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[…] is a producer of thousands of free chess articles and free chess videos by FIDE chess masters. They recently released the renowned Empire Chess series that has been taking the chess world by storm. Please consider checking out their chess blog and chess shop with tons of free updated previews.

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