In 2020, iChess launched the Intuition Navigates Chaos series, designed to elevate your chess understanding and thought processes to master level, covering everything from sacrifices and forcing moves to prophylaxis and pattern recognition.
The INC – Turbo series are 3-hour courses for those who want to take it even further – this is all about turbocharging your improvement with super-rich examples that will light up the shadowy areas of your chess understanding.
It’s high-level stuff but our presenters have broken it down so anyone who’s reasonably smart will get it… and we know you’re smart or you wouldn’t have read this far. Here’s what is included in this bundle:
Thought Process & Calculation – GM Damian Lemos
Chess players have a reputation for being intelligent, calculating, strategists who see deeper into situations than most do.
And that’s generally accurate.
We visualize possibilities, take multiple factors into account, and work backwards to make the best decision in the moment.
But, of course, there are levels to this.
In this course, we cover some powerful techniques for accurate calculation and evaluation… but you will get the biggest benefit from learning how to bring all your skills together, spot the critical moment, and take your opportunities.
You may be able to work out exercises with a satisfactory score, but when no hints are given – and it’s just you and the position – where do you start?
Prophylaxis = Control – GM Fabien Libiszewski
Few things delight the soul more than seeing your biggest rival blunder against you.
So why not make it happen more often?
It doesn’t even have to be a blunder – watching their growing frustration as you force them to play weak move after weak move is even more satisfying!
GM Fabien (“Libi”) Libiszewski’s 3-hour course shows you how to take away all your opponent’s good options… forcing them to dance to your tune.
The late, great Mark Dvoretsky insisted that prophylaxis – the art of preventing your enemy’s plans – was the true sign of a player’s strength.
In just over 3 hours, Fabien has packed in all the information you need to become ruthless at preventing your opponents’ plans.
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 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.
Intuition Navigates Chaos: Turbo – 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”.
GM Meier did great work in this 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.
Intuition Navigates Chaos: Turbo – 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.
Intuition Navigates Chaos: Turbo – 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.
Converting Advantages in Chess – IM Kostya Kavutskiy
“The hardest game to win is a won game.” – Emanuel Lasker, 2nd World Chess Champion.
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.
INC Turbo – Evaluation & Strategy – GM Damian Lemos
GM Lemos has selected 7 games, each one packed with valuable learning points – and you probably haven’t seen any of them before.
While you can always learn new things from games, GM Damian Lemos wanted to give you the absolute biggest power-up possible.
Remember. ‘Strategy’ doesn’t mean ‘positional’.
While there are some fascinating positional games in this course, you also get to work on your attacking strategies and sharpen your ability to evaluate double-edged positions.
About the Authors:
GM 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.
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!
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.
IM 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.
GM Georg Meier 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.
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.
Fabien Libiszewski is a French chess International GrandMaster, he obtained his grandmaster title at the age of 25, in the year of 2009.
He learned chess from his father when he was a child, and he started competing in 1992 but he really only got seriously involved with chess in 2002 when he decided to become a professional chess player, and then started to obtain some great victories in tournaments and championship as well as international events.
What you will learn with this bundle
Forcing Moves Force Wins
- Curing Tactical Blindness. IM Kavutskiy outlines the 3 reasons winning tactics get missed in competitive games… and teaches you the approaches that eliminate this Elo-dropping issue. Look where others don’t, ask for more, and find creative ways to make tactics work.
- Reciprocal Thinking. So you tested a line and it didn’t work… you can use the reason it didn’t work to find a variation that does. Kostya shows you how to reverse-engineer tactics to find stunning moves like the one that wins this for Black (diagram).
- Unstoppable Winning Machine. As you climb higher on the chess ladder, you’re going to face tough resistance… it’s your job to Hulk smash through it and find ways to make things work.
- Farsight Visualization. You know the tactic is there… but you have to be sure you get it right. Thing is, you see 3 moves ahead then things get fuzzy. In chapter 5, Kostya teaches you a powerful technique for seeing clearly even 10 moves deep… use it in-game or during training to develop your visualization skills.
Prophylaxis = Control – GM Aleksandr Lenderman
The Perfect Play Paradox. Focusing on the moves that look good for you might lose you the game… finding your opponent’s best moves will lead you to victory. This position (diagram) looks so good for White… but nearly every move leads to a loss or a draw. Using Alex’s way of thinking, however, will help you find the bizarre winning move in no time!
- Positional Domination. You see that great square for your opponent’s knight? What if you took it away? A piece without good squares to go to is worthless. GM Lenderman gives you high-level methods for denying ALL of your opponent’s pieces room to move.
- Iron Grip on the Opening. In many openings, it’s clear how your opponent wants to develop. It’s your job to make sure the moves they want to make are bad! GM Lenderman analyzes a Fischer masterclass to show you how to get an iron grip on the game early on.
- Study-like Solutions. Take a look at this position (diagram, White to move). Could you draw as White? Could you find a win for Black? Applying Alex’s process will help you find ideas you’re currently missing.
The Squeeze – Converting Advantages in Chess – IM Kostya Kavutskiy
- Class of its Own. Opposite-colored bishops are drawish – but not when there are other pieces on the board – then the attacking side dominates diagonals the defender can’t cover. Kostya teaches you the legendary bishop technique of world champions Smyslov and Karpov, and explains how this knowledge allowed Smyslov to transform this ordinary position (diagram) in just 9 moves.
