Robert Ris Method: Practical Chess Improvement for the Aspiring Club Player

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

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

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 mean 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.

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.

Is this course for me?

If you are a club player trying to find out how to improve at chess and move up to a master level, The Robert Ris Method is the perfect course for you.

Here are some of the essential areas in which this course is going to help you: 

Become a Tactical Monster

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

Tactics are perhaps the most essential part of chess. Most games played below the 2200 Elo level are decided by tactics. Mastering them helps you at any stage of the game – from the opening to the endgame.

You can play a wonderful positional game, completely outplay your opponent, but ruin all your efforts with one tactical blunder. Every aspiring player must develop a good sense for tactical opportunities.

If you really want to improve your play, you need to work on your tactical abilities constantly.

IM Robert Ris teaches you that one key aspect of improving your tactical abilities is to understand the thinking process involved in discovering tactical opportunities.

First of all, you need to be aware of the fact there might be a tactical opportunity in the position. Chess players often miss tactical opportunities because they think a certain position is positional in nature and is unlikely to hold hidden tactical resources. Always be alert and consider tactical ideas.

Improve your Positional Understanding

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

Tactical and positional play often go hand in hand. As humans can’t calculate like computers, it rarely makes sense to calculate every playable move in a given position.

First, we need to use our intuition and general positional principles to figure out what’s important in the position in front of us.

Only when you understand what the position calls for are you are able to come up with sensible candidate moves which can be backed up with precise calculation.

We use a combination of tactical and positional considerations for our decision-making process. One key characteristic of a strong positional player is the ability to exploit weak squares in the opponent’s camp.

A weak square is a square which can no longer be defended by your own pawns. To exploit a weak square, you first need to identify the weaknesses in your opponent’s position.

The insights and advice contained in the Robert Ris Method will quickly help you improve your chess.

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Running Time

15 hours



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Chapter List

Chapter Outline:

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