How to study the classics (DVD)

Chess education is based on examples of great players of the past. Most of the typical methods of attack, analogous plans and correct ways of conducting different endgames happened for the first time in their games. On the basis of these games, numerous books have been written about endgame subjects and endgame technique. Even concerning openings, the great Alexander Alekhine said that theory is simply the practice of the masters!
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Naturally every developing player has to study these examples, as he will face similar positions and problems in his practice. The more a player knows of these positions, the more frequently he will be able to apply the necessary ideas in the correct way. Of course, there are many basic positions in endgames and precise variations in the openings, which have to be remembered by heart. But the greatest part of endgame and middlegame play consists of knowledge of typical plans and typical tactical motifs, which can be used for different purposes. To help you attack the opponent’s king or simply to help you implement plans faster and more effectively. Every young player has to study them and that is possible just from the games of the great players. Vladimir Kramnik once said that at the moment when he decided to fight for the World Championship, he spent one year just analysing all the matches of the WCh. In general, we have to study the classics in two ways: 1) As we explained, in the books on the endgame and the middlegame. Different important subjects are studied from the selected games of the greats. 2) Every top player had his or her own speciality. Like Rubinstein was the greatest master of the ‘exchange technique’, Botvinnik was master of ‘centralisation’ and Alekhine was the greatest player in developing an opening initiative. For each of them there are extraordinarily instructive examples in which they employed their own favourite methods. Another problem exists – in the chess world we don’t have many good books on the middlegame and for this reason young players have problems knowing how to study the classics. Different tactical methods do exist and for these subjects we have plenty of good literature. We will present a few examples showing how the same tactical methods were developed by the top players and how more complicated it became over the years. The same situation is true of the development of typical plans in classical structures.

• Video running time: More than 5 hours (English)
• With interactive training including video feedback
• Extra: Database with more Classics




  1. Introduction
  2. How to use the classics in your own games
  3. Game 1: Mikhalshichin - Bronstein, 1980
  4. Game 2: Olafsson - Fischer, 1958
  5. Game 3: Mikhalchishin - Beliavsky, 1981
  6. Game 4 and 5: Vidmar - Tarrasch, 1906 and Mikhalchishin - Lalic, 1985
  7. Strategic handling of manoeuvres
  8. Flank attack
  9. Dynamic counter attack in classical openings
  10. Sacrifice on e6 in the Sicilian
  11. Sacrifice on b5 in the Sicilian
  12. The rook transfer
  13. Strategic handling of typical pawn structures
  14. Attacking in the King's Indian
  15. Preventive strategy in development
  16. The knight on e5
  17. Central strategy with a pawn on d5 Part 1
  18. Central strategy with a pawn on d5 Part 2
  19. Opening the centre in Maroczy structures Part 1
  20. Opening the centre in Maroczy structures Part 2
  21. Miscellaneous
  22. Endings with the bishop pair
  23. Changing the central structure Part 1
  24. Changing the central structure Part 2
  25. Changing the central structure Part 3
  26. Changing the central structure Part 4
  27. Changing the central structure Part 5
  28. Exploitation of weak squares Part 1
  29. Exploitation of weak squares Part 2
  30. Modern Attack in the French Defence Part 1
  31. Modern Attack in the French Defence Part 2
  32. Exercises 1-10
  33. Exercise 01
  34. Exercise 02
  35. Exercise 03
  36. Exercise 04
  37. Exercise 05
  38. Exercise 06
  39. Exercise 07
  40. Exercise 08
  41. Exercise 09
  42. Exercise 10
  43. Exercises 11-20
  44. Exercise 11
  45. Exercise 12
  46. Exercise 13
  47. Exercise 14
  48. Exercise 15
  49. Exercise 16
  50. Exercise 17
  51. Exercise 18
  52. Exercise 19
  53. Exercise 20
  54. Exercises 21-31
  55. Exercise 21
  56. Exercise 22
  57. Exercise 23
  58. Exercise 24
  59. Exercise 25
  60. Exercise 26
  61. Exercise 27
  62. Exercise 28
  63. Exercise 29
  64. Exercise 30
  65. Exercise 31
  66. Bonus
  67. Analysis
  68. More Classics
  69. Exercises

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Autor Adrian Mikhalchishin
Datum vydání 2021