1. Checkmate with King and Rook vs King 2. Checkmate with King and Queen vs King 3. Understand the 5 basic draws in Chess 4. Checkmate with King and Queen vs King and Bishop 5. Checkmate with King and Queen vs King and Knight
Pawn Endgames 1. Opposition & Critical squares 2. Deep Freeze and the Fox and the Chicken Position 3. The Square of the Pawn 4. Outflanking 5. Mined squares (Landmines)
Piece vs Pawn 1. Queen vs Lone Pawn on the 7th rank 2. Rook vs Lone Pawn 3. Bishop and Lone Pawn 4. Knight and Lone Pawn
Rook Endgames 1. Lucena Position 2. Philador Position 3. Rook Behind a Passed Pawn 4. Rook and Pawn on the 7th Rank - Key Positions -Rook in front of the pawn - King in front of the pawn -Long distance checks defense (7th rank) 5. Rook vs Rook and Pawns - Tactical elements and nice ideas
Opening repertoire - Study the main lines of a Short Opening Repertoire with the response to the most common lines played only.
Pawn Endgames 1. Two Connected Pawns vs 1 (basic) 2. Self-protecting Pawns 3. The Outside Passed Pawn 4. The Protected Passed Pawn
The Middlegame 1. Imbalances 2. Knights and Bishops in the Middlegame 3. The Rooks in the Middlegame 4. Weak Pawns & Weak Squares - The Isolated Pawn - The Backward Pawn - Doubled and Tripled Pawns - What are weak squares ? - How to create and take advantage of weak squares -The minority attack 5. Dragging down the King
Rook vs 2 Pawns 1. Rook vs 2 connected passed pawns 2. Rook vs 2 separated pawns
Minors and pawns 1. Bishop vs 2 pawns 2. Knight endgames
Rook vs Minor 1. Rook vs Bishop 2. Rook vs Knight
Rook Endgames 1. Rook and Pawn on the 6th, 5th & 4th Rank vs Rook - Key positions * Defending King in front of the pawn - Philidor Defense - Other Key positions * Defending King NOT in front of the pawn - Vancura Defense (Rook Pawn) - Kling and Horowitz Defense - Long distance checks Defense - Frontal checks defense 2. Rook Cutting off the King 3. The active Rook on the 7th Rank & the active King 4. How to simplify a complex position - The Flowchart method 5. Rook and 2 connected pawns vs Rook
Opening repertoire - Develop and study an opening repertoire that suites your character and style of play.
Pawn Endgames 1. Pawn Races and Counting 2. The Zigzag and Pendulum techniques 3. King Races & Dual Purpose moves 4. Triangulation 5. Reserve Tempi 6. Principle of Two weaknesses 7. Blocked rooked Pawns with an extra Pawn 8. Two Connected Pawns vs 1 (Advanced) - Connected Rook and Knight Pawn vs Rook Pawn (Bird's Color Principle)
Endgame with minors 1. Rook vs Rook & Bishop 2. Bishop vs Knight with a Passed Pawn 3. Checkmate with Bishop and Knight
Rook Endgames 1. Rook + 2 Pawns vs Rook 2. Rook and Pawn vs Rook with an extra Pawn
1. Have a Work-plan for Review of previous material 2. Have a Daily tactics workout 3. Keep track of all the games and go over them with a GrandMaster 4. Read chess History 5. Read and watch videos played and explained by GrandMasters to see their way of thinking 6. Memorize GrandMaster games 7. Learn Unorthodox Openings and the ideas behind them to catch GrandMasters by surprise