50+ Hours to Learn the most Useful Pawn Structures
In this 50+ hours super mega bundle you will find all you need to learn and dominate with the basics and advanced concepts of chess pawn structures.
Chess pawn structures are the way your pawns are distributed in your position. Good pawn structures allow good piece mobility and co-ordination, and are the key to successfully defend and attack in chess. They are the skeleton of your position upon which you can build a successful attack.
“It is the pawns that define our middle game, attacking potential and control of empty squares,” as GM Eugene Perelshteyn says.
With this super mega bundle you will learn how to:
- Master pawn breakthroughs in all phases of the game.
- Play with an isolated pawn.
- Keep the pawn tension in a position.
- Take connected pawns to the sixth rank, where they are generally as powerful as a rook.
- How to get an advantage even with bad pawns.
- And much more!
About the Authors
Le Quang Liem is a Vietnamese chess grandmaster and also the 2013 World Blitz Chess Champion.
He was the Under-14 World Youth Chess Champion in July 2005. He competed for Vietnam at the Chess Olympiads in 2006, 2008, 2010,2012, 2014 and 2016.
GM Le Quang currently has an Elo rating of 2737 and is ranked #21 among active players in the world. He is currently the number-one ranked player in Vietnam.
Take a look at his astronomic rating progress over the last few years.
Alisa is no stranger to having little time to study, with a full-time career as a patent attorney in New York, she needs to get the maximum amount of return per hour of study.
She has consistently been ranked among the top ten female chess players in the country and has been a perennial member of the national team.
Alisa won a gold medal representing the United States in the World Team Championships held in Ningbo, China in 2009.
Alisa is also a prolific author. Along with numerous articles, Alisa has contributed videos on chess theory.
Grandmaster Roman Dzindzichashvili is former two time U.S. Champion & Russian Champion, World Open Winner, writer & teacher, former chess coach & trainer for World Champions Gary Kasparov & Anatoly Karpov.
GM Jesse Kraai won the Denker Tournament of High School Champions in 1989 and 1990, and competed in the US championship from 2002-2006. Jesse received his final GM norm at the Foxwoods Open 2007 and has a Ph.D in Philosophy from the University of Heidelberg.
Eugene Perelshteyn is an international grandmaster and chess author. He earned the International Master title in 2001 and obtained his Grandmaster title in 2006. He won the U.S. Junior Closed Championship in 2000.
Perelshteyn is currently one of the top players in the United States, his rating hitting a peak of 2555 Elo.
He started playing chess when he was seven years old, taught by his father Mikhail Perelshteyn, a professional chess coach. At the age of 10, he played in his first tournaments.
In 2001, Perelshteyn was awarded the Samford Chess Fellowship by the US Chess Trust. After taking two years off from school in order to play chess professionally, Perelshteyn returned to the University of Maryland, Baltimore County and graduated in 2004.
Bryan Smith is an American Grandmaster and chess coach. GM Smith has won many international tournaments including Limpedea Cup (Romania), Citta di Erba (Italy), Easter International (Serbia), Philadelphia International, National Chess Congress, US Masters, etc.
Grandmaster Bryan Smith grew up in Anchorage, Alaska, and currently lives in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Some of his accomplishments include first place in the 2008 National Chess Congress, 2009 National Chess Congress, 2010 Philadelphia International, and 2011 Limpedea Cup.
The Le Quang Method – GM Liem Le Quang
GM Le Quang Liem is one of the world’s top 30 players with a Super GM rating of 2718.
When we asked him to create a chess improvement course based on his philosophy, he enthusiastically suggested a masterclass on the most common and instructive chess pawn structures.
The result: the Liem Le Quang Liem Method.
Over the course of 5 hours, GM Liem helps you peer into the soul of chess, revealing how to play his 5 essential chess pawn structures for both sides.
By understanding where to place your pieces and how to conduct the various attacking options available to you, you’ll be able to dominate your games, safe in the knowledge that your plan is backed by a 2700 rated GM.
Modern Chess Fundamentals (The Delorme Method)
For those who desire success in chess, mastery of the fundamentals is essential.
But our understanding of this ancient game has changed a lot in the computer era, and the question of what those fundamentals are and how they should be approached has had to be re-examined.
Now, French GM Axel Delorme has put together the essential guide to playing great chess in Modern Chess Fundamentals. In this 15 hour course Axel sets out the golden rules for getting active positions without weaknesses, drawing on some of the most instructive games ever played.
Everything in Modern Chess Fundamentals is geared towards improving the skills that lead to practical success, such as how to handle the bishop pair (often a winning advantage in the hands of masters but typically wasted by club players); how to shape the pawn structure for a long-term advantage and the essential endgame knowledge that will serve you well for the rest of your life.
Modern Chess Fundamentals is a comprehensive course for players aiming to reach 1800 level.
The Melekhina Method – FM Alisa Melekhina
In this Master Method series #07, FM Alisa Melekhina will help you cultivate your chess style of play based on fundamentals such as pawn structures, rather than just focusing on opening theory.
Melekhina’s comprehensive course on the practical power play is essential for any tournament players looking to improve their results and reach the next level in their chess career.
Over the course of 15 hours, she equips the audience with the fundamentals of chess understanding, and, more importantly, a clear method of self-improvement.
First, Alisa provides a not-to-be-missed survey of various chess styles, from attacking to positional to universal, helping players to choose the style best suited for their individual play.
