How to Think in Chess 🤔 with GingerGM Simon Williams!! [Master Method]

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welcome to Waverly abbey ruins and also

to my course the second master method

now I'm hoping you've brought the first

master method and this course is really

an extension of that and I've put in

everything else I can think of that will

help you improve your game to maximum

level are you the kind of player who's

been stuck in a rut kind of player who's

not really improving as much as you

hoped if that is the case then this

course is the right course for you

because this is aimed at revolutionising

your game so we're gonna discuss how you

can have a better tactical player and

we're gonna look at your openings your

middle games and try I'm going to

suggest a whole new repertoire for you

based on e4 French defense and English

defense but we're really concentrating

on the middle game positions and kind of

what your plans are that's the first

part of the course anyway I'll be honest

to start with I was just gonna make this

a tactical calculation course but then I

wasn't particularly happy with the way

things are going cuz I thought right

well it's all fair enough just

concentrating on how to calculate but

then when you go to know how to count

lean when are you going to know when the

critical position is and I thought I

need to include some opening ideas I

need to include your plan so the middle

game because then when you get out of

the opening you're gonna know hopefully

precisely what to do you're gonna know

the moves you should be playing the

plans you should be playing you're going

to know how to attack and we're going to

look at how to calculate better so it's

taking me over 100 hours to create this

course and a lifetime of experience so

it really has been a massive mission and

I hope that something that knowledge

I've done here is going to help you

improve your game and I honestly do want

you to get better after viewing this



welcome to the first chapter now to set

the foundation of this course I want to

try to get over one of the sort of main

hurdles a lot of you might be

encountering and that is really getting

you to think in the right way because I

come across so many people who have

learned bad habits

they've learnt to look at the game in a

bad way and if you base your future

developments on bad understanding and

bad methods you're not going to ever

improve past a certain moment so you

need to really get the basics done first

so there's a major difference to treat

away like amateur players and

professional players Fink obviously

that's why they're professional it's

wider amateurs but we're going to talk

about that in this first thing and I

just want to encourage you throughout

this course to remember how you should

be thinking how you should really be

looking at the game I mean it's like you

know if you learn to drive a car with

incredibly bad habits then you'd never

pass your test because these habits will

come back even though the car may drive

okay you'd always be putting something

in danger the car in danger the passages

in the car and we want to drive this

course of learning a lovely way so we've

got to and do things in the right way

now things to bear in mind here is this

course is based on you playing

aggressively this in my eyes is the best

way to play and we're gonna bear that in

mind throughout the course no negative

thinking positive aggressive thinking

and we're going to look at the

differences in the way the amateurs and

professionals do think how grandmasters

think compared to lower rated players

I'm going to use some of my own games so

this is when I was low rated and the

things I did wrong

I'm gonna try to get you to learn from

this so let's let's dive into the chest

now welcome to the second ginger method

hopefully you're ready to revolutionize

your chest

that is one of the main aims of this

course and really I think the first

course went very well to me a lot of a

parents do and hopefully you've got that

the first ginger method but what I've

done here is really taken things to

another level now let me give you a

quick overview of what you're gonna find

within your purchase hopefully a good

purchase I don't want any complaints but

oh you know I'm pretty sure there won't

be well what I've done with this 15 hour

course or a little bit above is trying

to try to solve a problem which i think

is one of the most common problems I'm

asked as a Grand Master from from

players who are maybe struggling you

know around the 1600 mark 2,000 mark

around round there and that is they get

stuck in a rut they get stuck in a

situation where it's very hard to you

know improve to get any better and they

thought they just find it very hard to

you know improve their rating become a

better player to to take that next step

now in my first method course I gave you

some nice outlines I think of how you

can improve and I'm sure that will help

you a lot but this is really now

building upon my first course and try to

spoon-feed things as much as I can what

I mean by spoon-feed in this in this

course I'm going to give you a whole new

repertoire so this should give you the

energy to play in a different way it

should give you the energy to transform

your game and the energy to really just

feel like you want to get at the board

and give it another go which you need

when you're playing and I'm gonna give

you a whole repertoire as whites and

there's black I'm not going to go too

technically into the theoretical aspects

because that's I said in my first method

the first ginger method I think it's

more important to know the ideas and

what I'm gonna do is really concentrate

on the ideas that you need to know in

the openings you're gonna play to become


natural middle gameplayer and natural

natural attacking player that's the

other thing I've done it I want you to

become a good attacking player why

attacking because it's exciting it's fun

it's it's really you know if you don't

if you're not an attacking player you've

got to try it it's what I know best and

it puts most pressure on your opponent

and you can't go wrong by playing

aggressively so I'm also concentrating

very heavily on tactics how to find the

best move in a position how to think in

the right way so when you're when you

enter into a complicated position when

when is that complicated position when

should you start thinking lot of people

don't realize that you know at certain

points in the game it just brushes over

them you know the critical moment I'm in

this course I'm going to tell you right

you need to start thinking how do you

gauge that timing how did you get that

alarm bell it's like right okay critical

position how do you help yourself find

the right moose and the right

continuations how do you go about

calculating the right way

how can you clarify your tactics become

a better tactical player a better

positional player but mainly tactical

player this is what we're doing tactics

and tacking chess with a new repertoire

okay well enough of the little

introduction and I've broken down you

know let's just give you an outlay of

what these 15 chapters are okay well I

broke it down in two ways which I think

will be most useful - this is a big plan

but I've got stored here and it's being

very difficult for me to arrange it in

the right way but what I have done I

broke it down in two ways which I think

will be most useful for you to teach you

as a whole so in the first chapter here

I've really started off by maybe

highlighting some things that you're

doing wrong and to try to get you

thinking in the correct way in the right

manner because if you're not thinking in

the right manner what's the point of

learning anything you've got to be open

to learning in the right way if you're

learning the wrong habits

you're gonna go nowhere you've got to

learn in the right way so I'm using some

examples for my own game

to show you when I used to think in the

wrong way what I did and how you can use

learn from my errors so you don't do the

