How to Play Chess: Lessons from an International Master

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  • 2015
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Chess is a sport, a science, and an art. The fun of the game is that anyone can play, and there is always something more to learn-especially with the right guide. From the basics of the game to advanced strategy and tactics, and everything in between, How to Play Chess: Lessons from an International Master is any chess enthusiast's opportunity to enhance your understanding of the game.

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Picking a Chess Hero
24. Picking a Chess Hero
September 25, 2015
As you've seen throughout the course, the chess greats all have a unique approach to the game and a sense of style. Round out the course by studying four final champions-Jos̩ Ra̼l Capablanca, Vera Menchik, Bobby Fischer, and Hou Yifan-to analyze their style of play and begin thinking about your own favorite chess hero.
The Chess Amateur's Mind
23. The Chess Amateur's Mind
September 25, 2015
See how amateur chess players tend to approach the game-giving away pieces too fast and neglecting to defend against enemy attacks. By studying several common amateur mistakes, you'll strengthen your own chess skills and get into the mindset of thinking through your opponent's best reply to every move.
Chess Psychology and the Known Unknown
22. Chess Psychology and the Known Unknown
September 25, 2015
Chess is riddled with psychological traps-particularly if you find yourself playing a superior opponent. Mr. Silman offers insight into several of these traps and helps you maintain your confidence, whether you're playing a peer on your level or one of the most sophisticated computers on the planet.
Chess Openings: The Right and Wrong Way
21. Chess Openings: The Right and Wrong Way
September 25, 2015
Many people believe openings are the most important part of the game, but as you'll learn in this lesson, this belief is wrong on many levels. Here, you'll encounter a few simple strategies for developing your pieces and getting to the middle of the game. Learn a few opening repertoires to get into the game rather than just memorizing a sequence of moves.
Triangulation and Two Critical Rook Endgames
20. Triangulation and Two Critical Rook Endgames
September 25, 2015
Round out your study of endgames with an examination of triangulation, a key tactic for gaining the opposition in a king-versus-king standoff. Then turn to two common endgames: the Lucena Position and the Philidor Position. Mr. Silman offers several general rules for handling these situations.
Kings and Pawns in Next-Level Endgames
19. Kings and Pawns in Next-Level Endgames
September 25, 2015
Continue your study of endgames, especially those involving the king and one or more pawns. Here you'll find out how to avoid-or create-stalemates and draws, as well as the critical techniques for getting pawns to the end of the board-or blocking those dangerous pawn movements.
Chess Endgames and the King's Magical Powers
18. Chess Endgames and the King's Magical Powers
September 25, 2015
While you must know tactics to be a formidable chess player, learning the strategy behind a successful endgame is crucial to bringing your skills to the next level. This first of three lessons on oft-neglected endgame strategy introduces you to the powers of the king. Mr. Silman shows you how to take control of the board.
Legendary Teachers Who Transformed Chess
17. Legendary Teachers Who Transformed Chess
September 25, 2015
Meet several key players who advanced the game from the Romantic to the Modern era. In addition to learning about the personalities of players such as Andr̩ Philidor, Wilhelm Steinitz, Siegbert Tarrasch, and Aron Nimzowitsch, you'll study some of their most interesting games to get a feel for their style of play.
Using Chessboard Imbalances to Create Plans
16. Using Chessboard Imbalances to Create Plans
September 25, 2015
This course has covered much ground, and in this lesson, you'll begin putting all the pieces together. Learn to read the board for imbalances, and then discover how to put those imbalances to work. A wealth of examples teaches you to understand "the body language of the board"-a skill that separates the amateurs from the players.
Chess Statics vs. Dynamics: An Eternal Battle
15. Chess Statics vs. Dynamics: An Eternal Battle
September 25, 2015
Much of chess boils down to the tension between static play versus dynamic play. Static play encompasses the long game of development and positional advantage, while dynamic play is all about tactics and aggressive attacks. Find out when to rely on each approach-and when you need to create a dynamic situation.
Closed and Open Positions on the Chessboard
14. Closed and Open Positions on the Chessboard
September 25, 2015
One very important strategy in any game is to develop your pieces as quickly as possible. Once developed, open and closed board positions require very different strategic approaches. Study these differences and find out how to use your knights, bishops, or rooks for greatest success-and how best to get those pieces into play.
Positional Weaknesses and Targets in Chess
13. Positional Weaknesses and Targets in Chess
September 25, 2015
Continue your study of pawn movements by examining a number of potential weaknesses. Mr. Silman will help you notice and make use of vulnerabilities such as isolated pawns and doubled pawns. By sharpening your powers of observation, your chess game will take a giant leap forward.
Pawns: The Positional Soul of Chess
