100 Must-Know Classical Chess Games – GM Avetik Grigoryan

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Commented Classical Games by a Grandmaster

Stand on the shoulders of giants! In this course, GM Avetik Grigoryan analyzes 100 of the most instructive classical chess games from history that were played by World Champions and famous Grandmasters, explaining the key ideas and plans.

grigoryanNowadays many chess players concentrate mostly on openings and solving puzzles. They are important, but chess is a game with many facets, and one of the most important is strategy.

Did you know that all the top players know the classical games very well? You can show them a position from any famous classical game and they will tell you, “This position is from Alekhine – Botvinnik, and h4 was played here,” or “This is Nb1! played by Karpov.” Why did they learn them?

Imagine you travel to Paris and you know only 3 streets. It would be easy to get lost in the city, right? But what if you have a map? Of course, you’ll navigate the city much easier.

The same applies to chess. The great players throughout history have come up with amazing ideas, solutions, and strategies that form a sort of chess-map we can learn from to better navigate our own games. The more classical-strategical chess games you know, the more likely you’ll recognize a theme or pattern in your own games.

Portisch vs Kasparov
In this position, Kasparov played 1…Bd6! And after 2.Bxd6 instead of 2…Qxd6, he played 2…Nb5! His idea was to take the Bishop with his Knight and control the e4 and c4 squares!

About the Author

Avetik Grigoryan is an International Chess Grandmaster from Armenia. In 2010 Avetik won the Armenian National Championship and represented his country in the 2010 Chess Olympiad. He is the coach and the second of more than 10 GMs, a book author, and chess course presenter. Avetik has over ten years of coaching experience and was the coach for the National Thailand team.

Is this course for me?

Do you face problems during your chess games, when all your pieces are in good places, but you don’t know what plan to choose? Your opponent has a weak pawn but you don’t know how to attack it?

You can exchange the knights but you don’t know whether it’s good or bad? You solve lots of puzzles but still have problems with strategy? Your opponent’s king is weak but you don’t know how to start the attack?

Well, this is the course that will help you to solve all these problems!

100 Must-Know Classical Chess Games

Avetik recommends the following 3 steps:

  1. Engage. You will be asked to pause the video and think at various stages. Doing this will sharpen your chess brain and draw you deeper into the position.
  2. Absorb. While it will be tempting to watch one video after another, it is highly recommended that you only watch one a day. This allows your subconscious to absorb the key ideas.
  3. Recognize. You don’t need to remember these games move-by-move… just recognize the patterns at the critical moments. Why does the idea work? Which piece placements are important?

Integrate all of these ideas and you will be completely transformed as a chess player.

*Note: This course has streaming available. We strongly recommend streaming the videos (available after purchase) to enjoy the course in high-definition. Download size is approximately 35GB.

