Master your technique - manoeuvres you must know

In chess, there are many key elements: opening theory; endgame theory; middlegame strategy; and calculation of variations, based on tactics. In every area there are the most efficient and logical ways to perform chosen manoeuvres or improvements of the positions. Generally, we call these “technique”.

Every player must develop the necessary classical knowledge of technical manoeuvres. With this video course I give you the essential knowledge for your own practice. Topics include: important ways to improve your pieces, how to create and use strong pieces, typical methods of creation of pawn and square weaknesses and methods of exploiting them, technique of working with the pieces.

  • Video running time: 4 hours
  • Interactive training including video feedback
  • Database with 30 excercises
  • Extra: Training with ChessBase apps - Play key positions against Fritz on various levels

This is what is delivered:

  • Fritztrainer App for Windows and Mac
  • Available as download or on DVD
  • Video course with a running time of approx. 4-8 hrs.
  • Repertoire database: save and integrate Fritztrainer games into your own repertoire (in WebApp Opening or in ChessBase)
  • Interactive exercises with video feedback: the authors present exercises and key positions, the user has to enter the solution. With video feedback (also on mistakes) and further explanations.
  • Sample games as a ChessBase database.
  • New: many Fritztrainer now also available as stream in the ChessBase video portal!

That's what the FritzTrainer App can do for you:

  • Videos can run in the Fritztrainer app or in the ChessBase program with board graphics, notation and a large function bar
  • Analysis engine can be switched on at any time
  • Video pause for manual navigation and analysis in game notation
  • Input of your own variations, engine analysis, with storage in the game
  • Learn variations: view specific lines in the ChessBase WebApp Opening with autoplay, memorize variations and practise transformation (initial position - final position).
  • Active opening training: selected opening positions are transferred to the ChessBase WebApp Fritz-online. In a match against Fritz you test your new knowledge and actively play the new opening.

Even more possibilities: Start FritzTrainer in the ChessBase program!

  • The database with all games and analyses can be opened directly.
  • Games can be easily added to the opening reference.
  • Direct evaluation with game reference, games can be replayed on the analysis board
  • Your own variations are saved and can be added to the own repertoire
  • Replay training
  • LiveBook active
  • All engines installed in ChessBase can be started for the analysis
  • Assisted Analysis
  • Print notation and diagrams (for worksheets)

Sample video


  • Blockade
  • Kingside blockade
  • Queenside blockade
  • The Octopus bloackade on d6 1
  • The Octopus bloackade on d6 2
  • The Octopus bloackade on d6 3
  • The Octopus blockade on c4/c5 - Polugaevsky classics
  • Opposite-coloured bishops
  • Passed pawns
  • Powerful bishop needs an open diagonal
  • Coordination of the pieces
  • One weakness is sufficient
  • Failing to coordinate the passive bishop
  • Attacks
  • Endgame essentials
  • Transposing into basic winning pawn endgame
  • King opposition
  • Bishop and pawn endgames
  • Rook and pawn(s) vs Bishop and pawn(s)
  • Holding the draw
  • Studying mistakes
  • Rook endgames
  • Rook endgames 2 - Protect the king from checks
  • Rook endgames 3 - Protect the king from checks
  • Rook endgames 4 - Rook activity through pawn sacrifice
  • Rook endgames 5 - Rook activity through pawn sacrifice
  • Studying mistakes 2
  • Carlsen and the power of the knight
  • The Octopus Knight
  • Restricting the opponents' knight
  • How to make two knights work as a team
  • Finding the best spots for the knight
  • Open file
  • Timing
  • Doubling Rooks on the open file
  • Doubling Rook and Queen on the open file
  • Create the open file
  • Square control
  • How to start square control
  • Control
  • Sacrifice for control 1
  • Queen and bishop battery
  • Sacrifice for control 2
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