Positional Sacrifices – Vol. II: Pieces
Positional Sacrifices – Volume II: Pieces
Instructor: IM Kostya Kavutskiy
This is the second course in a two-volume series on positional sacrifices. If you’re looking for Positional Sacrifices – Vol. I: Pawns, click here!
In Volume II, IM Kostya Kavutskiy covers positional piece sacrifices, starting with a long and informative video highlighting the classic examples (featuring several generations of players from Tarrasch to Petrosian to Kasparov) before moving on to detailed chapters on exchange sacrifices (the most common positional sacrifice), minor piece sacrifices, rook sacrifices, and of course queen sacrifices. Lastly, Kostya showcases several modern brilliancies, featuring some of the most creative efforts by today’s elite players.
The focus of this course is to show the most thematic and typical examples of positional sacrifices, as well as discussing the many different types of compensation that a player can look for when sacrificing material. Kostya also spends time discussing execution and converting a strategic advantage by demonstrating concepts such as: simplification, preventing counterplay, and the transformation of advantages.
With a total of 89 instructive examples covered in the videos, plus an additional 15 annotated games and 20 practical exercises for solving, the course is one of the most comprehensive works on the topic of positional sacrifices to date. By the end of this course, students should develop a strong understanding and familiarity with the various motifs and concepts related to positional sacrifices.
In addition to the main topic of positional sacrifices, the wide variety of examples demonstrate many other classic middlegame and endgame themes that are essential knowledge for the tournament player, including topics such as: development & initiative, attacking play, breakthroughs, outposts, blockade, restriction, prophylaxis, practical defense, and many more. By diligently studying this course, one can expect to not only greatly improve their understanding and knowledge of positional sacrifices, but also their overall middlegame and endgame understanding as well.
The Classics (47:45)
Chapter 1: Exchange Sacrifices
Part 1 – Thematic Motifs (16:28)
Part 2 – Domination & Restriction (13:33)
Part 3 – Color Complex (17:26)
Part 4 – The Bishop Pair (23:46)
Part 5 – Endgame Sacrifices (21:12)
Part 6 – Double Exchange Sacrifices (22:02)
Chapter 2: Minor Piece Sacrifices
Part 1 – Opening Files (28:28)
Part 2 – Piece vs. Two Pawns (26:04)
Chapter 3: Heavy Piece Sacrifices
Part 1 – Rook Sacrifices (18:59)
Part 2 – Queen Sacrifices (22:30)
Part 3 – Queen vs. Two Minor Pieces (19:54)
Modern Brilliancies (31:27)
15 Additionally Annotated Games
20 Practical Exercises
Overview of Key Concepts and Course Summary (PDF)
- Lectures 19
- Quizzes 0
- Duration 5 hours
- Skill level 1600-2000+
- Language English
- Students 30
- Assessments Self
One of the best video courses on sacrifices
This course was one of the best video courses that I've ever studied. There were tons (about 100-150, if you include puzzles and annotated games) of instructive examples. It's almost unbelievable how Kostya managed to pack so much instruction into a course which is less than 10 hours long. The quality was also amazing, Kostya was very systematic and organized about how he presented the material. The explanation was also top-notch; almost no fluff, Kostya usually went straight to the point and outlined precisely why/when/how positional piece sacrifices could be correctly implemented. Well done and highly recommended.