Of all our chess courses, the ‘Manifesto’ packs have been by far the most popular, and with good reason. When we asked GM Damian Lemos to come up with the most important training material to take an ambitious player from 1500 to Candidate Master standard, he drew on his own experience, picked out everything that helped him on his path and produced the Club Player’s Manifesto series.
The original 10 volumes taught strategy, pawn structures, playing with the initiative and sophisticated attacking play. Damian pinpointed all of the most common mistakes made by club players and went on to show exactly what they should be doing differently to win their games.
The reception was overwhelmingly positive with many students reporting several “a-ha” moments leading to a breakthrough in their chess understanding.
We had requests for a follow-up course and GM Lemos was only too happy to produce another 10 volumes. The mysterious art of defense, mastered by Korchnoi and Petrosian, was explored, an area of weakness that costs many players points.
The secret to great tactical ability was revealed as were the finer points of attacking, counter-attacking and a treatise on perhaps the most important subject for competitive players: how to think like a Grandmaster.
Together, these 20 volumes contain everything you need to know to make the journey from club player to Candidate Master. Then came a third installment: the Grandmaster Manifesto.
GM Lemos presents this advanced chess course, reserved for the most ambitious players who really want to achieve their greatest potential. With deep insights into the games of some of the finest players in chess history, the 10 volumes look at the small advantages, the hidden nuances and refined strategies that separate the great from the good.
Now, for the first time, you can get the entire collection together with “From 1500 to 2500: Manifesto MegaBundle”. This is a complete chess course especially designed to take you all the way from club player to master level and beyond.
Everything you need to succeed in chess is here in this 75 hour MegaBundle. If you have ever wanted a GM to show you how to radically improve your chess and catapult your rating skyward, then here is your opportunity.
GM Lemos presents each of the 30 individual courses in a unique “one-on-one” coaching style so you get the maximum benefit from the material.
Each module comes with a pdf of puzzles related to it so you can test your new-found knowledge and see how far you’ve come. Plus, PGNs are included so you can replay and analyze the key material with your favorite engine.
With the Manifesto MegaBundle you have all the training you need all in one place – and get a huge discount on the individual prices too!
If you are serious about achieving what you know you’re capable of in chess, then this is the package you’ve been waiting for. Follow in GM Lemos’ footsteps and go from 1500-2500.
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Nota Bene: The physical disks of the Ultimate Super Pack (Vols 51-60 and 71-80) will arrive on 7 DVDs.
This DVD has emphasis on basic and advanced concepts of ‘Attacking the King’ and the many factors leading up to the attacking possibility. Before the attack commences there is explanations of how it happens, this is done by examining a theoretical opening, followed by examination of the middlegame skills that enable the attacking possibility, followed by how the attack is correctly conducted.
Grandmaster Damian Lemos’ excellent presentation skill guides you through this DVD which is 2/10 of The Club Player’s Manifesto produced by the World Leader in DVD instruction OnlineChessLessons.net. This DVD follows on from the first DVD in The Club Player’s Manifesto, which had emphasis on basic and advanced concepts of attacking the King and the many factors leading up to the attacking possibility.
Grandmaster Damian Lemos’ excellent presentation skill guides you through this DVD which is 3/10 of The Club Player’s Manifesto produced by the World Leader in DVD instruction OnlineChessLessons.net. This DVD looks at ‘Strategy’ and discusses the many strategical openings, then breaks down the strategical elements of each game and some of the key concepts are identified.
Grandmaster Damian Lemos’ excellent presentation skill guides you through this DVD which is 4/10 of The Club Player’s Manifesto produced by the World Leader in DVD instruction OnlineChessLessons.net. This DVD builds upon disc 3/10 ‘Strategy’ which discussed the many strategical openings primarily using game examples from ex World Champions. Emphasis is also given to ‘The Bishop Pair’ and the advantage and disadvantages in various situations.
Grandmaster Damian Lemos’ excellent presentation skill guides you through this DVD which is 5/10 of The Club Player’s Manifesto produced by the World Leader in DVD instruction OnlineChessLessons.net. This DVD has emphasis on ‘Aggressive Play’ using The Initiative, Central Pressure, Lateral entry for pieces and harnessing Bishops. There is also explanation of the opening running up to the aggressive play situations.
Grandmaster Damian Lemos’ excellent presentation skill guides you through this DVD which is 6/10 of The Club Player’s Manifesto produced by the World Leader in DVD instruction OnlineChessLessons.net. This DVD has emphasis on the ‘Center’ how to stake an advantage there, once secured, how to then approach with an attack on a different part of the board. Discussions of the theoretical openings and their control of the centre is also considered.
