Understanding Middlegame Strategies Vol.1-4

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In this DVD we deal with different dynamic decisions involving pawns. The aim of this DVD is to arm club/tournament players with fresh ideas which they can use in their own practice.

<strong>Vol 2</strong>

Practical Play In this DVD, I have selected the material aiming to improve the viewer’s middlegame decision-making process and broaden his/her middlegame understanding in general.

<strong>Vol 3</strong>

Throughout my playing career, I have found the Hedgehog (with both colours) one of the most difficult type of positions to master. With White (the side with more space) there is always a danger to overextend oneself (or miss your opponent’s pawn break). While playing Black (the side with less space) there is always a danger to mistime your pawn break, or simply to not get counterplay and be overrun.

<strong>Vol 4</strong>

Studying this video course should greatly improve the viewer’s handling of dynamic pawn positions! As with all my other video courses material here is predominantly aimed at improving players and tournament players.

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<strong>Description:</strong>

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I hope my selected material will inspire the viewer to take similar decisions in his/her own games. I have structured this DVD into 4 chapters: 1. Minor Sacrifices 2. Rolling Pawns 3. Allowing pawn islands 4. Dynamic ideas with g- and h-pawns Every chapter consists of model games displaying different aspects of the theme. The variety of games should give you enough insights to spot these strategies in your own practice.

• Video running time: 4 hours 50 Minutes (English)
• With interactive training including video feedback
• Extra: Database with more examples

<strong>Vol 2</strong>

Practical Play In this DVD, I have selected the material aiming to improve the viewer’s middlegame decision-making process and broaden his/her middlegame understanding in general.

I have structured this DVD into 4 chapters: 1. What to trade, what to keep 2. The king on f8 defends himself 3. Open file 4. Creating crises Every chapter consists of model games displaying different aspects of the theme. The variety of games should give you enough insights to spot these strategies in your own practice.

• Video running time: 4 hours (English)
• With interactive training including video feedback
• Extra: Database with more examples

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<strong><a href="https://www.ichess.net/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/Understanding-Middlegame-Strategies-Vol.3-The-Hedgehog.jpg"><img class="size-full wp-image-3089845 alignleft" title="Understanding Middlegame Strategies Vol.3 The Hedgehog" src="https://www.ichess.net/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/Understanding-Middlegame-Strategies-Vol.3-The-Hedgehog.jpg" alt="Understanding Middlegame Strategies Vol.3 The Hedgehog" width="300" height="414" data-wp-pid="3089845" /></a>Vol 3</strong>

The complexity of those positions is best illustrated in a Kasparov-Kramnik game – with both players allowing seemingly “obvious” mistakes. Charbonneau-Anand is another good example – a player of Anand’s stature landing in a terrible position, then missing his good attacking prospects. The game result was one of the biggest upsets of 2006 Chess Olympiad. There are different types of Hedgehog positions - many of them coming from the English opening where the White bishop is fianchettoed. In this video course I consider the “basic Hedgehog” pawn structure; like the one coming from the Kan Sicilian for example. Choosing the right plan at the right time is the key here - the ensuing positions are full of dynamic possibilities. I endeavour to show the most common (and a few less common!) plans for both sides and try to pinpoint typical mistakes and motifs. The basic aim of this video is to improve understanding of these complex positions and to help tournament players score better!

• Video running time: 4 hours (English)
• Extra: Training with ChessBase apps - Play key pawn structures against Fritz on various levels

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<strong>Vol 4<a href="https://www.ichess.net/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/Understanding-Middlegame-Strategies-Vol-4-1.jpg"><img class="size-full wp-image-3092896 alignright" title="Understanding Middlegame Strategies Vol 4 1" src="https://www.ichess.net/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/Understanding-Middlegame-Strategies-Vol-4-1.jpg" alt="Understanding Middlegame Strategies Vol 4 1" width="300" height="414" data-wp-pid="3092896" /></a></strong>

