IM Robert Ris Collection: Practical Chess Mastery

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IM Robert Ris Collection: Practical Chess Mastery

We’ve all heard that club player saying: “don’t play that! The engine says that’s -0.18, you will definitely lose, it’s better to play “x” move, which will give you a +0.08, ok!” We can’t argue numbers with a cold calculation machine, but as long as we aren’t 2800-rated players we are entitled to take some practical chances.

Engine-biased club players follow computer lines up to move 10 where they already find themselves out of the 2 or 3 lines they tried to memorize for the game – and then end up losing due to overlooking a tactic, or they simply don’t know how to proceed in a “computer-equal” endgame where passivity will leave them suffering until they crack under pressure.

In this collection from IM Robert Ris, you will have the chance to develop practical chess abilities that will serve you well for your entire playing career.

About the Author:

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.

What’s Included?

How to Improve at Chess: The Robert Ris Chess Improvement Method

Robert Ris Method: Practical Chess Improvement For The Aspiring Club Player
The Robert Ris Method

IM Robert Ris reveals his training methods for rapid chess improvement in this 15-hour chess course.

Drawing on his own experience, IM Ris focuses on the 4 key areas you need to work on to become a strong player: becoming a tactical monster, improving your positional play, mastering material imbalances and learning the essential endgame techniques.

Study these areas with IM Ris and you will be able to play powerful chess in any type of position. No weaknesses means fewer losses, and new strengths means more victories.

The insights and advice contained in the Robert Ris Method will show you how to improve at chess and also save you from years of trial-and-error, putting you on the most direct path to chess mastery.


80/20 Tactics Multiplier: The Benko Gambit – Im Robert RisChess Tactics in The Benko Gambit – IM Robert Ris

The Benko Gambit (also known as the Volga Gambit) is a chess opening for Black against 1.d4. It occurs after the moves 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 c5 3.d5 b5

The opening got its name in honor of the Hungarian-American Grandmaster Pal Benko, who contributed a lot to the theoretical development of the gambit in the 1960s and 1970s.

In 1974, he published the book The Benko Gambit in which he provided many new ideas and suggestions for Black.

The Benko Gambit has stood the test of time and is still widely employed in the 21st century by Grandmasters and club players alike.

IM Robert Ris’ course on the essential tactics and strategic ideas in the Benko Gambit gives you a complete understanding of typical tactical and strategic patterns for both sides.

The Benko Gambit is a sound, refreshing alternative for all Black players who are tired to play the absolute main lines like the Slav Defense or the Grunfeld Defense against 1.d4. It’s a strategically and dynamically complex opening full of tactical possibilities.

The Video Encyclopedia of Chess Openings Vol#4 – The Open Catalan – IM Robert Ris

Open Catalan With 5...bd7, 9...0-0-0 - Im Robert Ris (ichess Club)This is a series of six videos from IM Robert Ris on the Catalan. IM Ris focusses on the Open Catalan.

The Open Catalan begins with the moves 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 d5 4.g3 dxc4 5.Bg2. (See the diagram).

The Catalan was used extensively by Vladimir Kramnik during his World Chess Championship matches.

In this series, IM Ris takes a look at how play continues when White opts to play 7.dxc5. At first, this looks pretty harmless for Black, however, this is a trendy move at the moment and it is something Black should take the time to study in order not to get caught out over the board.

PLUS over 500 GM games in the Catalan…

We’ve put together a 500+ game PGN of recent (2019-) games in the Catalan – the perfect resource for finding new ideas once you’ve mastered everything in this course.

Enjoy this awesome chess video collection!

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24 hours

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Content Outline

Chapter Outline:

80/20 Tactics The Benko Gambit

Introduction: About this course

Chapter 1. White plays e4. Videos 1-13.

Chapter 2. White plays fianchetto. Videos 14-18.

Chapter 3. White plays Qc2. Video 19.

Chapter 4. White plays a manual castle. Video 20-31.

Chapter 5. Other Fianchetto Systems. Videos 32-39.

Chapter 6. Sidelines. Videos 40-47.


The Robert Ris Master Method

Introduction: About this course

Part 1: Become a Tactical Monster

  • Introduction
  • Chapter 1: Sensing tactical opportunities
  • Chapter 2: The initiative
  • Chapter 3: When and how to start an attack
  • Chapter 4: The power of major pieces

Part 2: Improve your Positional Understanding

  • Introduction
  • Chapter 5: Weak squares
  • Chapter 6: Prophylactic thinking
  • Chapter 7: Creating a second target
  • Chapter 8: Space advantage

Part 3: Mastering Material Imbalances

  • Introduction
  • Chapter 9: Pawns vs. pieces
  • Chapter 10: Queen vs. two rooks
  • Chapter 11: Rook vs. two minor pieces
  • Chapter 12: The exchange

Part 4: Essential Endgame Techniques

  • Introduction
  • Chapter 13: Converting a material advantage
  • Chapter 14: Exploiting better pawn structures
  • Chapter 15: Your King is one of the guys!
  • Chapter 16: Calculation matters

VECO #4 The Open Catalan

  • Lesson 1 – Open Catalan with 7.dxc5
  • Lesson 2 – Open Catalan with 5…Bd7, 9…0-0-0
  • Lesson 3 – Open Catalan with 7.Na3 and 7.Ne5
  • Lesson 4 – Open Catalan with 7.Qa4
  • Lesson 5 – Open Catalan 5…Bd7, Move 6 Alternatives
  • Lesson 6 – Open Catalan with 5…Bd7, 9…Rd8