If you ask an average chess player how to improve your chess, they'll tell you to work on your openings and solve a truckload of tactics. But this can only take you so far... If you ask any strong Grandmaster the same question, their #1 advice would be to study Classical Games.
If you ask an average chess player how to improve your chess, they’ll tell you to work on your openings and solve a truckload of tactics.
But this can only take you so far…
If you ask any strong Grandmaster the same question, their #1 advice would be to study Classical Games.
Every single strong player did it… Fischer, Kasparov, Carlsen… you name it!
Magnus was learning from Fischer, Fischer from Morphy, and instead of exploring chess on your own, why not learn from the best?
In this superb 12-hour course, GM Gyula Pap will take you back in time. You will meet Adolf Anderssen, Paul Morphy, Aron Nimzowitsch along with every single World Champion to the present day.
GM Pap has handpicked the 50 most instructive chess games in history… analyzing, and commenting on their moves to instill World Champion’s thinking into your mind.
Here is what you’ll learn:
- Nimzowitsch’s Positional System – You will learn how to use the principle of “slowly improving a position” to eliminate any chances for your opponent to come back into the game.
- Capablanca’s Winning Algorithm – It’s no coincidence that Capa lost just 34 games in his career. You will learn how to take the principle of multiple weaknesses to the next level, overloading your opponent’s defenses and cherry-picking their pawns and pieces.
- Fischer’s Brilliant ‘Sac, Sac, Mate’ Approach – You will learn how to trigger an avalanche of sacrifices leading to a devastating defeat for your opponent. The 11th World Champion demonstrates that even if you are not very proficient with the opening theory creative tactics win games.
- Karpov’s Prophylaxis Play – You will learn how a sequence of quiet-looking moves, that don’t pose any immediate threats leaves the opponent’s position completely defenseless.
- Carlsen’s Paradox – Magnus gives a definitive masterclass on winning dead even positions. By exploiting every little inaccuracy in the opponent’s play, the current World Champion slowly but steadily builds his advantage.
Learning the ideas of these 50 carefully selected games will dramatically improve your ability to play any position you face over the board.
If you want to follow in the footsteps of the Champions… this is your recipe for success.
- Chapter 1. Anderssen-Kieseritzky & Anderssen-Dufresne
- Chapter 2. Morphy-Duke Karl of Brunswick, Count Isouard & Lasker-Bauer
- Chapter 3. Steinitz-Von Bardeleben & Rotlewi-Rubinstein
- Chapter 4. Levitsky-Marshall & Adams-Torre
- Chapter 5. Euwe-Maróczy & Maróczy-Tartakower
- Chapter 6. Saemisch-Nimzowitsch & Capablanca-Tartakower
- Chapter 7. Gluecksberg-Najdorf & Alekhine-Euwe
- Chapter 8. Botvinnik-Capablanca & Smyslov-Reshevsky
- Chapter 9. Bronstein-Keres & Byrne-Fischer
- Chapter 10. Polugaevsky-Nezhmetdinov & Tal-Hecht
- Chapter 11. Geller-Smyslov & Larsen-Spassky
- Chapter 12. Fischer-Petrosian & Karpov-Unzicker
- Chapter 13. Minic-Planinc & Petrosian-Peters
- Chapter 14. Karpov-Dolmatov & Tal-Flesch
- Chapter 15. Karpov-Kasparov & Ivanchuk-Jussupow
- Chapter 16. Short-Timman & Karpov-Kasparov
- Chapter 17. Serper-Nikolaidis & Cifuentes Parada-Zvjaginsev
- Chapter 18. Ivanchuk-Shirov & Topalov-Shirov
- Chapter 19. Kasparov-Topalov & Polgár-Berkes
- Chapter 20. Anand-Radjabov & Kramnik-Lékó
- Chapter 21. Topalov-Aronian & Morozevich-Vachier-Lagrave
- Chapter 22. Gashimov-Grischuk & Gelfand-Nakamura
- Chapter 23. Aronian-Anand & Nisipeanu-Caruana
- Chapter 24. Wei Yi-Bruzon & Bai Jinshi-Ding Liren
- Chapter 25. Aronian-Kramnik & Carlsen-Grischuk
Meet the Author
GM Gyula Pap [2578 FIDE]
is a Hungarian chess Grandmaster with the best ELO 2578. Gyula became a grandmaster at the age of 19 and won 10 Hungarian youth championships: 3 classical, 6 rapid, 1 blitz. Also, he won the European youth team championship in 2009 and finished second at the World U-16 Chess Olympiad in 2007. He is also a full-time chess coach.