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Garry KasparovTeaches Chess

29 Lessons
Garry Kasparov teaches you advanced strategy, tactics, and theory in 29
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Learn from the legendary grandmaster in his first-ever online class.

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Elevate your game

At age 22, Garry Kasparov became the youngest world chess champion. After
beating Bobby Fischer’s peak rating, he outranked his fiercest competitors for
over twenty years. Now, Garry is ready to share what made him a six-time World
Chess Champion. Through detailed lessons, including his favorite openings and
advanced tactics, you will develop the instincts and philosophy to become a
stronger player.

29 Video Lessons

Watch, listen, and learn as Garry teaches you how to improve your chess game.

A downloadable workbook accompanies the class with lesson recaps and

supplemental materials.


Upload videos to submit questions about the class. Garry will also answer select
student questions.

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Lesson Plan

Garry's teaching reflects his style of play: direct, dynamic, and ambitious.
He shares what he will cover in this class, including concrete instruction
for players at different levels.


Garry's Chess Fundamentals

Learn how a World Chess Champion thinks as Garry shares the tenets of
his chess philosophy.


Double Attacks - Part 1

The double attack is a simple concept that can often be deadly. Garry
offers elegant examples to show its power—and how to defend yourself
from it.

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Double Attacks - Part 2

Garry offers an in-depth study of the double attack to help you
expand your practical portfolio.


Garry believes in the power of geometry. Through these positions,
he shows how you can get the best out of your pieces—even the
weak ones.


Discovered Attacks
Missing a discovered attack can have dramatic consequences.
Garry’s examples reveal how even top players can overlook this
surprising move.


Not all pins are created equal. Understanding their effectiveness
means understanding the power of paralyzing your opponent’s
pieces, especially in the endgame.


Defense requires harmony, and knowing how to disrupt your
opponent is critical. Garry shows how to identify an opponent’s
target and then find a tactical way to destroy that defensive


The moment an opponent’s pieces lose their ability to counter
threats, you can start building your attack.


The most destructive form of overload is when a piece has to watch
for threats coming from different directions. Garry’s examples
include one move that made his opponent literally jump out of his


Winning Trades
Trading pieces doesn’t mean simply eliminating pieces of equal
value. In the endgame, it can create a decisive advantage—or save a
game that appears hopeless.


Endgames - Part 1
In Garry’s experience, the endgame never means the end of
excitement. He shows the purity and creativity of the endgame—
including drama, shouldering, and zugzwang.


Endgames - Part 2
Garry continues his endgame lessons with pawn endgames, rook
endgames, queen v. pawn—and, of course, the king’s role. While it
can seem slow and weak in the middlegame, an active king is vital
in the endgame.


Endgames - Part 3
Garry believes miracles happen when you know how to create them.
While most players spend time on openings, you can make game-
changing miracles by studying the rich possibilities of endgames.


Openings - Part 1
Garry played e4 as a child prodigy and stuck with that move as the
under-18 chess champion of the USSR and under-20 champion of
the world. Learn when and how he grew his repertoire.


Openings - Part 2
What happens when your opponent plays your opening? How do
you find a satisfying opening both psychologically and strategically?
Is there such a thing as universal opening advice?


Openings - Part 3
He brought abandoned openings back from the dead and built a
database of almost 20,000 different analyses—but Garry believes
there are still more ideas to surface.


With a time control of 30 minutes, watch Garry take on three players
with ratings of 1266, 1515, and 2103.


Jason's Game
“What else can you do?” Garry breaks down Jason’s moves and
answers questions about what his opponent could have done


Molly's Game
“It seems like the whole army is coming for me.” After Molly opens
with the Sicilian, Garry counters with a quiet move. From there,
Garry talks through how he developed his pieces and explains how
Molly could have created more discomfort for him.


Dennis' Game
“No, I didn’t see that line.” Garry points out a line that Dennis
missed and shows how he created the illusion of an attack without
any real threat.


Case Study: Opening

Garry dissects his opening against Vishy Anand in 1995. The
discussion includes analysis of a decisive mistake, strong attacks,
tactical motifs, and a powerful yet quiet move that came at a rare
early stage of the game.


Case Study: Endgame

Garry focuses on pawn endgames and the drama they can create. An
appetite for the beauty of the endgame is one of the best ways to
improve your chess.


Garry's Journey
Even when Garry was a kid, the number 13 held special meaning for
him. He shares the realization of that numeric destiny and the forces
that shaped his singular style of play.


How to Analyze
World champions climb to the top through brutal and relentless
analysis. Learn what Garry believes is the greatest danger facing


Computers and Chess

The sting of Garry’s loss to Deep Blue has softened over the years.
He looks back on that defeat and forward to the benefits of
computers in chess training.


Mental Toughness
The poster that hung over Garry’s bed as a kid included a line
borrowed from Soviet dissidents: “If not you, who else?” Garry
talks about triumphing in the most grueling matches of his career, as
well as how he recovered when his mistakes felt like a physical


Whether you’re playing at home, at a club, or in a tournament, the
variations in chess are limitless—and so are the possibilities for
improving your game.


Bonus! Secret Novelty

After a crushing loss to Karpov, Garry analyzed his play and came up with
a variation that he never used.

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