Master the Middlegame in Kasparov's Style with IM Asaf Givon

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Master the Middlegame in Kasparov's Style with IM Asaf Givon
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Mastering the Middlegame in Kasparov`s Way is an absolutely essential course. It will help you understand how legendary player Garry Kasparov thinks, evaluates and makes decisions during the middlegame.

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Master the Middlegame in Kasparov’s Style with IM Asaf Givon

Kasparov is one of the best players in the world, or probably even the best. He dominated for many years, as a World Champion and top tournament player.

Indeed, Kasparov is a great talent. In this course, we look under the microscope at his middlegame technique and explain in simple words how to use his ideas, strategies, and methods to dominate your competition the Kasparov’s way.

Mastering the Middlegame in Kasparov’s Way” is an absolutely essential course. It will help you understand how legendary player Garry Kasparov thinks, evaluates and makes decisions during the middlegame.

After studying this course you’ll have access to entire Kasparov’s arsenal including:

  • How to capitalize on the strengths of your own style?
  • How to fight for the initiative straight from the opening – the Kasparov’s way?
  • Garry’s trademark: the Exchange Sacrifice – when and how you should play it?
  • How can you become a “universal” player? [The number one reason for Garry’s success]
  • Mastering prophylactic moves and restriction – a powerful weapon!
  • The power of the Pawn Sacrifice – winning equal positions
  • What is Active Defense and why it will instantly boost your potential?

“This course is not about Garry Kasparov’s life but about the successful techniques and ideas that he used in his games to win”

What’s Included:

  • Mastering the Middlegame: Video Lessons [3 hr 17 min] 9 Comprehensive video lessons covering the most important middlegame topics such as Fight for the Initiative, Exchange Sacrifice, Prophylaxis, Restriction, Pawn Sacrifice, Active Defense, Counterplay, etc. And those are not your average lessons, they are designed with the practical component in mind, to make you are better middlegame player.
  • Ebook version of the course [75 pages] You get a PDF version of the entire Middlegame course, so you can go through those lessons at your own convenience with the video playing. You also get the printable course summary of the course, for a quick reference.
  • Practical Section and “Test Your Skill” The course will also have an interactive practical part Test your skills section, where you will be asked to find the best moves from Kasparov’s games, and the answers will be explained in video format. It is necessary to put the received knowledge into practice. There are 6 practical tasks (over 50 games) in this course which will help you to understand and remember the ideas of the course better.
  • Solutions to the practical section and “Theory” PGNs The course includes downloadable PGN solutions for a practical section as well as the “Test Your Skill” section. “Theory” PGNs for each of the 9 lessons are included as well. This is a must-have for a serious player.
  • Completely standalone This course has everything you need to improve your middlegame. Fully downloadable and works on both PC and Mac platforms.


  • LESSON 1 Who is Garry Kasparov?
  • LESSON 2 Endless Fight for the Initiative For many chess players, before Kasparov and after him, the game of chess consists of playing the opening moves, developing your pieces and then, when you reach the end of the development, at move 15 or 20, you start the game from there; you outplay your opponent.
  • LESSON 3 Exchange Sacrifice The Exchange sacrifice was really one of the trademarks of Garry Kasparov. Many times, he made amazing positional sacrifices. Many of them were because of his home preparation.
  • LESSON 4 Studying Previous Champion’s Games In this lesson, I want to dedicate this section to one of the biggest rivalries in chess history, which is between our hero Garry Kasparov and the previous World Champion Anatoly Karpov. Specifically, I want to discuss the topic of the importance of playing openings and positions that suit your chess style. Many players choose openings or positions to play just because they have seen some strong players playing this opening. But there’s a big question: Is it really suitable for you as a chess player to your chess style? In the end, we are not engines, each one of us has a different style, a different way of playing.
  • LESSON 5 Universal Approach for Chess: Prophylaxis and Restriction In this video lesson, I’m going to discuss the importance of being a universal chess player. What is a universal chess player? I mean it’s a player who is able to play at a good level in many types of positions. It might sound obvious that a good player needs to excel in all parts of the game, but that is not the case. I think the first world champion with a very much universal chess style was Boris Spassky back in the ’60s. Every world champion before him had a specialized style.
  • LESSON 6 Pawn Sacrifice In this chapter, we are going to discuss Kasparov’s understanding of piece harmony or, if you like, piece coordination. So, one of the many things that Kasparov has in his games is the real ability to have this feeling for his pieces in such a way that he always knew how to improve his position, not thinking about one certain piece, but always thinking about his position as a whole.
  • LESSON 7 Pawn Sacrifice – Part 2 In many chess videos or books, we are always said and taught that we should constantly try to improve our pieces, but I want to illustrate how Kasparov here in these games not only always tried to improve his pieces, but he did it in a very efficient way; in such a way that he not only improved one piece at a time but he always improved his position as a whole, thinking about all his pieces.
  • LESSON 8 Know Your Style and Be True to It/Adjust to It Here we are going to continue discussing Kasparov’s pawn sacrifices. This time, I’ll dedicate this lesson to pawn sacrifices that are more dynamic, which means that Kasparov sacrifices a pawn in order to get immediate advantages. Immediate advantages are different from long-term advantages.
  • LESSON 9 Active Defense and Counterplay Kasparov was a very active player –always striving for an activity to make the best out of his pieces. He didn’t care much about material. Kasparov goes for the ACTIVE DEFENSE (counterplay) rather than passive defense.

CONCLUSION What you should take away from this course?

Meet the Author:

IM Asaf Givon

Asaf Givon is an International Grandmaster has played for the Kfar Saba team in the first Israeli chess league. He got his IM title in 2013, and he currently has 2 Grandmaster norms. He started teaching chess since he was 16.