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Danny you are funny.. and brilliant. thank you.
Enjoyed it!? And the rest!! This was epic
Awesome video Danny!
The "rant" about developing a sense of danger is extremely insightful, and will hopefully be an eye opener for many developing players, good stuff!
Fell for both compositions at the end, the last one blew my mind!
On the third position 1.Kf1 instead of Kh1 draws so actually black missed the draw and then white missed the winning idea that makes it 2 blunders from 2 GMs in only 1 move :D
Argh, where's my pawn 101?
Selfish Danny :)
No, JAKGreek, it wouldn't be wining...
@Y_Ddraig_Goch -- No, After 2.Nf3+ black plays 2...Ke4 and you can resign ...
Thanks for being honest everyone , it's good for your chess !!!
What about 1. Ra1 Qg2 2. Nf3+ and then 3. Rg1?
in the last problem i thought ra1
In the 4th problem, after ...f6, would immediately e5 also be winning?
It's not a composition if it doesn't try to trick you. That last one was a dandy. Reminds me of Sam Lloyd - the devil himself.
You demonstrated that you don't know the pattern.... like me
I failed nearly every one of these in almost exactly the way you expected. So, was my imagination stimulated, or have I just demonstrated that I am locked in a chess-thinking box with no hope of escape? I guess time will tell!
"That's right, feel sorry for me. I do nothing with my life."
Well, you asked... I will admit in the comments that I thought 2. Ra5 was winning, and thought I'd solved it entirely.
by IM Daniel Rensch
IM Daniel Rensch makes his first contribution to one of the longest running video series on our site. He highlights why -- contrary to what he used to think -- it can be beneficial to solve compositions. Along with pointing out the patterns within the positions he displays, he stresses that learning to appreciate the "improbable nature" of some puzzles can make you a more creative player, along with strengthening your calculation skills. Plus it's good fun!
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IM Daniel Rensch
With numerous "scholastic chess accomplishments" to boast of, both as a player and a coach, Danny has been a "chess professional" since his early teens. He was ranked in the Top 10 for his age in the U.S. every year from the age of 12 - 21years old, and at one point he was the highest rated 19-year old in the country. He earned the IM title at age 23. A part owner and full time Staff Member for Chess.com LLC, Danny is our Vice President of Content and Professional Operations, managing the products and "team of contributors" you enjoy here, as well as for our scholastic extension site, ChessKid.com.
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