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Can anybody explain why after b5 taking that powerfully outposted knight with the bishop is no good? It still keeps all of blacks pawns on light squares, and the knight's black's best piece in that position, imo.
thank you very much, your video series are very interesting and I like to
learn from them
I know 1st and 3rd game of positional strangulation.
After the critical move Ne4, couldn't black play f5? The knight moves and black follows up with c5 freeing his position.
I immediately thought that Nxd5 was the answer to Black's b5, and I was wondering why it wasn't discussed in the video. I tested by plugging into my engine (Critter), and it's clearly favored over Be2. Looking on the Fritz "cloud," I now see that it's also already been evaluated as best by Houdini and Fritz 13. White gets a clear pawn without giving up anything.
Wonderful video series! I am pausing and thinking hard over each critial moment.
Question for FM Elliot and other chess lovers: the combination/tactic on 25:40 (Bd3) and a few subsequent combinations were too hard for me (a ~1450 level player). I practice tactics on Chess.com, Shredder almost daily. But these in the video seem harder. Do you recommend any app, program, or book (in that other) to improve my tactics further?
Very fine video. Wonderfully instructive and thorough. Now, if I could only play as logically as that. So say we all!
Great video, thank u and please keep em coming....
I dont think that the proposed checkmate sequence at the end (about 41:30) is a forced mate in 3... after Qg7+ Ke7 Rxe6+ what if black retreats with Kd8?
The game is pretty much over anyway, because the queen falls with Rxe8, follwed by a couple checks which win the b4-pawn.. but its not quite "mate in 3" as was suggested. or am i missing something?
Great video! Great series!
I love these vids, they helped me sooooo much
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After black's b5, it seemed tempting to try Nxd5 when white can win a pawn. Does black have too much counterplay in this line?
Great video! Even though it is long by chess.com standards, I really appreciate the detailed and cogent analysis.
Clear-cut instruction and good analysis.Thanks
Great video, an interesting and instructive game clearly explained in plain simple English, no foreign accents, no phony accents, no jive.
Thanks Elliot - very helpful!
by FM Elliott Liu
FIDE Master Elliot Liu is back with a quick turnaround and more Amazing Games for our Beginner level players! His first "amazing game" this month is all about positional domination on the dark-squares, but not by the pieces you might expect... What happens when your rooks dominate the only open file, your queen lands herself on f6, and you have all the time in the world to drive your h-pawn? A rather barbaric looking mating net, that's what!
Beginner | Intermediate
Players: Chekhover, Vitaly
vs. Rudakovsky, Iosif
Queen's Gambit Declined: Orthodox Defense, Rubinstein Variation (D61)
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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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