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Take a look at this video where IM Eli Paehtz warns about the danger of trying too hard to surprise your opponent. Her course, the Paehtz Method, is one of the 50 Hidden Gems we’ve collected.
Estimated reading time: 11 minutes
How Do You Get Better at Chess Openings?
The quickest and easiest way is to focus on understanding the typical strategies and tactics of your chosen opening.
Choosing openings without a heavy theoretical workload helps a lot.
The Sicilian Rossolimo 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 is a dangerous attacking system for White that’s easy to understand and play.
White immediately disrupts Black’s plans and puts him under pressure at the start of the game.
However, the move 3.Bb5 can be a deadly weapon even without the knight on c6!
There is much more to 3.Bb5 than simply wanting to take Black out of theory. White has many dangerous attacking themes, all based on attacking the Black’s king.
You will never win a chess game without attacking! Why not choose athat allows you to attack early?
The more you practice playing attacking chess, the sooner you learn how to get the most out of all your pieces. This is an invaluable skill you can use with either color.
After 3…d6 4.0-0 Bd7 5.Re1 black will usually play either …Nf6 or …a6.
If Black chooses …a6, the key moves to remember are capture on c6 and strike back in the center with d4 after Black captures on d4 recapture with the.
This gives you well-centralized pieces.
The rook defends the e-pawn and is lined up against the king. Your queen can’t be easily harassed by Black’s pieces.
When Black recaptures on c6 with …Bxc6, you threaten to capture theif you can play exd5 with a check.
White has a lead in development, but this is a dynamic advantage, so you must open up lines fast!
A Lead In Development Is the Classic Use It or Lose It Advantage!
When you face a player who usually plays the Sicilian Dragon, the move …g6 will most likely be his choice over …e6. Remember, we have our rook on e1, which pins the e6-pawn.
The is no blackon c6 to control d4 or e5. This means nothing is stopping White from playing e5 to open the e-file.
…dxe5 Qxe5 creates an immediate threat of capturing the knight on f6 since the e-pawn is pinned. Any attempt to defend the knight with …Bg7 is well met with the deflecting Bh6!
By playing simple developing moves, White poses many challenging problems for Black. Nc3 creates an additional threat of playing Nd5 even if Black plays …e6.
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Take a look at the next model game annotated by IM Lawrence Trent from his 80/20 Tactics Multiplier Course: The Bb5for White. A dangerous weapon to help you in getting better at chess.
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How Do You Get Better at Chess Middlegames?
Learning from top chess players who have coached others ensures your training will focus on the essential middlegame skills.
There are many great middlegame courses among the 50 Hidden Gems offered at a mind-boggling 80% discount!
One of the most popular is the Naroditsky Method 2 by child prodigy and chess grandmaster Daniel Naroditsky.
These words by Vasily Smyslov are still valid today. Fortunately, the Naroditsky Method will teach you the skills needed to overcome your personal obstacles and get better at chess.
Although many of the subjects covered might surprise you, they will help you become a better player.
There are also lessons on the more conventional aspects of the middlegame likestructure, calculation, time pressure, piece placement, and tactics. Essential knowledge you need to get better at chess.
This course stands out because it helps you learn how to react appropriately when you make a mistake. Learn how to avoid being one of those players who often follow-up one mistake with a second.
Even the top players make mistakes, so learning how to deal with errors can only help you improve.
GM Naroditsky will also teach you how to avoid going with the flow and ending up losing the game without putting up a fight. When your position is terrible, you need to shake things up.
Unless you cultivate this habit, it’s easy to resign yourself to defeat and overlook chances to complicate the position.
Going with the flow can be counter-productive to getting better at chess.
Even better would be to look for the chance to shake things up before finding yourself in a bad position.
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How Do You Get Better at Chess Endgames?
The only area other than the endgame that might be more neglected by a lot of chess players in the transition phase.
There are two transition phases in chess:
- Opening to middlegame transitions, and
- Middlegame to endgame transitions.
Unless you have studiedwell enough to know how to win them, it makes little sense to rush into them. Why transition to a game phase where there isn’t much time to recover from a mistake?
There is an adage in blitz chess that you only need to play as fast as your opponent. In the endgame, you only need to play it better than your opponent.
Because it is the most neglected part of most chess players’ study routine, this means it doesn’t take much to give you the edge.
There are a few courses among the 50 Hidden Gems that include endgame training. Two of them are part of the Endgame Renaissance Series and cover endgame techniques and transitioning to the endgame.
GM Bryan Smith has many years of coaching and is a presenter of many popular chess training courses aimed at helping you get better at chess. Including the 6-hour endgame Renaissance course on transitioning from the middlegame to the endgame.
More Than Just Transitioning
Although the main focus is on transitioning, there is a lot of practical endgame wisdom included in helping you get better at chess endgames. Use the endgame positions in this course as the start to your endgame adventure.
Make a note of these typical endgames and master them. Then expand your knowledge of endgames with a course on the essential endgame techniques.
The 6-hour “Middlegame to Endgame Transition Mastery” can be yours for only $9.95!
In the following video, GM Bryan Smith discusses transitions using the game between himself and Kelley.
Don’t forget there are courses among the 50 Hidden Gems to help you improve all aspects of your chess game.
For example, Atalik’s All-Around Guide for Club Players covers, bishop, knight, queen, and pawn endings along with essential and middlegame techniques.
There is no avoiding the fact getting better at chess comes down to how much you are willing to work on your game.
Nothing can take the place of hard work, but this doesn’t mean you need to give yourself more work to do. Chess training courses can help you create a system that allows for maximum improvement with the minimum amount of work.
Once you’ve decided to do the work, it makes perfect sense to choose the best tools, the best training, and the best price!
Our selection of 50 Hidden Gems not only combines chess training second-to-none in terms of quality, but they save you a ton of money too!
Please let us know in the comments section if one of our 50 Hidden Gems joins your selection of favorite chess training courses. Don’t hesitate to contact our staff if you have questions about any of these gems.
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