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

Level 8. Rating: 2000 – 2200


Knowledge needed to graduate to next level

Solid understanding of middlegame and typical combinations in various openings. Discerning the opponent’s plans and building counterplans. Preventive measures and maneuvering in different stages of play.


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.


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CT-ART 4.0;
Chess Guide for Intermediate Players;
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Theory and Practice of Chess Endings;
Modern Chess Opening – 7 courses in the series;
Chess Tactics in Opening – 10 courses in the series;




Recommendations Video Instruction

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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



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Chess Guide Vol. 2 (1800-2200)

11 Chess Guide Vol. 2 (1800-2200)
This is a course for intermediate 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 34 themes, including theoretical material and practical exercises. The theoretical part includes more than 290 examples of play. The practical part includes more than 750 exercises of varying difficulty.

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Chess Strategy (1800-2400)

12 Chess Strategy (1800-2200)
This chess program presents many instructive positions with 18 most important strategic themes 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 1800-2400 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


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


Chess Middlegame II (1800-2400)

21 Chess Middlegame II
Chess Middlegame II course composed by GM Alexander Kalinin is aimed at teaching a student much of the middlegame methods and intricacies through a theoretical section. The following openings are viewed: Sicilian defense (Dragon, Najdorf, Paulsen variations), Ruy Lopez (Open variation, Exchanged Variation), King’s gambit, Italian game, Evans gambit, Pirc-Ufimtsev, Alekhine’s defense, Nimzo-Indian defense, Queen’s-Indian defense, Queen’s gambit, Modern Benoni).

Free download, in-app purchases, suitable for players 1800-2400 ELO


Chess Middlegame III (1800-2400)

22 Chess Middlegame III
Chess Middlegame III course composed by GM Alexander Kalinin is aimed at teaching a student much of the middlegame methods and intricacies through a theoretical section. Openings: Sicilian defense (Closed System and 3. Bb5 var.), Scandinavian defense, Grunfeld defense, Queen’s Gambit Accepted, Reti opening and others.

Free download, in-app purchases, suitable for players 1800-2400 ELO


Chess Middlegame IV (1800-2400)

23 Chess Middlegame IV
Chess Middlegame IV course composed by GM Alexander Kalinin is aimed at teaching a student much of the middlegame methods and intricacies through a theoretical section. Openings: Two Knights’ defense, Sicilian defense (Richter-Rauzer attack), French defense (3. e5 and 3. Nc3 Nf6 4. Bg5 variations), Caro-Kann defense (3.e5 var.), English defense etc.

Free download, in-app purchases, suitable for players 1800-2400 ELO



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Kosteniuk 3 DVD COMBO

Chess Opening Ideas Video DVD – CHESS BLITZ FEVER by Alexandra Kosteniuk
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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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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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