On a sunny day, late afternoon two chess players were paired up in round 5 of Chicago Open. They were both, about the same age, skill and rating level. No wonder the game ended in a draw. They both were trained by the same instructors, read similar books and spend about the same time mastering the game. They were both ambitious and dreamed big.
A few years later these men returned to play in the Chicago Open once again. They were still very much alike. But there was a difference. One played in the under 1600 section. The other one played in the Open and had the title of a Grandmaster.
Have you ever wondered what makes this kind of difference?
It’s NOT that one person wants success more than others, possesses superhuman skills or insanely high IQ.
Not at all.
The core difference lies in chess understanding and strategic thinking. Correctly planning the game is the KEY element of success. It is one of the most important and difficult skills to possess.
This is also where 95% of club players struggle.
Often, they don’t know what to play and simply trust their gut. By having no concrete objective, they simply push-pieces and assume that things would work out… Chess players who base their play on assumptions get disappointed the most.
That’s not the way to go… Especially if you want to win games.
The best approach is to have a planned and well-calculated victory.
What this course is about?
Planning Masterclass with IM Mat Kolosovski gives you a clear blueprint for achieving a favorable position and turning it into a win. IM Kolosowski combines two decades of his own experienced with the wisdom of his coaches and some of the strongest players to deliver one of the most complete, and up to date courses on Planning.
The course is broken down into 3 parts and 20 chapters covering the 3 main elements of planning: weaknesses, pieces, and prophylaxis. IM Kolosowski provides you with a very powerful 3-step system that will help you find targets, do the planning and even significantly limit your opponent’s counter-play!
After finishing the course and practical sections you will be able to easily construct a sound plan and flawlessly follow up winning the game.
Planning Masterclass with IM Mat Kolosowski [10-hour course]
In this 20-lesson, 10-hour masterclass we are going to take your game planning skills to the next level. You will learn specific and very effective methods that professional chess players use to achieve a winning position.
Complete set of PGNs
Downloadable, complete set of PGNs of everything covered so that you can analyze it at your own pace and convenience. A must-have treasure chest for any serious player.
Access to Practicum
Train your “planning muscle” with a set of specifically designed tasks and challenges. The practical part is an important element of the course.
Applying the Theory [30-minutes]
Watch IM Koilosowski taking his games to positional route and demolishing his competition with ideas, principles, and plans demonstrated in the course. See the “planning system” in action! This extra video will help you see how everything works together!
Brief summary of the course [PDF]
The downloadable summary of the key points covered in the course for quick reference and review. Use it as a quick refresher after studying the course or print it and pin it on the wall.
- Part 1: Finding Weaknesses and Targets
- INTRO Introduction to the course
- CHAPTER 1 Weak Squares I
- CHAPTER 2 Weak Squares II
- CHAPTER 3 Weak Squares III
- CHAPTER 4 Weak Squares IV
- CHAPTER 5 Weak Squares V
- CHAPTER 6 Weaknesses – Transformations
- CHAPTER 7 Weaknesses – Pawns
- CHAPTER 8 Weaknesses – Pawn and King
- Part 2: Pieces and Maneuvering
- CHAPTER 9 Restricting Pieces I
- CHAPTER 10 Restricting Pieces II
- CHAPTER 11 Restricting Pieces III
- CHAPTER 12 Restricting Pieces IV
- CHAPTER 13 Exchanging Pieces
- CHAPTER 14 Piece Maneuvering I
- CHAPTER 15 Piece Maneuvering II
- CHAPTER 16 Piece Maneuvering III
- Part 3: Art of Prophylaxis
- CHAPTER 17 Introduction to Prophylaxis
- CHAPTER 18 Short-Term Prophylaxis
- CHAPTER 19 Prophylaxis in Complex Positions I
- CHAPTER 20 Prophylaxis in Complex Positions II
IM Mat Kolosowski (FIDE 2451)
Mat Kołosowski is an International Master from Poland. He is a multiple Polish youth championship medalists. In 2010 he took 5th place in European U-18 Championship. During the course of his chess career Mat won many international tournaments. Apart from being a player, he is also a chess coach who has experience in working with students from more than 20 countries. So far he helped a few of them in obtaining their own international titles. Mat has also performed live commentary of Polish and European Rapid and Blitz Championships.