Positional Chess Masterclass – GM Damian Lemos

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Masterclass #02


Discover the secrets of positional chess with this new, 9½ hour course from GM Damian Lemos!

Through the analysis of 16 carefully chosen games, Damian explains how we can build winning positions, move by move, without our opponent having to make a tactical mistake!

Every aspect of positional play is studied, including GM methods for consistently improving your pieces, building unbearable pressure and targeting a weakness.

The techniques you learn in this course will enable you to win in any type of position and notice the strongest ideas at a glance – perfect for blitz games!

Take the Positional Chess Masterclass and transform your understanding of chess.

Chapter Summary:

  1. Transforming the advantage: Lautier-Karpov
  2. Positional technique: Greenfeld-Anand
  3. Improving the pieces: Aagaard-Akesson
  4. Punishing passive pieces: Obregon Rivero-Martinez Lopez
  5. Building pressure: Bauer-Korchnoi
  6. Positional paralysis: Kasparov-Petrosian
  7. Positional tactics: Petrosian-Geller
  8. Playing with the isolated pawn: Kudrin-Kaidanov
  9. Playing against the isolated pawn: Adams-Yusupov
  10. Centralization: Kogan-Avrukh
  11. Over-extended pawns: Sanguineti-Petrosian
  12. Superior minor pieces: Carlsen-Karjakin
  13. Targeting a weakness: Bellini-Mantovani
  14. Opposite-side castling: Wojtkiewicz-Andersson
  15. Powerful pawns: Uritzky-Alterman
  16. Open lines: Gelfand-Salov

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1 review for Positional Chess Masterclass – GM Damian Lemos

  1. Rated 4 out of 5


    I wanted this course because I was having issues with longer-term thinking in chess and developing a plan. I am OK for my level on tactics and openings, but was losing my way a bit once past the opening phase. It was difficult for me to evaluate the position and decide what way was best to move forward and give me the best chance of winning the game. Sometimes there isn’t an obvious weakness or attack that you can go for, and you have to give it more thought.

    This course helped me to become aware of the types of things I should be thinking about to achieve this, for example, if I have an advantage out of the opening, how can I capitalise on it, how do I improve the position of my pieces and punish my opponents passive pieces, how do I target a weakness and build pressure, plus many other positional tools.

    This course helps you to think several moves or half a game ahead, not by calculating, but by developing a plan of the overall strategy and positional development you will take in the current position in order to achieve your desired position later in the game.

    Damian does this well by selecting games to illustrate the key points. I would rate this course as very good, aimed at intermediate/advanced players.

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