same um you know so we're gonna do that

in the first chapter just to get you

thinking in the right way before we

start with the main stuff and then we're

gonna move on to a repertoire with

whites that I suggest you play and I'm

going for positions whereas white you

always try to get an isolated porn

position now this is not always going to

be possible I can't cover everything

opening wise I'm just trying to give you

the right ideas so you can carry

forwards with your development and

tactical ability so that's what we're

going to do the next part of this course

then I'm doing the same with black

against 1.e4 I recommend in the French

defense because I think it's one of the

most aggressive openings actually and

the ideas are some of the easiest to

learn that's nothing I want to do I'm

gonna keep things easy for you why over

complicate I want to keep it simple easy

you can do more work yourself if you

really want to go into learning forty

moves of theory but I'm giving you the

ideas which a lot of books don't tell

you computers don't tell you which other

places do not tell you I'm doing the

same a default what are you gonna play

against default well I've got a very

interesting opening they're lined up and

then we're going to go into the tactical

part so I've then really called it

basically if you've seen the Highlander

where they have the gathering I think it

is it's when that moment of energy

appears and you need to Sonny up your

game that happens nearly every game of

chess at some moment whether it's a two

hour game a five hour game there'll be a

moment when you have to suddenly wake up

and it's a critical moment you have to

start calculating and you have you have

to really you know up your game at those

moment so I'm gonna tell you when to

look out throws moments how to open up

your horizon to moves and possibilities

so we're looking at that and then I'm

going to tell you how you should be

calculating these new things maybe you

haven't considered in previous games um

we're gonna look at typical patterns and

simple ideas like tactical patterns but

you're gonna get from the openings I'm

gonna share with you

and really I'm then going to talk about

visualization how you can really improve

your calculation ability and just become

a better attacking and tactical play so

that's my sort of rough outline for this

course and for what you've got in store

for you and now I was going to use a

PowerPoint sort of slide thing give you

the notes as it go along but I thought

if I just shut the board in your face

and I verbally repeat myself using

examples you'll get what I mean and it

will sink into your mind now I recommend

you watch of course once or twice go and

rewatch two chapters which maybe relates

you more but once you've done that I'm

sure you will your chest will improve

what I blooming well hope so cause I

know you spent a lot of money on this

course and I spent a lot of time and I'm

a bit of a perfectionist and I want it

to rub off

okay well look first of all let's take a

game I played in 1993 now I was a 2,200

player which I know is gonna be a lot

higher than a lot of lot of you guys out

there but how do I get for 2,200 to

grandmaster the ultimate aim will have

to change a lot of things and one of the

most important things to do in chess is

to know your weaknesses look at your

games this is why a lot of players look

at games of stronger players because you

might not be able to easily locate your

weaknesses but you've really got to find

them and improve your weaknesses now in

this game I was playing a grandmaster

Aaron some skill and I think this game

really sums up some of the problems I

had and I want you to also like going

through these games to see if any of

these things really lighting bells in

your mind because we're gonna look at

how we can get rid of the the drush the

bad stuff that's affecting our games and

I think this is a good example well

first of all I had this position as

white and already I used to play

openings which maybe didn't suit my

style as you'll know from my first

course but in this position I remembered

an idea of Rhett ease which I played

here and the idea was Queen a1 and this

is a very good idea we're increasing the

power on this diagonal in

the center and I'm also getting ready

for my other work to take full control

of the open sea farm and this

demonstrates again another thing you've

got to do to improve always be open to

looking at ideas that top players play

remembering those patterns

it's the patterns that you remember and

the Pats and I remembered here was

proving the Queen in the corner to

pressurize a center and doubling Brooks

if you remember these small patterns

your improve now this worked out

reasonably well my opponent played night

on FD 7 going a little bit passive I

took control of the open file and you

can see how these two moves have helped

me I've gained a lovely open file and

I've got some pressure in the center so

things are things are okay here

my opponent played f6 reinsuring this

this pawn here and my next moves okay so

I've done this good plan now I need to

start thinking of a right plan and

you've got to think of your good pieces

your bad pieces which my pieces are good

well my pieces are okay can they get

better well not so much but which my

pieces at which my opponent's pieces are

bad the night on b6 let's try to chase

that away a for my opponent stops that

with a 5 and it's around here will I

really start to drift and it's around

here where I start to play without a

purpose why because even though I knew

this idea of putting the Queen in the

corner and the rook on c1 I didn't know

what middle game plans I should be

trying to do in this kind of structure

now if I'm going to play this kind of

reti like opening I need to know here

I'll move 20 in a position which I don't

know but I need to know the ideas from

the pawn structure two things you need

to know in chess what you're doing with

your pawn structure that's your skeleton

and what you're doing with your pieces

your pieces are your organs and you need

to get them combining together so

anytime you get into a middle game

structure you have to know these ideas

this course will make that easier for

you I didn't know that here well I

should be doing here is playing quite

patiently and I was not

player and you need to pick the right

openings to be patient I haven't

necessarily done this in this course so

I want you to be a violent attacker but

here I should be playing moves like III

simply improving my position how does

this improve my position it controls to

more central squares so my opponent can

never come into these squares later on

and I may even prepare some porn break

later on like d4 or f4 so it's a patient

way to just improve my position instead

I wanted to do so immediate always a

problem I've had I went Bishop a free

and now we see the difference between me

and my opponent my opponent being

experienced Grandmaster played King to

h8 and nothing move when you're playing

certain positions so you have to be

patient sometimes let your opponent hang

themselves you don't always need to

force the issue something I tried to do

far too much and it was funny cuz I

spoke to my opponent Aaron some Skell 15

years after this game you know only 6 or

7 years ago and he said he used to have

a massive score against me and he said

Simon look when you were young this game

I used to always the way I used to beat

you Simon I just used to wait until you

killed yourself you would always do

something stupid you didn't have the

right patience and you always try to

force the issue in a way that didn't

work and we're going to see that's what

I try to do here I try to force the

issue and I don't I play without a

purpose now something that I improved

and next time you know what when you

know since become a GM I this is a big

error I got rid of I always played with

a purpose I was played with an idea I

always knew what I'm trying to what porn

structures I want what I'm aiming to

