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Attacking Monday Mornings with Sohan Phadke Part IV - Opening the secret door

by Satanick Mukhuty - 11/08/2019

Opening up hidden files, ranks, and diagonals is utmost essential in any kind of attacking play. The legendary Grandmaster Nigel Short once famously said, "Modern Chess is too much concerned with things like Pawn structure. Forget it, Checkmate ends the game”. If you are one of those players who like to go directly for the kill, then this part of the Attacking Monday Mornings is just for you. In this lecture Fide Master Sohan Phadke presents a new attacking technique which he likes to call "Opening the secret door". It is all about how you can make inroads into the opponent's position by opening up lines that are not apparent in the beginning. There are five positions for you to solve, at the end of which there is the solution video where Sohan meticulously explains the concept and each of the positions in detail.

Opening the secret door

Unleashing the secret door and getting to the opponent's king requires you to see what is beyond the obvious. The following positions are based on this one theme of seeing the unseen. So what are you waiting for? Open your sniper's eye, put on your thinking cap and dive in!


Position 1

Black to play

Position 2

Black to play

Position 3

White to play

Position 4

White to play

Position 5

White to play

Now, here is the video where Sohan explains to you all the intricacies of the above positions along with his principle of opening of the secret the door. Do check it out!

Make sure you do not miss Sohan's part V of the Attacking Monday Mornings which will be released on 12th of August. If you enjoyed the above positions and Sohan's explanations, you can write to him at or visit his website