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Middlegame Secrets Vol.4 - The Secret Lives of Knights

For a chess player, chess pieces are like specific tools in a toolbox. We need to know how best to use them, just as a craftsman knows his tools. We shouldn’t use a screwdriver to hammer in a nail; and we shouldn’t position the knights on the edge of the board. Knights are mysterious creatures. They add a volatile element to any position. However, in this video tutorial you will learn how to tame them.

Free sample video: Introduction

Free sample video: Knight dominates the bishop - Van Wely vs Karjakin

Free sample video: Restricting the Knight 5: Kasparov vs Shirov

We will focus on how to create an outpost for a Knight and how to maneuver with this piece to get maximum activity from it. We will talk about the knight’s soul mates: the queen and the passed pawn. We will also focus on positions where knights are vulnerable or hopelessly passive: typically when they are behind the pawn chains.

  • Video running time: 4 h 39 minutes
  • Extra: Training with ChessBase apps – Play-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)

Muestra de vídeo


  • Introduction
  • Knight dominating the Bishop
  • Knight dominating the Bishop 1: Van Wely vs Karjakin, Wijk aan Zee 2012
  • Knight dominating the Bishop 2: Navara vs Caruana, Reggio Emilia 2010
  • Knight dominating the Bishop 3: Anand vs Van Wely, Wijk aan Zee 2001
  • Knight dominating the Bishop 4: Navara vs Hracek, Ostrava 2010
  • Knight dominating the Bishop 5: Markos vs Gustafsson, Graz 2010
  • A Knight's Best Friend
  • Passed Pawn 1: Markos vs Korchnoi, Pulvermuehle 2006
  • Passed Pawn 2: Carlsen vs Karjakin, Wijk aan Zee 2012
  • Passed Pawn 3: Spassky vs Petrosian, Wch Moscow 1969
  • Knight behind the Pawn Chain
  • Knight behind the Pawn Chain 1: Cheparinov vs Stellwagen, Amsterdam 2005
  • Knight behind the Pawn Chain 2: Gelfand vs Morozevich, Moscow 2014
  • Knight behind the Pawn Chain 3: Antal vs Markos, Pardubice 2007
  • Knight Behind the Pawn Chain 4: Naiditsch vs Timman, Dortmund 2002
  • Restricting the Knight
  • Restricting the Knight 1: Swiercz vs Idani, Maribor 2012
  • Restricting the Knight 2: Yu Yangyi vs Ju Wenjun, Gibraltar 2017
  • Restricting the Knight 3: Aronian vs Naiditsch, Karlsruhe 2018
  • Restricting the Knight 4: Markos vs Kulhanek, Czech Team Championship 2009
  • Restricting the Knight 5: Kasparov vs Shirov, Horgen 1994
  • Outposts
  • Outposts 1: Larsen vs Svidler, Bad Homburg 1998
  • Outposts 2: Ding Liren vs Grischuk, Ekaterinburg 2021
  • Outposts 3: Nijboer vs Harikrishna, Wijk aan Zee 2001
  • Outposts 4: Markos vs Sluka, Czech Team Championship 2014
  • Outposts 5: Karjakin vs Fedoseev, World Cup 2021
  • The Art of Spotting Outposts
  • The Art of Spotting Outposts 1: Kramnik vs Ribli, Groningen 1993
  • The Art of Spotting Outposts 2: Markos vs Caletka, Slovak Team Championship 2017
  • The Art of Spotting Outposts 3: Smyslov vs Zuidema, Hamburg 1965
  • The Art of Spotting Outposts 4: Bacrot vs Tiviakov, Wijk aan Zee 2006
  • The Art of Spotting Outposts 5: Bobotsov vs Petrosian, Lugano 1968
  • Exercises
  • Database
  • Practice Positions
  • Position 1
  • Position 2
  • Position 3
  • Position 4 (against a bad Knight)
  • Position 5
  • Position 6
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