achieve and I try to keep my opening

simple this is what you're going to do

up this course as well and never

drifting chess never drift always play

of a purpose if you see I move which

looks tempting really ask yourself does

it achieve anything does it really do

anything because a lot of times these

moves we can call artificial one moves

and one thing

I've got to get you thinking order to

really understand this courses one move

frets are often bad unless they improve

your overall position so if you're going

to create a fret that's fine but it's

good it's got to improve your overall


I mean creating a fret you've always got

to think well how come my opponents stop

that fret always assume he's gonna do

the best thing the best move don't ever

play for traps my next move rook c7 is

one of those artificial moves I move a

rook into the seventh rank I attack this

pawn but before playing this I should

have realized that he's gonna defend the

pawn and then is my rook actually really

doing anything here no it's not in

actual fact it's may be in more danger

here because my opponent has some

tactical ideas like Knight c4 so I

actually now came back to see - so I've

wasted a whole move there and I start to

drift so this shows you never play

drifty moose always play with a purpose

in mind this course again we'll get the

purposes from the openings I'm gonna

give you that you need to play and then

I'm going to tell you pacifically how to

count plate in the crime positions my

opponent took on a free and now he went

Knight to f8 why he's playing with a

purpose this Knight is coming around to

either f4 or d4 I should here play with

a purpose I should have played look for

porn breaks always look for porn brace

way to force the issue and again one

thing we're gonna look at in this course

is ways to force the issue and when you

should do that well here I should always

you always got to keep an eye for porn

breaks be for wood being a great porn

break try not open up things on the

Queen side where I'm strongest play on

the area of board your strongest instead

I play Queen c5 and my pota actually

blundered here he played Knight to c8

and amazingly here this is another thing

which a lot of weaker players do

I played the terrible move Queen to e3

now why on earth did I not just take the

pawn on d5

I started to see ghosts and again this

is something a lot of people do I think

here I might have calculated some lines

with Knight to d6 where my queen might

get trapped now the one thing you have

to remember it's become a better plan

that you need to do in this course is be

brave if you can see a pawn that can be

taken and you can take it take the

bloomin pawn don't let it run away if

you see a way to attack and you can't

you know and it looks like it's gonna

improve your position and cause damage

your opponent do it play with a purpose

take the most demanding moves always

play the most critical moose the

critical moose so why didn't I take this

pawn I think it was a little bit of fear

a little bit of you know trepidation but

I'm playing a better play you can never

be afraid you've got to play the most

forcing moose after Queenie free my

opponent just played Queen b6 Knight to

f3 why that Knights not doing anything

Knight to d7 my opponents not really

doing anything either but now he waits

me to do so d4 this is a porn break it

shows a lack of patience because now my

opponent can go easy for and when you

change the pawn structure you've always

got to think about the pros and cons

well here I've made my Bishop on B G too

bad because it's brought by my enemies

pawn I'm cramping my pieces I'm giving

him more space

I went Knight h4 g5 Knight f5 but this

is all artificial it's not redoing

anything concrete Queen b6 rook c3 g6

Knight G free rook f8 Queen d2 I'm not

doing anything

and now f5 and here again my opponents

saying right well I'm gonna do something

I'm gonna go for it as you showed that

you're a bit I'm willing to take a porn

loss move I don't think you're gonna

take that pawn and again I do the same

mistake twice you've always got to try

to play the most critical move in every

position and you've got to calculate it

and we're going to look at how you do

that later on you've got to base it on

calculation if the calculations work you

can't see any reason not to do it don't

just think oh I trust my opponent I'm


sure everything has got to be backed up

by concrete calculation why on earth I

did not take this porn I don't know

I was probably worried about something

like f4 and then my opponent taking here

but after some concrete calculation I'm

not going to go into it it would be

proved that why it's doing very well

here instead I play the passive negative

move III and now my position gets worse

and worse

f4 Knight to h1 passive bad non critical

not the way to play King g7 Queen a to

Queen e6 and around here well I think

it's clear to see that what have I done

from my position since the start I've

allowed my opponent to make all this

progress I put my piece on a bad square

I haven't done anything active I haven't

improved my position and my opponent

went on to win actually very easily here

with Queen d2 again a nothing move rook

d8 and now Knight to f8 comes well again

I lose the plot I lash out frustration

showing a complete lack of patience so I

know that game is taking a long time ago

but for me personally show a lot of

things I did wrong what does it show

well first of all you need to know what

plans you're playing I didn't really

have an idea in the middle game what I'm

going for you need to notice when you

play your openings what are you going

for you need to um you need to basically

play the critical moves when they're

there you can't avoid them you have to

play complicate yes in order to be a

better player you have to be able to

calculate well if you can't see a

problem with not playing a critical move

play it you have to also understand that

your opponent's not doing anything as my

opponent memory do they don't need to

rush but you need to play with a purpose

so that game showed me quite a lot I

think and slice a finish chapter I'm

just gonna show you things that I think

lower rated players included myself here

have done wrong and what what we can

improve and take away for the rest of

the course so I'm trying to set this

foundation now so you can really for the

rest of the

or sink your teeth and you got you

hopefully have the right thinking you

know what openings and what you're

trying to achieve what tactics you're

going for and how you can beat your

opponents simple as that so let's move

on to another game now which

demonstrates the same thing so a nice

short example now and which I'm going to

show you which really demonstrates the

point I come back time and time to again

but it really also backs up why I've

structured the course in such a way

originally I was just going to do a

tactics course and try to help you

improve your tactics and thinking but

then I fall I hang on a minute

for me that's not good enough because

where do these tactics come from you

know it's like they're a joke age-old

question you know how does the world

what was the origin of the world what's

the origin a tactics where do they come

from and I thought right well how am I

going to do something a bit different

which I think will help you more well

what I need to do is show you openings

not in much detail but the opening ideas

that you I want you to play to

revolutionize your chess because these

will lead you to certain tactics which

we're going to look at which are more

likely to come about so that's why this

course is the way it is I've gone for

the openings I've gone for this

particular kind of setups and then we're

going to look at the particular

strategies tactics you're most likely to

get from these openings so really I'm

trying to make it as easy as possible

for you to take it to the next level so

here again this is a game I played when

I was quite young in 1997 okay I was

2,300 but I basically just picked a very