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Game 1 Rubinstein A. – Nimzowitsch A. – Can you guess the move
Game 2 Alekhine A. – Euwe M. – Strong Knight vs Bad Bishop
Game 3 Petrosian T. – Chistiakov A. – The Monster on e5
Game 4 Andersson U. – Browne W.  – The Monster on d5
Game 5 Capablanca J. R. – Treybal K. – The Betrayed Bishop
Game 6 Schlechter C. – John W. – 2 Important Rules of Converting the Advantage
Game 7 Karpov A. – Unzicker W. – Choking Snake
Game 8 Winter W. – Alekhine A. – The Art of Winning Equal Positions
Game 9 Larsen B. – Andersen B. – The Art of Trading the Bishops
Game 10 Rozentalis E. – Appel R. – The Subtle Art of Exchanges in Chess
Game 11 Tartakower S. – Pirc. V. – The Right Strategy in Bishop Endgames
Game 12 Liublinsky V. – Botvinnik M. – A Tip for Saving Strategically Lost Positions
Game 13 Karpov A. – Spassky B. – Karpovs’ Nb1!!
Game 14 Karpov A. – Hansen C. – Again Nb1!!
Game 15 Rubinstein A. – Duras O. – Exchanging the Defender
Game 16 Smyslov V. – Reshevsky S. – Converting The Advantage
Game 17 Kortschnoj V. – Penrose J. – Good Bishops vs Bad Bishops
Game 18 Kasparov G. – Martinovic S. – Strong Plan vs No Plan
Game 19 Spassky B. – Fischer B. – Space Advantage
Game 20 Botvinnik M. – Vidmar M. – Tips on Playing with Isolated Pawn
Game 21 Bisguier A. – Karpov A. – The Secret of Playing Against Isolated Pawn
Game 22 Portish L. – Christiansen L. M. – The Back-Rank Trick
Game 23 Ljubojevic L. – Belkadi R. – Positional Exchange Sacrifice
Game 24 Botvinnik M. – Kholodkevich K. – The Importance of Half-Open Lines
Game 25 Karpov A. – Ribli Z. – Isolating the Opponent’s Pieces
Game 26 Zita F. – Bronstein D. – Tactical Vision
Game 27 Pachman L. – Bronstein – How to Break the Opponent’s Pyramid
Game 28 Smyslov V. – Ernst T. – When You Need Rooks
Game 29 Polugaevsky L. – Ivkov B. – Endgame in Maroczy Bind
Game 30 Andersson U. – Hansen S. – Activating the Last Piece
Game 31 Razuvaev Y. – Honfi K. – The Power of Pass Pawn
Game 32 Winter W. – Capablanca J. R. – Isolating a Piece
Game 33 Andersson U. – Qi Jingxuan – Two Bishop Advantage
Game 34 Petrosian T. – Sax. G. – Two Bishop Advantage
Game 35 Alekhin A. – Rubinstein A. – Neutralazing Opponent’s Attack
Game 36 Reti R. – Yates F. – Finding a Plan
Game 36 Bonus – Grigoryan – Hovhannisyan – The Move of My Life!
Game 37 Johner P. – Nimzowitsch A. – Multifunctional Move
Game 38 Petrosian V. – Bannik A. – Positional Crush
Game 39 Bonus_ Grigoryan A. – Korobkov P. – Copying Ideas from Petrosian’s Games
Game 39 Petrosian T. – Schweber S. – Exchanging the Right Pieces
Game 40 Rubinstein A. – Schlechter C. – Weakening Opponent’s Position
Game 41 Marco G. – Schlechter C. – Preventing Opponent’s Idea
Game 42 Rubinstein A. – Takacs S. – Creating the 2nd Weakness
Game 43 Botvinnik M. – Zagoryansky E. – Exploiting Isolated Pawn
Game 44 Botvinnik M. – Alekhine A. – Dilemma of the Open Lines
Game 45 Karpov A. – Uhlman W. – Open Line or 7th Rank
Game 46 Karpov A. – Kuzmin G. – Never Have an Isolated Pawn Against Karpov!
Game 47 Nimzowitsch A. – Capablanca J. R. – Pressuring with Half Open Lines
Game 48 Fleissig B. – Schelchter C. – Punishing the Opponent’s Mistakes from the Very Beginning
Game 49 Morphy P. – Isouard C. – Punishing the Opponent’s Mistakes from the Very Beginning
Game 50 Lasker E. – Capablanca J. R. – Doubled Pawns Structure
Game 51 Fischer B. – Unzicker W. – The Importance of Knowing Classical Games
Game 52 Andersson U. – Franco O. – What Happens with Passive Players
Game 53 Cohn E. – Rubinstein A. – Classical Pawn Endgame
Game 54 Botvinnik M. – Capablanca J. R. – Neutralizing the Upcoming Attack
Game 55 Gligoric S. – Benko P. – Neutralizing the Upcoming Attack
Game 56 Larsen B. – Spassky B. – Punishing the Opponent’s Bad Play
Game 57 Alekhine A. – Euwe M. – The Use of Knowing Classical Games
Game 58 Rotlewi G. – Rubinstein A. – The TV Concept
Game 59 Petrosian T. – Smyslov V. – A Strong Maneuver with Queen
Game 60 Taimanov M. – Yussupow A. – Hedgehog Attack
Game 61 Fischer B. – Andersson U. – The Origin of Hedgehog Attack
Game 62 Petrosian T. – Beliavsky A. – Space Advantage in Maroczy Bind Structure
Game 63 Fischer B. – Bolbochan J. – Monster Knight on d5 in Attack
Game 64 Boleslavky I. – Lisitsin G. – Monster Knight
Game 65 Taimanov M. – Najdorf M. – Falling in Love with King’s Indian
Game 66 Piket J. – Kasparov G. – King’s Indian Attack
Game 67 Kortschnoj V. – Kasparov G. – King’s Indian Attack
Game 68 Najdorf M. – Gligoric S. – Another Knight’s Maneuver
Game 69 Nimzowitch A. – Capablanca J. R. – Taking the Initiative with Black
Game 70 Stein L. – Petrosian T. – Exploiting Weak Dark Squares
Game 71 Capablanca R. J. – Lilenthal A. – Passive Play is not a Way
Game 72 Capablanca J. R. – Rubinstein A. – A Fight Between the Legends
Game 73 Bobotsov M. – Petrosian T. – Never Play Without a Plan
Game 74 Portisch L. – Kasparov G. – The Fantastic Knight on d6
Game 74 Bonus – The Use of Knowing Classical Games
Game 75 Fischer B. – Spassky B. – Converting a Positional Advantage into an Attack
Game 76 Alekhine A. – Zuckerman B. – Winning Fast
Game 77 Tarrasch S. – Teichmann R. – Bad Bishop
Game 78 Petrosian T. – Liublinsky V. – Torre Attack
Game 79 Petrosian T. – Chukaev E. – Torre Attack
Game 80 Petrosian T. – Mecking H. – Taking Away the Opponent’s All Counter Chances
Game 81 Spassky B. – Petrosian T. – Killing the Torre Attack
Game 82 Steinitz W. – Sellmann A. – Strategic Triumph
Game 83 Gungsberg I. – Chigorin M. – A Great Attack by Chigorin!
Game 84 Chigorin M. – Schiffers E. – Knight Sacrifice
Game 85 Capablanca J. R. – Marshall F. – The g4 Plan in Ruy Lopez
Game 86 Steinitz W. – Chigorin M. – Non-Standard Attack in Ruy Lopez
Game 87 Capablanca J. R. – Janowski D. – Attack in the Queenside
Game 88 Rubinstein A. – Teichman R. – The Immortal Game of A. Rubinstein
Game 89 Alekhine A. – Yates F. – Rubinstein Attack
Game 90 Schlechter K. – Wulff S. – Bh7 The Typical Sacrifice
Game 91 Stein L. – Furman S. – The Typical Nd5 Sacrifice in Sicilian Defense
Game 92 Fischer B. – Cardoso R. – Sozin Attack
Game 93 Marshall F. – Tarrasch S. – Finding Resources in Equal Positions
Game 94 Kann I. – Capablanca J. R. – Instructive Rook Endgame
Game 95 Alekhine A. – Feldt M. – Punishing the Opening Mistake
Game 96 Marshall F. – Capablanca J. R. – Queenside Pawn Majority
Game 97 Yates F. – Alekhine A. – Kingside Pawn Majority
Game 98 Lasker E. – Bauer J. – Two Bishops Sacrifice
Game 99 Nimzowitsch A. – Tarrasch S. – Two Bishops Sacrifice
Game 100 Fischer B. – Ibrahimoglu I. – Exploiting Weak Squares