Studies on The Middlegame – GM Jesse Kraai & GM Eugene Perelshteyn

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Large material gains can end a game while it is still in the Middlegame. Here GM Kraai and GM Perelshteyn explore middle game decision making and planning to shape the end game with their own games as example.

Content: 91 minutes of instruction and analysis in a series of 4 lectures. PGN Included.

Recommended for: Intermediate-Advanced Players.

Users rated this series: 4.48 out of 5

Chess Fans have said: This was a fantastic positional lecture. I appreciate how Eugene brought us inside his thought process at several points, it really is educational to see how organized and focused his planning is.

GM Jesse Kraai currently resides in Berkeley, California. His most notable chess achievements are winning the Denker Tournament of High School Champions in 1989 and 1990, and competing in the US championship from 2002-2006. Jesse received his final GM norm at the Foxwoods Open 2007 and has a Ph.D in Philosophy from the University of Heidelberg.

GM Eugene Perelshteyn was born in Ukraine and learned chess from his father, a FIDE Master. He moved to the United States at the age of fourteen and won the U.S. U18 Championship in 2000. Eugene earned a chess scholarship from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, where he graduated in computer science. In 2002 he was awarded the Samford Chess Fellowship – given to the top American Player under 25 years old – which helped him earn the GM title in 2006.

Eugene currently lives in Massachusetts, and competes mainly in New England. He is a regular contributor to, and is co-author of two books: Chess Openings for White, Explained and Chess Openings for Black, Explained, both in their second editions.


A Nice Middlegame Plan
Nimzo – Indian: Classical Variation
Justin Sarkar vs. Jesse Kraai
Run Time: 00:15:37  GM Jesse Kraai

Opening to Middlegame Transition
On Piece Trade and Pawn Structures
King’s Indian Defense
Ravishandran Siddharth vs. Eugene Perelshteyn
Run Time: 00:29:37  GM Eugene Perelshteyn

Tricky Tactics in the Middlegame
Queen’s Gambit Declined: Semi- Slav, Marshall Gambit
Eugene Perelshteyn vs. Igor Schneider
Run Time: 00:24:00  GM Eugene Perelshteyn

Unexpected Tactical Blow in the Middlegame
Queen’s Gambit Declined
Eugene Perelshteyn vs. Victor Mikhalevski
Run Time: 00:22:40  GM Eugene Perelshteyn

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Weight 0.5 lbs
Dimensions 5 × 5 × 1 in


Running time

91 minutes


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