Modern Chess Fundamentals (The Delorme Method)



Master Method Series #27

Modern Chess Fundamentals (the Delorme Method)

For those who desire success in chess, mastery of the fundamentals is essential.

But our understanding of this ancient game has changed a lot in the computer era, and the question of what those fundamentals are and how they should be approached has had to be re-examined.

Now, French GM Axel Delorme has put together the essential guide to playing great chess in Modern Chess Fundamentals. In this 15 hour course Axel sets out the golden rules for getting active positions without weaknesses, drawing on some of the most instructive games ever played.

Everything in Modern Chess Fundamentals is geared towards improving the skills that lead to practical success, such as how to handle the bishop pair (often a winning advantage in the hands of masters but typically wasted by club players); how to shape the pawn structure for a long-term advantage and the essential endgame knowledge that will serve you well for the rest of your life.

Modern Chess Fundamentals is a comprehensive course for players aiming to reach 1800 level.


Chapter 1:  Importance of Development and King Safety

  1. Morphy’s Opera House Game
  2. Schulten – Morphy
  3. Marache – Morphy

Chapter 2:  Poisoned Pawns in the Opening

  1. Nimzowitsch – Alapin
  2. Browne – Quinteros
  3. Tingov – Fischer

Chapter 3:  Don’t Castle Too Early

  1. Black Castles Too Early
  2. White Castles Too Early
  3. Pawn Defense in Front of a Castled King
  4. Castling into Weakened Pawn Structure
  5. The Knight as a Defender of a Castled King

Chapter 4:  Positional Sacrifices

  1. Reshevsky – Petrosian
  2. Liublinsky – Botvinnik
  3. Yurgis – Botvinnik
  4. Nezhmetdinov – Chernikov

Chapter 5:  Choosing a Plan after the Opening

  1. Benko – Petrosian
  2. Spassky – Petrosian
  3. Bukic – Petrosian

Chapter 6: How to Use the Bishop Pair

  1. Rosenthal – Steinitz
  2. English – Steinitz
  3. Richter – Tarrasch

Chapter 7: When Bishops Fianchetto

  1. Fischer – Larsen
  2. Fischer – Purevzhav
  3. Peterson – Larsen
  4. Panov – Simagin
  5. Petrosian – Ree
  6. Kotov – Gligoric

Chapter 8: Pawn Structures and Weakened Squares

  1. Rubinstein – Salwe
  2. Karpov – Browne
  3. Botvinnik – Flohr
  4. Canal – Capablanca

Chapter 9: Bad Pieces

  1. Karpov – Lautier
  2. Polgar – Anand
  3. Ivanchuk – Anand

Chapter 10: Endgame Principles

  1. Good Bishop vs Bad Bishop
  2. Good Knight vs Bad Bishop
  3. Good Bishop vs Bad Knight
  4. Philidor and Lucena Rook Endgames
  5. Rook and Pawn Endgames
  6. More Complicated Rook and Pawn Endgames
  7. Pawn Endgames

Chapter 11: Tactics and Calculation

  1. Tal – Kazimirovich
  2. Birbrager – Tal
  3. Tal – Skuja

Chapter 12: Chess Studies

  1. Stalemate Studies
  2. Endgame Studies

Additional information

Weight 1.5 lbs
Dimensions 6 x 7 x 2 in
Running Time

15 hours



Type of Video


Production House

1 review for Modern Chess Fundamentals (The Delorme Method)

  1. Rated 4 out of 5

    Tanya Noakes (verified owner)

    8 out of 10! A really well thought out 15 hour course for the 1100- 1800 player with an emphasis on “need to know” chess ideas and principles such as how to attack with sacrifices, poisoned pawns in the opening, the positional sacrifice and endgame basics. The split screen features a chess board on the left and the presenter on the right. Although the moves are not given in writing, it is easy for the viewer to follow along. The course comes with lots of extras such as PGN’s of the games to play over, puzzles and a written summary of the course to cement the knowledge and a short Q&A video about tournament preparation. Another thing I really like is that the course is broken down into descriptive chapters, and then each chapter is broken down again by the game played making it convenient to pick up where I left off or to review a particular topic. This course lived up to my expectations, but on the negative side, GM DeLorme is soft spoken, slightly monotone and speaks with a French accent. This is not an issue for 1 to 3 hours, but after that it can be hard to focus. Also, there is only so much that can be squeezed into 15 hours. Morphy’s Opera Game has been done to death in a lot of chess books and on-line videos to the point that I would have preferred GM DeLorme use a different game to explain the importance of development.

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