Before diving into the topic, I’d like to remind you of something important, and also related to the topic. The massive 50% discount (half-price!) on our new course “Mastering Piece Coordination and Planning” is expiring tomorrow (20 April). Also, tomorrow is the last chance for you to get the new course together with “Defending Champion” saving a massive $59 USD. If you use the coupon “piece50”, then you save more than $80 USD! Hurry up, and grab the offer right now.
If you buy the new course on or before 20 April, you can get the lecture “Planning, Evaluation and Fortress” by IM Valeri Lilov completely FREE! If you do so, you will be contacted by the RCA Support Team and be provided with the video lecture.
Additionally, there’s another special thing – you can now study the course online with our new shop, in addition to the downloadable version. You can find more information about this in our previous blog-post.
One of the students asked for a sample video from the course that would help him make the decision of whether or not to buy the course. That’s exactly why I’m publishing this blog-post today – here you can find a FULL video lesson from the course, for FREE! The lesson is about space and activity of your pieces and how to improve them.
Coordinating the pieces, making them work together is harder than one might think. One of the keys to do that is to focus on advancing them by means of looking for threats, ways to attack your opponent. And the author of this course, IM Valeri Lilov, teaches how to do that by showing an illustrative example – a game played between Anatoly Karpov and Mark Taimanov in 1983.
In this video, Lilov says “The secret to any position is not just making sure that you’re activating your pieces, but also about connecting them, coordinating them; the ability to have things working well by making your pieces work together.” So, there are actually 3 parameters here:
- Piece Coordination
- Space Advantage
- Piece Activity
These 3 go hand in hand, and they complement each other very well. But how to do that? Watch the video lesson and learn! 😊
From this video, we learnt that the domination of White’s great pieces against Black’s passive-looking forces was simply amazing, and that gave a great advantage that White was able to follow through with. Even if it takes some time, it’s absolutely worth it!
- Identify your opponent’s most powerful/active piece, and try to remove it from the board.
- Make subtle, gradual improvements of your pieces; advance them closer against your opponent.
- OPEN – nothing is going to work out well if you don’t actually move your pawns away and open the position. Therefore, it’s not just about the pieces. You have to make sure that your pawns don’t restrict your pieces.
- Pressure is very important – if you make your opponent feel backward/behind/passive, he/she will start making mistakes.
I’m sure you have enjoyed that lesson. I can also guarantee you that you will learn so much more from the entire course, if you could learn this in a single lesson from the course. Now is the perfect opportunity – act faster; use the coupon “piece50” and enjoy studying the complete course. Also, please do share your valuable feedback about the course in the comments below – it will help the other students.