Improving Your Chess | Workshop #03


In this week's workshop, we're going to do:

  • Marshall Attack -- a fierce weapon for black forcing even top grandmasters to avoid it using anti-Marshall systems; classically played by Boris Spassky & John Nunn while modern adoption by Michael Adams and especially Levon Aronian still remains at elite level.
  • Beautiful Combinations of Middlegame
  • Pawn Endgames


(check lichess study links below diagrams for example games)

Marshall Attack
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Viswanathan Anand vs John Nunn
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Jack Battell vs Frank James Marshall
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Gata Kamsky vs Vassily Ivanchuk
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Vladimir Kramnik vs Peter Leko
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Black to play

If you were playing this position, what would be your evaluation of this position. Should you defend your king or do something else?

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White to play

If you were playing this position, what would be your evaluation. How would you deliver a tactical blow, keeping in mind that you have material deficit?

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White to Play

If you were playing this position, what would be your evaluation. Can black win this position?

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Black to play

If you were playing this position, what would be your evaluation. Is this position draw?

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White to play

If you were playing this position, what would be your evaluation. Is this position winnable for black?

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These ideas are must have patterns in your mind for understanding and ultimately playing better chess.

Solving the positions:

Try to solve these positions by

  1. Evaluating the position, finding who's better i.e white or black.
  2. Studying the positions one by one, without rushing.
  3. Calculating different variations no less than 5 minutes each position, for better understanding.

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    Positions courtesy of these sources (for my notes) but not limited to:
  • Lichess Database
  • Nunn Chess Openings
  • Keep it Simple Series
  • Encyclopedia of Chess Openings
  • Wesley So’s Chessable Course
  • Grivas Opening Laboratory
  • The Complete Manual of Positional Chess
  • Positional Decision Making
  • Train Your Pattern Recognition
  • Nunn Chess Endings
  • 100 Endgames You Must Know
  • Silman's Complete Endgame Course


  • Workshops will be published every Wednesday.
  • Positions have been taken from my notes collected over time from various books from my ever-growing chess library.
  • These positions were taken based on their educational value.
  • Lichess Study links have next moves hidden, when you make correct move, moves will start appearing as main variation.
  • Any suggestion and/or criticism highly accepted.

  • Images Courtesy: Thumbnail & logo designed with canva,chess diagrams are lichess screenshots.
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Thank you for this wonderful analysis in chess. I’ll try to use this opening