Understanding before Moving 133: Chess history in a nutshell (15)

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7/9/2023 – Herman Grooten is an International Master, a renowned trainer and the author of several highly acclaimed books about chess training and chess strategy. In the 133rd instalment of his ChessBase show "Understanding before Moving", Herman continues his series "Chess history in a nutshell" and continues to talk about the skills and the legacy of Emanuel Lasker. | Photo: Pascal Simon

Key Concepts of Chess - Pawn Structures Vol.1 and 2 Key Concepts of Chess - Pawn Structures Vol.1 and 2

In this two-part course the emphasis will be on typical pawn-structures.


Emanuel Lasker (3)

Much more can be said about the career of the second World Champion than we can tell in three episodes. The fact is that Lasker - who would remain world champion for no less than 27 years - exhibited a universal style that modern grandmasters were eager to adopt.

Lasker played the kind of chess that Steinitz had already demonstrated, according to the logic of the position. But he also added psychological elements that we have already observed. He defended very efficiently, could attack beautifully when he had to, and often managed to overpower an opponent strategically. When that opponent is also Capablanca, it is an even more impressive achievement.

In this episode we will discuss a famous example of a white knight winning a battle in enemy territory. To make the analogy with modern times, I would like to show a great example from a game Anand-Carlsen, Linares 2007. In the diagram position, White comes up with a fantastic concept. Can you see what his next move is and formulate its justification?

Master Class Vol. 12: Viswanathan Anand

This DVD allows you to learn from the example of one of the best players in the history of chess and from the explanations of the authors how to successfully organise your games strategically, and how to keep your opponent permanently under pressure.

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