This Mega Bundle of GM Jesse Kraai chess lessons includes over 75 hours of premium instruction on the French Defense, chess endgames, deep chess strategy, several videos on the games of chess legends such as Karpov, Smyslov, Carlsen, Kramnik, Fischer… and much more!
Jesse Kraai is a prolific chess presenter and his unique style of teaching chess makes all of his videos a true series of useful chess masterclasses.
Jesse has dedicated many hours to show you exactly how you should play with/against the French Defense.
His most recent work is Advancing Against the French Defense, a 6-hour gem on how to play with a space advantage, break down fortresses, and deal with attempts to break down your center.
But that is just a small part of the 75 hours of brilliant chess content you will find in this fine bundle of his chess courses.
Sit back, relax, and improve your chess with GM Jesse Kraai!
About the Author
GM Jesse Kraai’s most notable chess achievements are winning the Denker Tournament of High School Champions in 1989 and 1990 and competing in the US championship from 2002-2006. Jesse received his final GM norm at the Foxwoods Open 2007 and has a Ph.D. in Philosophy from the University of Heidelberg. Jesse is an active chess coach. His peak FIDE rating was 2527 in 2009 and 2014.
A Small Part of What You’ll Get:
GM Jesse Kraai has produced one of the very best openings courses we’ve seen.
If you have ever struggled against the French Defense (and most of us have) then this is essential viewing.
Instead of loading you up with a million “if Black plays this, you play this” lines, Jesse explains the strategic ideas in the French Defense Advance Variation (1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.e5).
And this transcends the opening…
Jesse explains how to play with a space advantage, how to break down fortresses, and how to deal with attempts to break down your center.
This is a 6½-hour masterclass on playing this structure – and Jesse teaches every point with perfect clarity.
There are 2 main benefits to the French Defense Advanced Variation:
- It’s only seen in 15% of games after 1..e6 2.d4 d5 meaning your French-playing opponents won’t be as comfortable facing it.
- That space advantage! The e5 pawn pins Black down, forcing them to make timid little one-square moves.
But advantages are only useful if you know what to do with them. And that’s the subject of this course.
- The easy win against Black’s …c4. Black often finds this move too tempting, closing the position and (seemingly) making life tough for our light-squared bishop. But Jesse shows a sneaky maneuver that cracks the position wide-open… leading to rapid execution of Black’s king!
- Perfect piece placement. Take a look at this position (diagram). You might be tempted to ‘develop’ that bishop to e3 or g5. In fact, as GM Kraai points out, it’s perfectly placed already! Lift that rook to the 3rd rank and swing it over to the kingside to terrorize Black. Discover a ton of cool ideas like this to play with greater efficiency.
- Why Bobby Fischer struggled against the French. After studying Fischer’s games for years, GM Kraai found a curious feature of Bobby’s play that caused him to struggle against this formation. He also explains how you can avoid this problem!
Get a sure-fire way of taking the game to 1…e6 players AND master a ton of advanced positional ideas with this game-changing course from GM Jesse Kraai on the French Defense Advance Variation for White.
Studies on The Middlegame – GM Jesse Kraai & GM Eugene Perelshteyn
Large material gains can end a game while it is still in the Middlegame. Here GM Jesse Kraai and GM Eugene Perelshteyn explore chess middlegame decision-making and planning to shape the endgame with their own games as examples.
Chess Fans have said: This was a fantastic positional lecture. I appreciate how Eugene brought us inside his thought process at several points, it really is educational to see how organized and focused his planning is.
