Converting Advantages in Chess - Kostya Kavutskiy
“The hardest game to win is a won game.” - Emanuel Lasker, 2nd World Chess Champion.
Your position looks SO good. You love it.
Your pieces boldly take center stage, dominating the board while your opponent’s feeble peasants cower on the back rank…
...now all you’ve got to do is convert it.
But it’s not so easy.
Move by move your opponent pushes their pieces forward one square, defends, unravels their position…
...soon your beautiful advantage has gone.
You need a special set of skills to turn these edges into wins…
...skills that American IM Kostya Kavutskiy teaches in his brilliant new INC Turbo course, The Squeeze.
In this 3-hour course, you will be learning how to win with ideas like the principle of two weaknesses and exchanging key defenders…
...topics you may have heard about before, but here they’re actually explained in detail.
What works, what doesn’t, and why.
Is this course for me?
This chess course is about winning. Making sure your opponents don’t steal half a point (and some of your rating points) off you.
IM Kostya Kavutskiy teaches you how to convert your advantage - whether material, space, positional, or time - using methods proven at the highest level.
What you'll learn:
Class of its Own. Opposite-colored bishops are drawish - but not when there are other pieces on the board - then the attacking side dominates diagonals the defender can’t cover. Kostya teaches you the legendary bishop technique of world champions Smyslov and Karpov, and explains how this knowledge allowed Smyslov to transform this ordinary position (diagram) in just 9 moves.
- Principle of Two Weaknesses. Direct attacks are usually defended pretty easily. IM Kavutskiy shows you how to tie your opponent up with decoy attacks while you maneuver your pieces into their optimum positions. This gives you a focused attack versus scattered defense - and an easy win.
- Success Through Simplification. It’s not just a question of do you trade pieces or keep them on the board. You have to consider who ends up with the move, whose pieces are improved, what’s attacked, and much more. Wesley So found an ingenious way to win as White here (diagram) - and Kostya explains how you can find wins like this too.
We're really impressed with IM Kavutskiy’s first course for iChess and we think you will be too.
Instructive examples by some of the legends of the game, all clearly explained so you will know how to proceed when you get similar positions in your games.
Comes complete with the 23-game annotated PGN, PDF course summary, and test positions to see how much you’ve learned.