FM Elliot Liu shows you a brilliant Emanuel Lasker game from nearly 120 years ago to illustrate the power of making constant threats with your moves.
Lasker uncorks one of the first uses of the Berlin Defense in top-level play to quickly gain an advantage in this instructive game.
FM Liu shows you how Lasker pressed his edge and improved his position with every move. | Watch video
FM Elliot Liu continues his analysis of an instructive Aron Nimzowitsch game on the art of keeping the initiative.
The game starts with an amazing string of moves by Nimzowitsch that improves his position while keeping his opponent occupied and reacting to threats.
Watch how Nimzowitsch magically turns a dormant rook into a monster in two moves, then optimizes his other pieces. If you’ve ever seen a good knight vs. a bad bishop, you will recognize the power of Nimzo's ultimate plan. | Watch video
FM Elliot Liu analyzes an instructive Aron Nimzowitsch game where nearly every move contains a potent threat.
Nimzowitsch’s positional understanding was decades ahead of his time, and he makes use of that knowledge to quickly gain a winning position against his hapless opponent.
In this video, part one of the series, FM Liu shows you how to keep up constant threats to gain a positional advantage. | Watch video
The symphony comes to an end for FM Elliott Liu, as he simplifies into a two-bishops ending. Still not believing he could lose to a child, his opponent makes him prove that he knows the technique. Naturally Liu handles the mate effortlessly, and the stubbornness of his opponent proves good fodder for a review of a basic checkmate. After 87 moves, the music finally stops for black. Bravo Elliott! | Watch video
FM Elliott Liu won a piece in Part 1, simplified in Part 2, and now it is time to bring home the point in Part 3. In the finale, despite still being up a piece, Liu's king is way offside, and his opponent's king is charging into his position. Fortresses, stalemate traps, zugzwang, passed pawns - all the endgame elements are there in this video. Had he focused even more on "restriction" of black's pieces, he would have probably only had to make two parts to the series! | Watch video