bad idea

now I played the Dutch and I'm gonna go

for the opening quite quickly I'm gonna

get to the critical moment this is an

opening which I've developed over time

everything takes time I can't give you

everything in this course bike and give

you as much as I can at 15 hours and

great stepping stone to be a better

tactical and all-round player now the

Dutch has taken me a lifetime to learn

but I stuck with it and I think this is

what you need to do if you're opening

sometimes there's two ways doing it what

this calls saying that is you know given

you a whole new look on chess and

hopefully to you know give you that

kickstart kick you out of the mud

but the other way of doing is to stick

with an opening and really master it now

my opponent played the normal strategy

against the Dutch which is fianchetto in

the bishop this is a good positional

ideas because it starts me going b6 and

Bishop b7 therefore making my bishop a

bad piece so my opponent already

thinking in positional terminology every

move from the opening should have an

idea Bishop e7 let's show you what my

idea it's and we'll just talk about it

this is the way you have to think join

your own games even if you know the

moves because you've read in them a book

try to think what the ideas are well

Bishop e7 your ideas the castle Knights

we're free my opponent wants the castle

so he needs to develop d6 the classical

system the Dutch why'd you play d6 so

every move we're asking why start doing

this at home I want to make sure on play

e5 when I can get two pawns in the

center will give me that attack in the

center both sides Castle

my opponent goes Knight c3 before we can

do much in chess we need to develop our

pieces harmoniously and you know there's

no people you can't stop tactics out of


you can't start being a great tactical

player great attacking player from

Finnair you need to have these basics

that's why we're doing this course with

the basics and later on we will look at

really the secret ideas so you know that

you'll need to become this another next

level player this was just new

Terminator of a player ok well here I

play a 5 why do I play that I want to

gain some space on the queenside and

also I'm thinking about what my opponent

wants to do he might want to go b4 I'm

stopping him from playing there but more

importantly I'm securing this square for

my knight for example here Knight to c6

is move I'd like to play because I

develop a piece but then d5 is a move I

have to consider and remember every time

there's a possibility to change the pawn

structure there's a very simple thing

you have to do ask yourself does it help


does it help my opponent you've got a

basic basic on considerations let's say

I move the night he takes here take here

does this help me yes or no

well no because I no longer have a pawn

on the e-file remember one of the ideas

that said earlier was to push that porn

forwards I've also given him nice

control in d5 square because I can no

longer control that Square and this

position is not what I want okay

a5 anyway be free my opponent places his

bishop on a better square nightly for a

good move when you have a more cramped

position as I do you want to exchange

pieces so this is a good idea and it

also gives this square for my Bishop

Bishop b2 keeping things simple simple

development and here I go wrong now

after the move in the game Bishop f6 my

opponent is allowed to achieve another

porn break he wants to do and again when

you're changing any structure of

position you've got to say is it good or

bad and what I should do in this

position is to take on c3 and wait for

my opponent to play either efore or D

fight because each of these poor moves I

have a good response to for example if

my opponent ever goes efore let's say

with Queen c2 Knight d7 efore I want to

meet the e4 break with f4 and give me

King side play so you always need to

look at the palm breaks make sure you

have an answer to them and work out

they're gonna help you or not help you I

like this move it gives me a King side

attack if my opponent ever plays d5 in

any of these positions the difference

now that my knight is not on c6 is I can

meet this with a 5 and I get the

position I want two pawns coming through

so these are the kind of things I'm

thinking about and this is how I

develops my opening and there's a kind

of thing you need to be thinking about

with your openings you need to develop

them yourselves if you have a bad

position from one game improve it next

time don't make the same mistake twice

so I make a mistake but making it twice

is just foolish so here I play Bishop f6

but now my opponent play very simply

Queen c2 I have to now take on c3 and

the problem is now after knight c6 which

I played my ponent plays efore and I

can't meet efore with f4 because if I

play a four he simply takes it

I no longer have my rook guarding that

square so my opponent has got the Paul

Brady for it I now took on f4 on e4 and

he took back and this is all I want to

talk about already I've got myself in a

miserable position why is this a

miserable position

I am cramped I no longer have very

active porn breaks I have weaknesses

always make sure you know where your

weaknesses are ecigs a big weakness my

opponent can plan to just jump on that


ganging up on that pawn I don't really

have any active play I can't really go a

5 because my opponent is really guarding

the square and this is a miserable

position without prospect now when

you're playing your own games which this

course is going to show you this course

later on will tell you what the kind of

positions are that you want and you

don't want I think it's also important a

lot of opening books of things don't

tell you in positions you want to avoid

but we're gonna do that in this course

so you can have a better idea how to

judge these porn breaks and what you

want to do and what you want to avoid

trying to keep it as simple as possible

but I learned the hard way here I mean

let's have a look how things develop I

went Queen e8 rook e1 Bishop d7 rook c1

98-92 and my opponent got f4 in and

again he has this massive clamp on my

position I don't have any active moves

my opponent went on to win a very nice

game here cuz I'm just a little bit

worse without active play so again what

this game taught me is when you're

playing your openings this is why I

structured this course in this way you

need to know what you're aiming for what

to avoid what your opponent's aiming for

you have to ask yourself all these

questions of every opening you play and

you have to know what you'll want to

achieve in the middle game and then that

will help you become a better tactical

and attacking player as this method will

show you okay very simple example there

let's just move on to another example

which I think again will demonstrate

some of these things we need to avoid

and how we should be thinking in a

better way but first of all that just

demonstrates again you need to know your

palm breaks in the middle game from

every opening you're playing you need to

know your middle game ideas so

let's move on to another example now so

as I developed as a player I'm now going

to show you the difference between that

last game and this game and this game

demonstrates how I became an attacking

player how I developed into Grandmaster

level and you know become the

grandmasters not easy it's not easy to

do and it takes a lot of hard work but

anyway everyone can I think get at least

I have level you know and you can all

get you can all improve a great deal by

taking the simple steps we look at here

now this is a better example the last

one showed me again in a rather

miserable position without any counter

plate but in this game I'm playing a

lower rated player my opponents rating

here is 1900 and I'm twenty four thirty

taken from a couple of years ago now I

got this position here from another

Dutch and it's my move so you can

already start thinking what you would do

in this position the idea I played here

