Boleslavsky Pawn Structure – GM Igor Smirnov

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Boleslavsky Pawn Structure - Gm Igor Smirnov

The Boleslavsky Pawn Structure arises in countless chess openings and is one of the most-played structures nowadays. In this course, GM Igor Smirnov teaches you the ideas behind the Boleslavsky, where the pieces are best placed, and the plans for both sides.

This is NOT a course about an opening! Studying pawn structures is often more fruitful than memorizing opening moves.

Boleslavsky Pawn Structure - Gm Igor Smirnov

When you study this pawn structure, you will be able to find universal strategic ideas that will improve your overall chess understanding.

About the Author

Igor Smirnov is an International Grandmaster from Ukraine.

He is also a chess coach and holds a Master’s degree in Psychology.

GM Smirnov has developed numerous chess lessons, articles, webinars and training courses that have helped many players of all levels improve their chess skills.

Combining his chess experience and psychological knowledge, Smirnov started to create his own system of chess education. His own chess results then became much better – he increased his rating to 2505 Elo, and at the young age of 20 became an International Grandmaster. His chess educational system corroborated its effectiveness in practice!

Is this course for me?

Boleslavsky Pawn Structure - Gm Igor Smirnov

In any given chess game you can find a recurrent pawn structure pattern. It doesn’t matter if you are playing a Sicilian or a King’s Indian Defense… Believe it or not, many times the pawn structure will be the same, regardless of the chess opening you chose.

In this course, GM Smirnov will analyze the Boleslavsky pawn structure and identify the plans for each side.

The Boleslavsky can be seen in many lines of the Sicilian Defense but also in the Pirc, Nimzowitsch, King’s Indian, Scandinavian and even in the English Opening, to name a few.

Once you get to really know a specific pawn structure such as the Boleslavsky, your opening game gets incredibly easier. And that’s your edge!

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+3 Hours

Content Outline

Introduction to the course
Lessons 1 – The main plan for White
Lesson 2 – New manouvers and plans
Lesson 3 – White defends the King side – Black defends the Queenside
Lesson 4 – What to do when there is nothing to do?
Lesson 5 – The right strategy for Black
Lesson 6 – Important positional concepts
Lesson 7 – More typical pawn structures
Lesson 8 – Black attacks on the Kingside
Lesson 9 – New and unusual positional ideas
Tasks 1-6