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Mastering the Middlegame II - EMPIRE CHESS

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For most players, playing a beautiful attacking sacrifice, destroying the defense and checkmating the King is the most exciting way to win games. The final combinations are rarely the most difficult part of a successful attack, however.

Tactics flow from a superior position – Bobby Fischer

The real sign of a strong chess player is the ability to build the superior position in the first place. This requires a broad positional understanding and knowledge of techniques. “Mastering the Middlegame” sets out to provide you with exactly those skills.

Grandmaster Damian Lemos analyzes 4 amazing games, including wins by Magnus Carlsen and Alexander Grischuk, that demonstrate strategic decisions and positional methods which will seriously boost your rating. Each game finishes with a spectacular breakthrough that will give you new tactical patterns to use as well as train your calculation.

From evaluating sacrifices and balancing attack with defense to strategic manoeuvres and handling different pawn structures, GM Lemos’ clear and instructive commentary will enable you to instantly understand the position, make the correct decision and win with flawless technique.

After studying “Mastering the Middlegame” your games will be full of ever increasing advantages, irresistible pressure and fantastic tactical finishes.

Advanced Chess Course Edition! – Highlights

• Exclusive Grandmaster/Master Video by a brilliant presenter. We preselect only the most compelling and interesting Grandmasters and Masters to make DVDs for us.
• Highest quality audio and video available with Grandmaster Webcam. No more wasted time listening to low quality videos where it’s hard to hear the audio and video.
• In depth text chapter summaries in PDF format of each DVD’s content to easily reference if you need a quick refresher on a specific topic.
• 20 relevant and challenging practice problems per disc with solutions so you can test your learning and knowledge.
• PGNs included for every game so you can plug the games into your favorite chess engine.
• Brought to you by – The World Leaders in DVD education.


  1. Nepomnishay – Ionov, 1997
  2. Carlsen – Nielsen, 2004
  3. Grischuk – Kamsky, 2005
  4. Landa – Shaposhnikov, 2005
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ISBN 616348553445
Popular Collections Empire Chess
Publication Date November 13, 2015
Runtime 2.5 hours
Region Lock None - Playable Anywhere
Hardware Requirements Standard DVD Player
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Mastering the Middlegame II - EMPIRE CHESS