Positional Pawn Sacrifices of Garry Kasparov

Today we are going to have a look at some of the greatest positional pawn sacrifices of Garry Kasparov. The positional pawn sacrifices often give you a long-term advantage, while other pawn sacrifices would give you an immediate, short-term or dynamic advantage.

In order to become a great player, you must study the games of former world champions and strong players, so that you will learn their ideas and will be able to incorporate them in your own games.
Garry Kasparov pawn sacrificeI’m sure that Garry Kasparov did that – he must have studied the games of his great predecessors including Morphy, Lasker, Alekhine, Capablanca, Tal, Spassky and so many other elite players, to deliver such amazing positional pawn sacrifices in his games.

Today I’m very excited to announce that our next course will be about the legendary Garry Kasparov, his playing style, and most importantly, how YOU can incorporate those ideas in your own games. Below is a video lesson from the course, where you will find some really amazing positional pawn sacrifices of Kasparov.



1. Sacrifice a pawn in order to fight against a strong blockade of the opponent, by forcing him to put a pawn on the blockading square.
2. Sacrifice a pawn when you have a development advantage to open up lines against the enemy king.
3. Sacrifice a pawn to activate all of your pieces.

you may also like to learn about “The Kasparov Gambit”.

Finally, I would like to emphasize the fact that this course is not about Garry Kasparov’s life but about the successful techniques and ideas that he used in his games to win; and most importantly, about how YOU (and almost any chess player) can apply them in your own games to beat your opponents! 🙂

P.S. Did you like this lesson from the course? Do you want to know more about the course? Just wait for a few more days, and I’ll share them all! 🙂
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  • Αίαντας

    Very nice but where is the pgn files?

  • Soumyajit Das

    Sir Igor Smirnov , as you instructed in your most of the Courses’s E-books that after studying a video lesson we should read the text version & also to Write all Important Ideas. So should I write my conclusions on a paper or should I write them in the COMPUTER (using Word, Notepad etc). Please let me Know your Advice.Thanks in advance!!

    • Hi Soumyajit,

      It’s better to keep your notes on computer, otherwise you risk loosing your notes made on paper.

      That said, I often make notes in my paper notebook, but maybe I’m just old fashioned guy 🙂 Anyway, after that I take photo of this paper, and save it in comp.

      It’s good to see your serious approach for learning. Keep it up!

      • Soumyajit Das

        Thank you very much sir

      • male Gupta

        caruana wins tomorrow sir igor what do you think about him as a chess palyer what are his cahnces against carlsen in november for wc matches thanks??

        • RCA_moderator

          Congrats to Fabi!. He won the tournament convincingly at the end. Could have taken a draw in the last game but went for the win.

          Hopefully, it will be an entertaining and fighting match against Carlsen.

          Prasaadh | Support

          • male Gupta

            yess for sure does igor will do comeentary on the live games on wcch match i will be a good idea to earn a lot of money of igor sir.and we will also get a lot of benifits thanks

          • RCA_moderator

            Thanks for your interest and suggestion.
            We will definitely have a discussion about the games in our blog post.
            GM Igor commentating will be cool!.

            Prasaadh | Support

  • Anup rajawat

    hii Igor , I have another confusin from chess principles. Principle of materials say if you can something- do it.and we should follow the principles follow them first of all . However ,To take is a mistake. I am bit confused here ,what should I do ?. Meanwhile I am just following the principle of material in my games ,it helps me finding good moves easily and saves my time .
    Please Igor share your views on this because I have not understood the solution provided by your moderator.

    • RCA_moderator

      Hi Anup,

      Thanks for the question.

      GM Igor may not be able all the questions due to his schedule.

      Prasaadh | Support

  • Ding

    Hii Igor Smirnov, I want to know how you play against London system from black . I have studied your master the grunfeld course but they are not same lines.whenever my opponent start attacking on king side in London system it becomes difficult for me to defend.I want you to suggest some theoretical moves or plans or if it possible to castle Queenside

    • RCA_moderator

      Thanks for the suggestion.

      I don’t think London system has been discussed in our opening courses. We will look into this opening.

      For now, you can check the main lines from any database.

      Here is one example

      Prasaadh | Support

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