was second nature to me if you see my

first method you probably know this idea

as well

it just was I didn't even need to think

I didn't need to blink an eyelid because

I know the right idea I know the right

plans because like I said from the last

little game we looked at you need to

know your porn breaks but you also need

to know how your organs are working your

pieces remember your pawns your skeleton

how'd you change your skeleton you need

to be a transformer but how do you also

get your organs to work in the most

efficient way your pieces well what

would you play here as black have a

think about your plants and remember

we're gaining away from the artificial

thing thinking of one moose one move

things hitter and not what we want to be

doing want to think of long-term plans

that really have a big aim bad plan is

better than no plan pause if you need to

think about what you'd play well I

played route to f6 and and this is

Arthur Brooks c1 doesn't make any unsub

White's movies I play rook to f6 and

this is the rooks winger plan with the

idea of simply going Rick h6 pushing my

gene porn and checkmating my opponent on


- and again knowing about these ideas

will make you a better tactical player

because you know what you're trying to

achieve all we have to do that is look

out for tactics and tactics will be

build tactics positions will build

positions you'll get to know them better

and you know you don't even have to

think like a genius at all to come up

with ideas like this you know this is

what people think of grandmasters think

100 moves ahead no they don't often

grandmasters have said about Petrosyan X

well champion Petrosyan he only fought

one move ahead but it is always the best

move and I think grandmasters really

when they're Cal clean they don't always

think that far ahead you need to get in

that habit of being able to do that but

in general you need to have the good

move selection you need to have the

right ideas and that's the first key

thing to have in positions before you

learn how to count lay move selection is

important how did I come up with this

plan because I know about it I've played

it before I've seen games the top

players playing it what this course is

gonna do is gonna spoon feed you these

ideas so you'll know what to do if you

watch the course you're nobody ideas

when you get the positions and let's see

how my plan worked well Knight e5 route

to h6

and I'm just planning to start an attack

I'm trying to create some frets but it's

not superficial because these frets are

gonna try to create a weakness in my

enemies kemple checkmate him queenie one

and now well i just got rid of the

knight his only active piece and I went

Queen h4 and already you can see how

this very simple idea has caused a lot

of trouble he has to play H free and I'm

gonna ask you another question here what

should you be doing them um

H free pawn is he has he has at moments

stopped my attack so we got to think

naturally now we can see how we we're

gonna this course is really built we've

got our first stage we've created a

weakness in our opponents position by

knowing the right plan but now we've got

to really think how we can get the

tactics working in here this is a key

thing now something we're gonna look at

in some depth the alarm bells are

ringing because I've moved my queen and

rook to an active square my knight is

quite good my opponent has weakened his

King so this is a critical moment I


a critical moment because if I have to

do something slow like Bishop d7 and

rook f8 my position is not really going

anywhere fast it's probably okay doing

that but I'm not gonna have much an

advantage if I want to get an advantage

from here I need to look for something

more I need to look for some more and

we're gonna get in the habit of doing

this throughout this course how do we do

that well we see he's played H free

whenever your opponent plays a pawn move

around his king when you have a lot of

pieces around his King you need to look

at ways of just ripping that horn those

pulls apart how can I try to rip that

porn apart well an artificial move here

would be something like rook g6 this

would be artificial because we're

fretting Queen takes H free but we need

to consider our opponent's best

defensive move always before we play the

move yes it creates a threat but not all

threats are good because here white can

simply move his King you to h2 or h1 and

does the rook really help have in here

no it doesn't this hasn't helped us my

poems probably gonna go F free try to

swap Queens we could be worse so that

shows you this artificial element you

need to get out of doing if you do do it

if you see a move which crates of fret

only play if it really has a purpose

always assume your points gonna play the

best defense de bruit g6 really have a

purpose no it doesn't but there is a

better move Knight g5 does this have a

purpose yes it does because I'm just

simply trying to go Knight takes h3

Queen takes h3 Queen h1 checkmate

now before I played this move I had to

back it up with calculation that's the

other part of this course you get an

idea before you play the move before I

played this move I'm calculating all the

lines involved with Knight g5 so for

example I'm calculating am I actually

threatening to take on h3 I came to the

conclusion that yes I am threatening to

take on h3

through calculation you've got to back

up your ideas with tactics and

calculation which we're going to improve

in this course now my opponent played

Knight to f4 and of course without my

next move this whole night g5 I day

would be totally

artificial because Knight to f4 looks

like a very good way to defend that

square and stop my plants but I had a

particular idea in mind and again this

shows you that you need to search search

lone white look for the most forcing

moves what was my particular idea here

can you see the idea otherwise my whole

plan to move my knight here and even my

rook and queen is artificial Knight to

f3 check is my idea and the point behind

my idea is he has to take this and now I

just need to remove the defender of h3

even on the piece down with g5 I've

created so much damage around my ponents

King he can't try to keep his knight

because if he tries to keep it I now

just go Queen takes h3 unstoppable

checkmate threat on either h2 or h1 so

my opponent play King g2 and now I get

my piece back and it's clear to see here

I've created an attacking position from

really nowhere I've got my queen and

rook near his King I've got an open G

file I can try to get my other rook

there and I have put pressure on my

ponents position through standard ideas

backed up by calculation and this shows

you one thing this course will be doing

giving you the standard ideas and then

telling you how to improve your

calculation so that shows you how I've

improved as a player knowing the ideas

and going through that but let's look at

another example where I would say you

know mistakes have been made in my games

let's go there and then we look at some

mistakes of other players so we're gonna

we're gonna go back in time again and

again I'm going to show you what I used

to do wrong and how I improve that to

jump to the next level and how you guys

and girls I'm watching this course can

aim to do the same thing how you can get

rid of your errors and in basically

improve as in the player

now in this game I'm playing John little

whit who is very experienced at time

international master I was twenty three

fifty this was played in 1996 but it

still showed up some main errors with my

game we're gonna jump into after nine

moose my opponent had just played a free

and this is actually a position at the

time I didn't know very well so already

my opponent has played something should

we say a good choice of openings game

he's got me into a structure that I

don't know so well and you might get

this in your own games and you know even

with this course you might find yourself

slipping sometimes positions you don't

want you're gonna have to work on those

