Chess Strategy Lessons video course

"Chess strategy lessons" it's a magnificent series of 16 videos IN ENGLISH on several strategic concepts, developed by the great Spanish master Miguel Illescas. Miguel developed this series based on his years of high-level experience as a player and coach, having been part of IBM's Deep Blue Team and former trainer of World Champion Vladimir Krámnik.

The video course includes:

  • 16 high definition videos. Duration: 9 hours. 24 minutes. 51 seconds .
  • Extra material #1: Guide to the course in PDF.
    Free download!
  • Material #2: PGN file with the 72 items/positions used in the course.
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Chess Strategy Lessons

GM Miguel Illescas

In his series: "Chess Strategy Lessons", GM Illescas shares with us his in-depth knowledge of the game, garnered over years of experience at the highest level as both a player and coach. Miguel's command of strategic concepts is superb, and he shares his knowledge in a way that is both instructional and entertaining. You will no doubt gain a much better understanding of the strategic concepts he deems are vital for chess improvement.

The content is Chess Strategy lessons is clear, concise and very insightful. Dare we say outstanding. Whether it's learning when to push rook pawns, or when to exchange a bishop for a knight, or the key elements of doubled pawns, you'll ultimately experience a tremendous boost in your understanding of key strategic aspects of chess play.


  1. Introduction. (27:15 mins)
  2. Pushing the Rook Pawn. (31:17 mins)
  3. Bishop takes Knight Part I. (37:59 mins)
  4. Bishop takes Knight Part II. (38:02 mins)
  5. The Carlsbad Structure Part .I (28:12 mins)
  6. The Carlsbad Structure Part II. (23:59 mins)
  7. Open Files Part I. (30:42 mins)
  8. Open Files Part II. (30:24 mins)
  9. Doubled Pawns Part I. (31:48 mins)
  10. Doubled Pawns Part II. (31:57 mins)
  11. Badly Placed Pieces. (37:59 mins)
  12. Pawn Structures when Preparing a Plan. Part I. (35:46 mins)
  13. Pawn Structures when Preparing a Plan. Part II. (28:37 mins)
  14. Liquidation into the Endgame.When to exchange pieces. Part I. (37:35 mins)
  15. Liquidation into the Endgame.When to exchange pieces. Part II. (44:07 mins)
  16. Liquidation into the Endgame.When to exchange pieces. Part III. (27:02 mins)
  17. Liquidation into the Endgame. When to exchange pieces. Part IV. (42:10 mins)

Total runtime: 9 hrs 24 mins 51 seconds.


  • FREE BONUS #1: A full course guide.
  • FREE BONUS #2: A PGN with 72 positions/games used by Miguel during the course.
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GM Miguel Illescas
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16 PDF PGN videos
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