Attack and Defense – GM Marian Petrov

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The Attack and Defense in Chess – GM Marian Petrov

Attack And Defense – Gm Marian Petrov

How many of your important games are decided by all-out, guns blazing attacks?

Less than half? Less than a quarter?

You’re not alone.

Most club players have to settle for winning a pawn or two and converting in the endgame. A win’s a win, sure – but these aren’t games you’ll remember. This isn’t what you play chess for.

Want to become an ATTACKING GENIUS and create your own “immortals”? GM Petrov is here to help.

Chess Olympiad Coach GM Marian Petrov Reveals how to play powerful attacking and defensive combinations to finally become the player you meant to be…

His new 10.5-hour Attack and Defense in chess is a masterclass on winning games with direct attacking play.

Attacks on the kingside, queenside, opposite-side castling, same side… GM Petrov provides ATTACKING BLUEPRINTS for every situation.

About the Author:

Marian Petrov is an accomplished professional chess coach, theorist, and Bulgarian champion for 2002 and 2017, as well as winner of many open tournaments around the world.

GM Petrov is also a FIDE trainer and coach of the team of Wales at the last Olympiad in Baku in 2016. He graduated from the National Sports Academy in Sofia, Bulgaria with a Bachelor’s degree in Chess Pedagogy, a four-year undergraduate program designed to prepare top-level chess trainers.

How is this course going to help me?

Attack And Defense – Gm Marian PetrovWhat makes this course unique?

As you can probably guess from the title, this course examines attack and defense in chess at the same time – they are, after all, 2 sides of the same coin.

By showing how some threats can be defended – and how to counter those ideas – GM Petrov builds up the sophistication of your attacks into laser-accurate combinations.

Here’s part of what you will learn:

The shift in thinking that turns even the most careful player into an unstoppable attacking machine, happy to sacrifice material just to open lines towards the enemy king.

The 64 square sieges

Alekhine famously declared “play on both sides of the board is my favorite strategy.” GM Petrov teaches you how to overwhelm your rivals with this “total attack” method.

Defensive genius

Getting into the mind of world-class defenders like Lasker and Petrosian will make you a more incisive attacker… and help you save a ton of difficult positions. GM Marian Petrov reveals their secrets in chapter 6.

Beat them to the punch

Opposite-side castling usually leads to a race to checkmate. GM Petrov explains what’s going on below the surface in classic games by Tal and Fischer, giving you the master template for balancing attack and defense in these situations.

Simple wins

Players miss wins in simple positions all the time – they just don’t see the opportunity. In chapter 4, Marian shows how to find hard-to-spot moves like Petrosian’s brilliant 36.g5!!

Secrets of counterplay

The ability to turn defense into attack wins games on the spot. Your rivals aren’t psychologically prepared to dig deep and defend after being on the offensive. Learn how to set up subtle-but-deadly counters in chapter 8.

To make it at the next level, you need to be crushing your rivals at this level. GM Petrov’s Attack and Defense shows you how to do that… and have a lot of fun in the process!

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Running Time

10.5 Hours

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Content Outline

Chapter List:

Introduction to the Course
Attacking the King in the Centre
Attacking Against Castled King
Attacking Against Opposite Side Castle
The attack on the Queen’s Side
The attack on Both Sides
Defending Basic Principles
Creating Problems for the Attacker
Counter Attack
Simplifying the Position
Applying the Theory