areas yourself as much as you can and

don't panic thinking logical ways now

here my opponents clearly threatening b4

so I played the move a5 but every porn

movie mate makes weaknesses and this is

actually my first error and it just my

lack of experience in these positions

even I was rated 75 points higher than

my opponent really showed my opponent

played the excellent a4 and he secured

himself to out posters here one outpost

is the B 4 square B 5 square and the

other outpost is c4 now what I mean by

an outpost is clearly a square where

once I can put a piece on that can't be

kicked away by a pawn for example let's

have a look a couple more moves like


Knight a free h6 night b5 now had my

porn still be back on a7 here I would

have been able to play a six and kick

that Knights away but this is the

definition of an outpost I've allowed my

opponent to put a piece on a square

right in my position which I can't budge

easily and this is the position where it

shows my lack of experience in such a

structure and this is something you've

got to avoid doing yourselves you've got

to know what you're aiming for and my

second error comes very shortly I play a

fight this is okay Knight d2 and now I

play Knight a 7 and I panic I

panic about my opponents night and I aim

to exchange it straight away

but I had I had a bit more experience in

position I don't realize that the

correct move here is f4 and this starts

an attack on the F file it keeps my

opponent's bishop closed in and

generally gives me this little porn

storm on the Kings side this is the

right way to treat the structure and

it's really these kind of decisions if

you're if you're trying to learn

yourself look you know books and things

can only teach you so much and videos if

you're trying to learn something

yourself let's say after you watch this

course you go and have some good results

you make a good improvement but then you

know at some point you get surprised by

an opening like this well one thing

you've got to do you've got to ask

yourself whenever you play a move like

f5 what are you really aiming for is if

your opponent takes on f5 what position

is the best way to take back because

this is all positional chess even those

a tactical course tactics are only gonna

work from good positions tactics don't

work from bad positions generally you

need to have the foundation and after

Knight a7 my opponent took on f5 and now

I played another bad move what would you

play here what would you play in this

position I should have taken with the

night because I took with a pawn

hoping to keep my pawns nice and solid

and center but look how badly it goes

Knight c4 I don't really have any good

porn breaks my opponent's Knights are

taking great piece you know great

squares and after I took their Bishop e6

well I just started to lose everything

bish it takes b7 and my position is

falls apart I played some very small

positional bad moves so if you ever had

this which you will have even when you

watch this course if you have a bad day

at the office if you have a bad game try

to really pinpoint the errors you made

my errors in this game were the two

moves a5 and Knights way set Aten while

free O's Knight to a7 and taking on f5

with the pawn I needed to keep my a file

open for counter play I realized these

mistakes after I lost this

game and you've got to learn from your

own mistakes and I never did it again so

that's how I became a better play simple

things so okay well let's have a look at

another typical mistake that a lot of

low rated players tend to do and and

again let's have a look at how this can

be avoided well we're now rather than

take a look at the opening stage of the

game I'm throwing you in at a later

stage into the ending even and this has

only taken of the time of filming it you

know this game was played even in 2017

at the British Championships I was white

here and my pregnant was 21 70 it's a

good rating but we're gonna look at a

typical mistake that he did and this is

the difference really you can see the

difference between being 21 70 and 2400

and these are the things we all need to

eliminate even if here's 1600 the

mistake he made here is something that

needs to be eliminated now I'm white

who's better on white well I'm better I

have a better position because I have

more space on the queenside with my porn

on b6 he has a potential target on b7

you know I might be able to somehow you

know gambit my Bishop Bishop a6 my rook

if he ever takes it I'd take with a pawn

and he has to consider those options so

my position is a little bit better I

played Bishop b5 just trying to keep him

in a box but on the other hand one

another common mistake that you guys at

home I've got a stop thing I talked

about since on depth of my last course

but we really talked about a lot more

here is thinking about your opponent

more and more and more you need to get

into the mind of your opponents and have

my opponent here is black really knuckle

down like any grandmaster would have

done he would have probably realized

that there's not really anything I can

do here I mean what do I actually do to

try to win this position um I mean I can

try and get my rook around a 7 but then

he always go for it b8

I can't make progress like that I can

try and get my King in but how am I

gonna get my king in I can't get it into

c5 I can't get it in to c6 I can't get

it into a six I can't get it on the

kingside so therefore I even have to

look for a porn break remember the

skeleton but f4 doesn't really help me

it doesn't really get a passed pawn

that's the only porn break I've got the

other pawns a lot my bishop can't redo

anything so in actual fact have my

opponent sat here and just really

thoughts about not just his own ideas

which he needs do but about how he needs

to defend this position first of all he

has to realize his a little bit worse

here because there is a bit more

pressure on his position on my position

he is a bit worse but then he has to

realize right how do I defend now active

defense as we looked at the first method

is always best but there are times when

you need to go passive and this is what

we're really developing on my first

course here I would say this this second

course mine is really a big extension of

that first course but trying to really

give you as much as I can 30 hours I'm

really hoping you will be a much better

player I'll find these two courses but

one thing which you saw me trying to do

in the earlier games which my opponent

tries to do here showing that's a common

error is forcing the issue when you're

in a slightly uncomfortable situation if

you're going to offer exchanges if

you're going to enter into tactics you

need to be extremely good with your

calculations which this course will help

you deal with for example my opponent

now try to force issues with Bishop d7

and I've got a question for you now and

the question is after Bishop d7

how can whites now win this game it's

white to play and win and again I want

this is a tough one it's not easy that

this this is not a one move win nothing

in this course is one move really it's

set for spotting the right idea the only

thing is going to be one move deep is

spotting the right idea which is like I

said Petrosyan did we're going to try

getting a habit but we need to back up

that spot with calculation that's the

position here and I really recommend

when I say pause in a second

you work out all the force possibilities

because this captures available all the

blacks best defensive moves and how you

can win this position as a little test

here we're getting to the calculation

stage because obviously there's ways to

exchange everything off getting to a

king of porn ending what are you trying

to do how can you win this position so

pause the video now well here my

opponent again the big error was he try

to force things they did not back it up

with good calculation if you try to

force things in chess you need to be a

great calculator otherwise you should

not be forcing the issue

don't guess really double-check

