Candidate Master Level Chess Courses by FM Mike Ivanov


How to plot like a strong player

What you’ll learn

  • Students will learn about how to get chess positions from which an attack is not only possible but simple to execute.



  • Students are recommended to look through easier courses first, and should have a decent understanding of piece quality and choosing candidate moves.

People said that anyone could understand World Champion Alekhine’s combinations and even do them if the chance arose. The problem is that those positions aren’t so easy to get. This course examines the ways in which chess players prepare for the positions from which tactics spring, attacks work, and sacrifices are sound. It also looks at how schematic thinking is used to plot out the game, and weakness awareness is used to both create plans and look for candidates. Toppled off with both opening analysis and endgame technique workshops, it presents a chance for strong players to fulfill their potential and fill their gaps in knowledge.

Who this course is for:

  • Advanced chess players of around 1400+ rated strength

Head Coach at Canada Youth Chess Club


Mike learned chess from the age of 4 and achieved his current title of Fide Master at the age of 20. He has been teaching for over 8 years now and wants to see the next generation of Canadian chess juniors surpass him :). In the future, Mike still wants to attain the International Master title and still plays competitively a few times a year. He tries to teach what he would have liked to be taught when he was growing up, in an entertaining manner based on stories, jokes, and games.


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I am Ho Quang Dai, from Vietnam – A country that loves peace. I share completely free courses from major academic websites around the world. Hope to bring free knowledge to everyone who can’t afford to buy

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