- Principle of Two Weaknesses. Direct attacks are usually defended pretty easily. IM Kavutskiy shows you how to tie your opponent up with decoy attacks while you maneuver your pieces into their optimum positions. This gives you a focused attack versus scattered defense – and an easy win.
- Success Through Simplification. It’s not just a question of do you trade pieces or keep them on the board. You have to consider who ends up with the move, whose pieces are improved, what’s attacked, and much more. Wesley So found an ingenious way to win as White here (diagram) – and Kostya explains how you can find wins like this too.
Evaluation & Strategy – IM Robert Ris
- King Safety. So you up a pawn and face an ultra-sharp position like this one and suddenly the safety of the King is playing a major role in the result of this game, learn how to evaluate where is your King going to be safer an ideas like Kf2! (Diagram) won’t be missed chances in your games.
- Prophylaxis. So chess it’s not just developing your pieces, improving them, and going for broke, it’s way more than that! So IM Ris will show you how to anticipate your opponent’s plans and parry them, just in time! I assure you that your rivals will go nuts!
- Static versus dynamic play. Every time a static factor such as double pawns, hanging pawns, and many more arise in a position, you should try exploiting them with dynamic play, learn how to do it before it’s too late!
Evaluation & Strategy – GM Damian Lemos
- Dominant attacking play. If you want attacks that don’t run out of steam, you need to be able to think in schemes… accurately assessing the time and force you and your opponent can bring to the attack zone. GM Lemos teaches you how to create sustained, hard-hitting attacks that make your opponent implode.
- Turning the screw. So you’ve got control of a file or secured the bishop pair. How do you increase your advantage instead of letting your opponent back into the game? Take a look at this position (diagram). Both of White’s pieces are better than Black’s counterparts… but what next? If you would play Rxb6 in a game then you will learn a HUGE amount from this course!
- Judging dynamic chances. GM Lemos explains how to make positional sacrifices that work for you. You need to combine evaluation – what plusses do you get? – and strategy – how can you make those advantages pay? The tips GM Lemos give you will remove the guesswork.
Sacrifices & Navigating Chaos – IM Alina Kashlinskaya
- Game-Defining Decisions. When everything is on the line, sometimes you have to think outside of the box. IM Kashlinskaya gets you to consider moves that wouldn’t even occur to others. Would you find the best move for Black here? (Diagram. Hint: It’s a sacrifice!)
- High-Stakes. Most players avoid risky situations… and pass up a ton of spectacular wins by doing so. Learn to love high-stakes, however, and you have a massive advantage over your terrified opponents. Alina makes you comfortable in chaos by showing you how to thrive in that zone.
- Attack Execution. By analyzing these high-level positions with Alina, you will build up a powerful repertoire of tactical patterns AND master the art of attack execution for each one. That will make it easier for you to get the big decisions right. For instance in this diagram, has White got enough after 19.Bxd3 Nxd2 20.fxg6 fxg6 21.Bxg6?
Fundamentals of Strategy with GM Georg Meier
Get ready for some great lessons:
- Targeting Weaknesses. A weakness is only a weakness if it can be exploited. Take this example (diagram). You have probably seen this early queen exchange many times. Can White exploit the doubled-pawns? GM Meier exposes some deep chess truths in this clash between two 2800 players.
- Winning Level Positions. Carlsen is famous for it… the ability to extract win after win from seemingly equal positions. Some people this is a result of endurance or luck. GM Meier identifies the fine margins that make one side of the equal position easier to play than the other.
- When Champions Collide. In this game between Anand and Carlsen, White goes after the bishop pair with 9.g4 (diagram). This one move sets the strategic battle for the rest of the game. Georg Meier reveals the advanced secrets of this hugely instructive game.
- Eliminating Counterplay. No matter how good your position is, strong players will constantly be looking for counterplay. You need to be at least 1 step ahead, combining pushing your plan forward with finding and eliminating your opponent’s counterplay. This course will help you find that balance.
Strategic shrewdness stays with you – unlike tactical sharpness – making this the best bang for your buck in terms of return on your training time.
Prophylaxis = Control – GM Fabien Libiszewski
- Analysis of 3 brilliancies by World Champions, showing you how prophylaxis wins games at the highest level.
3 chapters on the process of prophylactic thinking, including specific advice for the opening and in attacking play.
Active training with challenging exercises taken from real games.
- Beauty. If you don’t find White’s formation here beautiful…(Diagram) well, I don’t know what to tell you. Everything coordinated and controlled, pieces ready to spring into action in any number of ways… all while preventing Black from doing anything meaningful. Libi reveals how Karpov was able to achieve such positional domination over one of the best players in the world.
- Maximum Power. Even when thinking strategically, calculation is required. Evaluation and considering your opponent’s resources will clue you into what you need to do, calculation will reveal the best way to do it. Fabien shows you how to combine the 2 modes of thinking so your rivals have no wriggle room.
- Opening Control. Stop your opponent developing their pieces in the way they want to and their position will be a mess for a long time. Fabien explains how to make things difficult for your opponent from move 1.