Converting an Advantage – Theory, Practice, and Psychology

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Converting an Advantage – Theory, Practice, and Psychology

This product includes all the videos from a live workshop as well as the PGN file related to the training sessions. Overall, the material consists of approximately 7 hours of video and a PGN database which includes 107 files!

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6+ hours of high-level training that will provide you with the following benefits:

✅ Better psychological preparation

✅ A better understanding of the transition into favorable endgames

✅ Increased ability to control the counterplay of your opponent

✅ Improved calculation of short variations

✅ Modern understanding of the principle of two weaknesses

 

You will find the following lectures:

Psychological Mistakes to Avoid when Converting an Advantage – GM Davorin Kuljasevic

In this lecture, GM Davorin Kuljasevic explains the most common psychological mistakes we need to avoid when converting an advantage. In his extensive survey, GM Kuljasevic provides 13 model games and 10 test positions.

All the model games are taken from the author’s practice. Besides just pointing out the typical mistakes, Davorin provides a number of useful recommendations on how to avoid such mistakes.

Converting an Advantage by Simplification – GM Grigor Grigorov

In the introduction to the current lecture, GM Grigor Grigorov states, “The simplification is one of the most important tools that we use when converting an advantage. The main idea of this lecture is to make the connection between the middlegame and the endgame. When you have a better middlegame position, you should know exactly what kind of endgame you want to achieve. Only then, you shall get to the desired result by means of favorable simplifications. Therefore, the art of simplifying is closely related to endgame knowledge. There are two types of endgame knowledge – abstract and concrete. The abstract knowledge is based on general principles which help you to evaluate complex positions. On the other hand, concrete knowledge mostly features the evaluation of theoretical positions. The more theoretical positions you know, the better your technique would be.”

The lecture consists of 14 training examples and 6 test positions.

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Restricting the Opponent’s Counterplay – GM Dejan Bojkov

Preventing the counterplay of your opponent is one of the most important abilities related to the conversion of an advantage. This ability requires the so-called “prophylactic thinking”.

In his lecture, GM Dejan Bojkov provides a systematic overview of different prophylactic strategies. His easy-to-learn and practical recommendations will help you to tremendously improve your technique.

The PGN version of the lecture consists of 18 model games and 4 test positions.

Test Position from the Lecture

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How should White restrict Black’s counterplay?

Playing on Both Wings as a Method of Converting an Advantage – GM Petar Arnaudov

Playing on both wings is one of the most fundamental ways of converting an advantage. In chess literature, this concept is illustrated by the “principle of two weaknesses”.

GM Arnaudov examines the application of the principle of two weaknesses both in the endgame and in the middlegame. Bellow, you can see how he makes the difference.

The lecture includes 13 model games and 3 test positions.



Chapter List

Chapter 1 – Converting an Advantage by Simplification – GM Grigor Grigorov
Chapter 2 – Restricting the Opponent’s Counterplay – GM Dejan Bojkov
Chapter 3 – Psychological Mistakes to Avoid when Converting an Advantage – GM Davorin Kuljasevic
Chapter 4 – Playing on Both Wings as a Method of Converting an Advantage – GM Petar Arnaudov