2021 saw the release of several highly-rated iChess courses from top presenters and coaches. Update your iChess collection with this bundle that brings all the 2021 releases together at a lower price than if you purchased them individually.
IMs such as Alina Kashlinskaya, Kostya Kavutskiy & Robert Ris, along with Grandmasters Aleksandr Lenderman, Arkadij Naiditsch, Georg Meier, Ron Henley, Marian Petrov, and Damian Lemos.
Whether it’s the ability to navigate chaotic positions, force wins, convert advantages, learning the secrets of correct evaluation of the position, excelling at strategic play, or learning dangerous weapons like the Larsen Opening, The Queen’s Gambit, the Alekhine Defense, the King’s Gambit, it is all covered in this bundle.
What’s Included in the Collection:
Style Bender: Magnus Carlsen’s 50 Best Games – GM Arkadij Naiditsch
Magnus Carlsen – World Champion and the highest-rated player of all time – dominates the strongest players in the world because of his immense strength in all types of positions.
Tactical or positional, kingside attack or queenside squeeze, technical endgame or dynamic defense… Carlsen is willing and able to do whatever it takes to win.
In this 16-hour course, GM Arkadij Naiditsch (peak rating 2737 and 17th in the world) examines 50 of Magnus Carlsen’s best games, grouping them into categories such as Positional Masterpieces, Attacking Play, Endgames, and World Championship Clashes.
Naiditsch’s analysis and explanations will open your eyes to possibilities that even elite grandmasters missed before Carlsen played them.
You will learn how to make progress in quiet positions, ramp up the pressure in attack, and create winning chances in level endgames.
Everything you see is practical and can be applied in your own games, and each winning strategy and psychological ploy is made memorable by following the cut and thrust of the play.
Study all 50 games with Arkadij’s expert explanations and you will be armed with some of the most powerful chess ideas ever seen on the board.
Forcing Moves Force Wins – IM Kostya Kavutskiy
Tactics training is just that – training.
Finding the risky winning sacrifice in a high-stakes game – and having the guts to play it – that’s what counts.
And whilst solving 1000s of random puzzles will definitely sharpen your skills… its main benefit is building up your pattern recognition.
Come up against one of the millions of positions you haven’t seen before, and things are trickier.
That’s when you need the tools IM Kostya Kavutskiy teaches in his incredible Forcing Moves Force Wins…
Prophylaxis = Control – GM Aleksandr Lenderman
Infiltrate the enemy mind, steal their secrets… and make victory certain!
“If you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the result of a hundred battles”
-Sun Tzu, The Art of War
Chess is a battle of ideas.
And no matter how good your position is, your opponent still has ideas of their own… otherwise they would resign.
How many thousands of points have been lost because players were blind to their opponent’s resources?
Don’t make the same mistake.
Former World Youth Champion and Team USA coach Alex Lenderman teaches you the art of prophylaxis in this outstanding 3-hour course.
Integrate Lenderman’s thought-process and you will eliminate blunders, eradicate your opponents’ counterplay, and execute your own plans flawlessly.
Take control of the game – and keep control until victory is assured.
Naiditsch Knockouts – GM Arkadij Naiditsch
“Ultimately, what separates a winner from a loser at the grandmaster level is the willingness to do the unthinkable.”
– Garry Kasparov.
90% of chess players fall into the same trap.
Chess is such a deep and fascinating game, it’s easy to get swept up in it and forget the aim is to win.
Not in a game, obviously. You’re obsessed with winning then.
But in training. When you should be getting the skills that win games, are you focusing on:
- Obscure tactics.
- Cool opening variations that you’re never going to see on the board.
- Going 20 moves deep into some bizarre line during analysis.
Grandmaster Arkadij Naiditsch (peak 2737 FIDE and 18th in the world) insists this is the biggest waste of time and talent in chess… and he’s done something about it.
In this 11-hour training, Naiditsch teaches the skills, practical decisions, and attitudes that tip the balance and bring home the bacon.
Arkadij picks you up and takes you on an 11-hour magical mystery tour through the mind and play of an elite chess winner.
By the time you’ve finished listening to his closing notes, you’re no longer the same player you were at the beginning of the journey.
You’ve been transformed with hardcore training on winning attacks, game-saving defense, clinical endgame conversion, and much more.
Fundamentals of Strategy with GM Georg Meier
Chess players are supposed to be master strategists… but too many players neglect the development of this skill.
Which makes no sense.
