In Positional Sacrifices Volume 1 - Pawns, IM Kostya Kavutskiy explores the vast topic of positional pawn sacrifices, where one side sacrifices a pawn (or two) in exchange for certain strategic advantages, such as: control of key squares, files and diagonals, the restriction of enemy pieces, damaging the opponent’s structure, and more.
The course has been divided by theme, with multiple videos per chapter. Included with each chapter are additional annotated games featuring key concepts in action, as well as several exercises for solving. This course is intended for advanced students (1500-2000 Elo) and is jam-packed with 6 hours of video lessons, along with additional PGN examples and exercises to solidify your understanding of the material covered.
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.