Fortresses – What do you need to know?

“I don’t believe in fortresses.” – Magnus Carlsen
I understand Carlsen’s famous quote, not at face value, but rather as an understanding of chess’s nearly infinite possibilities. Carlsen himself has shown in a lot of his games and how seemingly easily drawn games can be won by finding hidden resources in the position.
Still, fortresses do exist in chess.
Even Carlsen himself has stumbled upon one or two in his career. Perhaps the costliest one was in the fourth game of the match with Karjakin, when in a relatively easily won position he allowed Karjakin to build one. Later in the match, the missed chances of an early lead could have cost Carlsen dearly.
In this article, I would like to take a look at one specific fortress that is quite typical of the symmetrical structure it can arise from.
These symmetrical structures are very common and can happen from many openings – the Queen’s Gambit Accepted, the Queen’s Gambit Declined, the Catalan, the Nimzo-Indian and probably some others too, either directly or by transposition to the above openings.
P.S. Instead of learning 5-6 different openings, why not learn a single opening system that you can use against whatever your opponent plays?
In this 6-hour course, IM Valeri Lilov uses his innovative approach based on understanding a very specific “beat sequences” and key plans to minimize preparation time.
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Download your mini-course on King and Pawn Endgames

Do you want to know a BIG secret about chess improvement?
Here it is…
By simply working on the final stage of the game you will see huge rating gains in the shortest time possible.
And the good news is… there is no need to spend years on memorizing the endgame manual. We teamed up with GM Bryan Smith to produce an all-around, comprehensive Endgame Mastermind.
This exclusive new course will be available for you starting Thursday, March 7, 8 a.m. EST.
But you can get started today with our free mini-course on King and Pawn Endings:
You are going to discover…
  • The rule of “disconnected pawns” – when can your pawns be advanced?
  • The advantage of doubled pawns in the endings – a key scheme to remember
  • Combining triangulation and opposition to win a tempo [GM technique]
  • “Blocking the king” concept for saving an otherwise lost endgame
  • Chessboard geometry – the principle of the “shortest” distance
  • The notion of space in the endgame – must-know ideas
  • How to use the “Trebuchet Setup” to win your endings

Don’t delay, get started right NOW:

Get your free mini-course now [Be quick, we’re only giving away 2,000 copies]


P.S. Don’t miss the launch of the course. Set your alarm at 8 am EST, on Thursday, March 7th
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Your free course on Calculation of Long Lines

Do you want to know the secret of rapid improvement at chess?
Work on your skill, not on accumulating knowledge.
Want to improve even faster? Work on essential skills.
The calculation is by far most important skill for any chess player. The ability to calculate positions is proportional to your overall chess strength.
Our goal is to help you become the best chess player you can be and that why we are releasing a new Calculation Mastermind with IM Kolosowski, revealing the 11 essential techniques for flawless calculation.
But before you get access on Thursday, January 17th, I want you to get started improving your calculation right now with our 40-minute mini-course:
You are going to discover…
  • The must know advanced calculation techniques that every Chess Master knows
  • A powerful shortcut for calculating long lines and variations [GMs and IMs do this all the time]
  • How to take your tactics to the next level by enhancing and polishing your calculation technique
  • Using a process of elimination to dramatically reduce your in-game calculation load
  • How to boost the effectiveness of your calculation by knowing exactly what and how to calculate [most club players get this one wrong]
Get your free mini-course now [Be quick, we’re only giving away 2,000 copies]

P.S. The full course will be available on Thursday, 8 a.m. EST.

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[Flash Sale] Grandmaster’s Thinking

Wouldn’t it feel great to finally experience the success first hand and watch your opponents slowly but surely struggle to save the position… a game-after-game? A tournament after tournament?
We’ve been all programmed to think that to get the RESULTS we need to work harder and put longer hours. That’s not true in chess!
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Tired of doing things that don’t work?
This course has a very different perspective on improving your game…
GM Davorin Kuljasevic shares the secrets of Grandmaster Thinking and reveals the exact step-by-step blueprint for making good moves quickly and nearly effortlessly!
It’s about to get so much EASIER to consistently outplay your regular opponents! I can’t wait to see you use the strategies we’ve developed in this course.
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P.S. I’m thrilled when I think what kind of results you will get from the Grandmaster’s Thinking. Time to get started!
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[FLASH SALE] Go from Amateur to Master with IM Valeri Lilov!

What does it really take to go from amateur to master level? IM Valeri Lilov knows. Not only has he made the journey himself, he has years of experience helping his students make the same progress.

IM Valeri Lilov drew on his wealth of coaching experience to create a 30-hour Master Method, From Amateur to Master – a complete training for people who don’t have time for private lessons.

And for the next 36 hours, you can get the full course with 60% off!

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So, what makes this course different from the rest? Whereas most chess courses focus on general improvement or specific topics, From Amateur to Master gives you a step-by-step program for reaching 2200 and beyond.

To reach master level, you need to improve both your theoretical chess and your practical chess. That is, what you know and how you apply it.

That’s why in this course Valeri Lilov combines nearly 100 lessons with the training secrets that helped him go from amateur to IM in just a few years (see chart).

