This collection includes all four iChess courses recorded by popular presenter GM Arkadij Naiditsch. This is a great collection about the play of elite players with crystal-clear analysis and explanations from a 2700+ rated grandmaster.
Style Bender: Magnus Carlsen’s 50 Best Games – GM Arkadij Naiditsch
Magnus Carlsen – World Champion and the highest-rated player of all time – dominates the strongest players in the world because of his immense strength in all types of positions.
Tactical or positional, kingside attack or queenside squeeze, technical endgame or dynamic defense… Carlsen is willing and able to do whatever it takes to win.
In this 16-hour course, GM Arkadij Naiditsch (peak rating 2737 and 17th in the world) examines 50 of Magnus Carlsen’s best games, grouping them into categories such as Positional Masterpieces, Attacking Play, Endgames, and World Championship Clashes.
Naiditsch’s analysis and explanations will open your eyes to possibilities that even elite grandmasters missed before Carlsen played them.
You will learn how to make progress in quiet positions, ramp up the pressure in attack, and create winning chances in level endgames.
Everything you see is practical and can be applied in your own games, and each winning strategy and psychological ploy is made memorable by following the cut and thrust of the play.
Study all 50 games with Arkadij’s expert explanations and you will be armed with some of the most powerful chess ideas ever seen on the board.
Naiditsch’s Knockouts – GM Arkadij Naiditsch
“Ultimately, what separates a winner from a loser at the grandmaster level is the willingness to do the unthinkable.” – Garry Kasparov.
90% of chess players fall into the same trap.
Chess is such a deep and fascinating game, it’s easy to get swept up in it and forget the aim is to win.
Not in a game, obviously. You’re obsessed with winning then.
But in training. When you should be getting the skills that win games, are you focusing on:
- Obscure tactics.
- Cool opening variations that you’re never going to see on the board.
- Going 20 moves deep into some bizarre line during analysis.
Grandmaster Arkadij Naiditsch (peak 2737 FIDE and 18th in the world) insists this is the biggest waste of time and talent in chess… and he’s done something about it.
In this 11-hour training, Naiditsch teaches the skills, practical decisions, and attitudes that tip the balance and bring home the bacon.
Arkadij picks you up and takes you on an 11-hour magical mystery tour through the mind and play of an elite chess winner.
By the time you’ve finished listening to his closing notes, you’re no longer the same player you were at the beginning of the journey.
You’ve been transformed with hardcore training on winning attacks, game-saving defense, clinical endgame conversion, and much more.
Tournament Preparation Guide
Join Super GM Arkadij Naiditsch as he takes on 4 of the world’s top 10 players in the Grenke Chess Classic.
In a unique format, GM Naiditsch shares his thoughts, feelings, and plans before and after each round, giving incredible insight into the world of a competitive player.
Learn how a chess pro prepares for specific opponents, how he manages his emotions after good and disappointing results plus get inside a Super GM’s thought process as Arkadij analyzes each of his games right after finishing playing.
Not only that, but GM Naiditsch also analyzes each of the other 3 games played every round, revealing the secrets of elite-level chess. If you want to be a more successful competitive chess player, arm yourself with a pro’s best tips and tricks with Naiditsch’s Tournament Preparation Guide.
Naiditsch’s Dojo – Tournament Training for the Attacking Player
Super GM Arkadij Naiditsch examines some of the greatest games from the past few years from the world’s greatest players.
GM Naiditsch begins with a deep exploration of the Najdorf, an extremely sharp and powerful opening, showing how rich it can be, and how many creative options Black has at their disposal.
Next, GM Naiditsch analyses some of the greatest attacking games of recent memory, from a beautiful queen sacrifice from Radjabov to Caruana’s daring pawn rush. You’ll pick up some of the key attacking ideas being employed by the world’s best.
Many players understand the general opening principles and learn basic endgame tactics, but often fall apart in the middlegame. How do you find a plan in this crucial part of the game? By examining 7 recent masterpieces, GM Naiditsch reveals the nuances of the middlegame, unveiling the positional and strategic ideas you can employ in your games. Turn those tense close games into victories!
What good is all this master-level material if you struggle to think straight in the important, stressful games? Building upon his Tournament Preparation Guide, GM Naiditsch uses four of his own games to delve into useful tips and advice for preparing for that last round game.
About the author:
Arkadij Naiditsch (born 25 October 1985) is a chess grandmaster currently representing Azerbaijan (since 2015).
In 1995 he won the European Under-10 championship in Verdun.
Naiditsch was the winner of the Dortmund Sparkassen 2005 Tournament, ahead of well-known players such as Loek van Wely, Veselin Topalov, Peter Svidler, Vladimir Kramnik, Michael Adams, and Peter Leko. In 2007, he won the German national championship based in Bad Königshofen.
Naiditsch won the Grandmaster Group B of the Tata Steel Chess Tournament 2013 in Wijk aan Zee on tiebreak over Richárd Rapport after both finished on 9/13. This victory qualified him for the Tata Steel Group A of 2014 (later renamed ‘Tata Steel Masters’). In August 2014 he won with the black pieces against World Champion Magnus Carlsen, playing first board for the German team in the 41st Chess Olympiad in Tromsø. The following month Naiditsch won the 2nd Grenke Chess Classic tournament in Baden-Baden. In December of the same year, he finished first in the 38th Zurich Christmas Open.
What will I learn from these courses:
- Mind-Warping Attacks. Re3 (diagram) looks like a beginner’s move – and yet it sets up a deep attack and forces Carlsen’s higher-rated opponent to resign just a few moves later. Naiditsch explains how preparation is as important as execution and reveals the hidden clues that lead Magnus to moves like this.
- 1% Moves. When your every move is 1% better than your opponent’s you soon snowball that edge into complete domination. Pawn moves, trades, key squares, king position… Magnus is incredibly accurate with these decisions – and Naiditsch explains how.
- Endgame Genius. Carlsen wins endgames that even elite GMs would only draw 95% of the time. Magnus sees everything and finds every brilliant resource to bring home the full point time after time.
- The Million Dollar Mindset. Too many points are lost because players get anxious, feel stressed, or get over-confident. Being calm and objective in ALL positions is going to get you the very best results. GM Naiditsch trains you to focus on playing the position instead of being controlled by your emotions.
- Razor-Sharp Attacks. As you advance through the ranks you will face tough opponents… resilient fighters. This is a good thing. They force you to be better. You need to balance attack and defense, knowing every move is critical. Who is better here (diagram)? Is Rxh5 good for White? (This is much trickier than it looks!)
- Endgame Execution. The Endgame: The training ground of champions. Tactics and strategy combine, demanding creativity, calculation, and total concentration. Arkadij explains how to evaluate, find hidden opportunities, and win even objectively level positions.
Early Bird Bonuses! Buy while Style Bender: Carlsen’s 50 Best Games is at launch and receive these extras – absolutely free!
- [Launch Exclusive] Magnus Carlsen’s Miniatures. In this 6-hour masterclass, GM Ron W. Henley shows the attacking methods Carlsen uses to smash world-class players in 25 moves or less.
- [Launch Exclusive] Magnus the Magnificent. Another 2.5 hours of super-instructive video content with Grandmaster Henley explaining how Magnus controls the game and keeps winning chances alive even in the quietest of positions.
Learn the most effective chess ideas ever played, from the highest-rated, most accurate player of all time, Magnus Carlsen!