Isolated pawn structures can obviously come from many different openings. In this video course I have picked up isolated pawn structures coming from the classical Tarrasch defence D34; for which a considerable part was inspired by the games of Garry Kasparov. I believe studying the classical Tarrasch isolated pawn structures (and related pawn structures) to be an excellent way to improve understanding of those types of positions. Choosing my games selection, I wanted to show typical plans for both sides based on high level instructive games. Hanging pawns in the centre can come from different (though usually 1.d4 systems) openings. “Hanging pawns in the centre” structures are difficult to master because a good feeling for the “transformation timing” is needed! Sometimes those “transformations” are pawn-break related, unleashing dynamic power; while sometimes they are related to taking space and not being bothered about surrendering central squares. I have tried to show typical plans aiming to improve the viewer’s knowledge, and also practical play level. Sicilian Rauzer double f-pawn structures are fashionable nowadays and are seen at all levels. Dynamic timing is everything! Most of the time, temporary pawn sacrifices are an essential part of this “dynamic timing”. While it is difficult to give exact set of rules here, typical ideas do repeat themselves and I have tried to show these in this video course.

• Video running time: 5 hours 30 minutes (English)
• Extra: Training with ChessBase apps - Play key pawn structures against Fritz on various levels

<strong>Contents:</strong>
<ol>
 	<li class="">Introduction</li>
 	<li class="heading">Minor sacrifices</li>
 	<li class="">Game 1: Jussupow-Ivanchuk</li>
 	<li class="">Game 2: Carlsen-Giri</li>
 	<li class="">Game 3: Torre-Karpov</li>
 	<li class="">Game 4: Anand-Nikolic</li>
 	<li class="">Game 5: Caruana-Carlsen</li>
 	<li class="">Game 6: Piket-Kasparov</li>
 	<li class="heading">Pawn rollers</li>
 	<li class="">Game 1: Kasparov-Timman</li>
 	<li class="">Game 2: Gelfand-Morozevich</li>
 	<li class="">Game 3: Gelfand-Dreev</li>
 	<li class="">Game 4: Duda-Eljanov</li>
 	<li class="heading">Voluntary creation of a pawn island</li>
 	<li class="">So-Topalov</li>
 	<li class="heading">g &amp; h-pawns – dynamic ideas</li>
 	<li class="">Game 1: Korchnoi-Polugaevsky</li>
 	<li class="">Game 2: Gelfand-Jussupow</li>
 	<li class="">Game 3: Korchnoi-Suetin</li>
 	<li class="">Game 4: Nepomniachtchi-Bacrot</li>
 	<li class="">Game 5: Svidler-Mamedyarov</li>
 	<li class="heading">Exercises</li>
 	<li class="">Exercise 1</li>
 	<li class="">Exercise 2</li>
 	<li class="">Exercise 3</li>
 	<li class="">Exercise 4</li>
 	<li class="">Exercise 5</li>
 	<li class="">Introduction</li>
 	<li class="heading">What to trade what to keep</li>
 	<li class="">Game 1: Botvinnik-Donner</li>
 	<li class="">Game 2: Kasparov-Karpov</li>
 	<li class="">Game 3: Volokitin-Mamedyarov</li>
 	<li class="">Game 4: Ganguly-Nguyen</li>
 	<li class="">Game 5: Kasparov-Timman</li>
 	<li class="">Game 6: Carlsen-So</li>
 	<li class="">Game 7: Carlsen-Dreev</li>
 	<li class="heading">King on f8 defends itself</li>
 	<li class="">Game 1: Fischer-Hook</li>
 	<li class="">Game 2: Caruana-Naroditsky</li>
 	<li class="">Game 3: Van Foreest-Van der Lende</li>
 	<li class="">Game 4: Kasparov-Timman</li>
 	<li class="heading">Open file</li>
 	<li class="">Game 1: Kasimdzhanov-Li Chao</li>
 	<li class="">Game 2: Korchnoi-Bronstein</li>
 	<li class="">Game 3: Karjakin-Gelfand</li>
 	<li class="heading">Creating crises</li>
 	<li class="">Game 1: Galkin-Kramnik</li>
 	<li class="">Game 2: Korchnoi-Timman</li>
 	<li class="">Game 3: Swinkels-Sokolov</li>
