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In this 53+ hour bundle on chess strategy, you get 19 chess courses that will provide you with useful lessons on strategy to immediately improve your game.

Some of the topics covered in this bundle are how to take the initiative, playing practically, planning effectively, advanced defense, prophylactic thinking, and much more!

These chess courses are presented by GM Viswanathan Anand, GM Simon Williams, GM Jan Gustafsson, GM Matthew Sadler, IM Lawrence Trent, and IM Sopiko Guramishvili, among others.

Courses Included

Winning Technique: Converting an Advantage – GM Artur Jussupow

Winning Technique: Converting an Advantage – GM Artur Jussupow

Artur Jussupow is back! The former world no. 3, renowned coach, and student of Mark Dvoretsky teaches us how to convert advantages.

Enjoy games from Carlsen, Karpov, Capablanca, and the author himself.


To become a better technical player by learning the four core principles needed to do what has been called the hardest thing in chess – win a won position!

About the Author:

Artur Mayakovich Yusupow is a Russian chess grandmaster and a chess writer. He has lived in Germany since the early 1990s.

Yusupow won the World Junior Championship in 1977, which then automatically qualified him for the International Master title. Qualification as a grandmaster followed in 1980.

Yusupow finished in second place at his first USSR Championship in 1979 (behind Efim Geller). International tournament results in the next decade included first place at Esbjerg 1980, first at Yerevan 1982, equal fourth at Linares 1983, first at the Tunis Interzonal 1985, equal first at Montpellier Candidates 1985, and third at Linares 1988.

He also won the 1986 Canadian Open Chess Championship.

Playing Practically: Tips to Improve your Results – IM Lawrence Trent

IM Lawrence Trent presents a 2-hour course on a very important but often ignored aspect of chess strength – the ability to play practical chess – that is, chess that gets results.

As well as positional, tactical and strategic questions, the competitive player has a number of other factors to consider when sitting at the board.

From the psychological pressures of feeling like we must beat a lower-rated player, to excessive caution when playing a higher rated player, it is easy to have our thoughts influenced.

Add the restraints of the clock – should we play fast when our opponent is in time trouble? Should we play non-committal moves when we’re low on time? – and it’s clear we have to take into account much more than evaluation and calculations.

IM Lawrence Trent draws on his own competitive experience to give you some sound advice that will help you win when the opportunity presents itself and safeguard you against defeat in tough situations.

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Planning Unveiled: A guide for improvement – International Master Lawrence Trent

trick trompowskyA guide for the improving player. Planning is one of the most difficult parts of chess; without it you cannot succeed in improving your level beyond a certain point.

Through careful examination of some model strategic games, IM Trent reveals the planning process and shows how the very best players make critical decisions, which factors they base their decisions on and how they ensure the perfect execution.

This 2-hour course will help you make better choices and understand chess at a much deeper level.

Thoughts on Strategy – GM Matthew Sadler

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Strategy is a crucial element of chess strength but is often ignored, at least to some degree, by club players. Knowing how to evaluate a position, form a plan, and execute it to perfection is the sign of a sophisticated player, and GM Matthew Sadler teaches exactly these skills in this 2-hour course.

Using four of his own games, Matthew shows how he makes decisions and assesses positions. Taking into account pawn structure, piece activity, outposts, possible pawn breaks, weak color complexes, weak squares, and lines that can be opened, Matthew finds plans, evaluates them, and makes a choice between them.

This whole process is one to be internalized through repetition, and listening to Sadler’s explanations will help you think in a structured way and find the most powerful continuations.

Advanced Defense – IM Sopiko Guramishvili

Advanced Defense - Im Sopiko Guramishvili

IM Sopiko Guramishvili reveals many effective defensive techniques using her own experience of defending in chess.

If you’ve ever lost a game because you underestimated an attack or brought pieces to defend when you should have been running with your King, this 2-hour course will help you find the right path in the future.

Sopiko demonstrates how to read the position and work out whether it calls for passive or active defense and shows you how to tell when to counter-attack and when you must deal with a threat.

With a vast array of tactical and positional solutions to defending in chess, including building a fortress and setting up a subtle sacrificial stalemate, “Advanced Defence” will make you very tough to beat!

Secrets of Top-Level Chess – GM Matthew Sadler

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Matthew Sadler takes a look at games involving the world’s best players, breaking them down to reveal some highly instructive lessons which will prove useful in your own games.

Starting with the creativity of English Super GM Luke McShane, Matthew looks at how the “world’s strongest amateur” found novel ways to put world champion Magnus Carlsen under intense pressure.

That Carlsen was able to find a way out of the difficulties is a testament to his resourcefulness – another skill we can develop.