triple-check your calculations at

critical moments of the game when

there's a porn break when pieces are

exchanged when you go for attack and

here did you get this right I took on C

so d7 now my opponent is pretty much

forced to take the rook because if he

goes King takes bishop I just go rook

takes d5 I win a pawn should be a

winning work ending for me because I

have a very nice past people so my

opponent is forced to go rook takes rook

I now have a pawn takes check King takes

d7 and this is the critical moment what

is the right winning idea for whitey and

again we're going to look at this fault

process in much more detail later on

this is just a little teaser chapter one

T so we're going to get you teasing and

we're gonna look at various grandmasters

and the way they've looked at

calculations I mean you know mainly

we're gonna look at coat elf who had

thick like a Grand Master one of the

most groundbreaking books drawn nun's

way of thinking and we're gonna look at

how other players we use other authors

have has you know put more emphasis on

to how you should calculate but this is

a great example it's a very simple

example you have a couple of ideas now

the first thing you've got to do it in

these things is spot the right idea but

here it's easy you've got two ideas do

you try to move your King to default

that's option one or do you try and move

your king to be five and play something

with c6 option two and this is a great

example of how you how we're going to

get you to calculate you need to look at


Auctions calculating them one at a time

do not get confused do them one at a

time before the CLE and work out which

one it is you should play and could

always look at all your opponent's best

options then double check each line

aisles double check and then you should

have the answer pause again now if you

need to well it is clear here that if

Kings see free after some simple

calculation let's say King c6 King D for

whoever's move it is really whoever has

to move the King first is probably going

to lose here so it's to do with the

pawns on the Kings side and if black can

make lock down the pawns on the King

side white will have to move the King

and then black will be to go pawn takes

e5 this is what we call is famous

example is called mutual zhuge swag

where the moves first loses so it is

probably a couple of ways dudas

something like g4 I lock down these two

pawns so you can only move ref porn

let's say here there now h5 if you take

I take back you have to move your king

and if you go f4 I play something like

f6 sorry f5 Mike Mike Mike my mistake f5

and now you have to move your king

because you can't have any more pawn

moves as soon as you move your king I

take here and my D pawn Queens first so

this is the kind of thing you need to be

count claim but all that should be quite

simple it's just that you know if you

can't do it you've got you've got to

improve this technique and how you do

this we'll look at this later on but

this is option number one King C free no

it doesn't work so you've got to look at

the other option

luckily King b5 does work and this is

something I worked out before going to

this ending and the point here is I just

want to go c6 and Queen my people if my

opponent pushes d4 we can even go King

c4 he's gonna lose that porn and lose

the game so what does black do well if

you play something like f5 we can play C

6 check this is the important

breakthrough pawn takes c6 King to a6

and I have King a7 and queen and I'm

a-gonna queen first win the game so my

opponent tried King c8 and now what is

the important move here this is what you

need to consider because obviously if I

go back you can come back as well as to

draw so what do I need to do here what

am i trying to achieve and again you can

do this by just looking at the lines

there's only about three different ideas

here calculate and one by one you'll

come with a winning idea so do that now

well c6 is not so clear at all what it

is clear my opponent would now take on

c6 and his king is in a lot better

position so he always has king b8 and

he's gonna win because he's gonna Queen

his D point you lose the game now if you

went c6 let's say King here always think

of your opponent's best defensive idea

King ba stops all your plans and you

lose if you take on c6 simply d4 you

lose so when we're looking at this line

we go eliminate the MU c6 from our

calculations because it loses King b4

King d7 draw we can't make progress what

do we need to do here well again this is

nothing I'm trying to trick you a little

bit here what did I mention in the last

couple of examples always think of your

opponent's moose if it was black to move

here what would black do well if he can

move his King side pawns okay he can do

so but what if he has to move his king

or his Depot well if he moves his D pawn

he loses it because we go King c4 and

capture it if he moves his King well if

he goes to b8 our king can then goes to

d4 and we went very quickly if he moves

to d7 we then have c6 so biological

thinking here if we make sure he can't

move his King side pawns he's gonna have

to play a bad move so what do we do to

lock down his King side pawns and gain

force him to play a bad move this is the

way you're gonna need to think in order

to become a better tactical player

positional player

all round player can you find a move G

for this locks down his pawns this one

pawn means he can't move his his g5 porn

his h6 pawn and if he goes f6 we have

two more moves we can go F free and g3

both these moves force him to play a bad


my opponent played King to b8 and now

that his King has gone this way what is

the way to win and again pause if you

need to world way to win now is just

with King b4 for example our King is now

time king c8 King C free king D 7 King

Defour king c6 and remember we have a

number of moves here but we need to make

him to move first but we've got these

two moves it's always good in these King

and pawn endings to give yourself as

many waiting moves as you can and for

example here move like f3 f6

we were now win by playing our last way

to move g3 and whatever black does here

he loses a pawn try to think of a move

here that black can do about losing the

porns it's impossible so even though

that was quite a tricky example in a way

it shows you the importance of

calculation clearly calculation is a key

key thing and when we're entering into

critical moments of the game we need to

be able to calculate them in a good way

and that's what we're really

concentrating on this course and but

there are certain techniques we can use

to make that easier and like anything

the brain is a muscle and it needs to be

trained and more you train it the more

efficient or work on certain things like

this like this kind of tactics training

and that's what we're doing with this

course one of the main things I want to

achieve help you achieve it's improving

your ability to calculate variations

like this but we're also doing that in a

way that I want you to be able to know

when you should be calculating in this

way so when and how is the main idea of

this course ok one more example then

we're gonna finish this first chapter a

real introduction in the broadest sense

of little things which I thought were

important to help you with arrest

course so it's a little bit a little

taster for the rest and to get you ready

for the real exciting stuff to come so

the the last example of this chapter is

a game I have with black from the

bunratty torment in 2016 my opponent was

2100 and it was a game I should win on

rating being 300 or so rated points

higher but in actual fact I got myself

into a tough position in the following

position I had lost the pawn earlier on

and I was struggling you know what do we

do what is one thing I've talked about

already in this chapter and in my

previous master method what it is assess

in a position and I want you to do that


so I want you to now do the things I

mentioned earlier can you remember what

I mentioned because there's gonna be