A Nice Middlegame Plan Nimzo – Indian: Classical Variation
Justin Sarkar vs. Jesse Kraai
Opening to Middlegame Transition On Piece Trade and Pawn Structures
King’s Indian Defense
Ravishandran Siddharth vs. Eugene Perelshteyn
Tricky Tactics in the Middlegame Queen’s Gambit Declined: Semi- Slav, Marshall Gambit
Eugene Perelshteyn vs. Igor Schneider
Unexpected Tactical Blow in the Middlegame Queen’s Gambit Declined
Eugene Perelshteyn vs. Victor Mikhalevski
The Rise of Carlsen 2 DVD Set – GM Jesse Kraai, FM Dennis Monokroussos, GM Eugene Perelshteyn, LM Dana Mackenzie, IM David Vigorito & GM Leonid Kritz
Sven Magnus Carlsen is a Norwegian grandmaster, the reigning World Chess Champion and the number 1 ranked player in the world with a peak rating of 2882, the highest in history.
He recently became the first player ever to hold the world titles in classical, rapid and blitz chess at the same time! In this DVD you can follow Carlsen’s rise as he became the world champion through many games with his fellow top-ranked grandmasters.
You’ll hear the expert analysis of the ChessLecture masters as they expose Carlsen’s methods, give you feedback on how he gets the edge against his stellar field of opponents and show you how he breaks with some current chess theory.
We also feature an analysis of his first defeat since taking the world championship. What could catch this legend in the making?
Carlsen is number 1 Magnus Carlsen vs. Ruslan Ponomariov
Caruana Misses a Big Chance Wijk 2010 Magnus Carlsen vs. Fabiano Caruana
Carlsen and Drawn Endings Run Time: 00:39:06 FM Monokroussos
Carlsen on Fire in London Magnus Carlsen vs. Judith Polgar
How Not to Play Chess Unless Your Name Is Magnus
Vladimir Kramnik vs. Magnus Carlsen
Carlsen Chops Down His First Candidate Magnus Carlsen vs. Sergey Dolmatov
How Carlsen Does it Magnus Carlsen vs. Sergey Karjakin
Carlsen Makes it a Look Simple – Again Magnus Carlsen vs. Viswanathan Anand
A Slow Game Heats Up Magnus Carlsen vs. Gata Kamsky
Rare Sicilian Against Carlsen Magnus Carlsen vs. Vassily Ivanchuk
Battle of the Generations Magnus Carlsen vs. Garry Kasparov
First Loss of New World Champion Fabiano Caruana vs. Magnus Carlsen
Smyslov Endgames (3 Parts)
GM Jesse Kraai reviews Vassily Smyslov, one of his favorite players of all time. Jesse claims studying Smyslov’s endgames helped him to become a Grandmaster.
Vasily Vasilyevich Smyslov (Russian March 24, 1921 – 27 March 2010) was a Soviet and Russian Grandmaster and was World Chess Champion from 1957 to 1958.
He was a Candidate for the World Chess Championship on eight times (1948, 1950, 1953, 1956, 1959, 1965, 1983, and 1985).
Smyslov twice tied for first at the Soviet Championship (1949, 1955), and his total of 17 Chess Olympiad medals won is an all-time record.
In five European Team Championships, Smyslov won ten gold medals.
Part I; The Queenside Majority Vasily Smyslov vs. Laszlo Szabo
Part II; Knights vs. Bishops Max Euwe vs. Vasily Smyslov
Part III; Domination of the Knight Vasily Smyslov vs. Gedeon Barcza
Part IV; When a Knight Dominates a Bishop Vasily Smyslov vs. Isaac Boleslavsky
Part V; This Position is Not Equal! Vasily Smyslov vs. Pal Benko
Part VI; The Catalan Bishop in the Endgame Vasily Smyslov vs. Alberic O’Kelly de Galway
Part VII; Maneuvering with a Little Bit More Space Vasily Smyslov vs. Kick Langeweg
Part VIII; Against the French Structure Vasily Smyslov vs. Ervin Haag
Part IX; The Slav Endgame Lajos Portisch vs. Vasily Smyslov
Part X; Split Pawns Vasily Smyslov vs. Andor Lilienthal
Part XI; Crimping the Opponent’s King Vasily Smyslov vs. Thomas Ernst
Part XII; Sensei has a Hangover Svetozar Gligoric vs. Vasily Smyslov
Part XIII; The Hanging Pawns Vasily Smyslov vs. Aleksander Matanovic
Part XIV; The Catalan Exchange Sacrifice Vasily Smyslov vs. Levon Aronian
Chess Basics for Beginners – GM Jesse Kraai & IM Bill Paschall
Learn the basics with chess terms, principles of opening play, basics of how to checkmate and more tips from our two well-respected masters.
