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Today I am going to share with you the main secret of strong chess players. Sadly, many chess players do not understand this, and therefore, they are stuck in their ELO rating and make no real progress no matter how much they train and how hard they try.
Example – 1
Black to play
This is a game between the world champion Magnus Carlsen and Hikaru Nakamura. As we can see, it is a very complicated position in the middlegame. Of course, the black king is in an open file and there is only one pawn on f7 which guards the king. Imagine you are playing White – how would you play here? What do you think about the position?
Example – 2
White to play
In this game, Magnus Carlsen plays against Sergey Karjakin. It looks like a drawish position and White cannot really push for a win here. Nevertheless, Carlsen won this game. That just shows how strong a player he is! Can you see how?
After calculating all possible variations, you can watch the video lesson below where I have clearly explained the main secret of strong players, which Carlsen applied in these games, and also there is a couple of other example games as well.
You can download the PGN of these games below:
The main difference between a strong player (top grandmaster, like Carlsen in this case) and club players is that even though the goal of a chess game is to checkmate the opponent’s king, that is rarely the winning strategy in the games of strong players.
Rather, the strong players’ winning strategy is to go after the opponent’s pawns – find out the weak pawns of your opponent, fix them, and attack them. By seeing the games in the video, I hope it is clear for you now to understand why he plays such moves that didn’t make much sense in the first place.
If you would like to learn more about the secrets of strong players, I have explained them in the course “The Secrets of Strong Players”, from which you will learn the 9 main differences between players at the beginner and advanced levels. These secrets will be like a blueprint for you to slightly tune/adjust your play (choice of moves), so that you can move yourself towards that expert level!
Don’t forget to use the coupon “secrets30” and get a really huge 30% discount on the course, saving about $30 USD. Remember, the offer is valid only till Sunday, 18 August.
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