12. Pawns: The Positional Soul of Chess
September 25, 2015
In this lesson, you'll find out why "pawns are the soul of chess." Train your eye to see the pawn structures of a game and their strategic implications. After honing your ability to read a position and see patterns, study a few strategies for making the most out of the pawns-including pawn chains, the passed pawn, the Grunfeld Defense, and more.
Open Files and the Positional Rook
11. Open Files and the Positional Rook
September 25, 2015
So far the course has focused on tactics, but tactics are not the most important element of the game. Begin the first of several lessons on positional play and chess strategy, starting with the rooks. Learn why and how to create an open file and employ your rooks to best advantage. See examples of these mighty pieces at work.
Chess Heroes of the Romantic Age
10. Chess Heroes of the Romantic Age
September 25, 2015
Step back to an era of gaslights and chess cafes in old Europe. The €œromantic era of chess€ of the 18th and 19th century was filled with raucous characters who employed swashbuckling tactics to please a crowd. Meet three famous players-Joseph Henry Blackburne, Adolph Anderssen, and Baron Ignatz von Kolisch-and study their games.
A Cascade of Short, Brutal Chess Games!
9. A Cascade of Short, Brutal Chess Games!
September 25, 2015
Errors are common among players at all levels. We fall into traps, walk headfirst into an opponent's tactic, or simply miss a good move or hidden vulnerability. Review several ways a game can go wrong, from the quick "fool's mate" to many of the short, brutal takedowns from famous matches.
Legendary Attacking Greats of Chess
8. Legendary Attacking Greats of Chess
September 25, 2015
Famous chess players are some of the most fascinating figures in history. Pause from the tactics of the game to learn about four of the most famous players who ever lived: Paul Morphy, Alexander Alekhine, Mikhail Tal and Garry Kasparov. Examine several of their games to get a feel for their playing style.
Checkmate against a Castled King
7. Checkmate against a Castled King
September 25, 2015
Castling is an excellent strategy, but a castled king is not invincible. Explore some of the patterns that can be used to checkmate a castled king-particularly using square H7. Look at when to sacrifice a bishop, how to use your queen to go on the hunt, and how pieces must work in partnership for success.
Checkmate! Back-Rank, Smothered, and More
6. Checkmate! Back-Rank, Smothered, and More
September 25, 2015
Delve into the world of €œpiece collaboration€ -using two or more pieces to win a checkmate. Mr. Silman shows you a number of classic mates that have delighted fans for generations. Not only are these mating patterns flashy and exciting, they will also give you a far deeper understanding of the game as a whole.
Chess Combinations and Kings in Check
5. Chess Combinations and Kings in Check
September 25, 2015
Continue your study of patterns-this time with combination moves that require crafty calculations. Whether you're wondering when (and why) to sacrifice a piece, or you're looking to trap kings in tight corners, or you simply want to unleash a torrent of carnage on the board, the tactics from this lesson will help you become a more formidable player.
Must-Know Tactical Patterns in Chess
4. Must-Know Tactical Patterns in Chess
September 25, 2015
Build your arsenal of tactical skills by looking for winning patterns on the board. After covering three go-to punches-pins, skewers, and forks-Mr. Silman turns to decoys, double attacks, discovered attacks, and more. Armed with these patterns of play, you now have a major tactical advantage.
Castling, Checkmate, Chess Engines, Draws
3. Castling, Checkmate, Chess Engines, Draws
September 25, 2015
Complete your review of the basics of chess-including how to castle, the difference between checkmate and stalemate, and the etiquette of play. Then shift your attention to the mythic side of the game and find out about simultaneous exhibitions, blindfolded play, and chess computers.
Secrets of the Pawns and Knights
2. Secrets of the Pawns and Knights
September 25, 2015
Although humble, pawns are the most complex pieces on the chessboard. Meanwhile, the leaping knights are perhaps the strangest pieces. Learn how these two pieces move and what strategies to employ with them to control the board. Look at a few situations that test what you've learned.
The World of Chess
1. The World of Chess
September 25, 2015
From kings and queens to ordinary workers, from family living rooms and local chess parlors to online gamers around the world, chess is a truly universal pastime. Discover the basics of the game, what each piece is worth and how it moves, and the mathematical notation that allows people to connect across social class, language barriers, and national boundaries.
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Chess is a sport, a science, and an art. The fun of the game is that anyone can play, and there is always something more to learn-especially with the right guide. From the basics of the game to advanced strategy and tactics, and everything in between, How to Play Chess: Lessons from an International Master is any chess enthusiast's opportunity to enhance your understanding of the game.

How to Play Chess: Lessons from an International Master is a series that is currently running and has 1 seasons (24 episodes). The series first aired on September 25, 2015.

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  • Premiere Date
    September 25, 2015