Chess Strategy – The Method in Chess – GM Iossif Dorfman and GM Jan Gustafsson
Legendary coach GM Iossif Dorfman presents his method to understand and apply the best chess strategy to each of your games! He was a trainer to 13th World Champion Garry Kasparov and French star Etienne Bacrot, and as a player is also a former Soviet and French Champion.
His long experience as a coach and high-level player gave him the idea of creating a method to streamline his thinking during games. In this series, Iossif shares his method with you.
This course will allow you to identify the best moves using Iossif’s method of evaluating the elements relevant to any position. We can also learn a lot about general chess middlegame play along the way.
Grandmasters Iossif Dorfman and Jan Gustafsson introduce their new video series on Iossif’s Method in Chess.
- Part 1: The elements
Iossif explains the four key elements that form the backbone of his method:
1. King safety
2. Material distribution
3. Who benefits from an exchange of queens
4. Pawn structure
- Part 2: King safety
We tackle the main element, the safety of the kings, using a couple of examples.
- Part 3: Material correlation I
We start getting into different material balances, covering the topic of two bishops and a knight vs. two knights and one bishop.
- Part 4: Material correlation II
Iossif Dorfman continues to explain how to handle the material imbalance of 2 bishops + 1 knight vs. 1 bishop and 2 knights.
- Part 5: Outposts
We continue our coverage by looking at outposts and why they are such a crucial element in many positions.
- Part 6: The static balance
We establish and learn how to apply the concept of static balance.
- Part 7: Playing according to the balance
We look at a few examples of how to apply this balance in practice.
- Part 8: Which pawn structure to play for?
We get practice at identifying critical positions and the type of structure we should aim for.
- Part 9: Static vs. dynamic play
We study some examples where Black tries to equalize statically early on and how to use dynamic play to regain a static advantage.