Chess sacrifices are rarely seen at club level… but you find them everywhere in Grandmaster games.
That should tell you a lot about high-level tactical and positional play. Club players value material above nearly everything. GMs value space, activity, and the quality of the pieces.
Want to become the best sacrificial player around? Get this 57-hour mega bundle on chess sacrifices, including 6 courses of some of the most popular chess presenters in the world.
About the Authors
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.
Aleksandr Lenderman is an American chess grandmaster, who was originally born in Leningrad. He is currently ranked #12 in the United States with an Elo of 2615.
He won the 2005 World Under-16 Championship in Belfort with a score of 9/10 (+8 −0 =2), becoming the first American to win a gold medal at the World Youth Chess Championship since Tal Shaked won the World Junior Championship in 1997.
Lenderman played for USA team in the 2015 World Team Chess Championship in Tsaghkadzor and scored 5/7, winning the gold medal on the second board.
He won the 2015 World Open after beating Rauf Mamedov in an Armageddon playoff; the two had the best tiebreak among eight players who tied for first place with 7/9.
Alex Ipatov is a Turkish chess Grandmaster. He won the 2012 World Junior Chess Championship and is two-time Turkish champion. GM Ipatov is a highly qualified chess instructor at 2590 FIDE and does a fantastic job of sharing his deep knowledge of an extremely complicated and difficult concept – the positional sacrifice.
Timur Gareev (or Gareyev) is an American Grandmaster. He has played in 2 Chess Olympiads (Calvia 2004 and Turin 2006) and his peak rating was 2682 in 2013.
80/20 Chess Tactics Multiplier: Positional Sacrifices – GM Bryan Smith
Positional sacrifices are rarely seen at club level… but you find them everywhere in Grandmaster games.
That should tell you a lot about high-level positional play. Club players value material above nearly everything. GMs value space, activity, and the quality of the pieces.
In this groundbreaking 8-hour course, top American Grandmaster Bryan Smith details the many types of positional sacrifice, including how to tell when they will work and what to do afterwards to get that win.
Unlike tactical sacrifices where you deliver checkmate or win back the material fairly quickly, positional sacrifices require an understanding of imbalances and positional play… the high-level skills that Bryan teaches in this course.
GM Smith has hand-picked 31 lesser-known classics from luminaries such as Kasparov, Kramnik, Botvinnik, Tal, and Alekhine, each one revealing a new secret of positional play and sacrifices.
Take your positional understanding to a whole new level with this masterclass on imbalances and dynamism.
Master of Sacrifice (The Bryan Smith Method 2)
GM Bryan Smith is back, teaching the skills that will turn you into a Master of Sacrifice in chess!
The Sacrifices in chess are powerful ways to secure the win, but they carry a degree of risk too.
If you want to smash through your rivals’ resistance and win spectacular games, safe in the knowledge that your sac is sound, this is the course for you.
In 14 hours of lessons, GM Bryan Smith teaches you a new way to look at sacrifices that will open your eyes to exciting, creative possibilities in nearly any position.
Sacrifices on the kingside, queenside, intuitive sacrifices, positional and defensive sacs – it’s all explained clearly and in detail in this masterclass on chess tactics.
You will learn what makes each type of sacrifice work, how to time them and follow them up.
The result: you become a highly trained Master of Sacrifice in chess!
Chess Gambits Explained: The Aleksandr Lenderman Method
This superb 15-hour course from Super GM Aleksandr Lenderman (peak Elo 2636) reveals his method for playing dynamic chess gambits and attacking chess.
In each of the 8 chapters, GM Lenderman looks at a different type of sacrifices and chess opening gambits, from pawns in the opening all the way to Queens in the middlegame!
The aim of each sacrifice is to upset the balance and exchange material for activity, an attack or a long-term positional advantage, such as obtaining a key square or the bishop pair.
It’s actually this ability to disrupt the play and dictate proceedings that separate the very best players from everyone else.
GM Lenderman breaks down the inner workings of some of the most brilliant, creative play, lucidly explaining how and why the ideas work, giving you a rich repertoire of attacking chess, and in some cases, defensive resources.
Uniquely, GM Aleksandr Lenderman has chosen some little-known brilliancies by the strongest players on the planet – the chess computers – to illustrate ways we can take our chess understanding to the very highest level. These games supplement the finest work of human geniuses such as Kasparov, Tal, and Nezhmetdinov.
Includes a 1-hour bonus of Alex playing online blitz, voicing his thoughts and analysis in real time plus a fascinating insight into his personal philosophy and best advice for improving players in a Q&A session!
Chess Secrets of the World Champions (Lenderman Method)
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, chess tactics, 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!
Insane Chess Sacrifices – GM Timur Gareev
If you want to win more games, you have to attack your opponent and can not be scared to sacrifice to break through with an attack.
There are an overwhelming variety of sacrifices and reasons for making sacrifices – you could give up a pawn to seize the initiative or gain space, you could sacrifice an exchange to change the dynamic of a position, or you could make a positional sacrifice by allowing doubled, isolated pawns but gaining a dangerous attack against your opponent’s king.
Understanding the many types of sacrifices, and what types of positions are good to sacrifice from, is critical if you want to improve your game. In this chess DVD, Grandmasters Timur Gareev (2680 FIDE) and Ronen Har-Zvi (2515 FIDE) explain particularly impressive sacrifices by leading GMs Judit Polgar, Emil Sutovsky, Hikaru Nakamura, Dragoljub Velimirovic, and Artur Yusupov.
We cannot resist the fascination of sacrifice, since a passion for sacrifices is part of a chessplayer’s nature Rudolf Spielmann
1. Introduction 2. Judit Polgar
3. Emil Sutovsky
4. Hikaru Nakamura
5. Dragoljub Velimirovic
6. Artur Yusupov
Mastering the Positional Sacrifice – GM Alex Ipatov
The positional sacrifice is one of the hardest concepts to learn in chess because it requires a profound understanding of the game.
Many beginner and intermediate players vastly overemphasize the importance of material in chess, failing to utilize the massive benefits that a positional sacrifice can bring.
To employ a strong positional sacrifice you have to firmly trust your chess convictions and know that sometimes positional factors such as the initiative, a space advantage, centralization, or better coordination can overcome an advantage in material.
Also when you play a positional sacrifice, you will be much better prepared for the ensuing radical changes in the game as your opponent will be knocked off balance by the change in course.
As a rule, so-called “positional” sacrifices are considered more difficult, and therefore more praise-worthy, than those which are based exclusively on an exact calculation of tactical possibilities¨ – Alexander Alekhine.
“Mastering the Positional Sacrifice” is a comprehensive chess DVD that is guaranteed to better your understanding of one of the most effective weapons in chess.
This chess DVD is presented by Grandmaster Alex Ipatov, the 2012 World Junior Chess Champion! GM Ipatov is a highly qualified chess instructor at 2590 FIDE and does a fantastic job of sharing his deep knowledge of an extremely complicated and difficult concept – the positional sacrifice.