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Thanks for your hard work showing this viedo.
Nice and simply explained
Win games by positional dominance.
"white does not resort to brutal attack or to intricate combination to accomplish his purpose, but puts his trust in the dynamic power inherent in the curshing positional superiority.."
Excellent video!! Amazing game, very instructive! I learned a lot. I love this positional play, it's a beauty and simple way to win a game. As you put it, a work of art. Thank you very much!!
Very informitive, Thanks
Just the right level for me and exciting to watch. Thank you.
Beyond beginner chess. Thank you, very helpful.
Awesome lesson!!! .....can't wait to see the other videos...
TY NICE :) yea
white can take the pawn at e6 and the Bd7+ idea can be refuted by 31.Ke5xe6 Bd7 32.Kf7(the tempo gaining move that FM Liu missed,black must protect his rook) Ra8 33.Re1!(is the key move,black can't play Bf5 because after 33.Bf5 34.Rxf5 gxf5 35.Re7+(black king has to move to the back rank and white takes the unprotected rook).The pgn given in this video gives black's move 30.Bc8 instead of Be8 as shown in the video.
Sorry, I mean 21 Rf8 of course
This video lesson gives the illusion that white has an overwhelming positional advantage which is not true. Let us consider the position after white plays 21 a4. Black should respond with 21 Tc8! Actually black has two very good positional features in this position. The three connected central pawns and the two half open files for the rooks (b and f file). I can’t judge who mathematically has the best position, but black has the easiest strategy. Pushing g5 removing the pawn on f4, moving his king to protect his central pawns, and in the right moment advance with c5 or e5. He can in many variations afford to sacrifice the a5 pawn, the central pawn storm and a black rook on the second rank will in many lines prove decisive.
As one of the chess coaches on this site remarked recently, the key to better playing ability is excellent instruction on the appropriate level for the player. I play about 1500 and found this video very instructive. Again, as that chess coach remarked, the problem with players under 1900 studying grandmaster game collections is that they don't understand the reasoning behind the moves that are made; they don't know the general principles yet. So the details they absorb from these too-advanced texts don't help them win any games.
As an illustration, look at all the members here who play hundreds of games and stay at the same rating level. Why? Because they're doing the same thing over and over again, hoping to get different results. That's the definition of insanity. So I would say, if you get stuck at a particular level, start taking in training in a different format or at a different level. Yes, you do get stronger by playing, but without proper graduated training along the way, everyone will hit a plateau and never exceed it.
I really wish someone had told me that earlier!
Great video, thanks so much.
That was a beautiful position after the second rook lift !!!
Especially enjoyed the logic behind a4 as an example of how to use dark square dominanece to your advantage!Thanks
by FM Elliott Liu
This Amazing Games for Beginners video lecture is, well... Amazing! FIDE Master Elliot Liu is back this month with more examples of pure chess brilliance, broken down to the appropriate level for our beginner and intermediate members to understand. Here Elliot takes a break from aggressive, attacking and tactical games to show an example of positional play that is sure to stick in your brain forever!
Beginner | Intermediate
Players: Bernstein, Ossip
vs. Mieses, Jacques
Sicilian Defense: Four Knights Variation (B45)
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FM Elliott Liu
April 25 is actually "Elliott Liu Day" in San Diego County! The young FIDE Master from San Diego earned that special distinction by winning the 2005 U.S. Cadet Championship, 2006 Pan-American Games U18, 2 IM norms, and playing in one U.S. Championship and three World Youth Championships. The 19-year old is just completing his freshman year at Stanford University.
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