Thought Process & Calculation – GM Damian Lemos

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Thought Process & Calculation – GM Damian Lemos

Chess players have a reputation for being intelligent, calculating, strategists who see deeper into situations than most do.

And that’s generally accurate.

We visualize possibilities, take multiple factors into account, and work backwards to make the best decision in the moment.

But, of course, there are levels to this.

In this course, we cover some powerful techniques for accurate calculation and evaluation… but you will get the biggest benefit from learning how to bring all your skills together, spot the critical moment, and take your opportunities.

You may be able to work out exercises with a satisfactory score, but when no hints are given – and it’s just you and the position – where do you start?

damian lemosAbout the Author:

Damian Lemos is a grandmaster from Argentina with a peak rating of 2559 Elo.
In his lessons, Damian works closely with students to first identify the flaws and weaknesses in their games so that they can be properly evaluated and corrected.

By developing specifically-tailored training regimens for every one of his students, Grandmaster Lemos is able to achieve results that other chess coaches dream of.

Is this course for me?

In this new INC Turbo course, I take you through 5 highly instructive games to train you in advanced chess thinking.

Think like da Vinci

Leonardo da Vinci not only mastered multiple disciplines, but he also combined them, using techniques he learned from art and sculpting, for instance, to make new discoveries in human anatomy.

He also understood when to rely on observation, when to trust his intuition, and when to use his experience.

It’s this approach that we work on in this course.

A few of the things covered in the course…

  • The Silent Assassin. When it comes to winning attacks, quiet moves can be just as powerful as checks and sacrifices. We analyze a 90-year-old classic to learn the art of creating a mating net.
  • Ncb3Positional Tactics. When you spot …Ncb3 (Diagram), you might start celebrating victory right away. But White has got a clever resource. Question 1: Can you see it? Question 2: Should Black play …Ncb3 anyway? We combine calculation and evaluation to answer these questions in chapter 1.
  • Balancing Act. You’re playing a strong opponent. You both have threats. Do you press forward with yours or prevent his first? We look at how to get the balance right so there are no nasty surprises!
  • Transforming Advantages. Should you give up your mighty knight outpost just to limit one of the enemy pieces? Is it worth sacrificing a pawn to gain 2 tempi? Our analysis of these games will give you an intuitive feel for these decisions.

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2 hours 58 minutes

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Content Outline

Lesson 1 Spassky – Fischer
Lesson 2 Spassky – Fischer, Part 2
Lesson 3, Part 1 Ragozin – Noskov
Lesson 3, Part 2 Ragozin – Noskov, Part 2
Lesson 4 Van Wely – Kasparov
Lesson 5 Gurevich – Diu
Lesson 6, Part 1 Wang – Zhang
Lesson 6, Part 2 Wang – Zhang, Part 2