Alexandra Kosteniuk’s Guide on How to Improve at Chess in the 21st Century

Level 6. Rating: 1600-1800


Knowledge needed to graduate to next level

Complex combinations on decoy deflection, interference, undermining. Spotting forced mates in 3-4 moves. Endings with same-squared or different-squared bishops. Key positions in rook, bishop and pawn endings. Typical pawn structures: isolated and dangling pawns, their advantages and disadvantages. Typical maneuvers. Solid knowledge of all main lines in chosen openings.


Improvement Guide Articles

Here are some articles by GM Alexandra Kosteniuk and chess guru Steve Lopez on how best to improve at chess from different levels. You can come back to this main page anytime.


Recommendations Playing – Analysis – Database Software

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Recommendations Peshka Interactive Courses Software

Chess Tactics for Club Players;
Chess Combinations Encyclopedia;
CT-ART. Mating Combinations;
Chess Tactics Level 3;
CT-ART 4.0;
Chess Guide for Club Players;
Total Chess Ending;
Chess Endgame Training;
Theory and Practice of Chess Endings;
Opening Lab;
Encyclopedia of Opening Blunders;
Modern Chess Opening – 7 courses in the series;
Chess Tactics in Opening – 10 courses in the series;




Recommendations Video Instruction

level0 It would be a good review to watch the Complete Chess Course 3 DVD combo and the Chess Opening Ideas video DVD’s.

Alexandra Kosteniuk Commented Games Videos (for players Rated 800 to 2200 ELO)


Chess Opening Ideas Video DVD
CHESS BLITZ FEVER by Alexandra Kosteniuk

The DVD from Women’s World Chess Champion and Chess Queen Alexandra Kosteniuk about Blitz Chess. Alexandra gives many tips on how to play better blitz chess and shows 8 of her sensational wins from the 2009 World Blitz Championship, where she beat World #1 Rated Magnus Carlsen, World Champion Vishy Anand, and super Grandmasters Gashimov, Aronian, Morozevich, Grischuk, Judith Polgar, and Naiditsch. All games are fully commented with simultaneous live screens and and 2D boards.

KOSTENIUK WOMEN’S WORLD CHESS CHAMPION

Exclusive DVD with over 3 hours of commented games and movies by the 12th World Chess Champion in the history of Chess Alexandra Kosteniuk. Every single game she played in Nalchik to win the World Title commented in detail in her own voice. Includes an exclusive full-length documentary of the 2008 Women’s World Championship narrated by Alexandra.

ALEXANDRA KOSTENIUK BEST GAMES

Alexandra comments in detail the 10 best games of her career, and mentions why she thinks they were important for her development as a chess player.

$49.95, zone-free video DVD for PC or Mac or video DVD, suitable for players Rated 800 – 2200 ELO



Recommendations Android apps

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We have more than 20 Android Chess apps and more come out every week. Already more than 1 million downloads. All courses are free downloads and provide sample theory and exercises. If you like the course, you can buy the full course.

Chess Tactics Art (1600-1800)

08 Chess Tactics Art (1600-1800)
A fundamental course on chess tactics for Club Players. The course contains 230 teaching examples and 340 new exercises useful for consolidation of acquired knowledge. The exercises are classified according to about 30 tactical methods and motifs. The program allows you to study the theoretical material and test your knowledge, see changes in your rating and keep track of your progress.

Free download, in-app purchases, suitable for players 1600-1800 ELO


Chess Guide Vol. 1 (1600-2000)

09 Chess Guide Vol. 1 (1600-2000)
This is a course for club players based on a textbook by a distinguished Russian chess trainer Victor Golenishchev. The source material is supplemented with examples of play by lead chess players from the latest major contests and is organized in chess lessons. The course contains 57 themes, including theoretical material and practical exercises. The theoretical part includes more than 400 examples of play. The practical part includes more than 200 exercises of varying difficulty.

Free download, in-app purchases, suitable for players 1600-2000 ELO


Total Chess Ending (1600-2400)

10 Total Chess Ending
Total Chess Ending course composed by GM Alexander Panchenko. It’s aim is to teach a student the intricacies of the endgame through a theoretical section, which includes over 600 games/lectures, each of them illustrating theoretical and practical endgame methods, and training section, with more than 2400 endgame exercises, classified according to 500 endgame themes. The material written by IM ICCF Alexander Alpert.

