The Complete Guide to Attacking Chess
What you'll learn
- Ability to appreciate what makes attacking chess effective and how to get great attacking positions for combinations to become possible
- Ability to appreciate the elements in positions relating to attacking potential
- Ability to see how certain openings can lead to attacking positions
- Appreciate the greatest attacking players in Chess history
- Ability to become a more concrete player by basing play around concrete mating combinations that end the chess war
- Ability to reverse engineer how beautiful mating combinations are made possible and see the mistakes made, and elements made use of
- Ability to appreciate some of the most iconic and instructive attacking chess games in history
- Ability to appreciate the attacking perks of various pawn structures
- Ability to appreciate that sometimes winning endgame simplification is the reward for attack
- Ability to appreciate Alexander Alekhine as a "sensei" for Kasparov and learn from Alekhine's attacking foundation examples
- Ability to appreciate Alexander Tolush as a "sensei" for Spassky and learn from Tolush's foundational examples
- Ability to appreciate the power of piece teamwork when the opponent's King is weakened for example controlling escape squares, supporting pieces, and checking
- Ability to appreciate saying "No!" to opponent's threats and need to auto-recapture and instead becoming more downside centric e.g. mating instead
- Ability to appreciate the accumulation of advantages model set out by the first World chess champion Steinitz and how this relates to groundwork for attacks
- Ability to appreciate the power of opening preparation when preparing for specific opponents
- Ability to appreciate grounded attacking chess as a kind of "delayed gratification" in terms of accumulating advantages first and then a justified attack
- Know how the chess pieces move and ideally has interest in attacking chess
This guide to attacking chess highlights key attacking patterns and ingredients that can lead to mating combinations. It does not focus on mating patterns and combinations, but there is exercise training all the way through the example games, so you will also reinforce your combination and tactical skills.
The major "added value" and focus of the course is the opening and middlegame patterns and attacking "ingredients" of play that create the possibilities for mating patterns and combinations that crown earlier efforts.
The magic behind for example Alekhine's combinations for how he created the possibilities is systematically explored to help determine "key attacking ingredients". For attacking players such as Rudolf Spielmann, Alekhine's combinations were understood but just not how to get those positions.
"I can comprehend Alekhine's combinations well enough, but where he gets his attacking chances from and how he infuses such life into the very opening - that is beyond me." – Rudolf Spielmann
If you require a mating patterns guide, please check Kingscrushers "Art of Checkmate" which is a complementary course to this one. If you require a primer on tactical patterns, please check Kingscrusher's "Complete guide to chess tactics". These are complementary courses to this one. This course focuses on "how to get the attacking positions" in the first place, determining the key attacking patterns and ingredients from the Opening and into the middlegame.
The course is structured into layers taking into account both the acknowledged masters of attack and also the brilliancy games which showed other masters playing exceptionally well.
The first key "example layer" of the course made was instructive games of Alexander Alekhine who really loved tactics and combinational play and sought out key ingredients for these combinations in the opening and middlegame phase. Some of the course sections highlight these key ingredient "patterns" that are leveraged such as the "bishop without a counterpart". Other sections of the course have been inspired by Neural Network patterns because there is solid evidence that with less calculation, these patterns can even defeat very strong and accurate traditional "AB engines". So Neural network patterns such as "Thorn pawns" and "Bishop without a counterpart" create some of the sections.
The second key "example layer" of the course is made out of the immortal notable games of chess which have a strong attacking element to them. The ingredients of such games are dissected and these examples strengthen the section themes.
Great attacking players featured in this course include Paul Morphy, Adolf Anderssen, Wilhelm Steinitz, Emanuel Lasker, Alexander Alekhine, Boris Spassky, Bobby Fischer, Mikhail Tal, Garry Kasparov, and many more besides. In other words many of Kingscrusher's favorite chess players of all time :)
This course is a work in progress because Kingscrusher is passionate about attacking chess and loves to improve his own clarifications when creating courses. The extra layers of the course give further examples to reinforce the key sections from the most notable attacking players in Chess history. These extra layers will be added with the ongoing evolution of this course.
By the end of the course, the student should be much more aware of key attacking ingredients and "patterns" of attacking chess. These form an important part of the jigsaw needed for effective attacking chess from the opening into the middlegame resulting frequently in beautiful combinational conclusions.
Who this course is for:
- Beginner to Intermediate level players
Tryfon Gavriel, also known as "Kingscrusher" on the Internet. I am a FIDE Candidate Master (CM), and British Regional Chess Master, and run a popular Youtube channel for many years with over 114k+ Subs as of 2021 and a Silver Button Award.
I have done many shows on commercial chess servers. I am also the Webmaster of the correspondence-style chess server Chessworld which emphasizes game quality and research.
Over 35 years of playing activity both online and offline. Peak ICC blitz rating of 2625 (18-Jun-1999). Peak ICC 5 min auto-pairing of 2383 (29-Jun 2012). ECF Grading peak classical: 212 (A) ECF. Peak Rapid rating: 217 (C).
Lichess marathon top 10 finishers in 4 marathons so far. Top 50 finisher in 7 marathons so far. Top 100 finisher in 4 marathons so far. And top 500 in 1 marathon so far. Won quite a few tournaments at lichess - in fact giving me 3rd rank overall behind Lance5500 and papasi in a recent detailed statistical blog analysis titled "Lichess Marathon Statistics".
One of my earliest Over-the-board achievements in Chess was winning the Lloyds Under 18 national UK tournament in 1989. My trophy was awarded to me by Grandmaster and Ph.D. Mathematician Dr John Nunn.
I have done teaching in Schools and also have done teaching online with several Lichess students on a regular basis, and have a very good coaching rating at lichess.
Played twice in the main British Chess championship. Many of my Youtube viewers claim big rating increases after watching my videos.
I particularly love attacking chess, chess tactics, and combinations, and it is probably no accident that my "Complete Guide to Chess Tactics" has been a best-seller shortly after its release here at Udemy.
In general, I will try and give you greater enthusiasm for the game and in particular the dynamic attacking, aggressive tactical aspects of playing chess. My favorite heroes are mainly Attacking style tactical players: Paul Morphy, Alexander Alekhine, Mikhail Tal, Bobby Fischer, and Garry Kasparov. if you want to be a dynamic aggressive attacking style player, I may be able to encourage you and find you relevant resources on that path. The dynamic aggressive attacking players were particularly strong tactically and would often trade off pawn structure neatness and material to try and checkmate the opponent's kings. Checkmate does win the game :) They were masters of finishing combinations naturally as they sought to reduce the king's safety of the opponent in various ways including bringing the King out for often beautiful mating combinations.
In terms of concrete openings to make use of potentially teaching here at Udemy through courses. I like Solid openings on such as the London System. I also like provocative openings like the Knight's Tango systems to encourage weaknesses from opponents. I am also at faster time controls especially, particularly fond of aggressive openings and gambits. For example, the Smith-Morra Gambit vs the Sicilian Defence, and other gambits can be used aggressively even with the black pieces such as the Albin Counter Gambit. Gambits vary of course in soundness and it is important to teach what "ticks many boxes" for use in various time controls. Also, I like surprising opponents with openings such as the Nimzo-Larsen attack, the King's Indian Attack, The London System, and Queen's Knight attack system 1. Nc3, all of which I have courses for here at Udemy.
In the search for the ideal courses to provide you, I like to search within myself for my core strengths and passions within the passion of Chess.
I truly hope you enjoy my courses and they improve your chess and your enjoyment of chess generally - and life generally :)