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New: Jan Markos: Middlegame Secrets Vol.4 - The Secret Lives of Knights

by ChessBase Shop - 02/07/2024

For a chess player, chess pieces are like specific tools in a toolbox. We need to know how best to use them, just as a craftsman knows his tools. We shouldn’t use a screwdriver to hammer in a nail; and we shouldn’t position the knights on the edge of the board. Knights are mysterious creatures. They add irrational content to any position. However, in this video tutorial you will learn how to tame them. Increase your middlegame knowledge and understanding by getting this new Fritztrainer. Now you can stream it on any device - smartphone, tablets, computers etc. You can also read it in ChessBase Book format. So hurry up and grab this if you haven't yet. Photo: ChessBase

Middlegame Secrets Vol.4 - The Secrets Lives of Knights

by Jan Markos

We will focus on how to create an outpost for a Knight and how to maneuver with this piece to get maximum activity from it. We will talk about the knight’s soul mates: the queen and the passed pawn. We will also focus on positions where knights are vulnerable or hopelessly passive: typically when they are behind the pawn chains in which knight are vulnerable or hopelessly passive: typically, this happens when they are located behind the pawn chain.

• Video running time: 4 hours 39 minutes (English)

• Extra: Training with ChessBase apps – Play-positions against Fritz on various levels

Buy Middlegame Secrets Vol.4 - The Secret Lives of Knights

System requirements


Dual Core, 2 GB RAM, DirectX11, graphics card with 256 MB RAM, Windows Media Player 9, ChessBase 14/Fritz 16 or included Reader and internet access for program activation.



PC Intel i5 (Quadcore), 4 GB RAM, Windows 10, DirectX11 graphic card with 512 MB RAM or better, 100% DirectX10 compatible sound card, Windows Media Player 11 and internet connection for program activation.



Minimum: MacOS "Yosemite" 10.10



Smartphone, tablets and computers

About Jan Markos

Jan Markos is a Slovak chess grandmaster, coach, and author, a former European Youth Champion. His book “Under the Surface” won the ECF Book of the Year Award in 2018. His most recent chess book “The Secret Ingredient”, co-authored with GM David Navara, focuses on practical aspects of over-the-board play. For ChessBase he writes a column for the news "The winning Academy", has a magazine video column "Practical Tips for the tournament player" and now also a Fritztrainer series "Middelgame Secrets". Markos knows how to convert complex issues into rules of thumb that viewers can easily put into practice.

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