Grandmaster Damian Lemos’ excellent presentation skill guides you through this DVD which is 7/10 of The Club Player’s Manifesto produced by the World Leader in DVD instruction OnlineChessLessons.net. This DVD looks at ‘Positional Play’ things like voluntarily giving up ‘The Bishop Pair’, How to attack doubled ‘C’ pawns, Placing Rooks deliberately on Closed files, The IQP advantages and disadvantages and many more Positional Play methods.
Grandmaster Damian Lemos’ excellent presentation skill guides you through this DVD which is 8/10 of The Club Player’s Manifesto produced by the World Leader in DVD instruction OnlineChessLessons.net. This DVD has emphasis on the ‘middle game’ looking at ideas and concepts based around Pawn Structure, Bishop Pair, King’s Pawn Cover and many more elements. The opening is also considered on the lead in to the resulting middle games.
Grandmaster Damian Lemos’ excellent presentation skill guides you through this DVD which is 9/10 of The Club Player’s Manifesto produced by the World Leader in DVD instruction OnlineChessLessons.net. This DVD looks at ‘Defense’ and how to stay calm in the face of attack with concise understanding of opponent’s threats. Preparing your defense against expected attacks is considered as is the use of tactics.
Grandmaster Damian Lemos’ excellent presentation skill guides you through this DVD which is 10/10 of The Club Player’s Manifesto produced by the World Leader in DVD instruction OnlineChessLessons.net. This DVD looks at ‘Tactics’ and how a Grandmaster thinks in tactical situations. Searching for surprising moves, opening lines to the King, King Hunt, In-Between moves, Removal of Key Defenders and many more tactics are considered.
Grandmaster Damian Lemos’ excellent presentation skills will guide you through this DVD, the first in the collection of strategy and tactics for advanced players produced by OnlineChessLessons.net, the leader in educational chess DVDs. This DVD shows us the secrets of chess strategy at the highest level through extensively analyzed master games. Emphasizing the correct plans and ideas at every moment, it is a series for advanced players to complement their training with an aspect more difficult than tactics.
In this DVD you will learn the art of defense, just like the GMs employ when they need to defend themselves against the attacks of their opponents. It is important to learn the basic concepts of defense in order to avoid suffering painful defeats due to not knowing how to react. Defense is sometimes a difficult task and a part of the game that many players do not like, often even avoiding positions where they have to defend themselves, despite it being the best option.
This DVD consists of studying the strategic game, while acting as a guide for learning how Super GMs dominate positional chess. Over the course of these videos you will see master games explained in-depth by GM Lemos, placing emphasis on every move, explaining the motive and the distinct reasoning and thinking that causes GMs to make certain decisions.
Volume 74: Aggressive Attacks: The Most Aggressive Attacks In History – GM Damian Lemos (1 h 52 min)
You will learn how to attack and play aggressively right from the opening, to practice calculating and the possible attacks available in various positions, initiative and constantly threatening your opponent.
GM Damian Lemos reveals the ideas of the middlegame and explains to you how a GM thinks throughout the game. It also focuses on how Super GMs calculate and teaches you to change how you think. This work is presented across extensively analyzed and annotated games in which GM Lemos explains the plans and ideas behind each position after every move.
Volume 76: Middlegame Transition Guide: How GMs Transition From Opening to Middlegame – GM Damian Lemos (1 h 52 min)
This DVD presents the guide for transition to the middlegame, how GMs plan the passage from the opening to the middlegame, paying particular attention to how the choice of opening decides the plans on how to follow on to the middlegame and the endgame. During the middlegame, the player can lose the advantage they obtained in the opening if they do not know how to correctly enact their plan; just as it happens to experts in endgames. If you do not obtain an advantageous position in the middlegame, it will be very difficult to achieve victory in the endgame.
Many players know how to attack, but lack the ability to coordinate material and create decisive threats towards a particular objective. It is important to not only know how to evaluate a position and determine whether you can attack, but also the most effective way to transfer your forces into attack. Not doing this correctly could cost the player the game.
Attacking is an important part of chess, but you need to know how to attack well and also when to evaluate a position correctly. Counterattacking, a powerful weapon in our repertoire is one of the important facets of the game that we see in these videos. Often we need to defend and wait for our chance to counterattack; this tends to be very effective as our opponent goes from attacking to having to defend themselves which they don’t like to do. Counterattacking is often more effective against an opponent’s poor defense when they are unable to adapt to the new situation.