Using this as a building block, Alisa goes on to cover the essential pawn structures such as the ones conducive to the attacking f4-f5 break and Caro-Slav structures.
The goal is to arm you with plans you can use when in unfamiliar territory as well as providing guidance on structures you can build an opening repertoire around.
Understanding your chess game with Pawn Structures – GM Roman Dzindzichashvili
Pawn structures are involved in all aspects of your chess game and re the most important part of strategic planning. Roman will guide you through all the various pawn structures and by understanding pawn structures you will be able to achieve better positions and dominate your chess games.
Strategy Behind Playing Pawn Blockaded Positions – GM Roman Dzindzichashvili
This DVD will help your chess game whether you are a novice level player or master, Roman will teach you how to play and win by blockading Pawns right out of the Opening.
Blockaded Pawns occur in every opening and by following Roman’s easy universal system you will have a new way to win games. You will become a much better chess player once you master what Roman teaches you and be able to convert Blockaded Pawn structures into wins!!!
How to Get a Winning Advantage with Bad Pawns – GM Roman Dzindzichashvili
On this DVD Roman carefully gives you selected examples of the advantages and disadvantages of weak and damaged pawn structures. Highly instructive examples that can be easily applied to your own games.
Strategy Behind Pawn Breakthroughs – GM Roman Dzindzichashvili
Roman will teach you the Strategy of Pawn breakthroughs in the Opening Middle and Endgame which commonly appear during all phases of every game.
Roman covers deadly thematic ideas when your opponent has little counterplay. Also, how winning tactical sacrifices are a result of pawn breakthroughs.
Your understanding and recognition of pawn breakthroughs will increase and your awareness on how to prevent them will result in more wins!
Winning with the Isolated Pawn in The Panov Attack – GM Roman Dzindzichashvili
The Panov Attack is one of the most important opening positions in chess to learn. It is rich with positional play, building attacks, maneuvers tactics, and much more.
On this DVD Roman will explain the art of playing with an isolated pawn, by mastering this art you will learn the science of chess and become a better chess player.
The Panov is a must to master because it can transpose from several different openings including The Caro-, Grunfeld, Tarrasch, Nimzo Indian, Center Counter, and Accelerated Dragon. Roman will increase your understanding of playing and winning with the isolated pawn positions that arise in the Panov Attack
A Pawn is Worth Three Tempi – GM Jesse Kraai
GM Jesse Kraai explains how to use the old Russian rule set to evaluate Tempo in chess. What is Tempi or Tempo in Chess? “The gaining or losing of time and effectiveness relative to one’s continued mobility or developing position, especially with respect to the number of moves required to gain an objective: Black gained a tempo”.
Content: 50 minutes of instruction and analysis in a series of 2 lectures. PGN Included.
Recommended for: Intermediate Players.
Users rated this series: 4.3 out of 5
Chess Fans have said: Brilliant lecture! A more sophisticated use of the term tempi then has been my understanding (misunderstanding?). Has given me plenty to think about. I also love the expression, ” the king owes us some time”.
Aggressive Pawn Chains – GM Eugene Perelshteyn
In this DVD Eugene stresses “It is the pawns that define our middle game, attacking potential and control of empty squares”. Gain his insight and strategically winning tips. Instructive tips about keeping the tension in a position, both in theory and in practice.
Content: 53 minutes of instruction and analysis in a series of 3 lectures. PGN Included.
Recommended for: Beginning-Intermediate Players.
Users rated this series: 4.80 out of 5
Chess Fans have said: I now understand how these pawn chains create a powerful attack by seizing a space advantage when your pieces will have superior maneuvering possibilities. Excellent!!! video, keep up the series Eugene!!
Pawn Strategy – GM Bryan Smith
Bryan takes us through various strategies for using Pawns in your game. Illustrated with real games the lectures cover topics of : Pawns In the attack, Petrosian’s Pawn Artistry, Doubled Pawns and Weak Squares, Break the Rules Sometimes, Breaking Through the Pawn Chain.
Content: 177 minutes of instruction and analysis in a series of 5 lectures. PGN Included.
Recommended for: Intermediate-Advanced Players.
Users rated this series: 3.81 out of 5
Chess Fans have said: You make it look so easy. The lecture was fantastic. Can’t wait to see the rest of the series.
Pawn Endgames – IM John-Paul Wallace, GM Jesse Kraai & IM David Vigorito
IM John-Paul Wallace, GM Jesse Kraai and IM David Vigorito analyze endgames with pawns.
– In king and pawn endings, an extra pawn is decisive in more than 90 percent of the cases
– In endgames with pieces and pawns, an extra pawn is a winning advantage in 50 to 60 percent of the cases. It becomes more decisive if the stronger side has a positional advantage.
– The king plays an important role in the endgame.
– Initiative is more important in the endgame than in other phases of the game. In rook endgames, the initiative is usually worth at least a pawn.
– Two connected passed pawns are very strong. If they reach their sixth rank they are generally as powerful as a rook.
Content: Over 3 hours of instruction and analysis in a series of 8 lectures.
Fundamentals of Isolated Queen Pawn Positions – IM Bill Paschall
An isolated pawn or “isolani” is a pawn that has no friendly pawn on an adjacent file. Isolated pawns are usually thought of as a weakness because they cannot be protected by other pawns.
Many textbook openings create at least one isolated pawn but are nevertheless accepted as orthodox because of the advantages they create.
With an isolated pawn, you can have improved development and associated opportunities for counterplay that offsets or even outweighs the weaknesses associated with the pawn’s isolation.