Masterclass - Improve Your Defence 

PGN Download Interactive Tests Video Content


Content  (68 Articles)

Introduction and Free Preview  Free
  • Defensive Strategies in the Endgame - Video Lecture  Closed
  • Defensive Strategies in the Endgame - Model Game 1  Closed
  • Defensive Strategies in the Endgame - Model Game 2  Closed
  • Defensive Strategies in the Endgame - Model Game 3  Closed
  • Defensive Strategies in the Endgame - Model Game 4  Closed
  • Defensive Strategies in the Endgame - Model Game 5  Closed
  • Defensive Strategies in the Endgame - Model Game 6  Closed
  • Defensive Strategies in the Endgame - Model Game 7  Closed
  • Defensive Strategies in the Endgame - Model Game 8  Closed
  • Defensive Strategies in the Endgame - Model Game 9  Closed
  • Defensive Strategies in the Endgame - Model Game 10  Closed
  • Defensive Strategies in the Endgame - Model Game 11  Closed
  • Defensive Strategies in the Endgame - Model Game 12  Closed
  • Prophylactic Thinking and Elimination - Video Lecture  Closed
  • Prophylactic Thinking and Elimination - Introduction  Closed
  • Prophylactic Thinking and Elimination - Model Game 1  Closed
  • Prophylactic Thinking and Elimination - Model Game 2  Closed
  • Prophylactic Thinking and Elimination - Model Game 3  Closed
  • Prophylactic Thinking and Elimination - Model Game 4  Closed
  • Prophylactic Thinking and Elimination - Model Game 5  Closed
  • Prophylactic Thinking and Elimination - Model Game 6  Closed
  • Prophylactic Thinking and Elimination - Model Game 7  Closed
  • Prophylactic Thinking and Elimination - Model Game 8  Closed
  • Prophylactic Thinking and Elimination - Elimination Method  Closed
  • Prophylactic Thinking and Elimination - Model Game 9  Closed
  • Prophylactic Thinking and Elimination - Model Game 10  Closed
  • Prophylactic Thinking and Elimination - Model Game 11  Closed
  • Prophylactic Thinking and Elimination - Model Game 12  Closed
  • Prophylactic Thinking and Elimination - Model Game 13  Closed
  • Prophylactic Thinking and Elimination - Model Game 14  Closed
  • Prophylactic Thinking and Elimination - Model Game 15  Closed
  • Prophylactic Thinking and Elimination - Model Game 16  Closed
  • Prophylactic Thinking and Elimination - Test Positions  Closed
  • Test Position 1 - Solution  Closed
  • Test Position 2 - Solution  Closed
  • Test Position 3 - Solution  Closed
  • Test Position 4 - Solution  Closed
  • Test Position 5 - Solution  Closed
  • Test Position 6 - Solution  Closed
  • Test Position 7 - Solution  Closed
  • Test Position 8 - Solution  Closed
  • Test Position 9 - Solution  Closed
  • Test Position 10 - Solution  Closed
  • Test Position 11 - Solution  Closed
  • Test Position 12 - Solution  Closed
  • Test Position 13 - Solution  Closed
  • Test Position 14 - Solution  Closed
  • Test Position 15 - Solution  Closed
  • Active or Passive Defence - Video Lecture  Closed
  • Active or Passive Defence - Model Game 1  Closed
  • Active or Passive Defence - Model Game 2  Closed
  • Active or Passive Defence - Model Game 3  Closed
  • Active or Passive Defence - Model Game 4  Closed
  • Active or Passive Defence - Model Game 5  Closed
  • Active or Passive Defence - Model Game 6  Closed
  • Active or Passive Defence - Model Game 7  Closed
  • Active or Passive Defence - Model Game 8  Closed
  • Active or Passive Defence - Model Game 9  Closed
  • Active or Passive Defence - Model Game 10  Closed
  • Active or Passive Defence - Model Game 11  Closed
  • Active or Passive Defence - Model Game 12  Closed
  • Practical Application - Video Lecture  Closed
  • Practical Application - Example 1  Closed
  • Practical Application - Example 2  Closed
  • Practical Application - Example 3  Closed
  • Practical Application - Example 4  Closed
  • Practical Application - Example 5  Closed
  • 49.00 EUR






    Masterclass - Improve Your Defence

    Introduction and Free Preview

    The masterclass dedicated to the defence is already a digital product. This product includes all the videos from the masterclass as well as the PGN file related to the training sessions. Overall, the material consists of approximately 5 hours of video and a PGN database which includes 77 files!

    You will find the following lectures:

    Defensive Strategies in the Endgame - GM Petar Arnaudov 

    Prophylactic Thinking and Elimination in Difficult Positions - GM Grigor Grigorov

    Active or Passive Defence - Modern Tendencies - GM Davorin Kuljasevic

    Practical Application - GM Petar Arnaudov and GM Grigor Grigorov

    In this article, we will briefly present some interesting moments taken from the lectures.

    Defensive Strategies in the Endgame - GM Petar Arnaudov

    In this lecture, GM Petar Arnaudov deals with the most important defensive strategies in the endgame. He presents 6 must-know defensive concepts:

    1. Activation of the pieces

    2. Activation of the king

    3. Building a Fortress

    4. Sacrifice material to simplify in a theoretical draw

    5. Transposing to theoretically lost positions but with practical chances

    6. Simplification by means of pawn exchanges

    The PGN version of the lecture includes 12 extensively annotated model games

    You shall take the chance to think over one of the discussed positions.

    img_7550892403_d0c02daa06

    How should Black defend in this position?

    Prophylactic Thinking and Elimination in Difficult Positions - GM Grigor Grigorov

    In this lecture, GM Grigor Grigorov examines two of the most important defensive strategies - prophylactic thinking and elimination. 

    In the introduction to the PGN version of the lecture, he states:

    These two approaches (prophylactic thinking and elimination) often work together. In order to find the best defence by using the elimination method, you need to understand why the alternative defences wouldn't work. Therefore, you should put yourself in the shoes of your opponent by applying prophylactic thinking. In the first part of the lecture, however, we are going to examine the prophylactic thinking in a broader way. At this height, our task will be to feel and prevent danger before it happens. In order to achieve that, one needs to constantly track the dynamic and static tendencies in the position. In general, whenever you see that some positive evolution of the position of your opponent is possible (his next few moves are clear), you should be on alert. If you cannot create your own play, the prevention (prophylaxis) remains the best strategy.

    The article consists of 16 model games and 15 test positions. Bellow, you shall take a look at one of the model games.

    Active or Passive Defence - Modern Tendencies - GM Davorin Kuljasevic

    Very often, in a difficult position, we should decide whether to opt for passive or active defence. In many cases, there is no 100% correct choice and everything depends on psychological and practical factors.

    Nevertheless, after studying this lecture by GM Kuljasevic, you might be convinced that more often than not the active defence should be preferred. Even though the choice of the correct defensive strategy remains complex, GM Kuljasevic provides important guidelines which will make your task easier.

    The lecture consists of 12 extensively annotated model games. Here is one of them:

    Practical Application - GM Petar Arnaudov and GM Grigor Grigorov

    In this session, GM Grigorov and GM Arnaudov discuss 5 training positions which are designed to test your understanding of the key defensive concepts. When watching this lecture, you just need to pause the video on each of the test positions and think on your own. Later, you can compare your analysis with the explanations.

    You can try to solve one of the positions.

    img_8059663423_0f554c39eb

    How should Black defend?