Content: 104 minutes of instruction and analysis in a series of 6 lectures. PGN Included.
Recommended for: Beginning Players.
Users rated this series: 4.00 out of 5
Chess Fans have said: I enjoyed watching this video. A very good explanation of opening principles.
Introduction to the Most Basic Chess Terms
The Principles of Opening Play
Basic Checkmates: Q+K vs. K and R+R vs. K
Mating Basics: King & Rook vs. King
Mate on f7
King and Pawn vs. King
Balance of Time, Material and Quality of Position – GM Jesse Kraai
GM Jesse Kraai explains Kasparov’s fundamental theorem of chess with which any position can be evaluated. Jesse gives us examples of near perfect games, and analysis tools to evaluate your own game.
Content: 88 minutes of instruction and analysis in a series of 3 lectures. PGN Included.
Recommended for: Beginner, Intermediate Players.
Users rated this series: 4.0 out of 5
Chess Fans have said: This game really shows that material in many cases may not be the most important factor like many players think.
Part I Opening: Philidor Defense
Matchup: Paul Morphy vs. Duke Karl and Count Isouard
Part II Opening: Center Game: Paulsen Attack Variation
Matchup: Jacques Mieses vs. Alexander Alekhine
Part III Opening: Queen’s Indian: Fianchetto
Matchup: Veselin Topalov vs. Viswanathan Anand
The Exchange Slav for White – GM Jesse Kraai
GM Kraai explains how white can use an often underestimated variation for white against the trendy Slav Defense. This line definitely contains a drop of poison! Used by such top players as: GMs Lajos Portisch and Vadim Milov, to crack the defenses of Black’s most popular Defense to the Queen’s Gambit.
Content: 76 Minutes of instruction and analysis in a series of 3 lectures.
Recommended for: Advanced Players
Users rated this series: 4.0 out of 5
Chess Fans have said: Great job Jesse, interesting ideas in an underestimated line.
Part I: Busting the Main Line Queen’s Gambit Declined: Exchange, Slav
Jesse Kraai vs. Julio Becerra
Part II: 6..a6 Queen’s Gambit Declined: Exchange, Slav
Vladim Milov vs. Jorge H. Gomez Baillo
Part III: Sidelines and a Recommendation for Black Queen’s Gambit Declined: Slav, Exchange Variation
Lajos Portisch vs. Vladimir Kramnik
How to Beat the Petroff with the Cochrane Gambit – GM Jesse Kraai & GM Bryan Smith
John Cochrane was a strong nineteenth-century Scottish chess master ranked only below the well-known Howard Staunton, the designer of modern chess pieces.
Cochrane was a known name in the Calcutta chess club as he played there while he lived in India. The first appearance of the Cochrane Gambit against the Petrov’s defense was in 1848 against an Indian master, Mohishunder Bannerjee.
Used as an answer to the Petroff defense, the Cochrane Gambit, 4.Nxf7 offers chances for both sides. after 4…Kxf7 5.Nc3 c5!? 6.Bc4+ Be6 7.Bxe6+ Kxe6 8.d4 Kf7 9.dxc5 Nc6.
Here Jesse and Bryan Smith show you how to use the Cochrane effectively to smash the Petroff.
Content: 67 minutes of instruction and analysis in a series of 3 lectures. PGN Included.
Recommended for: Beginning-Intermediate Players.
Users rated this series: 4.40 out of 5
How to Beat the Petrov with the Cochrane Gambit
A Perfect Example of the Cochrane’s Strength David Pruess vs. Dale Haessel
Another Cochrane Gambit