Part I: Annotated Chess Games

A serious plan of improvement should include the study of analyzed games. What games you study and how they are analyzed make a big difference.

In 144 annotated games, 12 games per month for one year, we teach Practical Strategy from opening to endgame. You will learn in a most enjoyable way. We give only the necessary variations, but we offer extensive explanations from a strategic viewpoint.

Monthly chess games plan

Our course is divided in 12 months of study, or into 12 modules. Every month you receive 12 annotated games.

  • Month 1: players rated 1600 against players rated 1800
  • Months 2 and 3: players rated 1800 against players rated 2000
  • Months 4 and 5: players rated 2000 against players rated 2200
  • Months 6 and 7: players rated 2200 against players rated 2400
  • Month 8: players rated 2400 against players rated 2600
  • Month 9: how top grandmasters (>2750) win against 2600-level grandmasters
  • Month 10-12: the evolution of elite grandmasters from the beginning of their career up to the top:
    • 1. Sergei Karjakin,
    • 2. Magnus Carlsen, and
    • 3. Levon Aronian.
    You will learn how these top-players improved their chess to what they are today.

Chess is played and understood differently at every level. Progressing through the levels lets you learn gradually and progress from simple strategies to very subtle plans and ideas. Because the level of the players is also different, you can learn from the differences in how they approach a position, how they succeed (or fail) to apply their knowledge, the common mistakes of every level, and how a weaker player should confront the stronger player. The game annotations will give you lots of practical advice so that you experience the game and the post-game analysis. You will effectively gain PLAYING EXPERIENCE.

Annotated games or Lessons? Both!

There are no short games, only real fights, instructive in all phases of the game. Every game is analyzed comprehensively in 8-10 pages at all the important moments, often move by move. Most of the analyses constitute chess lessons on their own and we explain strategy from the opening to the endgame.

Practical chess advices

In these games, we identify hundreds of typical situations - situations you are very likely to meet in your own games. We offer special comments on these moments, so you will be able to make the best practical decision in your games. You will see that this kind of situations including psychological issues can be a very important part of the game of chess. Practice was formerly the only method to help you gain experience, but with our Practice Chess Course, you can gain experience without losing important points.

Studying these long games will also greatly increase your endurance, and this is a decisive factor between relatively equal players.

Positional Exercises

Every annotated game has diagrams at key moments in the game. These are well chosen moments where you should try to solve the position by yourself. Evaluate the positional factors, discover the plans for both sides and think what your move would be. These diagrams are all excellent positional exercises! In total, there are more than 600 positional exercises for you to solve. Once you find a move yourself, compare our solution and analysis with yours.