Positional Play Manual with IM Bence Szabo

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How do you become a master of chess? Let’s say around 2300 Elo…

Is the secret to “do lots of puzzles” or “get your openings in order”?

Not really. Although tactical skill is important and so are openings…

…there are tons of average club players who can spot a knight fork or play the Najdorf Sicilian.

The secret to joining the ranks of the masters is to improve your positional judgment.

You need to master positional chess.

You see, even if you are an “attacking player” you surely know that attacking is more than just pointing your pieces at the enemy king and pulling the trigger… chess doesn’t work like that!

You must know how to improve your piece positions, exchange at the right time, freeze enemy pieces and prevent his plans with a deep-sighted strategy.

You need to know the rules and the exceptions to them…

Sounds tough, but here’s how you can become a positional expert by this weekend:

Hungarian IM Bence Szabo has created this Positional Play Manual which will train you in all of the areas of positional chess that masters consider when thinking about their moves.

IM Bence Szabo Teaches You to…

  • Master Knight Positioning! You’ll master the vital skill of finding powerful outposts for your knights and exchanging *any* piece that prevents you. You’ll discover how Bobby Fischer used this principle to find 18.Bf1!! exchanging the annoying bishop preventing his knight from occupying the beautiful c4 square!
  • Exchange Your Opponent’s Most DANGEROUS Pieces! When you LOSE it’s often because enemy pieces became too dangerous…in Chapters 14 and 15 you’ll discover how to exchange away all of the dangers and save yourself a LOT of lost points!
  • Master Bishop Positioning! Learn how to quickly discover your worst, most TERRIBLE bishop and FORCE it to a beautiful diagonal! You’ll soon be finding moves like a3, b4 and Bb3! forcing the bishop to a powerful diagonal with an instantly winning position!

It’s time to polish this extremely important chess skill to master level… let’s go.

What’s inside?

Positional Play Manual – video course [11.5 hours]

Hungarian IM Bence Szabo has just released his Positional Play Manual which will train you in all of the areas of positional chess that masters consider when thinking about their moves.

Complete set of PGNs

Downloadable, complete set of PGNs of everything covered so that you can analyze it at your own pace and convenience. A must-have treasure chest for any serious player.

Access to Practicum

Train the important attacking motifs with a set of specifically designed tasks and challenges. The practical part is an important element of the course.


About the author:

IM Bence Szabo is a Hungarian International Master and an active tournament player. Bence previously held National and European Youth Champion’s title. IM Szabo has over 10 years of coaching experience with some of his top students becoming National Champions in different age categories and claiming various international norms and titles. Bence works as a head coach in one of the largest chess schools in Hungary. He has worked with multiple medal-winning Olympic Grandmasters and other top talents.

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Type of Video

Running Time

11 hours 30 mins

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Content Outline

  • CHAPTER 1 Intro Improve Your Bishop (55 min)
  • CHAPTER 2 Improve Your Knight (48 min)
  • CHAPTER 3 Improve Your Rook I (30 min)
  • CHAPTER 4 Improve Your Rook II (36 min)
  • CHAPTER 5 Improve Your Queen (34 min)
  • CHAPTER 6 Improve Your King (36 min)
  • CHAPTER 7 Maneuver I (32 min)
  • CHAPTER 8 Maneuver II (34 min)
  • CHAPTER 9 Paralysis in the middlegame (38 min)
  • CHAPTER 10 Exchange in material advantage (32 min)
  • CHAPTER 11 Exchange in positional advantage (34 min)
  • CHAPTER 12 Exchange key pieces (35 min)
  • CHAPTER 13 Exchange to attack (34 min)
  • CHAPTER 14 Exchange to defend (34 min)
  • CHAPTER 15 Exchange to reduce the enemy activity (28 min)
  • CHAPTER 16 Initiative (34 min)
  • CHAPTER 17 Prophylaxis I (41 min)
  • CHAPTER 18 Prophylaxis II (37 min)