Naiditsch’s Knockouts – GM Arkadij Naiditsch

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Arkadij Naiditsch joins the ranks of Intuition Navigates Chaos coaches!

INC Naiditsch Knockouts GDN

“Ultimately, what separates a winner from a loser at the grandmaster level is the willingness to do the unthinkable.”

– Garry Kasparov.

90% of chess players fall into the same trap.

Chess is such a deep and fascinating game, it’s easy to get swept up in it and forget the aim is to win.

Not in a game, obviously. You’re obsessed with winning then.

But in training. When you should be getting the skills that win games, are you focusing on:

  • Obscure tactics.
  • Cool opening variations that you’re never going to see on the board.
  • Going 20 moves deep into some bizarre line during analysis.

Grandmaster Arkadij Naiditsch (peak 2737 FIDE and 18th in the world) insists this is the biggest waste of time and talent in chess… and he’s done something about it.

In this 11-hour training, Naiditsch teaches the skills, practical decisions, and attitudes that tip the balance and bring home the bacon.

Arkadij picks you up and takes you on an 11-hour magical mystery tour through the mind and play of an elite chess winner.

By the time you’ve finished listening to his closing notes, you’re no longer the same player you were at the beginning of the journey.

You’ve been transformed with hardcore training on winning attacks, game-saving defense, clinical endgame conversion, and much more.

About the author:

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Arkadij Naiditsch (born 25 October 1985) is a  chess grandmaster currently representing Azerbaijan (since 2015).

In 1995 he won the European Under-10 championship in Verdun.

Naiditsch was the winner of the Dortmund Sparkassen 2005 Tournament, ahead of well-known players such as Loek van Wely, Veselin Topalov, Peter Svidler, Vladimir Kramnik, Michael Adams, and Peter Leko. In 2007, he won the German national championship based in Bad Königshofen.

Naiditsch won the Grandmaster Group B of the Tata Steel Chess Tournament 2013 in Wijk aan Zee on tiebreak over Richárd Rapport after both finished on 9/13. This victory qualified him for the Tata Steel Group A of 2014 (later renamed ‘Tata Steel Masters’). In August 2014 he won with the black pieces against World Champion Magnus Carlsen, playing first board for the German team in the 41st Chess Olympiad in Tromsø. The following month Naiditsch won the 2nd Grenke Chess Classic tournament in Baden-Baden. In December of the same year, he finished first in the 38th Zurich Christmas Open.


Naiditsch tied for first with Magnus Carlsen in the 3rd Grenke Chess Classic in February 2015, finishing second after a five-game blitz playoff, which ended with an armageddon game.

What will I learn from this course:

Master Skills Like These…

  • NaiditschKnockoutsRh5The Million Dollar Mindset. Too many points are lost because players get anxious, feel stress, or get over-confident. Being calm and objective in ALL positions is going to get you the very best results. GM Naiditsch trains you to focus on playing the position instead of being controlled by your emotions.
  • Razor-Sharp Attacks. As you advance through the ranks you will face tough opponents… resilient fighters. This is a good thing. They force you to be better. You need to balance attack and defense, knowing every move is critical. Who is better here (diagram)? Is Rxh5 good for White? (This is much trickier than it looks!)
  • Endgame Execution. The Endgame: The training ground of champions. Tactics and strategy combine, demanding creativity, calculation, and total concentration. Arkadij explains how to evaluate, find hidden opportunities, and win even objectively level positions.

For these examples, Arkadij uses:
Hard-fought games. Both sides give everything in every game.
Elite level tournaments. After all, they’re from the biggest tournaments around: the Candidates and Tata Steel.
Cutting edge. Every game is from 2021.
Elite Play. Carlsen, Caruana, Firouzja, MVL, Nepo… these are the big guns.

Don’t waste more time and hop on to an INCredible training adventure!

Additional information

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Running Time

11 hours

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Content Outline

  • Introduction
  • Chapter 1 Attack
    1.1 Caruana – Duda
    1.2 Grischuk – Vachier-Lagrave
    1.3 Tari – Firouzja
    1.4 Final Word on Attack
  • Chapter 2 Defense
    2.1 Caruana – Vachier-Lagrave
    2.2 Carlsen – Donchenko
    2.3 Tari – Wojtaczek
    2.4 Grandelius – Firouzja
    2.5 Final Word on Defense
  • Chapter 3 Converting Advantages
    3.1 Esipenko – Carlsen
    3.2 van Foreest – Grandelius
    3.3 Caruana – Vachier-Lagrave
    3.4 Giri – Tari
    3.5 Final Word on Converting Advantages
  • Chapter 4 Positional Games
    4.1 Nepomniachtchi – Alekseenko
    4.2 Wojtaszek – Caruana
    4.3 Ding Liren – Grischuk
    4.4 Duda – Grandelius
    4.5 Final Word on Positional Games
  • Chapter 5 Endgames
    5.1 Alekseenko – Grischuk
    5.2 Wang Hao – Nepomniachtchi
    5.3 Caruana – Carlsen
    5.4 Giri – Wojtaszek
    5.5 Final Word on Endgames
  • Chapter 6 Time Troubles
  • Conclusion