Learning how to make the right strategic decisions is a vital part of the game but one that it is hard to develop for the amateur player. Tactical skills and the art of calculation can be improved by regular practice, standard endgame position can be memorized. But how can one enhance strategic understanding and methodical play? In the video course "Strategy - Step by Step", Rustam has carefully selected games from his own practice which were dominated by positional and strategic themes. The author illustrates these with extensive explanation that will clarify in your mind how grandmasters make decisions.
He shows how the game plan is determined at an early stage and then, ideally, pursued in the middlegame. While doing this Kasimdzhanov not only explains with fascinating simplicity what makes particular moves so strong, but also why other continuations are insufficient. At the end of this entertaining course you will be familiar with many positional elements such as; open lines, strong and weak squares, pawn chains, isolated pawns, space advantages, pawn majorities, hanging pawns etc and you will be ready to use this knowledge in your own games.
Rustam Kasimdzhanov: Born in 1979 in Uzbekistan. For many years he was known merely as a very strong and imaginative player until in 2004 he shocked the chess world by winning the FIDE world chess championship title, beating a string of world-class players including Ivanchuk, Grischuk, Topalov and Adams in the process. He is now firmly established in the world's elite.
- Video running time: 3 hours 54 minutes.