lessons in each of these our courses

which I our lessons I want you to take

away which you've got to remember in

order to come a better player so when

you're assessing a position what two

things you need to do do that now it

says his position as much as you can and

see how it compares to my assessment in

a minute is it going to be similar if it

is you're doing a good job so just pause

the position and assess key ideas here

what both players should be doing and

it's white to move by the way it's white

to move in this position that's

important what White's should be doing

and who's better and why I've already

told you why it is better but why why

why why so pause now and do that well I

mean white is a pawn up so did you get

it right with two ways you assess the

position the skeleton and the organs the

skeleton is the porns structure now

white is a pawn up and later on his

extra pawn where is his extra pawn you

should get it you've got to look at

these things is on the queenside why is

that important because you want to play

often on the area of the board where

your skeleton is strongest and later on

my opponent might be to go for example B

for a 4 B 5 and creates a passed pawn on


inside that may well win in the game now

the porns in the center here all the

ones I've highlighted are locked they're

locked pawns they can't move there's no

porn breaks before we even look at the

organs the pieces I really want to get

my teeth into the pawns as much as

possible we've got to look at porn

breaks pawn breaks changed nature in a

position what porn breaks that both

sides have what does black have will

only really have one porn break or to

porn breaks free porn breaks maybe I

mean move might be porn is not gonna

help ever as I'm playing on the area to

board I weakest my opponent will take on

pass on I want to go f/4g free or H free

but let's have a look at those one by

one well if it is my move I could indeed

play G free because I'm attacking the

rook and then I'd be able to open up

silence some lines by taking on h2 I

need to open up some lines on the King

side in order to attack so G free is my

main idea it's very hard for me to play

f4 because my opponent is covering that

square with one two three four pieces so

probably just lose a pawn so I don't

have that porn break and h3 is always

going to be met by g3 because all my

opponent needs to do in this position is

to stop all of my counter play and then

use his extra pawn on the Queen side

let's have a look at the pieces well the

organs here are not really working

they're behind this the pawl instruction

it's such a lot closed position in our

course we're looking for open positions

because they're more tactical in nature

and I'm trying to really revolutionize

your chess so I want you to have open

positions but in closed positions like

this it's a lot harder to do anything

with your pieces I mean the pieces can't

really get active I can't see any good

way for my pieces to jump in the game

and my opponent okay he has a bit of

pressure on e6 but again there's nothing

really that concerning with either sized


so considering all of this all my

opponent needs to do is stop me from

making one of my porn breaks and then

slowly but surely push his pawns when a

strongest on the Queen side

that's how I'll win this game now his

first movie did was right rookie -

because now when I play g-free he can

keep the position closed where he's

weakest by playing H free if his rook

was on f2 he'd no longer better do this

and really here I'm position he lost

because I can't do anything but look

what my opponent did okay I played about

I try now to aim my only palm break f4

but my opponent defense is well and he

attacks he does everything to hold my

one palm break so he's thinking about

what I'm trying to do he's stopping it

and he's getting ready to push he's

doing well and here he does something

completely bizarre

now obviously whenever there's an

opportunity in a game to capture

something will change the nature this is

when you need to turn on your count

playing button it's something I've

reinforced so far in this game and here

he can take a pawn on e6 should he take

it yes or no remember if it works it

works and as I said earlier always aim

to play the most critical move in a

position this is something else we're

going to a lot more later on you always

should play the most critical move in

chess always if you can take a pawn you

should take the bloomin pawn but if he

doesn't take the pawn he can still can

continue with his plan and there's

nothing I can do so his mistake now is a

couple of Falls this is a typical

mistake that low rate players maybe you

make I know I used to make it number one

trying to force position number two not

considering about your post

possibilities if my opponent really

fought here what can I do

he'd probably realize I can't do

anything if I can't go f4 I can do I

have nothing I can do here so he doesn't

need to rush another thing is keeping

tactically alert as you're changing the

nature of position by taking on e6

you've got to be more tactically alert

and lookout you've got to have the

danger bells ringing check double check

only if you're good hundred percent

convinced you should take that pawn but

he didn't do this his lit sense of

danger lone down he took on e6 and he

fell for Bishop h5 very simple tactic

can his bishop attacking his rook and

the bizarre thing here is he's still

actually better and this is another

thing we got to learn even when you get

hit by funderbolt

what the top players do they don't show

any emotion they recover if you get hit

by a real surprise move as my opponent

did here you need to just take a deep

breath and try to recover my opponent

moved his rook and then I just went

Queen takes c6 i won a piece and I'm

winning the game easily had my opponent

taken a deep breath I'm not panicked

this is nothing weaker players do he

could have just played Bishop c4 and

okay I win the exchange but I actually

still prefer white here because white

has two pawns to the exchange I still

have no porn breaks and my opponent

still has his porn break so I'd still be

worse even though he blundered which is

strange okay so what are we gonna learn

for chapter one and well really you know

I'm trying to get you to think in the

right way for drawing this chapter

before we get into stuff in a deeper way

so the difference in amateur and

professional for amateurs think in a

more superficial way if you're gonna

create a threat does it really achieve

anything remember not all checks are

good does the check actually help you

always consider opponent's best

defensive ideas don't just create frets

for the head and read that the hell of

it and get rid of your bad habits if any

of these bad habits ring true to you or

you keep having the same problem the

same openings get rid of it I'm giving

you a whole new opening repertoire here

hopefully that will get rid of it and

it's generally better to play

aggressively this is so important for

this whole course aggressively and

tactically is what I'm going to show you

in this course I want you to play

aggressively I want you to play

tactically I want you to revolutionize

your chess to think in a different way

so you can really you know take your

chess to a next level even after

watching this course if you think that's

a bit too much for me I'm sure it will

help you because I'm trying to open up

your eyes don't way of thinking if

you've stuck in a rut this will make you

change hopefully this art of this course

and well I hope it's gonna be a course

you enjoy and and I've certainly enjoyed

made in it put loads of time into it and

it's gonna get more and more interesting

you go long I've got to build up sort of

slowly like a very sharp curve so later

on of course it's really going to go

crazy and we're gonna look in the next

chapter at what you can do with efore

and what we're aiming to achieve because

I've got some crafty ideas in mind for

you which I think will win you lots of

nice games