The ICC 2018 Chess Bundle for Ambitious Club Players
A masterclass from some of the most skilled and instructive chess instructors on the planet.
When evaluating a chess position, every Grandmaster considers four key factors: king safety, material count, the activity of the pieces, and pawn structure.
Most amateurs tend to pay too much attention to piece activity and material, and neglect assessing critical pawn play and pawn structures when deciding on their strategy.
How many times have you played what you thought was a good game, only to realize you’re facing a lost ending?
Many of these endings are lost because players don’t account for pawn play and the resulting pawn structures. However, you can stop that now and master the keys of pawn play with this new video series.
Here’s what’s in this 2018 ICC Bundle for Club Players:
Mastering Pawn Play – GM Alex Yermolinsky & IM John Watson
Many endgames are lost because players don’t understand pawn play and pawn structures. This new video series has been designed to fill in that gap and help you master the keys of pawn play.
Crucial topics are covered such as pawn chains, isolated pawns, doubled pawns, pawn endings and more.
Play The Ruy Lopez (Spanish Opening) + e4 e5 Compilation
For 1.e4 players, the most principled choice after 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 has often been the Ruy Lopez with 3.Bb5.
As the 2016 World Championship unfolded between World Champion Magnus Carlsen and Russian challenger Sergey Karjakin, we couldn’t help but notice that the Ruy Lopez opening, (also known as the Spanish Opening) continued to be the preferred method of attack and defense at the elite level.
One of the oldest and most trusted openings, it originated in Spain with Ruy Lopez de Segura in 1561, and ever since has had a prominent role in the world of top-level chess.
The Trompowsky Attack: Surprising your Opponents in the Opening
The Trompowsky Attack is a popular alternative to the common lines after 1.d4 Nf6, beginning with 2.c4 or 2.Nf3.
By playing the move 2.Bg5, White sidesteps a wide variety of opening theory from various counter-attack Defenses employed by Black like the King’s Indian Defense, Grünfeld Defense, The Benko Gambit, The Benoni, etc.
The Kings Indian Defense (16 Part Series) – IM John Watson
Sixteen videos covering the main lines of this hypermodern defense. John gives you a clear picture of how to play this opening, covering the key concepts, the squares to fight for, and the most popular variations.
In doing so, John explains not only what Black’s objectives are, but White’s too!
How do I benefit from this product?
Understanding Pawn Structures like a Master
Understanding how pawn structures influence the game is the hallmark of a strong player but it’s often a mystery to club players.
If you’ve ever found yourself in a position where you’re running out of good moves but don’t know where you went wrong, you’ve probably misunderstood the pawn structure.
The first part of this bundle, “Mastering Pawn Play“ will fix this and help you build positions where your pieces have all the activity while your opponent gradually gets squeezed off the board.
Improve your Opening Finesse
In ICC’s Best of the Ruy Lopez, we searched ICC’s video library for the best instructional videos and created a compilation on this super-popular opening.
Mastering this opening doesn’t just improve your opening finesse – it improves your chess ability as a whole. You will learn all the key ideas, positional considerations and attacking chances from some of the most popular variations of this classical opening.
A Sharp Weapon to use with Black
In must-win situations, the Kings Indian Defense has been trusted by World Champions, such as Garry Kasparov, Bobby Fischer, and Mikhail Tal.
It’s a hypermodern defense, where Black builds a strong defense around the king and looks for counter-attacking chances in the middle game.
In this 16-video series, International Master John Watson gives you a complete picture of how to play this chess opening for black.
John analyzes the most popular variations including the advance variation with 7.d5 and other main lines.
A Surprise Weapon for your Opening Repertoire
If you are a serious tournament player, keeping your opening repertoire fresh is not just recommended, it’s a must. You never want to become too predictable in the opening. You want to be able to surprise your opponents every time you can.
In this comprehensive video collection, we have three great authors teaching you all the secrets on how to master this opening.