Then we see a fine positional battle between Kramnik and Radjabov, with each setting subtle problems for the other to solve. Matthew Sadler demonstrates how 2800 players evaluate the position, improve their pieces and fight for space and mobility in a classic game.

Finally, Matthew analyzes Aronian-Kramnik from the Candidates Tournament in London, 2013. This game is notable for Kramnik’s impressive handling of the isolated Queen’s pawn position which arises, employing a strategy that will reward those who remember it.

This course is perfect for players who already have a good grasp of positional play and tactics and want to understand more advanced concepts.

Miss Strategy vs. Miss Tactics – IMs Sopiko Guramishvili and Anna Rudolf

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Sopiko Guramishvili (Miss Tactics) joins Anna Rudolf (Miss Strategy) for a look at 9 fantastic games, each bringing their own insights and perspective.

From the ultimate chess strategy vs tactics clashes between Anatoly Karpov and Garry Kasparov, the fiercest rivalry of all time, to modern classics featuring Karjakin, Ivanchuk, and Anand, these games are hugely instructive as well as memorable works of art.

IM Anna Rudolf reveals the positional considerations behind the moves of the world-class players and IM Sopiko Guramishvili shows her talent for tactics with amazing attacking ideas.

It’s fascinating to see the radically different approaches to the same position with the synthesis of ideas bringing a fuller understanding of chess.

Learn to Play Chess with a World Champion – GM Viswanathan Anand

Learn To Play Chess With A World Champion – Gm Viswanathan Anand

Want to learn to play chess?

How about learning from one of the best players of all time, the 15th undisputed Chess World Champion, Viswanathan Anand?

Vishy Anand demonstrates everything from how to set up the board, to how the pieces move and capture and how to checkmate your opponent in this 2+h course.

The former World Chess Champion explains advanced rules such as pawn promotion, en passant captures, and castling, in his thorough and patient style.

He also presents some exercises at the end of the course to test your newly-acquired knowledge, so that you will be able to start playing with confidence right away.

Is this course for me?

Learn To Play Chess With A World Champion – Gm Viswanathan Anand

If you are interested in learning how to play chess, there’s no better person to teach you than one of the best players of all times, GM Viswanathan Anand.

Anand will first walk you through the introduction on how to play chess. He will teach you everything you need to know to get started. Then he will teach you about the chessboard, its coordinates, and the different types of notation systems.

Next, he will walk you through how each piece can move, before tackling other important concepts like pawn promotion, en passant, check, and checkmate.

This course will help you understand the basic concepts and principles of chess.

Enjoy your lesson with the Former World Champion!

Tips from a World Champion – GM Viswanathan Anand

Former World Champion Viswanathan Anand talks you through examples from his own games to illustrate a wide range of tactical and strategic themes in this 3h 46m course.

Learn how a GM attacks his opponent’s King, how to evaluate a position, when to exchange pieces, and how to play Rook and pawn endings in this advanced chess primer for players rated 1400-2000 .

The fantastic instructive material is made even more memorable by being presented in the context of some of Anand’s most brilliant games, including wins over Magnus Carlsen and Teimour Radjabov.

If you want to make sure there are no gaps in your middlegame and endgame knowledge whilst learning from the very best, study “Tips from a World Champion” and get new insights into chess.

Prophylactic Thinking – GM Artur Yusupov and GM Jan Gustafsson

GM Artur Yusupov and GM Jan Gustafsson

Artur Yusupov is back! The former World Number 3, famous coach and pupil of Mark Dvoretsky shares one of his secret weapons: prophylaxis.

The goal is to get into the habit of considering your opponent’s ideas and preventing them while simultaneously improving your own position.



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3-Prophylactic thinking part 2

4-The psychology of prophylaxis

5-The psychology of prophylaxis part 2

6-Prophylaxis vs. improving the position

7-Prophylaxis and technique

8-Prophylaxis and technique part 2

Lessons from the Blindfold King – GM Timur Gareyev

GM Timur Gareyev - Lessons from Blindfold King - iChessI am excited to welcome you to experience my blindfold world record journey together! Here I show the examples, impressions, and lessons I learned from my exhibition matches I played around the world in preparation for my ultimate world record attempt!

You will gain confidence in your tactical ability to visualize and anticipate. Also, you will understand how the attack develops and how to pull it off. Hone calculation skills to get from point A to B.

Beat the Grandmaster – IM Dorsa Derakhshani


In this series, Dorsa will show you a series of positions in which even a strong grandmaster made a mistake and challenge you to find a better move.


Learn how to think like a GM and avoid mistakes.

Test Your Chess – IM Dorsa Derakhshani


Dorsa will test your chess level while providing explanations and tips on how to improve.


