Positional Chess Mastery
The majority of club players love sharp tactical play and neat opening lines but hate positional chess. Indeed, tactics are beautiful and exciting, while positional chess is… BORING.
That’s only true if you don’t understand positional chess.
Positional understanding is like a Swiss Army knife to a chess player.
It helps you to get ahead of a much better theoretically prepared or tactically proficient opponent. If you feel STUCK, positional understanding suggests you the right moves. It helps you deal with most opening situations even if you don’t know the theory. It can even show you the right way to finish off the endgame.
Positional understanding is a universal weapon you can use in all stages of the game!
Learning positional chess doesn’t have to be hard, tedious or boring…
In this 7-hour course, FIDE Trainer and Olympiad Coach GM Marian Petrov cover 15 positional themes every chess player must know.
GM Petrov’s takes a very different perspective on improving your positional understanding. Instead of taking a usual route of learning “moves” and “lines”, he teaches “positions” and “patterns”.
This approach is proven to work for many of GM Petrov’s private students. It gives you a clear understanding of when to attack, defend or go into an endgame. This kind of thinking is the key difference between 1400 and 2500 rated players.
This course is a purely practical guide covering the ideas, secrets, and strategies that you can directly apply in your next game.
What will this course do for you?
Rules of positional chess will help you make correct decisions, provide you with hints and pointers throughout the game. You will know whether to commit to a certain pawn structure, exchange off your pieces or go into the endgame.
You will feel in control of what’s going on in the game. Things won’t appear random to you. You will know how to change the nature of the position from calm to sharp and vise versa – depending on what’s best for you.
Most importantly your results will become better. You’ll surprise your competition with your ability to foresee the winning sequences with almost zero calculation!
Positional Chess Mastery with GM Petrov – video course [7 hours]
In this 7-hour course, FIDE Trainer and Olympiad Coach GM Marian Petrov cover 15 positional themes every chess player must know. This course is a purely practical guide covering the ideas, secrets, and strategies that you can directly apply in your next game.
Access to Practicum
Train the important endgame skills and motifs with a set of specifically designed tasks and challenges. The practical part is an important element of the course.
Complete set of PGNs + ChessBase Files
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. ChessBase database files are included as well
Extra Training Tasks [PDF]
Advanced training tasks are taken directly from the video course’s games. Learn from the ideas and strategies of players like Korchnoi, Smyslov, and Karpov. After solving those problems you will get one step closer to positional mastery!
- INTRO Introduction to Positional Chess Mastery
- CHAPTER 1 Attacking the king
- CHAPTER 2 Open file
- CHAPTER 3 Semi-open file
- CHAPTER 4 Opening repertoire for black
- CHAPTER 5 Opening repertoire for white
- CHAPTER 6 Isolated pawn
- CHAPTER 7 Hanging pawns
- CHAPTER 8 Doubled pawns
- CHAPTER 9 Backward pawns
- CHAPTER 10 Counterplay
- CHAPTER 11 Bishop pair
- CHAPTER 12 Good and a bad bishop
- CHAPTER 13 How to beat top-seeded I
- CHAPTER 14 How to beat top-seeded II
- CONCLUSION To sum up
GM Marian Petrov (FIDE 2537)
is an accomplished professional chess coach, theorist, and Bulgarian champion for 2002 and 2017, as well as winner of many open tournaments around the world. Also a FIDE trainer and coach of the team of Wales at the last Olympiad in Baku in 2016. He graduated from the National Sports Academy in Sofia, Bulgaria with a Bachelor’s degree in Chess Pedagogy, a four-year undergraduate program designed to prepare top-level chess trainers.