Tactics often complement a prepared strategy and you will also learn how to punish an opponent for ignoring certain norms of the game, such as development, gaining material in exchange for a loss in tempo and you will see the importance of initiative and prioritizing development over material.
The GM Damian Lemos focuses teaching you certain combination tactics that bring about forced mate or gaining material by meticulously scrutinizing 4 Super GM games in order to explain how Grandmasters think. There are a lot of tactical themes that should be known and certain typical combinations that all players should know. There are simple combinations with a few moves to gain material in the short term and other more complex and difficult ones that require longer precise calculation and can bring about mate or gain material but not immediately.
To be a top player you must have a good grasp of chess strategy – this involves accurately evaluating a position, setting goals and forming a long-term plan to realize those goals. This is not as easy as it might sound – most club players never really get a good feel for strategic thinking. If you want to improve your strategic play then it is important to study GM level strategic games with clear explanations. This was the inspiration for this Course from GM Damian Lemos, “Crushing Strategy”.
Chess legends Viktor Korchnoi and Tigran Petrosian were famous for their incredible defensive skills. They were such masters of the art of defense that they actually encouraged their opponents to attack them, knowing that they would give away too much material or ruin their position trying to make an attack work. In attack, players are too optimistic. In defense, too pessimistic. Change this and you will have a big advantage over your opponents.
The middlegame is the most rich and varied phase of chess. The near infinite possibilities call for a vast array of knowledge and skills. As chess players we need to take into account pawn structure, strategic manoeuvring, creation of outposts, wild tactics and promotion tricks just to name a few. If we want to win games then we need to know what to do in as many scenarios as is possible. We need to pick out elements of a position and know the techniques required to exploit them. With so much to learn, where should you, the ambitious chess student, start?
For most players, playing a beautiful attacking sacrifice, destroying the defense and checkmating the King is the most exciting way to win games. The final combinations are rarely the most difficult part of a successful attack, however. The real sign of a strong chess player is the ability to build the superior position in the first place. This requires a broad positional understanding and knowledge of techniques. “Mastering the Middlegame” sets out to provide you with exactly those skills.
If you have ever played in a game where you had the better position but just couldn’t make progress then this Course on positional chess is for you! To win games against strong players you need an extra set of skills to the usual attacking ideas. There are many careful players who will close the position or passively defend until you try something too optimistic, giving away material or making a concession which eventually allows them to win. Incredibly frustrating!
Kasparov, Kramnik and Carlsen have all stated that studying the classics was an important element in their chess education. Bobby Fischer knew the games of Staunton, Morphy and Steinitz inside out. The great games of the past are an absolute goldmine of valuable chess lessons. Whilst opening trends come and go, many ideas remain true and can be used in our games today.
GM Damian Lemos had this in mind when he decided to record a DVD on “Mastering the Classics”.
If you want to win game after game against even the toughest opposition then you need to know the ideas in this DVD on master level attacking chess. Every chess player reaches the stage where they come up against solid defenders – you try a few ideas but they seem to have everything covered. You end up exchanging pieces and eventually agree a draw. It’s frustrating and you know you have the potential to win the games.
If you have ever had a great position but not known how to continue the attack or found that your opponent has everything defended then you need to learn advanced attacking chess. You are capable of winning every game that you have played this year – all it takes is to pick up the attacking strategies and tactical patterns that the masters know and apply them to your games.
Aggressive chess wins games. Players like Garry Kasparov and Mikhail Tal were renowned for winning with attacks so powerful that their opponents would be shell-shocked when they finally knocked over their King. The aggression doesn’t begin with the attack on the King, however. This style of chess is about playing moves that force your opponent on to the back foot right from the opening, demanding their utmost concentration not to get blown off the board. As you keep pushing them back their pieces become passive, you begin an attack and they just about counter your threats until you pick up a piece and exchange it for a pawn in front of their King. Check. And it slowly sinks in that your sacrifice forces a mate in 3.
Playing aggressive chess is the key to overpowering your opponents, winning more games and tournaments and doing it in style. Legendary champions like Bobby Fischer and Garry Kasparov played with such power that people were actually afraid to sit down at the board opposite them. Too many players, however, are one-dimensional in their approach – their threats are easy to defend and their plans are easy to predict. If you find that your opponents equalize without too much trouble – even if only in a few of your games – then it’s time to upgrade your chess.