Strategy is the map that gets you to your goal, a strong plan that drives you to victory… it’s like swimming with the current instead of against it.
And if you consider yourself a tactical player, just remember Fischer’s observation that “tactics flow from a superior position”.
Quality coaching on the more refined strategic ideas is hard to find… enter top German GM Georg Meier who is decided to give you the benefit of his decades of analytic and practical experience.
GM Meier did great work in his first course for iChess – a brilliant 3-hour training on advanced strategy for our INC Turbo series.
If you study this course, you will be a better player. No doubt about it.
Sacrifices & Navigating Chaos with IM Alina Kashlinskaya
“You must take your opponent into a deep, dark forest where 2+2=5 and the path leading out is only wide enough for one.”
– Mikhail Tal
When Mikhail Tal played, exceptions were seen everywhere in his games, Bishops, Knights, Rooks, and Queens were given up just to move the enemy king one tiny square.
Time stopped as confusion reigned… every move plunging his rivals deeper into that dark forest of despair.
And while they thrashed around, panicked and blinded, Tal was calm.
He was the darkness… he was the storm. What did he have to fear?
Being comfortable in chaos is a rare and invaluable ability. It’s also teachable.
Evaluation & Strategy with IM Robert Ris
At the higher levels, games are won by the player who can identify the critical factor in a position and make proper use of it.
In this near 4-hour course, Dutch International Master Robert Ris teaches you that ability.
Chess is a complicated game – you don’t want it to be easy, you want to be good.
IM Ris shows you how to get to the absolute essence of the position, ignoring all the tempting but inferior plans that compete for your attention.
Once you know what to do, it’s a question of executing your plan. Of overcoming your opponents’ strongest resistance.
This course trains you to a high level in skills like prophylaxis, dominating with the bishop-pair, and targeting weaknesses. All explained with IM Ris’ trademark clarity.
Study this material and master the advanced skills that will win you games for the rest of your playing days.
The Squeeze – Converting Advantages in Chess – IM Kostya Kavutskiy
“The hardest game to win is a won game.” – Emanuel Lasker, 2nd World Chess Champion.
Your position looks SO good. You love it.
Your pieces boldly take center stage, dominating the board while your opponent’s feeble peasants cower on the back rank…
…now all you’ve got to do is convert it.
But it’s not so easy.
Move by move your opponent pushes their pieces forward one square, defends, unravels their position…
…soon your beautiful advantage has gone.
You need a special set of skills to turn these edges into wins…
…skills that American IM Kostya Kavutskiy teaches in his brilliant new INC Turbo course, The Squeeze.
In this 3-hour course, you will be learning how to win with ideas like the principle of two weaknesses and exchanging key defenders…
…topics you may have heard about before, but here they’re actually explained in detail.
What works, what doesn’t, and why.
The London System Vs Queen’s Indian Defense – GM Ron W. Henley
The Queen’s Indian can be tricky to face.
Those who play it normally know it inside-out.
That b7 bishop is soon going to be gunning down the long diagonal, putting bullets in your center pawns, and taking aim at your king.
GM Ron W. Henley has the solution.
He recommends a special way of playing the London System that targets the weaknesses of the Queen’s Indian.
Black needs to play …c5 at some point to challenge your d4 pawn – and that leaves a Grand Canyon-sized hole on d6.
A few nimble maneuvers like Nd2-c4-d6 and Black is in a whole world of pain.
GM Henley reveals a ton of ways to hit Queen’s Indian players where it hurts in his awesome new 10h 20m course!
Alekhine’s Defense – GM Petrov
GM Marian Petrov is back with another awesome opening course!
This time he turns his attention to the enigmatic Alekhine’s Defense – the hypermodern opening devised by the 4th World Champion.
Play for the win from move 1 with the Alekhine’s Defense (1.e4 Nf6!)
By avoiding symmetry, Black creates exciting, imbalanced positions full of creative potential. White usually chases the knight around but soon finds their position stretched and under serious pressure.
Openings expert GM Marian Petrov teaches you how to play the Alekhine’s Defense like a pro in this 8-hour training.
Far more than just opening theory, this course also reveals the Alekhine’s strongest attacks and tactical combinations – showing you how to actually win games as Black, not just get a good position.
GM Petrov covers all of the main setups including the Four Pawns Attack and the early fianchetto variation (4…g6), with analysis of memorable, attacking games in each line too.
Discover how to win with the opening your opponents don’t want to see!
