Mastering the Middlegame in Kasparov’s Style
- Lessons 9
- Video 3:7 Hours
- Skill Level Beginners to Intermediate
- Languages English
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The text version of every video lesson (for printing).
Fifty special tasks and games to develop skills.
Kasparov is one of the best players in the world who ever lived, or probably the best. He dominated in chess for many years, as world chess champion and in the top tournaments.
Of course he is a great talent but on this course we tried to analyze his middlegame techniques and explain with simple words to ambitious students, so anyone can copy them and improve his game.
More specifically you’ll learn how to fight for the initiative, what the exchange sacrifice is and when to make it, how to sacrifice your pawns successfully and many more.
“This course is not about Garry Kasparov’s life but about the successful techniques and ideas that he used in his games to win”
1. Who is Garry Kasparov?
Small introduction of Garry Kasparov.
2. Endless Fight for the Initiative
For many chess players, before Kasparov and after him, the game of chess consists of playing the opening moves, developing your pieces and then, when you reach the end of the development, at move 15 or 20, you start the game from there; you outplay your opponent.
But it’s not so with Kasparov. Kasparov was unique for the fact that he likes to fight for the initiative really straight from the opening moves. Many times, he would really amaze the world with some inventive ideas in the opening stage. He would often sacrifice material to make it difficult for his opponent to develop his pieces or to castle and so on.
3. Exchange Sacrifice
The Exchange sacrifice was really one of the trademarks of Garry Kasparov. Many times, he made amazing positional sacrifices. Many of them were because of his home preparation.
4. Studying Previous Champion’s Games
In this lesson, I want to dedicate this section to one of the biggest rivalries in chess history, which is between our hero Garry Kasparov and the previous World Champion Anatoly Karpov. Specifically, I want to discuss the topic of the importance of playing openings and positions that suit your chess style.
Many players choose openings or positions to play just because they have seen some strong players playing this opening.
But there’s a big question: Is it really suitable for you as a chess player to your chess style? At the end, we are not engines, each one of us has a different style, a different way of playing.
5. Universal Approach for Chess: Prophylaxis and Restriction
In this video lesson, I’m going to discuss about the importance of being a universal chess player. What is a universal chess player? I mean it’s a player who is able to play at a good level in many types of positions. It might sound obvious that a good player needs to excel in all parts of the game, but that is not the case. I think the first world champion with a very much universal chess style was Boris Spassky back in the 60’s. Every world champion before him had a specialized style.
For example, Mikhail Tal was a very much sharp player, a very brilliant attacker; it was his style. Everybody knew that he always liked playing attacking games and sacrificing pieces almost in every opportunity. If you take a world champion like Mikhail Botvinnik, you see that he was a much more positional player; he had the so-called soviet chess school, which was based on these positional aspects of the game.
6. Pawn Sacrifice
In this chapter, we are going to discuss Kasparov’s understanding of piece harmony or, if you like, piece coordination. So, one of the many things that Kasparov has in his games is the real ability to have this feeling for his pieces in such a way that he always knew how to improve his position, not thinking about one certain piece, but always thinking about his position as a whole.
7. Pawn Sacrifice – Part 2
In many chess videos or books, we are always said and taught that we should constantly try to improve our pieces, but I want to illustrate how Kasparov here in these games not only always tried to improve his pieces, but he did it in a very efficient way; in such a way that he not only improved one piece at a time but he always improved his position as a whole, thinking about all his pieces.
8. Know Your Style and Be True to It/Adjust to It
Here we are going to continue discussing Kasparov’s pawn sacrifices. This time, I’ll dedicate this lesson to pawn sacrifices that are more dynamic, which means that Kasparov sacrifices a pawn in order to get immediate advantages. Immediate advantages are different from long term advantages.
These types of advantages are disappearing over time, if you don’t use them correctly. We are usually talking about, for example, development advantage. So, development advantage in the opening is something which tends to evaporate over time: you must use it. Here Kasparov gives a very good illustration of how it can be done.
9. Active Defense and Counterplay
Kasparov was a very active player –always striving for activity to make the best out of his pieces. He didn’t care much about material. Kasparov goes for the ACTIVE DEFENSE (counterplay) rather than passive defense.
Test you skills
The course will also have an interactive practical part –“Test your skills” section, where you will be asked to find the best moves from Kasparov’s games, and the answers will be explained in video format.
It is necessary to put the received knowledge into practice. There are 6 practical tasks (over 50 games) in this course which will help you to understand and remember the ideas of the course better.
The training program has a detailed explanation on what and exactly how you should do the practical tasks.
Learn anywhere, anytime and on any device
The course can be accessed on ANY device (even in a non-windows device).
We’re providing you with the course in e-book format (PDF) and you can study the video lessons separately as well.
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Buy this course now and study it seriously. If you do not realize (after the study of the course) how to apply the course’s skills, which I explained and if you do not make any progress – then I will refund you 100% of the price.
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Asaf givon is an International Grandmaster has played for the Kfar Saba team in the first Israeli chess leage.
He got his IM title at 2013, and he currently has 2 GM norms. He started teaching chess since he was 16.
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