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The Middlegame Manual that has Been Missing from 99% of Club Player’s Education

It’s always struck me as strange that nobody really shows you how to play the middlegame.

Sure, you pick up basic stuff like occupying the center, putting your pieces on open lines and so on. But what about the rest?

You know that the bishop pair is supposed to be an advantage, but how do you use it?

You know you need to push your plan forward while stopping your opponent’s ideas - but you only have one move, which do you prioritize?

And how do you balance pawn structure with activity, gaining space, attacking and defending?

There are 2 ways to learn these skills:

  • Trial and error (which, unless you analyze positions as fast as Stockfish, will take you several lifetimes).
  • Studying model games with an IM or GM coach.

If you haven’t had the time, money or access to do the second, here’s your chance.

Serbian IM Boroljub Zlatanovic has put together an incredible 10-hour course that reveals how to play the middlegame like a master.

IM Zlatanovic has hand-picked 26 of the most instructive master games of all-time, each one teaching one or more middlegame secrets you can start using right away.


  • Sicilian Special Forces. Learn how to harness the attacking potential of the Sicilian with a brilliant analysis of a classic. Discover how to deal with the d5 square, proper timing of Black’s pawn pushes and which Queen maneuver to unleash to bring White’s defenses crashing down!
  • Incremental Advantage. Most players fall apart in quiet, queenless positions. Every move looks the same so they just play anything. This is where a little knowledge can go a long way. IM Zlatanovic breaks down a Karpov classic to show how to mercilessly convert positions
  • The Bishop Blockade Method. Most people value bishops slightly higher than knights - which makes it easy for you to get the 2 knights vs. knight + bishop situation. That’s where the fun begins! Use Gligoric’s bishop blockade and watch your knights dominate!

This is the middlegame manual that has been missing from 99% of club player’s education.

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  • Intro

    Introduction to the course

  • Chapter 1

    Boleslavsky - Shcherbakov

    Bishop pair (good), Important squares, Weak pawns, Activity

  • Chapter 2

    Gligoric - Stahlberg

    Important squares, Weak squares, File, Knight vs. Bishop, Blockade

  • Chapter 3

    Nimzowitsch – Nilsson

    Open and semi-open file, Second weakness

  • Chapter 4

    Zlatanovic - Djoric

    Majority, Knight vs. Bishop

  • Chapter 5

    Ivkov - Hort

    Bad piece, File, Bishop pair (good), Harmony, Counterplay

  • Chapter 6

    Ljubojevic - Portisch

    Weak pawns, File, Bishop pair (good), Counterplay

  • Chapter 7

    Harmonist - Tarrasch

    Majority, Blockade, Bishop pair (good), Weak squares, Prophylaxis

  • Chapter 8

    Karpov - Seirawan

    Center, Harmony, Majority, Weak Squares, Activity

  • Chapter 9

    Andersson - Kavalek

    Center, Bishop pair (bad), Harmony, Open file, Weak squares, Activity

  • Chapter 10

    Zlatanovic - Georgiev

    Semi-Open File, Second Weakness, Counterplay

  • Chapter 11

    Nimzowitsch - Tarrasch

    Open File, Harmony, Second Weakness

  • Chapter 12

    Rosselli - Rubinstein

    Center, Harmony, Initiative, Knight vs. Bishop, Weak Squares, Prophylaxis

  • Chapter 13

    Rubinstein - Duras

    Center, Harmony, Space, Activity

  • Chapter 14

    Pflichthofer - Riefner

    Bishop pair (bad), Blockade, Weak squares, Counterplay

  • Chapter 15

    Rubinstein - Salwe

    Center, Harmony, Blockade, Weak Squares, Activity, Counterplay

  • Chapter 16

    Mohrlok - Ivkov

    Knight vs. Bishop, Blockade, Weak squares

  • Chapter 17

    Vasiukov - Boleslavsky

    Harmony, Majority, Activity

  • Chapter 18

    Lasker - Capablanca

    Harmony, File, Acivity, Prophylaxis

  • Chapter 19

    Fischer - Euwe

    Harmony, Activity

  • Chapter 20

    Geller - Hort

    Center, Harmony, Activity, Space

  • Chapter 21

    Englisch - Steinitz

    Bishop pair (good), Harmony, Activity, Weak squares

  • Chapter 22

    Atkins - Capablanca

    Harmony, Important squares, Knight vs. Bishop, Weak pawns

  • Chapter 23

    Bronstein - Benko

    Center, Harmony, Activity, Space

  • Chapter 24

    Kuzmin - Dorfman

    Center, Harmony, Important squares, Weak pawns

  • Chapter 25

    Lasker - Janowsky

    Center, Harmony, Majority, Bishop vs. Knight, Space

  • Chapter 26

    Vaganian - Bronstein

    Important squares, Weak pawn, Knight vs. Bishop, Initiative

What's Included:

Practical Middlegame Secrets IM Boroljub Zlatanovic - video course [10 hours 23 min]

IM Boroljub Zlatanovic’s new Practical Middlegame Secrets is a 10-hour training featuring quality analysis of the most instructive middlegames ever played. IM Zlatanovic has hand-picked 26 of the most instructive master games of all-time, each one teaching one or more middlegame secrets you can start using right away.

Complete Course PGNs + ChessBase Files

Downloadable, complete game database of everything covered so that you can analyze it at your own pace and convenience. A must have treasure chest for any serious player.

Access to Practicum

Train the important attacking motifs with a set of specifically designed tasks and challenges. Practical part is an important element of the course.

Chapter Checklist

Quickly navigate through the course and easily find the topics covered in each of the 26 chapters. Use it as a quick refresher after studying the course or skim through it before an important tournament!

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IM Boroljub Zlatanovic [2438 FIDE]

Boroljub Zlatanovic is an International Master and a professional chess coach from Serbia. Boroljub has been coaching chess for over 15 years and his students showed outstanding results in the Youth and Junior Championships. Whether you want to improve your endgame (basic, typical, complex), middlegame (global strategy, tactics, and typical positions) or to expand and deepen the opening repertoire, you are at the right place!