Improve your pieces - a winning system you need to know

One of the most effective ways to improve your chess understanding is to know where your pieces belong and how to adapt when the board situation changes. When there’s no forced tactics, one must formulate a plan for what to do. Instead of looking for a win or advantage, it’s often easier to identify a piece that can improve its position and function. Even improving your worst piece is a simple concept that avoids assessment insecurity.

And who better to learn from, than one of the best trainers in the world? RB Ramesh has trained thousands of chess players including the top players in the world. He’s the trainer of rising Indian prodigy Praggnanandhaa, and he helps many improving Indian Juniors attain the highest level. He has carefully selected examples that underline the importance of regrouping your pieces and giving you rules of thumb which are easy to remember.

  • Video running time: More than 4 hours (English)
  • Instructive examples
  • Extra: Database with exercises & 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


  • Introduction
  • Identifying passive pieces
  • Themes
  • Piece Play: Example 1 - Renet vs Jussopow
  • Dynamic vs static positions: Example 2 - Karpov vs Schauwecker
  • Compare and evaluate: Example 3 - Kasparov vs Huebner
  • Improving a good-looking piece: Example 4 - Klimov vs Fominyh
  • Activity of the pieces: Example 5 - Miton vs Bulski
  • Multiple ideas: Example 6 - Kindermann vs Tatai
  • Identify the worst piece: Example 7 - Short vs Vaganian
  • The jobless piece: Example 8 - Adams vs Bacrot
  • Playing on colours: Example 9 - Salgado Lopez vs Caruana
  • Quiet moves: Example 10 - Karpov vs Spassky
  • The hidden moves: Example 11 - So vs Heine Nielsen
  • Dominant piece play: Example 12 - Petrosian vs Gulko
  • Finding resources: Example 13 - Giri vs Tomashevsky
  • The art of focusing our pieces: Example 14 - Garcia Martinez vs Pigusov
  • Conclusion
  • Practice Positions
  • Description
  • Position 1: Vidit vs Roiz, 2018
  • Position 2: Kasparov vs Beliavsky, 1983
  • Position 3: Tkachiev vs Ivanov, 2014
  • Position 4: Wang Hao vs Caruana, 2013
  • Position 5: Nakamura vs Gelfand, 2012
  • Position 6: Carlsen vs Mamedyarov, 2014
  • Position 7: Morozevich vs Shirov, 1999
  • Position 8: Korchnoi vs Hamann, 1978
  • Position 9: Polugaevsky vs Petrosian, 1981
  • Position 10: Nevednichy vs Sideif Sade, 1979
  • Bonus
  • Analysis
  • Exercises
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