 	<li class="">Game 4: Gurevich-Sokolov</li>
 	<li class="heading">Exercises</li>
 	<li class="">Exercise 1</li>
 	<li class="">Exercise 2</li>
 	<li class="">Exercise 3</li>
 	<li class="">Exercise 4</li>
 	<li class="">Exercise 5</li>
 	<li class="">Exercise 6</li>
 	<li class="">Exercise 7</li>
 	<li class="heading">Hedgehog - Part 1</li>
 	<li class="">Introduction and Fischer vs Andersson</li>
 	<li class="">Black pushes the g-pawn: Charbonneau vs Anand</li>
 	<li class="">Regrouping: Kasparov vs Kramnik</li>
 	<li class="">h-pawn push: Topalov vs Kasimdzhanov</li>
 	<li class="">White fights the h-pawn push: Radjabov vs Kamsky</li>
 	<li class="">Aggressive ideas for White</li>
 	<li class="">White castles kingside and pushes the g-pawn: J. Van Foreest vs Bilguun</li>
 	<li class="">Kingside pawn roll: Cramling vs Gruenfeld</li>
 	<li class="heading">Hedgehog - Part 2</li>
 	<li class="">Dark square control: Tal vs Polugaevsky</li>
 	<li class="">White pushes the a-pawn: Agrest vs Nisipeanu</li>
 	<li class="">White pushes the a-pawn 2: Firouzja vs Vachier-Lagrave</li>
 	<li class="">Doubled-pawns: Acs vs Polgar</li>
 	<li class="">Doubled-pawns 2: Eljanov vs Kudrin</li>
 	<li class="">White castles queenside</li>
 	<li class="">Diagonal domination: Romanishin vs Petrosian</li>
 	<li class="">Diagonal domination 2</li>
 	<li class="">Pawn structure change: Carlsen vs Wojtaszek</li>
 	<li class="heading">Hanging Pawns in the center</li>
 	<li class="">Hanging pawns in the center: Capablanca vs Alekhine</li>
 	<li class="">Hanging pawns in the center: Bok vs Grischuk</li>
 	<li class="">Hanging pawns in the center: Petrosian vs Spassky</li>
 	<li class="">Hanging pawns in the center: Sokolov vs Riazantsev</li>
 	<li class="">Hanging pawns in the center: Carlsen vs Hou Yifan</li>
 	<li class="">Hanging pawns in the center: Carlsen vs Aronian</li>
 	<li class="">Hanging pawns in the center: Kasparov vs Portisch</li>
 	<li class="">Hanging pawns in the center: Korchnoi vs Geller</li>
 	<li class="heading">Isolated Pawns</li>
 	<li class="">Active Play: Beliavsky vs Illescas Cordoba</li>
 	<li class="">Transformation: Petrosian vs Spassky</li>
 	<li class="">Transformation: Kasparov vs Illescas Cordoba</li>
 	<li class="">Transformation: Zueger vs Kasparov</li>
 	<li class="">Transformation: Smyslov vs Kasparov</li>
 	<li class="">Transformation: Larsen vs Kasparov</li>
 	<li class="">Transformation: Van Wely vs Grischuk</li>
 	<li class="heading">Rauzer structure</li>
 	<li class="">Pawn sacrifice: Klovans vs Tal</li>
 	<li class="">Pawn Sacrifice: Ragger vs Salgado Lopez</li>
 	<li class="">Pawn sacrifice: Gan-Erdene vs Maghsoodloo</li>
 	<li class="">Pawn sacrifice: Geller vs Larsen</li>
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Here is what you get on Middlegame Strategies Vol. 1-4

Vol 1Understanding Middlegame Strategies Vol 1 4

In this DVD we deal with different dynamic decisions involving pawns. The aim of this DVD is to arm club/tournament players with fresh ideas which they can use in their own practice.

Vol 2

Practical Play In this DVD, I have selected the material aiming to improve the viewer’s middlegame decision-making process and broaden his/her middlegame understanding in general.

Vol 3

Throughout my playing career, I have found the Hedgehog (with both colours) one of the most difficult type of positions to master. With White (the side with more space) there is always a danger to overextend oneself (or miss your opponent’s pawn break). While playing Black (the side with less space) there is always a danger to mistime your pawn break, or simply to not get counterplay and be overrun.

