Strategy Step by Step
Making the right strategic decisions belongs to the most difficult tasks at the chessboard. Tactical abilities and variation calculation can be improved by regularly solving combination tasks, endgame strength increased by learning the elementary positions. But how can one enhance one's strategic understanding and methodical play?
For the present video course "Strategy - Step by Step", Rustam has carefully selected games from his own practice which are dominated by positional and strategic considerations, clarifying in extensive annotations which thoughts the decisions of the grandmasters are based upon. He shows how the game plan is made already in the first moves of the opening and then - in the ideal case - purposefully continued step by step in the middlegame. Doing this, Kasimdzhanov not only explains what makes particular moves so strong, but also why other continuations are insufficient - in fascinating simplicity.
At the end of this entertaining and practically relevant course, you will be familiar with many positional elements like e.g. open lines, strong and weak squares, pawn chains, isolated pawns, space advantage, pawn majorities, hanging pawns etc., making you ready to use them for your own play.Video running time: 3:54 min.
Rustam Kasimdzhanov . Born in 1979, the grandmaster from Uzbekistan has for many years been known as a very strong and imaginative player. However in 2004 Rustam Kasimdzhanov shocked the chess world by winning the FIDE world chess championship title, beating a string of world-class players like Ivanchuk, Grischuk, Topalov and Adams in the process.