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Garry Kasparov

Lesson time 23:12 min

Defense requires harmony, and knowing how to disrupt your opponent is critical. Garry shows how to identify an opponent’s target and then find a tactical way to destroy that defensive coordination.

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Deflection and attraction is quite important. And let us start with something fairly simple. So it's just an endgame. It's an end of one of the studies. So Black hopes to save the game by attacking White's rook. Because White's rook cannot leave the eighth rank. Because then the bishop is hanging. And that will be a drawish endgame. So Re8 doesn't help, because black king keeps attacking White's rook. So what can we do? Both deflection and attraction in one move. We play Bf6+. So we attract Black's king to f6, also deflect black king from attacking our rook. And now we have a skewer-- remember the skewer-- a check. Black king moves. And we win the knight. So fairly simple, but I think quite instructive. Now we can look also at a more practical example. And while there's so many I wanted to share with you, let's start with one of the instructive games from no one less else but Bobby Fischer. Now we are looking at the game, Reshevsky-Fischer. It seems that White probably can hold. Because queen is under attack. And after check, white king can just escape. But because king is on the first rank, and there's no space, Black has typical blow, Qf2. It's both deflection and attraction. I would say probably deflection, because if White takes the queen, then Re1+. That's mate. And if White desperately tries to protect the rook, then after Re1, mate is still inevitable. It's fairly simple. There are many more complicated cases. But that's an important element, so using the weakness of the first rank or the last rank, if you attack the black king, to deflect the rook that defends this rank and to create mating threats. It's an important tool to learn, because it happens often in the queen endgames. Now we have other pieces, but you should probably not pay much attention to that. White pawn is near the promotion square. But it's pinned. Remember, it's pinned. And it's absolute pin, because we have a king on h8. So how can we remove Black's queen, deflect it from preventing our pawn from promotion, but also to attract this queen to a square where it could be damaged later? So there's a temporary sacrifice of the queen, Qd5+. Black takes our queen. And then we immediately recover our queen. We promote it on g8. And it's not just a check, because it's a skewer. You see how many themes and motifs being combined? It's important. Now black king moves. And we just take the queen. And we won. Something even more picturesque, just another study. So when we have another queen sacrifice, as the attraction more than deflection. It looks for a moment that Black solved all the problems. It has two extra pawns. The knight is protected by the pawn. And White attack seems to be running out of steam. No so fast. There is a trick here that includes skewer and at...

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Students give MasterClass an average rating of 4.7 out of 5 stars.

Thinking outside of the box. We think of chess being just series of patterns but it is not just that.

Good explanation of how to create and use various skewer attacks

I enjoyed the class immensely. It gave me insight into chess but also into Garry Kasparov and behind the scenes. It lead me to buy one of his books which has helped my game. I would have liked to have seen some more live footage of some of the other greats in chess

Very inspirational, I think it's wonderful that this lesson is being taught however I would've liked to start on chess already.



Practice position answer key for "8. Deflection/Attraction" ( in packet p.83) ... #5 last sentence: is " 3...Qe2 " a typo? shouldn't it be " 3...Qc2 # " ?

Annabeth T.

That lesson was very helpful. I have a lot of trouble with that kind of thing. Thank you Mr. Kasparov!

I have to say that it is very frustrating!!! that when you pause the lesson (to study the board) it get covered by txt and crap, so you don't get a chance to look at the position before Garry shows you. Or is it just me?????

Robert L.

In the position with the bishops against two pawns when the bishop returned to a6 after going to f8, why could the king not go to d4 and guard both squares?

Cris V.

At some point in the future I will revisit this, but, I think , this chapter was the richest, most interesting so far.


I liked Gary's reflection on how hard it is to lose 3x games on a row. Shows his humanity!

A fellow student

The best part of the challenge at the end of the video is that it is only part of one of the most spectacular puzzles in the history of chess.

Danny S.

Mr. Kasparov has been very kind and humble in the approach he's taken in laying out and discussing/disclosing some sentimental moments and in his thoughtful planning of these lessons... Best Regards and Hope the Day is Good to You All...!..., Dani

A fellow student

Excellent. I'll study this chapter several times to enjoy these combinations.

A fellow student

in the challenge at the end in 23:08 black can win by Qg2 and then preventing checkmate by Qb7 checking the king and winning the other pawn. But if whit were to move the c7 pawn then you would move to Bb8 winning the game with material advantege!