Positional Sacrifices with GM Bryan Smith (Video Database - 8+ hours running time) 

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  • Example 1: Goldovsky – Smith  Closed
  • Example 2: Narayanan – Smith  Closed
  • Example 3: Kolos – Anoshin  Closed
  • Example 4: Smith – Atalik  Closed
  • Example 5: Smith – Rodriguez  Closed
  • Example 6: Gordievsky – Smith  Closed
  • Example 7: Rasmussen – Robson  Closed
  • Example 8: Kasparov – Shirov  Closed
  • Example 9: Botvinnik – Portisch  Closed
  • Example 10: Brunner – Istratescu  Closed
  • Example 11: Caruana – Vachier-Lagrave  Closed
  • Example 12: Alekhine – Saemisch  Closed
  • Example 13: Andersson – Timman  Closed
  • Example 14: Akopian – Grandelius  Closed
  • Example 15: Portisch – Petrosian  Closed
  • Example 16: Zagoriansky – Kasparian  Closed
  • Example 17: Penrose – Tal  Closed
  • Example 18: Tanenbaum – Smith  Closed
  • Example 19: Mamedyarov – Kramnik  Closed
  • Example 20: Taimanov – Karpov  Closed
  • Example 21: Sokolov – Kramnik  Closed
  • Example 22: Alekhine – Rubinstein  Closed
  • Example 23: Tomashevsky – Ponomariov  Closed
  • Example 24: Kramnik – Lanka  Closed
  • Example 25: Kramnik – Kasparov  Closed
  • Example 26: Pichuaga – Wojtkiewicz  Closed
  • Example 27: Topalov – Nakamura  Closed
  • Example 28: Guseinov – Smith  Closed
  • Example 29: Wang – Gupta  Closed
  • Example 30: Aseev – Morozevich  Closed
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    Positional Sacrifices – GM Bryan Smith



    Positional sacrifices are rarely seen at club level… but you find them everywhere in Grandmaster games.

    That should tell you a lot about high-level positional play. Club players value material above nearly everything. GMs value space, activity, and the quality of the pieces.

    In this groundbreaking 8-hour course, top American Grandmaster Bryan Smith details the many types of positional sacrifice, including how to tell when they will work and what to do afterwards to get that win.

    Unlike tactical sacrifices where you deliver checkmate or win back the material fairly quickly, positional sacrifices require an understanding of imbalances and positional play… the high-level skills that Bryan teaches in this course.

    GM Smith has hand-picked 31 lesser-known classics from luminaries such as Kasparov, Kramnik, Botvinnik, Tal, and Alekhine, each one revealing a new secret of positional play and sacrifices.

    Take your positional understanding to a whole new level with this masterclass on imbalances and dynamism.

    About the Author:

    Bryan Smith is an American Grandmaster and chess coach. GM Smith has won many international tournaments including Limpedea Cup (Romania), Citta di Erba (Italy), Easter International (Serbia), Philadelphia International, National Chess Congress, US Masters, etc.

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    GM Bryan Smith

    Grandmaster Bryan Smith grew up in Anchorage, Alaska, and currently lives in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Some of his accomplishments include first place in the 2008 National Chess Congress, 2009 National Chess Congress, 2010 Philadelphia International, and 2011 Limpedea Cup.


    How one simple (but far from obvious) pawn sacrifice paralyses White in the King’s Indian Defense, forcing their pieces to the back-rank and opening up lethal lines against the enemy king.

    Kasparov’s outpost masterclass. See how Kasparov crushed Shirov with this exchange sacrifice (diagram), making sure he keeps the d5 outpost for his knight. Bryan teaches you the technique Garry used to turn this edge into a spectacular victory.

    Ulf Andersson’s positional mastery. Swedish GM Ulf Andersson is a pioneer in positional play and most other GMs have studied his games. You get to see Ulf’s mastery in action with a memorable win over one of the best players in the world.

    Is this course for me?

    There’s something that masters regularly do but club players hardly ever do.

    There are a few correct responses but the absolute stand-out answer is “play positional sacrifices”.

    That is, giving up material without a good chance of checkmate or winning the material back in a few moves.

    Masters are willing to give up material because they know the time and space gained – or taken away from the opponent – increases the quality of their remaining pieces.

    And they know how to take advantage of that.

    GM Bryan Smith’s new 80/20 Tactics course teaches you the same skills.