ICC Chess Concepts – 33 Concepts that Took World Champions Down

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33 Chess Strategy Concepts that Took World Champions Down

Icc Chess Concepts – 33 Concepts That Took World Champions DownAre you tired of being outplayed by stronger opponents in tournaments?  Are you ready to see your rating skyrocket like never before? If so, then we’ve got exactly what you need.

To beat a stronger player, you need to be ready to take advantage of any mistakes they could make throughout the game. This video series focuses on chess strategy concepts, ideas, and patterns that are essential to spot those opportunities.

IM Christof Sielecki will demonstrate that even the strongest players in the world lose games against lower rated players.

This series comes in with more than 200 sample positions and games that feature a world champion losing a game against a non-world champion, sometimes even against a clear underdog.

If even World Champions are taken down when they do not follow the correct chess strategy concepts, but the opponent does, why not your next opponent in your next tournament?

About the Author: 

Christof Sielecki is a German International Master. He started to play chess professionally in 1987 at the age of 13, then he earned the FM title, breaking 2300 Elo rating at the age of 21.

He was able to cross the 2400 Elo barrier and earn his first IM norm two years after becoming a Fide Master.

His won the Latschach Open in 2013 ahead of many strong GMs. In league chess, he won the Dutch Team Championships in the Netherlands with Voerendaal in 2012.

Is this course for me?

This 33 Chess Concepts series is divided into 33 training videos, covering more than 19 hours of top-level instruction, by one of the best and most illustrative chess coaches from ICC today!

Here are some of the most important chess concepts you’ll be able to learn:

Improve your Worst Piece

Icc Chess Concepts – 33 Concepts That Took World Champions DownThinking about improving your worst piece is a fundamental chess concept that can help you find the best plan or the best move in positions in which is not very clear how you should continue.

Learn how Geller, playing with the black pieces here, was able to maneuver his King in order to improve his own position before he started a pawn avalanche against his opponent’s weak position.

Use the Bishop Pair

Having the Bishop pair is always considered to be an advantage in the middlegame and the endgame, but most players don’t really know how to take advantage of it.

IM Sielecki shows how the legendary Mihail Tal was outplayed by a much weaker opponent who was able to take advantage of the Bishop pair in an open position.

Dead Pieces 

Dead pieces are pieces that are still on the board, but they are so awfully placed that they really don’t take part in the action anymore.

You’ll learn how to take full advantage of your opponent’s position when they have pieces that are so misplaced they could be even considered “a dead piece”.

The more ideas and patterns you know, the easier it will be to find a good solution during your games. Watching this series will help you to better spot your opponent’s mistakes and exploit them more effectively.

Enjoy the Course!

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Chapter List

Chapter Outline:

  1. Loose Pieces Drop off
  2. Improve your worst piece
  3. Take care of your Knights
  4. Use the bishop pair
  5. Who’s afraid of IQPs
  6. Knife to f5
  7. Dead Pieces
  8. Play h4
  9. Play g4
  10. Give your rooks a lift
  11. Opposite colored Bishops rule
  12. Develop your pieces
  13. It’s just a pawn
  14. Double your pawns
  15. Kings are strong
  16. Use pawn majorities
  17. Knight vs. Bishop – a key imbalance
  18. Exploit multiple weaknesses
  19. Knights on the rim
  20. Get a central pawn majority
  21. King and Pawn endings are tough
  22. Manage Space correctly
  23. Good, bad and ugly bishops
  24. It’s about the king!
  25. Use the minority Attack
  26. An Exchange is not that much
  27. Let the opponent make the play
  28. Cut the board in two
  29. Play for scholar’s mate
  30. Push Delroy
  31. Not all rook endings are drawn
  32. Trade off the fianchetto bishop
  33. Prevent Counterplay