Training secrets that turn knowledge into results.

Here’s a small taste of what you’re getting:

  • Develop your instinct for initiative. Initiative is nearly everything in chess but it can slip through your fingers if you’re not careful. Valeri reveals how Garry Kasparov keeps the pressure on with multiple “impossible moves”!
  • Your new love for the endgame. Once you’ve seen Valeri’s “#1 rule for endgames” in devastating action you’ll have to hide that smile as your rival offers a queen swap, blissfully unaware of what they’ve just walked into (chapter 17)!
  • A complete explanation of the favorite attacking methods of Fischer, Kasparov, Tal and Alekhine. Discover how to set up moves like Bobby’s 28.Be4!! (If you’re not winning spectacular games after this, it’s time to give up!)
  • The secret to Carlsen’s approach to chess. Essential for scoring consistent results at higher levels. IM Lilov explains how to bait your opponents into beating themselves!

30 hours of structured training designed to get you to Master level; the 62 game PGN, challenging practical tests plus the PDF course summary for easy reference.

Click here to get From Amateur to Master for 60% off – if you’re quick!

Damian Lemos – Chess Grandmaster,

P.S. This deal only lasts until tomorrow, Ioannis. If you believe in your potential, invest in the training that will change your chess career for life – Click Here to Grab Your Course Before You Forget!

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Pick your chess training – New Year Sale!

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The 4th Annual End of Year Super Sale is officially on!
It is time to take your chess off the ground and launch it towards the Master Level heights. Taking your game to the next level and adding 200-300 ELO has never been easier with an amazing line-up of powerful chess bundles and high-performance training courses!
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P.S. If you always wanted to get your hands on our top-of-the-line training materials now’s the time to get it. Our End of Year sale is here for you.
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[Free Course] IM Rozman Reveals the ONE Opening You’ll EVER Need!

There’s an opening system you can learn in a single weekend — that’ll mean you never need to study White openings again. 


And it adapts to your playing style… you might play it more violently than a bloodthirsty caveman, or you might play it quietly and peacefully like a Buddhist monk.

It’s up to YOU.

Are you an aggressive player, or more positional in nature?

Even better, it is a system, which means no memorization, no long lines of theory… instead it uses a few simple methods, some key structures and a handful of winning piece paths.

Curious? Grab your FREE training in this powerful opening system below.

Trompowsky Secrets! Mini-Course -

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What’s Inside?

  • 7 Simple Piece Paths For Knowing EXACTLY Where Your Pieces Belong! (diagram) What if in most positions you could intuitively find the best moves? No more time trouble, fewer bad positions, and blindingly quick blitz play!
  • How to Quickly Transition From a Positional Edge to Direct Confrontation with 2-3 Hammer-Blows! Ever wondered how to convert your nice outposts or better pawn structure into a terrifying kingside attack? The secret is inside.
  • The Sneaky Move Order Trick For Destroying His Pawn Structure! This tricky idea leads Black to play “natural” moves  — only to discover that he’s landed in a Queen’s Gambit, but ALSO nursing crippling pawn weaknesses. You will devastate opponents with this – especially if you’re positionally oriented!

And these are only a handful of the game-changing benefits this opening system can offer you, so I implore you to download this mini-course. I’m sure you’ll agree, this is the right opening for you!

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My friends … there are more important areas to study than openings — and this opening is all you’ll EVER need for White.

Trust me on this one.


P.S. This mini-course is from IM Rozman’s brand new Trompowsky course – want the whole course? Click here to get it for half price!

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Your free course on Pawn Weaknesses

have great news and prepared an awesome surprise for you!
We are finishing our newest Positional Chess MasterMind with GM Bryan Smith.
Chess is a calculable game, at least theoretically. And whoever calculates better, should win. However, at some point calculations break down. It is simply not possible to calculate everything. And this is where the real magical part of chess is: the intuitive understanding of positions.
Superior positional understanding allows outplaying those better prepared in the openings, tactics and even the endgames!

It is super important for any club player… and to help you get started I’m giving you a free mini-course on Pawn Weaknesses:

This is the position from the mini-course. White pieces are tied down to defend the weak c4-pawn. That makes it easy for black to execute a quick …g5! and relocate the knight to f4 turning the white’s positions into a nightmare!
You’ll discover:
  • Strong doubled pawns vs. weak doubled pawns – every player must know THIS!
  • The most important step for exploiting the doubled pawns weakness [that’s something club players never do]
  • The move you should never consider in the positions with pawn weaknesses
  • A typical pawn maneuver to shut down your opponent’s defensive possibilities
  • The “special type” of isolated queen’s pawn positions [and how to play those]
  • What is the pawn wedge and how to take advantage of it
  • And much more!
Grab your free mini-course on Pawn Weaknesses [we’re only giving away 2,000 copies, so be quick]
P.S. The full Positional Chess Mastermind will be available on Thursday 8 am EST.
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Black Friday starts now! 70% off our ENTIRE store! Give yourself the gift of chess!

1.  You can get your $10 store credit.

Use coupon BF10-JVMLEA at checkout to get $10 off anything!

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