First, I’d like to apologize for any inconvenience caused because our shop might have faced some issues due to over traffic, therefore most of you were not able to grab our Christmas Special Offers effectively. In an effort to make it up to you, we have extended the 40% discount on all RCA courses and packages until December 31st included. Please use the coupon “xmas” (check here if you don’t know to use one). And also, the 60% discount on your second purchase (which will be provided by our Support Team) has been extended to January 4th.
We had a very tough and highly competitive World Chess Championship Match last month, between the world champion Magnus Carlsen and the challenger Fabiano Caruana. I’m sure you would have realized that the game of chess has increased a lot in terms of its standards – the quality of the game is almost impeccable. We witnessed that all of the 12 classical games were drawn between the two players.
It’s not that these players are not brilliant or strong enough to defeat the other, but in fact, they are equally so strong that they hardly commit any fatal mistake that could lead to a decisive game. Most of their moves and calculations are accurate, and some of the winning chances missed in the tournament were hard to find even by strong chess engines! Therefore, we can clearly see that it is VERY IMPORTANT to learn from such strong players, grandmasters and world champions.
That’s why, we have decided to end the year 2018 and start the New Year 2019 with a bang – we’ve decided to create a course about one of the most popular, if not the most, chess players – Mikhail Tal! In our recent lesson about Tal’s brilliant sacrifice, we saw how he had a daring style of play, which was very intimidating for those who played against him.
The course is in its final stages, and I will keep you informed about it. For now, I’d like to share with you a couple of very interesting positions from Tal’s games.
Position – 1
White to play
Tal is playing White and is ahead in development – he has castled his king, the pawns are controlling the center, got a semi-open d-file and very nice fianchettoed bishop on g2. How should White proceed?
Position – 2
White to play
Another position where Tal’s pieces looks better. But, his bishop is under attack now, and sooner Black will try to trade his e7-bishop for White’s strong knight on d6. What should White do?
After calculating all possible variations, you can check the answers from the games published in our lesson “2 best chess games of Mikhail Tal”.