“Chess is 99% tactics”. That famous quote has been often debated in the world of chess. Although this might be a slight exaggeration, there is no doubt that strong tactical abilities are essential in order to improve in chess.
The good news is that GM Damian Lemos published a new Masterclass course which enables you to discover the secrets of chess tactics training. With insightful analysis of many carefully selected games and tactical themes, GM Lemos explains what to do at the board to properly spot (and not overlook!) tactical motifs, how to calculate them precisely and how to study chess tactics correctly.
In his exclusive free preview video, GM Damian Lemos investigates an instructive game in which is full of tactical ideas for both sides. GM Lemos navigates us through the tactical waters and provides you with his grandmaster-thoughts on all the combinations and patterns in the game.
Torquay 2002: Ramesh, Ramachandran (2456) – Kunte, Abhijit (2477)
This time, we see a tough fight between two strong Indian players. The game starts 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 e6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nc6 5.Nc3 Qc7 6.Be3 a6 7.Qd2 Nf6 8.0-0-0 (see the diagram on the right).
The good old Taimanov Opening in the Sicilian Defense. GM Lemos also published a great chess DVD on this opening for Black. In this game, we see a sharp line in the Taimanov – the so-called “English-Attack”. As Black is likely to castle kingside in this variation, it usually comes to a race. Who will be mated first?
However, let’s see what happens in the game: 8…Ng4?! – White is behind in development and moves the same pieces twice in the opening – this has to be a mistake.
9.Bf4 – White attacks Black’s queen. 9…e5 is not a threat as White can reply with 10.Nd5! (attacking the queen) Qb8 11.h3 with a clear advantage.
9…Nge5 10.Bg3! (see the diagram on the left). White threatens to play f4 and Black’s knight is still poorly placed on e5.
10…Nxd4 (Black trades one pair of pieces) 11.Qxd4 f6 12.f4 Bc5 13.Qd2 Nf7 14.f5 Qc6 (see the diagram on the right).
Black is under pressure and White comes up with a brilliant idea in the next move – 15.e5! Due to the fact that Black’s king is still on e8, White tries to make use of his lead in development. It is a brilliant intuitive pawn sacrifice, also allowing White to play Bf1-e2-f3Be2-f3 with pressure along the diagonal.
If Black takes the pawn on f5, for example, with 15…exf5, 16.exf6 gxf6 17.Bc4 (see the diagram on the left) is simply winning for White. His pawn structure is damaged, he is way behind in development and White has various threats to attack Black’s camp.
If you want to see how White sealed the deal against his opponent, we definitely recommend you to watch the whole video and great explanations by GM Damian Lemos.
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