Free download, in-app purchases, suitable for players 1600-2400 ELO


Chess Tactics Art: Mate Theory (1200-1800)

04 Chess Tactics Art Mate Theory
CT-ART Mating Combinations program is the unique due to two causes: the high quality of the theoretical material and a new technology of giving the studying material, the iBook technology that uses hyperlinks and additional windows for comfortable usage of the studying material. The course is prepared by the famous coach Victor Khenkin and includes 1200 instructive examples on 14 themes, each of them illustrates the peculiarities of using certain pieces for mating combinations and 700 exercises for you to solve.

Free download, in-app purchases, suitable for players 1200-1800 ELO


Chess Combinations Vol. 1 (1200-2000)

05 Chess Combinations Vol. 1
The fundamental chess program for club players. The first part includes more than 1300 exercises (more than 200 examples to explore and 1100 to solve), classified in 40 tactical methods and motifs. The program allows you to study the theoretical material and test your knowledge, see changes in your rating and keep track of your progress.

Free download, in-app purchases, suitable for players 1200-2000 ELO


Chess Combinations Vol. 2 (1200-2000)

07 Chess Combinations Vol. 2
The fundamental chess program for club players. The second part includes more than 2600 exercises (more than 400 examples to explore and 2200 to solve), classified in 60 tactical methods and motifs. The program allows you to study the theoretical material and test your knowledge, see changes in your rating and keep track of your progress.

Free download, in-app purchases, suitable for players 1200-2000 ELO


Chess Opening Lab (1400-2000)

14 Chess Opening Lab (1400-2000)
This is a perfect opening manual. It features a theoretical review of all the chess openings, which are illustrated by instructive games of the greatest chess players. This compact opening manual contains a detailed classification, which makes it useful to players of any level – beginners, intermediate and advanced players. Each opening variation is supplied with evaluations and characteristics of key moves.

Free download, in-app purchases, suitable for players 1400-2000 ELO


Manual of Chess Combinations (1400-2000)

13 Manual of Chess Combinations
The material used in the program is based on a textbook by a renowned chess trainer Sergey Ivashchenko – Manual of Chess Combinations vol 2. You have to find the most important moves. Once you’re solving a problem and proposing a wrong move, the program helps you with various visual hints (such as arrows showing key lines of attack), and eventually shows the piece which is to move.

Free download, in-app purchases, suitable for players 1400-2000 ELO


Chess Opening Blunders (1400-2000)

15 Chess Opening Blunders
Encyclopedia of Opening Blunders – learn to play chess by learning the opening mistakes and traps that have been discovered over time. The program designed for studying the blunders in more than 40 openings and contains over 1,250 instructive exercises of varying difficulty from practical games. The program allows you to study the theoretical material and test your knowledge, see changes in your rating and keep track of your progress.

Free download, in-app purchases, suitable for players 1400-2000 ELO


CT-ART 4.0 (Chess Tactics) (1200-2400)

20 CT-ART 4.0 (Chess Tactics)
The legendary tactics course that has been voted more than once by chess experts as the best chess training program in the world. This version includes 2,200 basic exercises and 1,800 auxiliary exercises, divided into 50 topics. The course is based on the bestselling book Combination Motifs by a renowned trainer grandmaster Maxim Blokh. All positions have been hand-picked over the course of 20 years of training practice and come in the order that ensures most efficient learning.

Free download, in-app purchases, suitable for players 1200-2400 ELO



Recommendations Chess King Learn

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Kosteniuk 3 DVD COMBO

Chess Opening Ideas Video DVD – CHESS BLITZ FEVER by Alexandra Kosteniuk
– KOSTENIUK WOMEN’S WORLD CHESS CHAMPION
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ALL 10 CHESS TACTICS IN THE OPENING COMBO

1) Chess Tactics in French Defense
2) Chess Tactics in Slav Defense
3) Chess Tactics in Sicilian Defense
4) Chess Tactics in Open Games
5) Chess Tactics in Kings Indian Defense
6) Chess Tactics in Grunfeld Defense
7) Chess Tactics in Caro-Kann Defense
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9) Chess Tactics in Benko Gambit
10) Chess Tactics in Scandinavian Defense

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Interactive 10 Chess World Champions Anthology Maxi Combo

– The largest collection of world champion commented games, and interactive exercices

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Modern Chess Opening Set (vol.1-7)

This product features seven volumes of Modern Chess Opening series, covering almost all chess openings. The series provide detailed classification and contain a lot of training material.

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