“We raise Champions!”
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ChessEssentials, level 1
ChessEssentials, level 2
ChessEssentials, level 3
ChessEssentials, level 4
App link at the iTunes store ChessEssentials
The latest release of our app offers now level 5 (reference ratings 1400-1700). It costs $3.99 and it maintains the same format of 30 lessons, 30 puzzle sets and 30 tests arranged in a well thought order. Going over this level helps you build upon the knowledge accumulated so far; if we compare this with building a house, you are now raising walls, higher levels and all extras related to it.
Lesson 01 starts the level with mate in 3 puzzles, same with how level 4 ended. Good warming up as you might know by now.
Lessons 02 to 06 are of major importance. They cover one of the most important openings of all time on both sides of the board: the Queen’s Gambit Declined (QGD). It is the opening any player must learn and play to understand how tactics flow from solid strategy. They do not just appear on the board out of the blue.
- Lesson 02 covers the QGD Tartakover variation
- Lesson 03 covers the QGD Lasker variation
- Lesson 04 covers the QGD Classical variation
- Lesson 05 covers the QGD Cambridge Springs variation
- Lesson 06 covers the Tarrasch defence
At this level strategy flows naturally from the openings studied prior to it. The Isolated Queen Pawn (IQP) is a very controversial subject and it has the chess World divided about in half: half of the players like its strenghts and the opportunities it presents, while the other half avoids it because of its weakness. You get the chance to make up your own mind about it, followed by a few lessons highlighting the importance of each piece’s position during the game.
- Lesson 07 covers the IQP strength
- Lesson 08 covers the IQP breakthrough
- Lesson 09 covers the IQP weakness
- Lesson 10 covers the Piece activity – Knight’s position
- Lesson 11 covers the Piece activity – Bishop’s position
- Lesson 12 covers the Piece activity – Rook’s position
- Lesson 13 covers the Piece activity – Queen’s position
- Lesson 14 covers the Piece activity – King’s position
Strategy can put you in the position to use tactics decisively so when you get the chance, you need to be able to recognize the signs and execute with precision. The basics of some of the tactical procedures have been previously covered and here you get a chance to expand your knowledge.
- Lesson 15 covers the h2/h7-square sacrifice
- Lesson 16 covers the g2/g7-square sacrifice
- Lesson 17 covers the f2/f7-square sacrifice
- Lesson 18 covers overloading
- Lesson 19 covers the zwischenzug (in-between move)
- Lesson 20 covers the underpromotion
- Lesson 21 covers the counterstrike
- Lesson 22 covers limiting counterplay
- Lesson 23 covers threefold repetition
- Lesson 24 covers the stalemate
- Lesson 25 covers the zugzwang
The aspects covered here are more complicated and it is our intention to help you master them. Do not be afraid and study them with an open mind; in the end (pun intended) you will realize they are easier than they look.
- Lesson 26 covers the King on the edge
- Lesson 27 covers the triangulation
- Lesson 28 covers the corresponding squares
- Lesson 29 covers various endgames
Lesson 30 ends this level with mate in 4 puzzles. The training session takes it up another notch in preparation for level 6. Hope you find this presentation interesting and the app worth giving it a try!
Valer Eugen Demian