The King’s Gambit – GM Petrov
We don’t care what anyone says… NOBODY likes seeing 2.f4 played against them. Yes, the King’s Gambit is indeed a terrifying chess opening.
“What the devil possessed me to play 1…e5?? I completely forgot that Spassky likes to play the King’s Gambit.”
– David Bronstein, after being on the wrong side of another King’s Gambit brilliancy.
It’s easily the most fun opening in chess… you get insanely fast development, and a simply murderous open f-file to attack along.
Bronstein, Fischer, Anand… they’ve all lost high-profile (and spectacular) games against the King’s Gambit.
And at club level, it’s 100x more dangerous again.
Ready to have some fun?
In response to major demand, we asked openings expert GM Marian Petrov to turn his attention to the King’s Gambit chess opening, and, once again, he’s delivered the goods.
The result: 4 hours of training that takes you from first moves to tournament-ready.
Larsen’s Opening 1.b3 (Deep Dive Vol. 20)
1.b3 might just be the most under-rated first move in chess.
You already know it’s solid and flexible… but I’m here to tell you that 1.b3 (aka Larsen’s Opening) can also be a stone-cold killer.
This quiet little pawn move hides a ton of trickery and dangerous ideas… it allows White to be flexible and sets up some far from obvious opening traps for Black.
The Queen’s Gambit Vol. 1 (Deep Dive Vol. 21)
The Queen’s Gambit is probably the most well-known opening on the planet now, thanks to a certain TV show… It was written about in the first-ever chess book over 500 years ago…
So it was about time to launch a Deep Dive on it! But the Queen’s Gambit complex is such a massive topic so it will be split over a few courses.
In this training, we’ll look at the Queen’s Gambit Declined (1.d4 d5 2.c4 e6) from White’s perspective, focusing on the Tarrasch (3.Nc3 c5) and Exchange (3.Nc3 Nf6 4.cxd5) variations.
In the Tarrasch (Black plays an early …c5), we get to play against an isolated pawn in most cases.
With the Exchange (we play an early cxd5), we’ll benefit by swapping a wing pawn for a center pawn.
Both of these will give you a positional edge… and GM Lemos will show you how to exploit it to the MAX.
… also, in the last few years, AlphaZero REdiscovered it and loved it, choosing it as one of the best ways for White to play for a win (diagram).
Ready to learn the secrets of one of the TRUE chess openings?
A lot of players get put off by the sheer amount of theory they need to learn.
…or, they think they need to learn.
The new Deep Dive gives you a clear strategy to win with the Queen’s Gambit.
The Queen’s Gambit Vol. 2 (Deep Dive Vol. 22)
And now it’s time for Vol. 2 of the Queen’s Gambit, covering complex lines that you will face in your tournament games when Black wants to surprise you using lines such as the Baltic and Chigorin Defenses, the Albin Countergambit, and the Stonewall.
Always a hard worker, GM Lemos is always up to the task to present his viewers with a solid repertoire, bringing you from cero to tournament ready, come join the lesson!
Start your game the right way with the Queen’s Gambit (1.d4 d5 2.c4). The Queen’s Gambit is one of White’s very best options: Dynamic but secure, full of rich possibilities while giving White an element of control.
It’s no surprise that artificial intelligence chess engines like AlphaZero make it one of their preferred openings. In this second volume of his Deep Dive into the Queen’s Gambit, GM Damian Lemos covers the other variations you need to know about.
Discover innovative ways of dealing with the sharp Baltic (2…Bf5) and Symmetrical (2…c5) Defenses, the tricky Albin Counter-Gambit (2…e5), the positional Chigorin (2…Nc6), as well as Black’s popular transition to the Stonewall Dutch (2…e6 3.Nc3 f5).
GM Lemos explains the ideas for both sides in each of these systems, analyzing fantastic games from giants like Kasparov, Kramnik, and Carlsen to make the different strategies stick in your mind.
Paired with volume one, Damian Lemos’ Deep Dive is a complete guide to this fascinating opening for White.
VECO – Vol#11 The Najdorf for White
In an opening as sharp as the Sicilian Najdorf, tactical bloodbaths are commonplace and the player who knows where the weak points are, and how to exploit them, wins.
The asymmetrical pawn structure gives rise to a multitude of tactical shots and ideas with Black’s play generally focusing on the queenside while White tends to play on the kingside.
By understanding how these attacks come about, which sacrifices work and how to deal with your opponent’s threats, you’ll be the one coming out on top.
In this course, International Master Robert Ris will give you advice on how to face the Najdorf with White and succeed!
