Ideas Behind Chess Openings – Lilov Institute
With this new, 16-hour course, IM Valeri Lilov sets out to solve one of the biggest problems for club players: how to improve their openings.
Instead of presenting a never-ending stream of computer-recommended variations, Valeri describes the strategic aims of each side. Things like where to place each piece, which side of the board to attack and which exchanges benefit you.
Armed with this knowledge, you can be confident in finding strong moves and making progress even when your opponent plays something unexpected – as they inevitably will!
IM Lilov has chosen openings based on 3 factors:
Popularity – it’s no good knowing how to play an opening that never appears on the board!
Winning chances – we’re not playing for a draw here. Our openings must give us a way to create dynamic opportunities.
Systematic approach – each opening should fit a clearly identifiable strategy. There will be exceptions we need to remember but this approach saves a huge amount of time – and reduces the risk of critical errors – compared to rote memorization. It also teaches you far more about chess!
Regardless of whether you’re a 1.e4 or 1.d4 player – or if your major opening issues come with the Black pieces- IM Lilov is ready to show you how to navigate the opening phase with the calm confidence that comes from knowing what you’re doing.
Each chapter is labeled to help you quickly find the information you need to learn. With over 16 hours of material, it could become overwhelming, but not if you start with the videos related to the opening you play most often. Once you’ve absorbed the ideas behind this, move on the next one.
Ideas Behind the Openings comes with an invaluable course summary to help you refer to the main points quickly and practical tests to make sure you’re 100% ready to use your new knowledge in competitive play!
Here are some of the topics covered:
Sicilian Scheveningen: learn IM Lilov’s ultra-aggressive Kingside attack that rips through this normally solid defense. Sure, Black can survive – if he finds a series of computer-like moves.
No-one wants to face this over the board!
Why the Scotch should be your main weapon against the open games. 1…e5 players spend all their time on the Ruy Lopez; you take them out of a book on move 3 with a terrifying attack devised by none other than Garry Kasparov!
How to play the French Defense properly. Valeri clearly explains all Black’s ideas including the killer pawn breaks, how to develop that awkward c8 Bishop and gives you a secret weapon that puts White under serious pressure.
- Complete opening repertoire for White (8 Hours)
- Complete opening repertoire for Black (8 Hours)
- PDF summaries of the chapters
- Training Exercises
- Scotch Opening: IM Lilov teaches you Kasparov’s favorite opening (includes high-level attacking plans, black’s main responses, strategic secrets, as well as the powerful new ideas since Garry retired!)
- Chigorin Defense: Shock your opponent by handing him the bishop pair in the very first few moves – and then crush him with your knights! This rare, but terrifying, favorite of GM Morozevich is bound to score you a lot of points against 1.d4 players. IM Lilov reveals everything inside!
- Scandinavian Defense: Tired of losing against this tricky opening? IM Lilov hands you a devastating system that, with a few simple moves, will squash black’s dirty tactical tricks once and for all (HINT: There’s a hidden reason why GMs don’t play this line!)
- The Italian Trap: IM Lilov reveals the super sneaky queen sacrifice that’ll see your opponent with eyes wide, grinning like a Cheshire cat as he captures…only to have his king terrorized by swarming minor pieces, as you brilliantly deliver checkmate!
- And much much more!
IM Valeri Lilov (FIDE 2438)
better known as Tiger Lilov is a professional chess coach and lecturer renowned for his personalized approach to training students and professional players from all over the world. Having been an active tournament player all his life, he has won many international open tournaments and championships including the European Individual School Chess Championship U10 (Moscow, 2000) and the Kulaga Memorial International Open (Minsk, 2007).