Chess Secrets of the World Champions (Lenderman Method)

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Master Method Series #22

Every modern GM stands on the shoulders of giants. Much of their strength comes from studying and copying the great play of their predecessors. Which is why every coach recommends the careful study of the games of all the World Champions.

In his second Master Method, GM Aleksandr Lenderman continues to unravel the hidden secrets of sacrifices and dynamic play.

But now he takes things to the World Champion level with revealing analysis of the best ideas of the greatest chess players in chess history.

Studying games from all 16 World Champions, from Steinitz to Carlsen, you will follow the evolution of both positional and dynamic ideas over time, giving you a multi-layered chess understanding. And you even get bonus chapters on game-winning ideas dreamt up by other greats such as Chigorin, Bronstein, Korchnoi and Topalov.

Take this journey through time, exploring the beautiful complexities of the chess sacrifice and become a fierce, dynamic player!


  1. Secrets of Steinitz’ and Lasker’s Sacrifices
    1. Steinitz Attacks the King in the Center
    2. Steinitz Uses the h-pawn
    3. Steinitz’s Blocking Exchange Sacrifice
    4. Lasker the Gambler
    5. Lasker’s Brilliancy Against Pillsbury
    6. Lasker’s Disturbing Sacrifice
  2. Secrets of Capablanca’s and Alekhine’s Sacrifices
    1. Capablanca’s Positional Pawn Sacrifice
    2. Capablanca’s Pawns vs Bishop
    3. Capablanca’s Defensive Sacrifice
    4. Alekhine’s Central Domination
    5. Alekhine Changes the Course of the Game
    6. Alekhine Changes the Course of the Game II
  3. Secrets of Euwe’s and Botvinnik’s Sacrifices
    1. Euwe Attacks the Kingside Castle
    2. Euwe Sacs a Pawn for a File
    3. Euwe Wants the Fianchettoed Bishop
    4. Botvinnik Impressive Center
    5. Botvinnik Activates his Bishop Pair
    6. Botvinnik Concrete Ideas
  4. Secrets of Smyslov’s and Tal’s Sacrifices
    1. Smyslov Brilliant Nxf2!
    2. Smyslov’s Incredible Pawn Sacrifice
    3. Smyslov’s Lead in Development
    4. Tal Gets Squares for his Pieces
    5. Tal’s Most Spectacular Combination
    6. Tal’s Magic Trick
  5. Secrets of Petrosian’s and Spassky’s Sacrifices
    1. Petrosian’s Trademark Exchange Sacrifice
    2. Petrosian’s Trademark Exchange Sacrifice II
    3. Petrosian’s Trademark Exchange Sacrifice III
    4. Spassky’s g4 Sicilian Sacrifice
    5. Spassky’s Knight Sicilian Sacrifice
    6. Spassky’s Spectacular Queen Sacrifice
  6. Secrets of Fischer’s and Karpov’s Sacrifices
    1. Fischer’s Plays the Evans in the Sicilian
    2. Fischer’s Powerful LSB
    3. Fischer Crushes the Scandinavian
    4. Karpov’s Knight vs Bad Bishop
    5. Karpov Slays the Sicilian
    6. Karpov Dominates the Knight
  7. Secrets of Kasparov’s and Kramnik’s Sacrifices
    1. Kasparov’s Opening Surprise
    2. Kasparov’s King’s Indian Sacrifice
    3. Kasparov’s Powerful Intermezzo
    4. Kramnik Destroys the King’s Indian
    5. Kramnik’s Meran
    6. Kramnik’s New Interpretation of the Central Pawns
  8. Secrets of Anand’s and Carlsen’s Sacrifices
    1. Anand’s Bxg5 Sacrifice
    2. Anand’s Complete Domination
    3. Anand’s …Rxc3 Sacrifice
    4. Carlsen’s Double Pawn Sacrifice
    5. Carlsen’s Pawn Sacrifice in the Benoni
    6. Carlsen Copies Petrosian
  9. Secrets of the Best Challengers’ Sacrifices
    1. Chigorin’s Dominating Knights
    2. Schlechter Pressure over the Long Diagonal
    3. Bronstein Nimzo Demolition
    4. Korchnoi’s Central Passer
  10. Secrets of Modern Challengers’ Sacrifices
    1. Leko’s Central Dominance
    2. Topalov’s Dancing Knight
    3. Gelfand’s Pawn Avalanche
    4. Karjakin’s Cold Blood

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