Playing against the Higher-Rated Opponent: Part 3 – Practical Examples:

Posted on December 26,2014 By GM Levan Aroshidze in Strategy & Game Review, General Chess Articles, Beginner’s Corner. Practical Examples: Provocative Strategy Let’s see the various examples of playing against the higher-rated opponent by using different playing strategies. Position after 5… Qc7 Aroshidze 2401 vs Mastrovasilis D. 2568 1. e4 c5! The high-rated player immediately offers a double-edged Sicilian Defense and hopes to outplay the opponent with knowledge, experience and good skills of calculation. 2.Nf3 e6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nc6 5.Nc3 Qc7 Now we get th[…]

Playing Against the Higher-Rated Opponent: Part 2 – Psychological Pressure

Posted on December 25,2014 By GM Levan Aroshidze in Strategy & Game Review, General Chess Articles, Beginner’s Corner. The High-Rated Player Under Psychological Pressure Objectively, high-rated players may also be under psychological pressure while playing with a lower-rated player. It happens because of everybody’s expectations that the higher-rated player is supposed to win. In the beginning, these expectations may help the high-rated player maintain a very positive mood, but if a low-rated player shows himself as a real fighter and does not let the rival take[…]

Benko Accepted – IM Andrew Martin

Posted on December 24,2014 By OnlineChessLessons.NET Contributor in Strategy & Game Review, Chess Openings, All Articles w/ Videos. A positional sacrifice out of the opening! In the video “Benko Accepted” by IM Andrew Martin, we are introduced to the Benko Gambit, an opening where Black immediately sacrifices a pawn for positional reasons. This opening has been played by top Grandmasters such as Kasparov, Gelfand and Adams and is very dangerous to play against. Black builds up a large amount of pressure on the queenside in this opening, forcing White to be very careful with i[…]

Playing Against the Higher-Rated Opponent: Part 1

Posted on December 23,2014 By GM Levan Aroshidze in General Chess Articles, Beginner’s Corner. During my coaching practice, I have encountered many situations in which the young, low-rated players had a problem playing against higher-rated opponents. The low-rated player felt helpless against the more experienced rival, and was psychologically defeated without even playing the game. It is a big mistake and a wrong approach that really makes failure inevitable. Playing against a higher-rated opponent is not about losing or winning. It’s abo[…]

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