How To Win Chess Games – GM Igor Smirnov (7 Keys to Victory)
Everyone wants to win chess games. After all, that’s the aim of the game! You and your opponent head-to-head, trying to out-wit, out-calculate, out-tactic and out-play each other. Your opponent is the biggest hurdle between you and victory – almost!
The truth is, we simply won’t start winning more games unless we put the effort in to improve our chess skills. The first hurdle to victory is ourselves! It takes hard work and study to get better at the game. If we simply repeat the same mistakes game after game, we won’t improve at all.
But how can you get better at the game? Do we have to study endless openings and variations, remember line after line, end-game after end-game? Well, at the top level, those things are more appropriate, but there are some key ideas that we can all apply to our own games in order to see a large improvement.
You can easily find information on the basic chess rules and instructions on how to move the chess pieces around, however, according to GM Igor Smirnov, there are only 7 keys to victory in chess – and he’s going to tell you what they are! By applying these 7 keys to your own play, no matter the position, you’ll be sure to make the most of your opportunities for victory.
In this video, a free preview of his full training course, GM Smirnov gives an introduction to these keys, explaining the basics behind them and how you can apply them in your own game for an Elo increase.
GM Igor Smirnov’s 7 keys to victory will help you improve your game and your thinking process during your games. All the ideas are explained with simple examples that are very easy to understand, even if you are a complete beginner.
Attacking Chess and Active Pieces
Let’s look at a simple example in order to examine some of the key principles of winning chess games. A scholar’s mate – not something you’ll see often in your games (hopefully!) but it serves as a good way to explore some of the keys to victory.
1. e4 g6 2. Qf3 Bg7 3. Bc4, threatening mate. You can see the diagram of this position on the left.
First, we have to remember the point of the game. How do you win? You have to checkmate the opponent’s king, but you can’t do that directly as the king is defended by pawns and pieces.
To get to the king, you must first attack or capture the defending forces! This already formulates the goal of your chess games and the first major key to victory:
The Principle of Attack
Attacking moves are the best, and if you can attack anything in an opponent’s position – do it! Anything is good enough for your attack.
Let’s go back over the scholar’s mate game to see how the attack was created. Pay particular attention to the f1 bishop. How does it take part? Initially, on f1, it wasn’t doing anything at all. After 1. e4, however, suddenly the bishop controls the squares along the f1-a6 diagonal.
After 1…g6 2. Qf3 Bg7 3. Bc4, we see the attacking potential of the bishop increase even further – double, in fact, as it now controls two diagonals. f1-a6 and a2-g8.
So, you prepare an attack by activating your pieces, by putting them where they control the greatest quantity of squares! And this is, in fact, the second key to victory!
We’ve only briefly covered two of the keys to victory. Be sure to watch the full video for more detailed explanations and even more info that will be sure to help you improve your chess.
7 Keys to Win Chess Games
Want to win more chess games? Of course, you do! To beat the best you need deep positional understanding – real insight into how your pieces work together for maximum effect… and that’s what you get with GM Smirnov’s 7 Keys to Victory. 7 keys that anyone can apply to their games for a boost in Elo. Click here to get instant access with 55% off.
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