Piece Sacrifice in The Opening – NM Dan Heisman

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Piece Sacrifice In The Opening – Nm Dan HeismanWhat’s better than sacrificing a piece in the opening, taking your opponent into unknown territory, and increasing your chances to score early in the game?

Coach Dan Heisman presents a new video series to teach you how to use the sacrifice in the opening to stun your opponent!

In this fantastic series, Coach Heisman tackles some of the openings that allow piece sacrifices.  Most of the openings Dan chooses are not main-stream, which makes them arrows in your quiver, ready to be shot at your opponent!

For any of these openings, Coach Dan explains the main themes, and then analyzes the possible piece sacrifice.  A clear, informative, easy-to-follow, not-to-be-missed video series from the acclaimed coach Dan Heisman!

About the Author:

Dan is an award-winning chess author and full-time chess instructor in Wynnewood PA. He is a US Chess Federation National Master (NM) and a World Chess Federation Candidate Master (FIDE CM).

NM Dan Heisman is one of the most sought-after coaches in America. He coaches celebrities (including TV and radio personality Howard Stern) as well as the next generation of stars and has won multiple awards for his work.

Dan’s success and popularity are due to his focus on improving how we think instead of just weighing ourselves down with never-ending data dumps. After all, chess is the thinking man’s game.

Trying to get better at chess by soaking up information is like trying to become a master builder by buying more bricks. The material is only useful if you know what to do with it.

Dan Heisman has devoted decades to discovering the skills players really need in chess and how to massively improve these abilities.

How is this course going to help me?

Here’s some of what you’ll see:

Traxler Counterattack

In the Two Knights defense, one of the most used openings at club level, Black defends 4.Ng5 with 4. …Be5?!. How many times you have found yourself wondering what to do after the imminent Knight fork in f7?

Precise play leads to equality, but any minor slip can provoke an unbalanced game, full of tactics, with Black having the best chances to take the whole point home.

In this first video, with his calm and amazingly easy-to-follow style, Coach Heisman guides us through the subtleties of the piece sacrifice 5. … Bxf2+, with the white King accepting the Bishop sacrifice, to then move to e3 after Black’s Knight captures in e4 with a check.

Muzio/Polerio Gambit in the King’s Gambit Accepted

In this video, Coach Heisman teaches us how to use an ancient weapon, that at club level is still a powerful way to impress your opponent and gain some advantage by sacrificing a Knight on f3.

The Kings Gambit is one of the oldest and most studied chess openings. It was examined in the 17th century by the Italian Giulio Cesare Polerio.

After 300 years of successes, during which the sacrifice in the opening generated great games, including the Immortal, in recent years the King Gambit has seen some decline in its usage, but it still remains a great opening to learn and to use as an almost “secret” weapon.

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Running Time

6.5 Hours

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Chapter List:

  • Traxler Counterattack: 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Nf6 4.Ng5 Bc5 5.Nxf7 Bxf2+
  • Muzio/Polerio Gambit: 1.e4 e5 2.f4 exf4 3.d4 g5 4.Bc4 g4 5.O-O gxf3
  • Rosentreter Gambit: 1. e4 e5 2.f4 exf4 3.d4 g5 4.Bc4 g4 5.Bxf4 gxf3 6.Qxf3
  • Sicilian Sveshnikov – 11.Nxb5
  • Sicilian Sveshnikov – 11.Bxb5
  • Two Knights Defense: Lolli: 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Nf6 4.Ng5 d5 5.exd5 Nxd5 6.d4 exd4 7.O-O Be7 8. Nxf7
  • Two Knights Defense: Fried Liver Attack: 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Nf6 4.Ng5 d5 5.exd5 Nxd5 6. Nxf7
  • Halloween Gambit 5…Ng6: 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.Nxe5!? 5.d4 Ng6
  • Halloween Gambit 5…Nc6: 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.Nxe5!? 5.d4 Nc6
  • King’s Indian Saemisch: Bronstein Queen Sacrifice
  • Alekhine Defense