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  • 9 days ago

    sreeraj

    Thank you. You have the most useful videos for chess beginners in chess.com.

  • 9 months ago

    amchundi

    Thank you so much. It helped me a lot!

  • 20 months ago

    HorseNround

    From a beginner's point of view, you're a one awesome teacher. Some people a just born teachers... truly willing to share what they know.

    Great stuff, really.

    Totally worth paying for.

  • 22 months ago

    pumpupthevolume247

    Nice opening and early middlegame so far I'm gonna watch the finale part now! Looks to be a deep and complex endgame!

  • 24 months ago

    Crable

    Thanks, Elliott. I really like this series. 

  • 2 years ago

    yoursisnodisgrace

    Thank, I try to pick up a few pointers on each video lesson.

  • 2 years ago

    dezsoracz

    Thanks Elliot.

  • 2 years ago

    VLMJ

    Aloha, FM Elliott!  Welcome back and thank you for the series you have started.  I'm not saying this to be nice, but I have learned a lot from this video, and, I know that I will learn a lot from your coming videos.  What I especially like about this video (and I know will like about those to follow) is that they introduce to me what I have missed learning so far and reinforce what I have learned in the past.  Great teaching: to introduce and reinforce valuable material.  Mahalo!

  • 2 years ago

    sherpa2076

    WinkFrownSmile

  • 2 years ago

    Forss

    @kielejocain: Thanks for the informative reply, it really gave me some good things to consider for upcoming games.

    Cheers, Richard

  • 2 years ago

    scheppy

    cant only see comments on all videos on this website, what is wrong!

  • 2 years ago

    grimshanky

    I've been a premium member for about a year now, and this is by far the most instructive (yet accessible) video I've ever seen.  Please keep posting more!

  • 2 years ago

    buddykeith

    For me the audio is very low. I can hardly hear the instruction. Other than that its a great job of breaking down all the plans and way of thinking. Very good!

  • 2 years ago

    CaptainCheckmate

    Thank you very much for the video, I learned a lot.  I look forward to the next video!

  • 2 years ago

    kielejocain

    @Forss: Not the best player myself, but it seems to me the problem is that you're destroying your own pawn structure with that move.  And not just the h6 pawn; the natural following moves are going to either compel additional pawn-move responses by Black or blow the center open in a way for which Black is not prepared.  What you want to ask yourself when making an ...h6-type move are questions like: 

    • Does forcing White to capture in any way slow him down? (In this case no.)
    • If White doesn't want to capture but instead backs up (Bh4), am I happy with my pawn move?  Usually the move is ok if there aren't tactics; it does weaken the 'light squares' (g6 in particular), so if you have reason to be afraid of White's light Bishop and Queen working together you may reconsider.  On the other hand, if you have reason to fear a Rook attacking along the back rank, ...h6 could provide an escape for the castled King.
    • Am I prepared to follow with ...g5 if the Knight pin is particularly deadly?  This often occurs in the Ruy Lopez opening (1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 a6 4. Ba4 b5 5. Bb3 is the most straightforward), but here Black is gaining space on the Queenside and not worried about King safety, as the King is probably going to castle the other way.  You wouldn't want to make the same moves if your King was behind those pawns.



  • 2 years ago

    Forss

    Hi guys I'm really new to chess so please bare with me on my question ;)

    Why do don't black threathen the G5 bishop (white) with his H7 pawn when the bishop travels to pin the knight in front of his queen?

     

    That is my standard play in a situation such as that so if someone could tell me if this is a bad idea, and why, I would greatly appreciate it.

     

    Cheers, Richard

  • 2 years ago

    CharlieJohnson

    I love situation where there are multiple logical plans. As soon as I saw 6....Bd6, I immediately saw 7. c5! I am familiar with those structures in the Panov and knew I was getting an improved version. But your explanation of 7. Bg5 was compelling as well. Nice video.

  • 2 years ago

    jflores33

    Too short, part 1 should be at least 25 minutes for a long game

  • 2 years ago

    scheppy

    i can only see the comments, thier is no video, it was fine a few days ago

  • 2 years ago

    Bro-ken

    Thank you, hoping the next lesson is soon to follow - thanks again!

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