1-Introduction 2-Candidate moves
4-All about tactics!
5-Find the crucial idea
6-Hanging pawns
7-Find a plan
8-Pattern and details
9-Prophylactic thinking
10-Fighting for the initiative
11-Opposite-colored bishops

Highlights of the Lindores Abbey Rapid Challenge – GM Laurent Fressinet


French Grandmaster and Magnus Carlsen’s second, Laurent Fressinet, has selected highlights from the Lindores Abbey Rapid Challenge. From opening theory to endgame technique, you’ll get to enjoy fine fragments of games played by the best players in the world.

About the author

Laurent Fressinet is a French chess grandmaster, and a two-time French Chess Champion, he finished second in the European Individual Chess Championship in Plovdiv.

In May 2014 he won the 22nd Sigeman & Co Chess Tournament in Malmö, Sweden, he also won the 4th Anatoly Karpov Trophy rapid tournament in Cap d’Agde by defeating Karpov himself in the final 3-1.

Fressinet is the only one of Magnus Carlsen’s seconds to have been part of Magnus’ team during all of his World Chess Championship matches: His 2014 World Championship match with Viswanathan Anand, his 2016 World Championship match with Sergey Karjakin, and his 2018 World Championship match with Fabiano Caruana. In April 2019, Fressinet joined chess24 as a lead figure of the site’s French team together with Josif Dorfman and Jean-Baptiste Mullon.

Course Goals

To take a look back at one of the most exciting online events of 2020 and learn from the best!

Candidates 2021 – GM Jan Gustafsson, GM Nielsen, and GM Fressinet

Candidates 2021 - Gm Jan Gustafsson, Gm Nielsen, And Gm Fressinet


Magnus Carlsen’s team of trainers, Grandmasters Peter Heine Nielsen, Laurent Fressinet, and Jan Gustafsson, take an in-depth look at each of the eight players competing to become Carlsen’s challenger in the 2021 World Championship match.

Course Goals

To re-introduce everyone to the field of the 2021 FIDE Candidates Tournament, resuming one year later in Yekaterinburg! Our experts examine how things went in the first half for each player, take a look at one of their games, and ask what we can expect now. Will MVL or Nepo hold on to their lead? Can Caruana, Giri or Grischuk catch up? Who would be Magnus’ most dangerous opponent? Find out the answers to all these questions…

Taking The Initiative – IM Andras Toth

Taking The Initiative - Im Andras Toth


In this lecture, IM Andras Toth discusses a very important concept in chess: Initiative. The course first breaks down the meaning of initiative and what it looks like in top games. After the intro, the author talks about the various strategic ideas that allow players to seize the initiative and play dynamic chess whenever possible.

World Cup 2019 Retrospective – GM Simon Williams

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The Ginger GM takes a look back at the 2019 FIDE World Cup.


To relive some of the most interesting moments of this long and arduous event, won by Teimour Radjabov.

About the Author:

GM Simon Williams (aka Ginger GM) is an English chess grandmaster, author, and commentator.

He obtained Grandmaster the Grandmaster title 2008, by accomplishing the final norm at the Hastings International Chess Congress 2005/2006 and the 2500+ rating at Hastings 2007/2008.

His highest rating so far is 2550, achieved in November 2009. In 2009, he organized the Big Slick International in Purley, London, which comprised an invitational GM tournament and FIDE Rated Open.

His Achievements:

In 2003, he finished second at the British Chess Championship.
In 2005, he won the British Blitz Championship.
In 2009, he finished second at the British Chess Championship.
In 2009, Williams finished equal first at the Southend Chess Congress all-play-all tournament.
He was the joint winner with Gawain Jones of the London Chess Classic FIDE Rated Open in December 2010, with a rating performance of 2690

The Method in Chess – GM Iossif Dorfman and GM Jan Gustafsson

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Legendary coach GM Iossif Dorfman presents his method to understand and apply the best chess strategy to each of your games! He was a trainer to 13th World Champion Garry Kasparov and French star Etienne Bacrot, and as a player is also a former Soviet and French Champion.

His long experience as a coach and high-level player gave him the idea of creating a method to streamline his thinking during games. In this series, Iossif shares his method with you.

This course will allow you to identify the best moves using Iossif’s method of evaluating the elements relevant to any position. We can also learn a lot about general chess middlegame play along the way.

Beware of the Rook – IM Sopiko Guramishvili

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In this instructive and entertaining video series, Grandmaster Sopiko Guramishvili demonstrates the hidden power of rooks with some incredible examples from classic games.

This course will show you how to win with positional play by exploiting ways to double rooks, especially on open files and the 7th rank.

You’ll also learn dozens of tips, tricks, and traps to make you an even tougher tactical player. The games include some legendary moves and combinations by players such as Botvinnik and Capablanca.

Absorbing these ideas and patterns will help you see far more possibilities at the board, bringing you impressive wins and avoiding many painful losses.