New: Understanding Midgame Strategies Vol.5 + Vol.6 by Ivan Sokolov

Understanding Midgame Strategies: Vol. 5 – Sicilian structures Rossolimo and Maroczy by Ivan Sokolov

The Rossolimo has recently gained popularity because it eschews open Sicilian theory such as the Sveshnikov or the Kalashnikov. Essentially we reach an English opening with inverted suits (1.c4 e5 2.Nc3 Nf6 (or 2…Bb4) 3.g3 Bb4) being one tempo up.

As with most inverted color schemes, we now (as whites) have a comfortable position (the extra tempo matters after all!), but our focus also changes (because we are no longer satisfied with a “comfortable position”. “but let’s aim for an advantage).

None other than Magnus Carlsen plays this opening to a large extent, which is a key part of the selection on this video course. We mainly analyze plans after 3…g6 (followed by Bxc6 with both …bxc6 or …dxc6 recaptures) or 3…e6 4.Bxc6 bxc6.

At first glance, white has a “clear advantage” in the Marcozy Bind: white has more space, black has no clear counterplay. Danish chess legend Bent Larsen enjoyed playing the Maroczy Bind with Black and came up with many ideas that are still viable today.

In this video course, my material is based on the classic main line Maroczy binding, I’ve highlighted the main ideas/positions that both sides are aiming for and show surprising strategic mistakes (committed even in high-level games!) .

• Video length: 7 hours and 20 minutes (in English)

• With interactive training including video feedback

• Extra: Model game database and practice with ChessBase apps – Play key positions against Fritz at different levels

Understanding Midgame Strategies: Vol. 6 – Works Ruy López

Anatoly Karpov once said: “Understanding Ruy Lopez is crucial for improving the middle game in chess”. On this video course, I opted for ‘Karpov Ruy Lopez Understanding Type Lines’, with the vast majority of the material coming from variations by Chigorin, Breyer and Zaitsev.

I’ve tried to give viewers a “crash course” in typical midgame planes, typical ideas of material imbalance (and dynamics), types of positions White or Black should be happy with (or try to avoid!), while combining them (when I saw fit) with useful opening tips (tips based on my forty years of experience playing and researching these positions).

The course aims to improve the understanding of these types of positions to help the spectator play better and achieve better results.

• Video length: 6 hours and 25 minutes (in English)

• With interactive training including video feedback

• Extra: Model game database and practice with ChessBase apps – Play key positions against Fritz at different levels

Required configuration

Minimum: Dual Core, 2 GB RAM, Windows 7, DirectX 11 graphics card with 256 MB RAM, Windows Media Player 9, ChessBase 14/Fritz 16 or included player and Internet access for program activation.

Recommended: Intel i5 (Quadcore) PC, 4 GB RAM, Windows 10, DirectX11, graphics card with 512 MB RAM or more, 100% DirectX10 compatible sound card, Windows Media Player 11, (DVD-ROM drive) and Internet access for activating the program.

Mac OS X

Minimum: MacOS “Yosemite” 10.10

About Ivan Sokolov

Ivan Sokolov is a Dutch chess grandmaster and author of popular chess books. He was champion of Yugoslavia in 1988 and champion of the Netherlands in 1995 and 1998. For more than two decades he was among the elite players and beat many of the strongest players in the world.


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