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LEVEL 3 - ADVANCED COURSE

If you can hardly find anyone to beat you among your friends, then try your hand at this Course. You strength may reach 1800 Rating points or higher if you take it.

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1. ZUGZWANG

The saying goes that making a move is an advantage. But just ask those players who got in a zugzwang. In a what???

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2. BLOCKING

Block your opponent's pieces or even a part of the chessboard. We show you how.

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3. USING PINS

We already know that a pin is a dangerous weapon but only for those who master it. Will you be among them?

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4. USING DEFLECTIONS

We already know deflection as a tactical possibility. Let's see some really interesting examples from tournament practice.

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5. USING DECOYS

Direct your opponent's pieces through an invisible thread. You are eager to know how?

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6. DELIVERING DISCOVERED ATTACKS

After moving away a piece another piece may already attack. Try to make use of this unexpected advantage.

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7. DELIVERING DISCOVERED CHECK

Come and learn a very dangerous weapon when a piece gives check after moving away a another piece.

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8. THE X-RAY ATTACK

Can you see through the pieces? Well, this is true, in a way. Learn this special tactical motive.

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9. INCORRECT COMBINATIONS

Your opponent likes to make combinations but sometimes erroneously. You have to realise it, though...

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10. A KNIGHT AGAINST A BISHOP IN THE MIDDLEGAME

Is the bishop or the knight stronger in the middlegame? It is difficult to decide but you will get some help to do so.

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11. WINNING WITH ACTIVITY

Your pieces will be comfortable if they can move to several squares. They will show you their gratitude for this.

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12. OPPOSITE-COLORED BISHOPS IN THE MIDDLEGAME

They will not hurt each other, much rather your opponent's. Find out which piece is stronger in a position.

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13. INTUITIVE SACRIFICES

We sometimes just feel what the good move is. Listen to your instincts and make bold sacrifices.

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14. ADVANCED PLANNING

A good preparation is necessary for long plans. You can do some preparations here.

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15. HANGING PAWNS

This is not what is seems to be. It is only about two pawns left alone fighting shoulder to shoulder.

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16. ACTIVE DEFENSE, COUNTERPLAY

The best defense is attack. Take a look how this is true in chess.

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17. VARIATION CALCULATION 1

Good players calculate several moves in advance. Would you like to know how they do it?

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18. VARIATION CALCULATION 2

Learn further rules for choosing among the possible moves. This will not be so difficult, I promise.

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19. TAKING A RISK

You cannot win without taking some risks. The same is also true for chess.

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20. FIGHTING FOR THE INITIATIVE

It you take the initiative you are halfway to victory but you have to fight for this. Let's see how.

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21. DESTRUCTIVE SACRIFICES

Is a castle impenetrable? Not necessarily. Sacrifices act like a bomb sometimes.

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22. BREAKING THROUGH IN THE CENTER

Is the position stiffened? Do you have no plans at all? Try a breakthrough in the centre.

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23. THE MINORITY ATTACK

The saying goes that less is sometimes more. This is rarely true in chess but this is that rare case now.

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24. EXCHANGE SACRIFICES

The sacrifice of the exchange is a modern weapon, which is unexpected and often works well. Have a look at positions where it works.

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25. PAWN ENDGAMES - PAWN BREAK

Brave pawns may break through your opponent's defending wall even in the endgame. Still, do not rush forward, do it cleverly.

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26. PAWN ENDGAMES - RESERVE TEMPO

Always leave a reserve move for yourself. Several pawn endgames depend on this.

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27. PAWN ENDGAMES - DEFENSE

You may avoid some certain-looking defeats with a clever defense. Let's see some examples to this in pawn endgames.

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28. A KNIGHT AGAINST A BISHOP IN THE ENDGAME

The eternal opponents meet in the endgame now. Who will be the winner now?

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29. ROOK ENDGAMES - A ROOK AGAINST A PAWN 1

Do you think a rook can always win against a pawn? Well, it is not sure, you are right.

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30. ROOK ENDGAMES - A ROOK AGAINST A PAWN 2

Take a look at some further interesting endgame battles between David and Goliath.

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31. ROOK ENDGAMES - FRONTAL ASSAULT AND ACTIVITY

An interesting title. If you do not know what it means, you can learn it here. All I reveal is that you will not be disappointed.

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32. SIMPLIFYING THE POSITION

After simplifying the position you may win faster or take the wind out of your opponent’s attack. Let's see how.

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33. NEVER GIVE UP TOO EARLY

Resigning is very elegant but do not be so hasty. You will see why.

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34. SELECTED COMBINATIONS

Enjoy the beauties of chess, take a look at better and better combinations.

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35. CHESS COMPOSITIONS, STUDIES

Chess problems are the height of the game. I think you can also solve them now.

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36. ADVANCED COURSE - ACHIEVEMENT TEST

You have reached the final test. Do you think you will manage? It goes without saying.

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