Planning Masterclass with IM Mat Kolosowski

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Chess Strategy: Planning Masterclass with IM Mat Kolosowski

The chess planning masterclass with IM Mat Kolosowski gives you a clear blueprint for achieving a favorable position and turning it into a win. IM Kolosowski combines two decades of his own experience with the wisdom of his coaches and some of the strongest players to deliver one of the most complete and up-to-date courses on Planning.

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One late sunny afternoon, two chess players were paired up in round 5 of the Chicago Open. They were both about the same age and rating level. No wonder the game ended in a draw: they both were trained by the same instructors, read similar books and spent about the same time as each other trying to master the game. They were both ambitious and dreamed big.

A few years later the same players returned to play in the Chicago Open once again. They were still very much alike. But there was a difference: one played in the under 1600 section. The other played in the Open and had the title of a Grandmaster!

Have you ever wondered what makes this kind of difference?

It’s NOT that one person wants success more than others, possesses superhuman skills or insanely high IQ.

Not at all.

The core difference lies in chess understanding and strategic thinking. Correctly planning the game is the KEY element of success. It is one of the most important and difficult skills to possess.

This is also where 95% of club players struggle.

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Often, they don’t know what to play and simply trust their gut. By having no concrete objective, they simply push-pieces and assume that things would work out… Chess players who base their play on assumptions get disappointed the most.

That’s not the way to go… especially if you want to win games.

The best approach is to have a planned and well-calculated victory.

About the Author:

Mat Kołosowski is an International Master from Poland. He is a multiple Polish youth championship medalist. In 2010 he took 5th place in European U-18 Championship. During the course of his chess career, Mat has won many international tournaments.

Apart from being a player, he is also a chess coach who has experience working with students from more than 20 countries.

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He has helped a few of his students obtain their own international titles. Mat has also performed live commentary of Polish and European Rapid and Blitz Championships.

What this course is about?

The course is broken down into 3 parts and 20 chapters covering the 3 main elements of planning: weaknesses, pieces, and prophylaxis.

IM Kolosowski provides you with a very powerful 3-step system that will help you find targets, create a plan and significantly limit your opponent’s counter-play!

After finishing the course and practical sections you will be able to construct and execute a sound plan.

What’s Included?

Planning Masterclass with IM Mat Kolosowski [10-hour course]

In this 20-lesson, 10-hour masterclass we are going to take your game planning skills to the next level. You will learn specific and very effective methods that professional chess players use to achieve a winning position.

Complete set of PGNs

Downloadable, complete set of PGNs of everything covered so that you can analyze it at your own pace and convenience. A must-have treasure chest for any serious player.

Access to Practicum

Train your “planning muscle” with a set of specifically designed tasks and challenges. The practical part is an important element of the course.

Applying the Theory [30-minutes]

Watch IM Koilosowski taking his games to positional route and demolishing his competition with ideas, principles, and plans demonstrated in the course. See the “planning system” in action! This extra video will help you see how everything works together!

Brief summary of the course [PDF]

The downloadable summary of the key points covered in the course for quick reference and review. Use it as a quick refresher after studying the course or print it and pin it on the wall.


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Chapter Outline

Part 1: Finding Weaknesses and Targets

Introduction to the Course
Chapter 1: Weak Squares I
Chapter 2: Weak Squares II
Chapter 3: Weak Squares III
Chapter 4: Weak Squares IV
Chapter 5: Weak Squares V
Chapter 6: Weaknesses – Transformations
Chapter 7: Weaknesses – Pawns
Chapter 8: Weaknesses – Pawn and King

Part 2: Pieces and Maneuvering

Chapter 9: Restricting Pieces I
Chapter 10: Restricting Pieces II
Chapter 11: Restricting Pieces III
Chapter 12: Restricting Pieces IV
Chapter 13: Exchanging Pieces
Chapter 14: Piece Maneuvering I
Chapter 15: Piece Maneuvering II
Chapter 16: Piece Maneuvering III

Part 3: Art of Prophylaxis

Chapter 17: Introduction to Prophylaxis
Chapter 18: Short-Term Prophylaxis
Chapter 19: Prophylaxis in Complex Positions I
Chapter 20: Prophylaxis in Complex Positions II