A plan, a plan, my kingdom for a plan!

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6/5/2019 – Has this ever happened to you? You have managed the opening pretty well, you have an interesting position, but you simply don't know how to proceed. What you need is a plan. Let IM Robert Ris help you with that. The internationally known trainer and teacher has produced a brand new Fritztrainer with instructive videos and many interactive examples that will improve your strategic skills. Don't miss this one!

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Robert Ris: How to Make a Plan

In every game of chess there comes a moment when one is confronted with the question: what should I do now? Often, the solution involves more than finding just asingle move, and you are rather challenged to work out a complete plan instead. In order to make an effective plan one needs to delve deeper into the position – just determining which pieces are good and bad normally is not enough to find your way.

On this DVD, five key elements of positional play are discussed which help you formulate the right plan:

  1. The influence of pawn play
  2. How to deal with tension (with pawns and pieces)
  3. Improving your worst piece
  4. Creating targets and exploiting them
  5. Prophylactical thinking

After going through the twelve examples from the theoretical section, it’s time for you to get actively involved! The author has collected no less than 50 instructive examples with multiple questions to test your positional understanding. On top of that, another 50+ examples have been added in a separate database, while there is also a new feature in the Fritz app to play out various positions.


01: Intro [04:23]

01: The influence of pawn play Game 1 - Ris,R - Tan,M [19:58]
02: The influence of pawn play Game 2 - Ris,R - Bergsson,S [21:24]
03: How to deal with tension (with pawns and pieces) Game 3 - Peng,Z - Ris,R [16:38]
04: How to deal with tension (with pawns and pieces) Game 4 - Carlsen,M - Amonatov,F [17:08]
05: Improving your worst piece Game 5 - Short,N - Gelfand,B [14:13]
06: Improving your worst piece Game 6 - Karpov,A - Spassky,B [18:38]
07: Creating targets & exploiting them Game 7 - Shankland,S - Ding,L [18:29]
08: Creating targets & exploiting them Game 8 - Gelfand,B - Duran Vega,S [16:11]
09: Creating targets & exploiting them Game 9 - Sokolov,I - Wang Yue [15:20]
10: Prophylactical thinking Game 10 - Ris,R - Kopylov,M [14:20]
11: Prophylactical thinking Game 11 - Ris,R - Gonzalez Gomez,R [18:01]
12: Prophylactical thinking Game 12 - Tate,E - Ris,R [16:08]

1-10, 11-20, 21-30, 31-40, 41-50

11: Outro [02:07]

In this section you can practice with ChessBase tools.
Further Examples: A further database with more examples helps to enhance your knowledge. Database
Pawn play: Ris vs Tan
How to deal with tension: Carlsen vs Amonatov
Creating targets; exploiting them: Short vs Gelfand
Creating targets; exploiting them: Sokolov vs Wang Yue
Prophylactical thinking: Tate vs Ris

About the author

Born in 1988, Robert Ris is an International Master who has represented The Netherlands in various international youth events. Nowadays his main activities in the Amsterdam area consist of teaching in schools and chess clubs as well as coaching private clients. On top of that, he is also an active online trainer with a number of students from a host of different countries.

Robert has made several appearances as a live commentator for prestigious events, such as the Dutch National Championships 2011-2013 and the Tata Steel Chess Tournament in 2013 and 2014.

Fritztrainer Strategy

  • Video running time: eight hours (English)
  • With interactive training including video feedback
  • Extra database with further examples
  • Including ChessBase Reader

System requirements: Minimum: Pentium III 1 GHz, 1 GB RAM, Windows 7, DirectX9 graphic card with 256 MB RAM, DVD-ROM drive, Windows Media Player 9 and internet connection for program activation. Recommended: PC Intel Core i7, 2.8 GHz, 4 GB RAM, Windows 7 / 8 or 10, DirectX10 graphic card (or compatible) with 512 MB RAM or better, 100% DirectX10 compatible sound card, Windows Media Player 11, DVDROM drive and internet connection for program activation.

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