000-1200 // 10 // 08 Pages
- Exercises 1200-1400 // 10 // 09 Pages
- Exercises 1400-1600 // 10 // 08 Pages
- Exercises 1600-1800 // 10 // 10 Pages
- Exercises 1800-2000 // 10 // 09 Pages
- Total Minutes 791' = 13.2 Hours
- 211 Illustrative Theoretical Examples
- 50 Exercises For Practice
Author | IM Mateusz Kolosowski
Mateusz Kołosowski is an International Master from Poland. He is a multiple Polish youth championship medalist.
In 2010 he took 5th place in European U-18 Championship. During the course of his chess career, Mateusz won many international tournaments.
Apart from being a player he is also a chess coach who has experience in working with students from more than 20 countries.
So far he helped a few of them in obtaining their own international titles. Mateusz has also performed live commentary of Polish and European Rapid and Blitz Championships.
Author | IM Valeri Lilov
Better known as Tiger Lilov, he is a professional chess coach and lecturer renowned for his personalized approach to training students and professional players from all over the world.
Having been an active tournament player all his life, he has won many international open tournaments and championships including the European Individual School Chess Championship U10 (Moscow, 2000) and the Kulaga Memorial International Open (Minsk, 2007).
Author | Angelo Kesaris
Angelo Kesaris is a professional chess coach the last 20 years and FIDE National Instructor. He is active chess player with International FIDE rating 1900 ELO. He started teaching chess in primary schools, organize lessons in chess clubs, private classes, online teaching, and chess course creator. You can read more here.
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