80/20 Tactics Multiplier: Positional Sacrifices – GM Bryan Smith

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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.

About the Author:

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.

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GM Bryan Smith

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.


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Is this course for me?

There’s something that masters regularly do but club player’s hardly ever do.

There are a few correct responses but the absolute stand-out answer is “play positional sacrifices”.

That is, giving up material without a good chance of checkmate or winning the material back in a few moves.

Masters are willing to give up material because they know the time and space gained – or taken away from the opponent – increases the quality of their remaining pieces.

And they know how to take advantage of that.

GM Bryan Smith’s new 80/20 Tactics course teaches you the same skills.

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8+ hours


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Example 1: Goldovsky – Smith
Example 2: Narayanan – Smith
Example 3: Kolos – Anoshin
Example 4: Smith – Atalik
Example 5: Smith – Rodriguez
Example 6: Gordievsky – Smith
Example 7: Rasmussen – Robson
Example 8: Kasparov – Shirov
Example 9: Botvinnik – Portisch
Example 10: Brunner – Istratescu
Example 11: Caruana – Vachier-Lagrave
Example 12: Alekhine – Saemisch
Example 13: Andersson – Timman
Example 14: Akopian – Grandelius
Example 15: Portisch – Petrosian
Example 16: Zagoriansky – Kasparian
Example 17: Penrose – Tal
Example 18: Tanenbaum – Smith
Example 19: Mamedyarov – Kramnik
Example 20: Taimanov – Karpov
Example 21: Sokolov – Kramnik
Example 22: Alekhine – Rubinstein
Example 23: Tomashevsky – Ponomariov
Example 24: Kramnik – Lanka
Example 25: Kramnik – Kasparov
Example 26: Pichuaga – Wojtkiewicz
Example 27: Topalov – Nakamura
Example 28: Guseinov – Smith
Example 29: Wang – Gupta
Example 30: Aseev – Morozevich