This superb 15-hour course from Super GM Alex Lenderman (peak Elo 2636) reveals his method for playing dynamic, attacking chess. In each of the 8 chapters, GM Lenderman looks at a different type of sacrifice, from pawns in the opening all the way to Queens in the middlegame!

The aim of each sacrifice is to upset the balance and exchange material for activity, an attack or a long-term positional advantage, such as obtaining a key square or the bishop pair. It’s this ability to disrupt play and dictate proceedings that separate the very best players from everyone else.

GM Lenderman breaks down the inner workings of some of the most brilliant, creative play, lucidly explaining how and why the ideas work, giving you a rich repertoire of attacking – and, in some cases, defensive – resources.

Uniquely, Alex has chosen some little-known brilliancies by the strongest players on the planet – the chess computers – to illustrate ways we can take our chess understanding to the very highest level. These games supplement the finest work of human geniuses such as Kasparov, Tal and Nezhmetdinov.

Includes a 1 hour bonus of Alex playing online blitz, voicing his thoughts and analysis in real time plus a fascinating insight into his personal philosophy and best advice for improving players in a Q&A session!


GM Alex Lenderman (FIDE 2636)

is an American chess grandmaster. He won over 100 chess tournaments and represented U.S. in international team events on 3 occasions. GM Lenderman won gold medal in 2015 World Team Championship, became World Open Champion and Marshall Chess Club Champion number of times. He is also an active chess coach, and enjoys seeing his students launch their own chess career!

Course Curriculum

Dynamic Pawn Sacrifices and Gambits
1. The Smith-Morra Gambit: Berg-Luch 00:18:00
2. Snowballing the Initiative: Stockfish-Bobcat 00:20:00
3. Tearing Open the Kingside: Komodo-Stockfish 00:20:00
4. Rapid Development: Stockfish-Vajolet2 00:17:00
5. Pushing Pieces Back: Petrov-van Foreest 00:21:00
Positional Pawn Sacrifices and Gambits
1. Tying Up the Opponent: Fire 5-Bobcat 00:23:00
2. Opening the Center: Komodo-Critter 00:31:00
3. The Tal Gambit: Vajolet2-Naum 00:22:00
4. Hidden Compensation: Jonny8-Stockfish 00:29:00
5. Attacking the King: Naum-Stockfish 00:17:00
Dynamic Middlegame Pawn Sacrifices
1. Playing Against the King 00:36:00
2. Restricting the Enemy Forces 00:35:00
3. Improving Your Pieces 00:32:00
4. Winning with Passed Pawns: Spassky-Petrosian 00:20:00
Long-term Positional Advantages
1. Superior Piece Coordination 00:34:00
2. Winning with the Bishop Pair 00:23:00
3. The Blockade 00:27:00
4. Defensive Pawn Sacrifices Part – 1 00:17:00
5. Defensive Pawn Sacrifices Part – 2 00:24:00
Double Pawn Sacrifices
1. Overwhelming Initiative: Zherebukh-Onischuk 00:21:00
2. Relentless Energetic Play 00:20:00
3. Punishing Materialistic Players: Rybka-Ginkgo 00:24:00
4. Initiative Without Queens 00:25:00
Mastering the Exchange Sacrifice
1. Hidden Venom in the QGA: Javakhishvili-Edouard 00:21:00
2. An Exchange for an Attack: Movsesian-Kasparov Part – 1 00:21:00
3. An Exchange for an Attack: Movsesian-Kasparov Part – 2 00:21:00
4. Sacrificing the Exchange for the Bishop Pair 00:34:00
5. Other Positional Exchange Sacrifices: Anand-Mamedyarov 00:25:00
6. Defensive Exchange Sacrifices 00:24:00
Piece Sacrifices
1. Minor Piece Gambits: Topalov-Kramnik 00:17:00
2. Piece Sacrifices on d5: Fischer-Rubinetti 00:31:00
3. Sacrificing Pieces for Pawns: The Baron-Hannibal Part – 1 00:14:00
4. Sacrificing Pieces for Pawns: The Baron-Hannibal Part – 2 00:26:00
5. Positional Piece Sacrifices: Weser-Lenderman 00:27:00
Positional Queen Sacrifices
1. Queen Sacrifices in the Opening: Mamedyarov-Brkic 00:15:00
2. Dynamic Queen Sacrifices: Nezhmetdinov-Chernikov 00:26:00
3. A Queen for the Bishop Pair: Izoria-Petrosian 00:23:00
4. Sacrificing the Queen for the Initiative: Kramnik-Kasparov 00:15:00
5. Defensive Queen Sacrifices: Lenderman-Bajarani Part – 1 00:13:00
6. Defensive Queen Sacrifices: Lenderman-Bajarani Part – 2 00:11:00
7. Defensive Queen Sacrifices: Lenderman-Bajarani Part – 3 00:25:00
Bonus Lesson
Blitz Session 01:00:00
Q&A Session 00:13:00
Practical Part
Puzzles 00:00:00
PGN files 00:00:00

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