Shankland Aagaard Arizmendi chess camp calculation

Basic Calculation Skills: 29 July-2 August
€198 for members/€347 for non-members


If you have ever wondered “How do I improve my chess strategy” or  about “different chess strategies to won a game”, then this camp is for you!


The “4 Key Improvement Strategies” chess camp with GM Julen Arizmendi will provide answers to many important questions that chess players frequently ask, such as:

  • Exploiting Your Advantages

    How can I convert a better pawn structure into a win?

    What are the best practices for utilizing my spatial advantage?

    How do I transform superior piece activity into tangible threats?

  • Defending an Inferior Position/Dealing with Your Opponent’s Advantages

    What are the most effective defensive strategies when facing a positional disadvantage?

    How can I create counterplay when my opponent has the upper hand?

    What are the keys to safeguarding my position without being too passive?

  • Deciding When to Pull the Trigger: Dynamic Play vs Keeping the Tension

    How do I know when to initiate a tactical sequence versus maintaining the position?

    What criteria should I use to decide between launching an attack and building up slowly?

    Can you provide examples of successfully converting dynamic play into a decisive advantage?

  • Sensing Critical Moments

    How can I better recognize key turning points in a game?

    What thought process should I use during these critical moments to ensure the best decision?

    Are there specific signs that indicate a game-changing opportunity?

GM Julen Arizmendi will help you anser these questions in the 4-Key Improvement Chess Strategies, a chess camp being organised by Killer Chess Training. The dates are 23-26 May, starting at 17:00 UK time (09:00 California, 12:00 NY, 18:00 CET). There will be two 15-minute breaks. The camp will offer you a full 12 hours of training.

In the “4 Key Improvement Strategies” chess camp with GM Julen Arizmendi, participants will dive deep into mastering the following themes:

  1. Exploiting Your Advantages: Learn to recognize and capitalize on your positional strengths. Whether it’s a better pawn structure, superior piece placement, or greater activity, GM Arizmendi will teach you to convert these advantages into winning tactics.

  2. Defending an Inferior Position/Dealing with Your Opponent’s Advantages: Discover strategies to fortify your defenses when under pressure. This segment focuses on resilience, finding counterplay opportunities, and reducing the efficacy of your opponent’s strengths.

  3. Deciding When to Pull the Trigger: Dynamic Play vs Keeping the Tension: Balancing when to initiate concrete action and when to maintain the tension can define the game’s outcome. Learn to assess the right moment to strike or transform the game into a favorable endgame.

  4. Sensing Critical Moments: Sharpen your intuition to identify game-changing opportunities. Whether it’s launching an attack, simplifying to an endgame, or making a quiet yet crucial move, recognizing and acting on these pivotal moments can be the difference between victory and defeat.

These themes are crucial for players who are serious about improving their game and climbing the ranks in competitive chess. The camp promises to be an enlightening experience, merging GM Arizmendi’s profound insights with practical, game-based learning.




Do you feel your calculation is without method, focus, direction or reliability? Does it lack a solid foundation and is it hard for you to know when you are working correctly to improve it? Then the Basic Calculation Skills camp is for you, whether you are 1400 or 2600 rated. GM Jacob Aagaard will methodically go through the core skills of calculation and how to improve your calculation skills.

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