Best Chess Openings for Tournaments (for 1600-2000+ players) – GM Sam Shankland

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Best Chess Openings for Tournaments – GM Sam Shankland

Best Chess Openings For Tournaments (for 1600-2000+ Players) – Gm Sam Shankland

Best Chess Openings for Tournaments – GM Sam Shankland

If you want to get involved in playing chess tournaments – or any competitive chess – then you must be prepared to face any opponent. Do yourself a favor and prepare with the US Chess Champion, GM Sam Shankland.

In this 16.5 hour collection of videos, GM Shankland gives you a powerful chess openings repertoire and explains all the related tactics, positional aims and middlegame ideas.

Watch these lessons and you’ll always be able to obtain great positions out of the opening and know exactly what you need to do to turn this edge into a win.

Sam gives you GM insight into the most respected chess openings for tournaments: the super-sharp Sicilian Najdorf, the strategic Ruy Lopez, the Queen’s Gambit, Caro-Kann, and Semi-Slav – openings you can definitely rely on.

About the Author:

Sam Shankland is an American Chess Grandmaster and the 2018 US National Chess Champion. He is a mainstay of the US Olympic Team, a two-time Olympiad Gold Medallist (2014 and 2016), a former World U-18 co-champion (2008), and the winner of several international events.

He has worked as an analyst for the reigning World Champion, Magnus Carlsen, training with him to prepare for the 2014 and 2016 World Championship matches.

As of 2018, he’s ranked #27 in the world, with a Fide rating of 2727, which is also the highest rating of his chess career.

Best Chess Openings For Tournaments (for 1600-2000+ Players) – Gm Sam Shankland

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Sam has carefully selected games so that most of them should be new to you, even though they feature some of the biggest names, including Carlsen, Anand, Topalov, Kasparov, and Aronian.

Of course, Sam includes plenty of his own games too – losses as well as wins – revealing the secrets he has found in his analysis.

Is this course for me?

If you want to be equipped with the best chess openings for tournaments directly from a strong 2700+ Elo super GM with the caliber of a US champion, then this course is for you.

Here are some of the main topics this course covers:

Best Chess Openings For Tournaments (for 1600-2000+ Players) – Gm Sam ShanklandHow to play Bobby Fischer’s favorite 6.Bc4 system against the Najdorf – with either color. Sam explains how to build positions full of potential while avoiding traps like 11…b5? 12.Nc6! Qc7 13.Nxe7+ Qxe7 14.e5! Bb7 15.exf6!

No easy draws. So you’ve got Black against someone determined to hold you to a draw by employing a super-solid system like the London or Torre? Shankland explains how to ruin their plans with an early flank attack involving …Qb6.

Ruy Lopez unraveled.  The Ruy Lopez/Spanish is the best way to play for a win after 1.e4 e5. Learn how to navigate the deep and murky strategic waters of this classic opening with the aid of some surprising pawn breaks and minor piece maneuvers.

As well as the lessons on specific openings, you get Sam’s valuable insights on refining your repertoire to suit your skills and keep your opponents guessing.

Want to give yourself the best chance in tournaments this year? Take advantage of this exclusive training course with the US Chess Champion…

Enjoy this awesome course!

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