Commented Classical Games by a Grandmaster
Stand on the shoulders of giants! In this course, GM Avetik Grigoryan analyzes 100 of the most instructive classical chess games from history that were played by World Champions and famous Grandmasters, explaining the key ideas and plans.
Nowadays many chess players concentrate mostly on openings and solving puzzles. They are important, but chess is a game with many facets, and one of the most important is strategy.
Did you know that all the top players know the classical games very well? You can show them a position from any famous classical game and they will tell you, “This position is from Alekhine – Botvinnik, and h4 was played here,” or “This is Nb1! played by Karpov.” Why did they learn them?
Imagine you travel to Paris and you know only 3 streets. It would be easy to get lost in the city, right? But what if you have a map? Of course, you’ll navigate the city much easier.
The same applies to chess. The great players throughout history have come up with amazing ideas, solutions, and strategies that form a sort of chess-map we can learn from to better navigate our own games. The more classical-strategical chess games you know, the more likely you’ll recognize a theme or pattern in your own games.
About the Author
Avetik Grigoryan is an International Chess Grandmaster from Armenia. In 2010 Avetik won the Armenian National Championship and represented his country in the 2010 Chess Olympiad. He is the coach and the second of more than 10 GMs, a book author, and a chess course presenter. Avetik has over ten years of coaching experience and was the coach for the National Thailand team.
Is this course for me?
Do you face problems during your chess games, when all your pieces are in good places, but you don’t know what plan to choose? Your opponent has a weak pawn but you don’t know how to attack it?
You can exchange the knights but you don’t know whether it’s good or bad? You solve lots of puzzles but still have problems with strategy? Your opponent’s king is weak but you don’t know how to start the attack? Well, this is the course that will help you to solve all these problems!
Avetik recommends the following 3 steps:
- Engage. You will be asked to pause the video and think at various stages. Doing this will sharpen your chess brain and draw you deeper into the position.
- Absorb. While it will be tempting to watch one video after another, it is highly recommended that you only watch one a day. This allows your subconscious mind to absorb the key ideas.
- Recognize. You don’t need to remember these games move-by-move… just recognize the patterns at the critical moments. Why does the idea work? Which piece placements are important?
Integrate all of these ideas and you will be completely transformed as a chess player.