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Great lesson Danny! As a part-time composer of puzzles and love solving them, I always enjoy these Beauty and Entertainment series lessons...
I can happily admit I didn't get a single problem 100% correct, I missed a king move in no.1 (Kc6!) and although I got no.2 almost completely right, I missed the solution for 1...Qh1!
Puzzle 3, I thought there was a line where white sacs the minor pieces for the bishop and passed pawn but was wrong, looked deeper and actually found about 9/13 moves in the forced solution - I saw up to 7.Bf5! Nd5 8.Be4 Rf6+ 9.Kg5 and Rd6!? That's it... I missed the king moves that forced the rook and bishop going back and forth draw I would have lost that as white... and drew as black!
Puzzle 4, I got 1.g4! completely missed the overwhelming power of the opposition though... 2.Kb5?? was my move, missing 2.Ka5! - great material Danny, looking forward to the next one!!
Thanks for the great videos - the work you put into them is much appreciated. I have been working hard on my calculation skills over the last year and so can also recommend the following books packed with great hard exercises if anyone wants to check them out. I have increased my FIDE rating by 235 points by doing just these - and playing of course!
First puzzle I've literally just read yesterday from Yusupov Build Your Chess - Fundamentals.
EDIT: Tell a lie, no it's not, this is opposite bishops.
Hey, thanks a lot Danny. I am one of those people who thought that there was no point in calculating more than a few moves ahead, because my knowledge of theory isnt quite up to par. However, I took the time to really visualize and calculate that white-to-draw puzzle like you said, and I was surprised that I was able to see it clearly all the way through if I really focused. That may have been the most helpfull chess lesson I've ever had.
"It got foggy in your head" LOL
@elindauer -- Thanks for taking care of that comment from JeffreyShi, and yes Jeffrey, he is correct: Kb6 is winning for white.
@mikeinmunich -- Maybe ...
the 13 move problem was a mind blowing experience ... great stuff Danny and thank you so much for challenging us to commit to excellence and work harder!
TAKİP EDİYORUM SİZİ AMA DİL KONUSUNDA ANLAŞAMIYORUZ TÜRKİYEDEN YADA BAŞKA ÜLEKEDEN GİRENLERE GOOGLE CROME ARACILIĞI İLE DEĞİLDE SİZİN ÇALIŞMALARINIZ SOUNUCUNDA BU SAYFAYI TÜRKÇE OLARAK TAKİP ETMEYİ ÇOK İSTİYORUZ. BAŞARILARINIZIN DEVAMINI DİLERİZ.
Great video, you really got me working on this one! fyi, I can't remember seeing that initial opposite colored bishop position, and if I haven't seen all the videos, I'm pretty close... :)
@JeffreyShi: ...Ka2!? Kb6! If black maintains the distant opposition, white wins the race to the h file and captures on g5, winning. If black ever steps on the 3rd rank, white takes the opposition on the 5th rank, transposing to the main line. Now go calculate it for yourself to make sure! :)
When asking us to pause the clock Danny can u not be in the middle of a sentence cause we forget to pause and then u show the move.
on move 3 of the last composition, can black go Ka2, forcing a repeat of the position with white moving Ka6? if white tries to move to the b-file, wouldn't black gain opposition?
Good stuff. Thanks.
Not for me Danny, for those that can't afford one.
I appreciate your work and buying the subscription on a monthly basis plus recomanding chess.com to my friends is a way of saying "thank you, you're doing a great job." Keep it up :)
Thanks to this video I now feel reassured that "most" chess players are undisciplined calculators like myself and know who Tupac is (and that he was supposedly recently spotted in some bar in Tanzania), though I am unclear on how/why that is important in life. I've noticed you seem to have reverted back to the more rhythmic "everybody" in your greeting. I like to think you did that because of my recent comment / recommendation. :-)
I'm far from advanced, but I enjoy watching masters with a sense of humor.
Not really relevant to the point I was making f7f5...
And you don't need a month of Platinum Keyser -- you're already a Diamond
1 month platinum if you want to be forgived :)
Our (on behalf of Chess.com) apologies about the technical issues that occured with the video lectures after the "code push" earlier today. Please forgive us , but let's move the comments in the thread here back to the content of the video shall we ?
Anyway, good talk ?
by IM Daniel Rensch
Today you will learn two of Danny's three most important lessons for life... and some chess too! IM Rensch continues this ongoing video series with several extremely difficult, and deep composition puzzles for our members to solve. He provides more advice on how to improve your "concrete calculation skills" and explains why you need the ability to evaluate and calculate at the same time.
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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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