Vasily Platov is a Russian chess player, coach, and author, who is considered one of the most innovative chess educators of the 21st century. He was born on January 1, 1980 and began playing chess at a young age. He quickly showed a natural talent for the game, and went on to become a respected chess coach and author. He is known for his deep understanding of the game, and his ability to explain complex concepts in a simple and easy-to-understand way.
As a player, Platov has had a successful career, competing in many national and international tournaments. He has won several major chess tournaments and has represented Russia in multiple chess Olympiads. He is also a respected chess coach, having trained many successful chess players, from beginners to grandmasters.
Platov’s approach to chess education emphasizes the importance of understanding the psychological aspect of chess. He believes that chess is not only about calculating the best move, but also about understanding the opponent’s mindset, and how to use psychological factors to gain an advantage. He emphasizes on the importance of developing the right mindset and attitude towards the game and the opponent. Platov stresses the importance of understanding how to create and use psychological pressure to make the opponent make mistakes and how to capitalize on those mistakes.
One example of a tactic that Platov often uses in his teaching is “The Psychological trap” This tactic involves creating a situation where the opponent is likely to make a mistake because of the psychological pressure, like making a move that loses material or create a weakness in the position. It allows the player to take advantage of the opponent’s mental state, and create a winning position.
As an author, Platov has written several books and articles on chess tactics and strategies, which are widely respected and continue to be studied by chess players of all levels.