Learn Chess Strategies that Grandmasters Use

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In this video lesson, GM Igor Smirnov shares with you the right way to define your middlegame strategy, i.e. how you can find the right plan in the middlegame so that you know exactly what you should do, how you should develop your attack, and eventually win more games.

In this lesson, he shows you a game played between Evgeny Postny and Gleb Kaganskiy; and they played the Sicilian Sveshnikov, in which the Boleslavsky Pawn Structure arises. Smirnov explains how White came up with a solid middlegame plan when this pawn structure came up in the opening, which relates to the topic of the new course by Igor Smirnov “Boleslavsky Pawn Structures” – it’s not just about the opening, but the general understanding of the game.

What is the Boleslavsky Pawn Structure?

The Boleslavsky Hole, named after the soviet Grandmaster Isaac Boleslavsky, is one of the common pawn structures in chess – it usually arises in the Sveshnikov Variation of the Sicilian Defense after Black moves his pawn to e5, thereby creating a hole on the d5-square. Thus the name ‘Boleslavsky Hole’. The pawn structure that arises in this series of moves is usually called the Boleslavsky Pawn Structure.

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  1. Brilliant chess lesson ever. I have been searching for lessons to create a good plan in middle game.

  2. really nice. and useful tips from whole game. Thanks

  3. Awesome to see that Igor is the presenter of this new course. Great video thanks for making it!

  4. Nice analysis on the middle game. Your videos are always amazing

  5. first time i heard this lecture about a bad and a good bishop ,how important is a pawn structure and about when , where and how to attack . Thank you very much sir for sharing in what you have in chess surely God will bless you in return.

  6. Very helpful to a guy like me cant afford enroll n pay tuition fees master,tnx a lot,god bless

  7. All videos are very instructive n surely can learn something very useful

  8. I'm playing sveshnikov what does this course tell?

  9. 1. Bxf4 (opens the e-file) exf4?? (blunder) 2. Qe8+ (check) Rxe8 (only move) 3. Rxe8+ (check) Bf8 [it goes back to its original square (and it is the only move)] 4. Rxf8# (bang!!!)

  10. Awesome instruction… very well done 11 out 0f ten great job Bolleslawsky

  11. Thank you GM. I play sveshnikov as my main black opening and this variation is very popular.

    My intended player identity is accumulating static advantages when possible so I would usually actually prefer the white side of this position.

    I intentionally play dynamically specifically as black 1. e4 c5 to keep my game universal and my comfort level in dynamic positions high but overall I would rather play safely and win the endgame.

  12. What's your opinion, does playing against the computer (advanced version) help develop strategies. Please do let me know.

  13. Wait what? Because white's c-pawn has no counterpart on the c-file, white is stronger on that side? I never heard of that strategic concept before? Any sources for this?

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