Vol 4

Studying this video course should greatly improve the viewer’s handling of dynamic pawn positions! As with all my other video courses material here is predominantly aimed at improving players and tournament players.

 

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Vol 1Understanding Middlegame Strategies Vol 1

I hope my selected material will inspire the viewer to take similar decisions in his/her own games. I have structured this DVD into 4 chapters: 1. Minor Sacrifices 2. Rolling Pawns 3. Allowing pawn islands 4. Dynamic ideas with g- and h-pawns Every chapter consists of model games displaying different aspects of the theme. The variety of games should give you enough insights to spot these strategies in your own practice.

• Video running time: 4 hours 50 Minutes (English)
• With interactive training including video feedback
• Extra: Database with more examples

Vol 2

Practical Play In this DVD, I have selected the material aiming to improve the viewer’s middlegame decision-making process and broaden his/her middlegame understanding in general.

I have structured this DVD into 4 chapters: 1. What to trade, what to keep 2. The king on f8 defends himself 3. Open file 4. Creating crises Every chapter consists of model games displaying different aspects of the theme. The variety of games should give you enough insights to spot these strategies in your own practice.

• Video running time: 4 hours (English)
• With interactive training including video feedback
• Extra: Database with more examples

 

Understanding Middlegame Strategies Vol.3 The HedgehogVol 3

The complexity of those positions is best illustrated in a Kasparov-Kramnik game – with both players allowing seemingly “obvious” mistakes. Charbonneau-Anand is another good example – a player of Anand’s stature landing in a terrible position, then missing his good attacking prospects. The game result was one of the biggest upsets of 2006 Chess Olympiad. There are different types of Hedgehog positions – many of them coming from the English opening where the White bishop is fianchettoed. In this video course I consider the “basic Hedgehog” pawn structure; like the one coming from the Kan Sicilian for example. Choosing the right plan at the right time is the key here – the ensuing positions are full of dynamic possibilities. I endeavour to show the most common (and a few less common!) plans for both sides and try to pinpoint typical mistakes and motifs. The basic aim of this video is to improve understanding of these complex positions and to help tournament players score better!

• Video running time: 4 hours (English)
• Extra: Training with ChessBase apps – Play key pawn structures against Fritz on various levels

 

Vol 4Understanding Middlegame Strategies Vol 4 1

Isolated pawn structures can obviously come from many different openings. In this video course I have picked up isolated pawn structures coming from the classical Tarrasch defence D34; for which a considerable part was inspired by the games of Garry Kasparov. I believe studying the classical Tarrasch isolated pawn structures (and related pawn structures) to be an excellent way to improve understanding of those types of positions. Choosing my games selection, I wanted to show typical plans for both sides based on high level instructive games. Hanging pawns in the centre can come from different (though usually 1.d4 systems) openings. “Hanging pawns in the centre” structures are difficult to master because a good feeling for the “transformation timing” is needed! Sometimes those “transformations” are pawn-break related, unleashing dynamic power; while sometimes they are related to taking space and not being bothered about surrendering central squares. I have tried to show typical plans aiming to improve the viewer’s knowledge, and also practical play level. Sicilian Rauzer double f-pawn structures are fashionable nowadays and are seen at all levels. Dynamic timing is everything! Most of the time, temporary pawn sacrifices are an essential part of this “dynamic timing”. While it is difficult to give exact set of rules here, typical ideas do repeat themselves and I have tried to show these in this video course.

• Video running time: 5 hours 30 minutes (English)
• Extra: Training with ChessBase apps – Play key pawn structures against Fritz on various levels

Contents:

  1. Introduction
  2. Minor sacrifices
  3. Game 1: Jussupow-Ivanchuk
  4. Game 2: Carlsen-Giri
  5. Game 3: Torre-Karpov
  6. Game 4: Anand-Nikolic
  7. Game 5: Caruana-Carlsen
  8. Game 6: Piket-Kasparov
  9. Pawn rollers
  10. Game 1: Kasparov-Timman
  11. Game 2: Gelfand-Morozevich
  12. Game 3: Gelfand-Dreev
  13. Game 4: Duda-Eljanov
  14. Voluntary creation of a pawn island
  15. So-Topalov
  16. g & h-pawns – dynamic ideas
  17. Game 1: Korchnoi-Polugaevsky
  18. Game 2: Gelfand-Jussupow
  19. Game 3: Korchnoi-Suetin
  20. Game 4: Nepomniachtchi-Bacrot
  21. Game 5: Svidler-Mamedyarov
  22. Exercises
  23. Exercise 1
  24. Exercise 2
  25. Exercise 3
  26. Exercise 4
  27. Exercise 5
  28. Introduction
  29. What to trade what to keep
  30. Game 1: Botvinnik-Donner
  31. Game 2: Kasparov-Karpov
  32. Game 3: Volokitin-Mamedyarov
  33. Game 4: Ganguly-Nguyen
  34. Game 5: Kasparov-Timman
  35. Game 6: Carlsen-So
  36. Game 7: Carlsen-Dreev
  37. King on f8 defends itself
  38. Game 1: Fischer-Hook
  39. Game 2: Caruana-Naroditsky
  40. Game 3: Van Foreest-Van der Lende
  41. Game 4: Kasparov-Timman
  42. Open file
  43. Game 1: Kasimdzhanov-Li Chao
  44. Game 2: Korchnoi-Bronstein
  45. Game 3: Karjakin-Gelfand
  46. Creating crises
  47. Game 1: Galkin-Kramnik
  48. Game 2: Korchnoi-Timman
  49. Game 3: Swinkels-Sokolov
  50. Game 4: Gurevich-Sokolov
  51. Exercises
  52. Exercise 1
  53. Exercise 2
  54. Exercise 3
  55. Exercise 4
  56. Exercise 5
  57. Exercise 6
  58. Exercise 7
  59. Hedgehog – Part 1
  60. Introduction and Fischer vs Andersson
  61. Black pushes the g-pawn: Charbonneau vs Anand
  62. Regrouping: Kasparov vs Kramnik
  63. h-pawn push: Topalov vs Kasimdzhanov
  64. White fights the h-pawn push: Radjabov vs Kamsky
  65. Aggressive ideas for White
  66. White castles kingside and pushes the g-pawn: J. Van Foreest vs Bilguun
  67. Kingside pawn roll: Cramling vs Gruenfeld
  68. Hedgehog – Part 2
  69. Dark square control: Tal vs Polugaevsky
  70. White pushes the a-pawn: Agrest vs Nisipeanu
  71. White pushes the a-pawn 2: Firouzja vs Vachier-Lagrave
  72. Doubled-pawns: Acs vs Polgar
  73. Doubled-pawns 2: Eljanov vs Kudrin
  74. White castles queenside
  75. Diagonal domination: Romanishin vs Petrosian
  76. Diagonal domination 2
  77. Pawn structure change: Carlsen vs Wojtaszek
  78. Hanging Pawns in the center
  79. Hanging pawns in the center: Capablanca vs Alekhine
  80. Hanging pawns in the center: Bok vs Grischuk
  81. Hanging pawns in the center: Petrosian vs Spassky
  82. Hanging pawns in the center: Sokolov vs Riazantsev
  83. Hanging pawns in the center: Carlsen vs Hou Yifan
  84. Hanging pawns in the center: Carlsen vs Aronian
  85. Hanging pawns in the center: Kasparov vs Portisch
  86. Hanging pawns in the center: Korchnoi vs Geller
  87. Isolated Pawns
  88. Active Play: Beliavsky vs Illescas Cordoba
  89. Transformation: Petrosian vs Spassky
  90. Transformation: Kasparov vs Illescas Cordoba
  91. Transformation: Zueger vs Kasparov
  92. Transformation: Smyslov vs Kasparov
  93. Transformation: Larsen vs Kasparov
  94. Transformation: Van Wely vs Grischuk
  95. Rauzer structure
  96. Pawn sacrifice: Klovans vs Tal
  97. Pawn Sacrifice: Ragger vs Salgado Lopez
  98. Pawn sacrifice: Gan-Erdene vs Maghsoodloo
  99. Pawn sacrifice: Geller vs Larsen

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