Welcome to Positional Sacrifices: Volume II - Pieces, by IM Kostya Kavutskiy. This is the second course in a two-volume series on positional sacrifices. For Volume I, click here.
In Volume II, IM Kavutskiy covers positional piece sacrifices, where one side sacrifices material in order to establish key strategic advantages. The focus of this course is to show the most thematic and typical examples of positional sacrifices, as well as discussing the many different types of compensation that a player can look for when sacrificing material.
The course starts with a long and informative video highlighting the classic examples of history, featuring several generations of players from Tarrasch to Petrosian to Kasparov.
The chapters are then divided by topic: exchange sacrifices, minor piece sacrifices, heavy piece sacrifices, with each chapter divided by theme.
In total, this course includes:
This course is one of the most comprehensive works on the topic of positional sacrifices to date. By the end of this course, students should develop a strong understanding and familiarity with the various motifs and concepts related to positional sacrifices. By diligently studying this course, one can expect to not only greatly improve their understanding and knowledge of positional sacrifices, but also their overall middlegame and endgame understanding as well.
Watch the first lesson for free on the curriculum tab below. Enroll today to start improving at positional sacrifices!
IM Kostya Kavutskiy is a widely recognized chess coach, author, and a Director of Operations at Chess University, Inc. Kostya joined the Chess University team three years ago and has taught students around the world through the Prodigy Program and through his spectacular video courses.
Kostya was born in Kiev, Ukraine but raised in Los Angeles, California. He first learned chess from his grandfather when he was 5. By the time he was 16, Kostya had reached 2200 Elo becoming a National Master. Kostya’s main highlight is winning the 2014 Southern California Championship.
Around 2012, he started working full-time as a chess professional. This included writing for US Chess and Chess Life Magazine, as well as recording videos lessons.
Currently, Kostya's also a member of the San Jose Hackers team in the PRO Chess League and is actively training and playing tournaments to earn the GM title. He primarily teaches at Bay Area Chess and Chess University.