About the Authors:
Aleksandr Lenderman is an American chess grandmaster, who was originally born in Leningrad.
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.
Arkadij Naiditsch (born 25 October 1985) is a chess grandmaster currently representing Azerbaijan (since 2015).
In 1995 he won the European Under-10 championship in Verdun.
Naiditsch was the winner of the Dortmund Sparkassen 2005 Tournament, ahead of well-known players such as Loek van Wely, Veselin Topalov, Peter Svidler, Vladimir Kramnik, Michael Adams, and Peter Leko. In 2007, he won the German national championship based in Bad Königshofen.
Naiditsch won the Grandmaster Group B of the Tata Steel Chess Tournament 2013 in Wijk aan Zee on tiebreak over Richárd Rapport after both finished on 9/13. This victory qualified him for the Tata Steel Group A of 2014 (later renamed ‘Tata Steel Masters’). In August 2014 he won with the black pieces against World Champion Magnus Carlsen, playing first board for the German team in the 41st Chess Olympiad in Tromsø. The following month Naiditsch won the 2nd Grenke Chess Classic tournament in Baden-Baden. In December of the same year, he finished first in the 38th Zurich Christmas Open.
Georg Meier (born August 26, 1987) is a German chess grandmaster.
He has been a competitor of several tournaments, like the 2009 World Cup, in December of that same year, Meier tied for 1st-4th places with Julio Granda, Viktor Láznička, and Kiril Georgiev in the 19th Magistral Pamplona Tournament. In 2014, he shared second place with Peter Leko in the Dortmund Sparkassen Chess Meeting, won by Fabiano Caruana. Meier won the main Grandmaster tournament at the 2017 Maccabiah Games in Jerusalem, ahead of Ukrainian Grandmaster Alexander Moiseenko.
In team events, he has played for Germany in events like the Chess Olympiad, World Team Chess Championship, European Team Chess Championship, and Mitropa Cup. His team won the gold medal in the 2011 European Team Championship in Porto Carras, Greece.
Russian IM Alina Kashlinskaya (2494 FIDE, basically GM strength) is a former Russian Junior Champion and the 2019 European Women’s Champion, Olympiad silver medallist, she has also won silver and bronze medals at World Youth Chess Championship and has been the World University Chess Championship runner up!
And chess is in the family. Alina is married to Super GM Radosław Wojtaszek (peak 2750) – Anand’s second in 5 of his World Championship matches.
Robert Ris is a Dutch International Master.
Ris learned how to play chess from his father when he was eight years old, and started playing in SV Amstelveen. In 2002 he started playing for SC Utrecht, and, later, in other clubs.
In the same year, he also won the Open Dutch Youth Chess Championship, which he had also won the D category (up to 12 years) in 1999. Ris has been an international chess coach since 2007. He was also part of the selection of Young Orange.
IM Kostya Kavutskiy. As a coach, IM Kavutskiy works with his students to maximize their strengths, grow past their weaknesses, and determine a realistic training plan to reach their goals. I believe it’s a coach’s responsibility to target their training to each individual student. This means spending time on both calculation and strategy while also providing useful insight and knowledge on the positions they play. If you sign up for lessons with IM Kavutskiy, be ready to work hard!
Ron W. Henley is an American chess grandmaster, writer, narrator, and producer of chess videos.
Henley obtained the International Master title in 1980 and the Grandmaster title in 1982. He also appeared on the cover of Chess Life in 1982, representing the United States.
Aside from being a strong player in his own right, GM Henley acted as second, analyst and trainer for former World Chess Champion Anatoly Karpov in many of his matches in the 1990s.
Ron Henley also trained 7-time US Women’s Champion, GM Irina Krush.
Marian Petrov is an accomplished professional chess coach, theorist, and Bulgarian champion for 2002 and 2017, as well as winner of many open tournaments around the world.
GM Petrov is also a FIDE trainer and was the coach of Team Wales at the 2016 Baku Olympiad. He graduated from the National Sports Academy in Sofia, Bulgaria, with a Bachelor’s degree in Chess Pedagogy, a four-year undergraduate program designed to prepare top-level chess trainers.
Damian Lemos is a grandmaster from Argentina with a peak rating of 2559 Elo.
In his lessons, Damian works closely with students to first identify the flaws and weaknesses in their games so that they can be properly evaluated and corrected.
By developing specifically-tailored training regimens for every one of his students, Grandmaster Lemos is able to achieve results that other chess coaches dream of.