Winning Chess Strategies Vol.1 - The Art of Sacrifices and Initiative

Throughout this video course, we will study how to master sacrifices and the initiative in several aspects: opposite-coloured bishops, the bishop pair, the exchange sacrifice, launching an attack, and the good moment to sacrifice will be the topics covered in this first video course. 

The goal will be to teach you how to take advantage of certain material imbalances and convert them into victories! Using real games, analysed and explained; some of them being genuine masterpieces, this video course will be the ideal tool to learn how to conclude a game due to your initiative. Enjoy each part, and soak it up for your next victories!

• Video running time: 5 hours (English)
• Extra: Database with thematic games


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
  • Opposite coloured bishops
  • Description
  • Example 1: Kramnik vs Topalov, 2015
  • Example 2: Van Wely vs Topalov, 2005
  • Example 3: Topalov vs Vachier-Lagrave, 2014
  • Example 4: Carlsen vs Karjakin, 2013
  • The bishop pair
  • Example 1: Giri vs Caruana, 2013
  • Example 2: Mencinger vs Edouard, 2011
  • Example 3: Rotlewi vs Rubinstein, 1907
  • Example 4: Jimenez Ruano vs Kamsky, 2019
  • Exchange sacrifice
  • Example 1: Movsesian vs Kasparov, 2000
  • Example 2: Bekker-Jensen vs Edouard, 2016
  • Example 3: Nikolic vs Topalov, 2000
  • Example 4: Topalov vs Kamsky, 2006
  • Launch a furious attack
  • Example 1: Topalov vs Ponomariov, 2005
  • Example 2: Dominguez Perez vs Adhiban, 2016
  • Example 3: Gashimov vs Lalic, 2007
  • Example 4: Lupulescu vs Iturrizaga Bonelli, 2016
  • The right moment to sacrifice
  • Example 1: So vs Akobian, 2016
  • Example 2: Wang Hao vs Zeng Chongsheng, 2017
  • Example 3: Wei Yi vs Bruzon Batista, 2015
  • Example 4: Van Wely vs Acs, 2002
  • Example 5: Kasparov vs Topalov, 1999
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