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how did the bishop get to a5 in the first puzzle
5 months ago
Danny this was an epic video!! You're a great teacher and your explanations are ace
I liked the first position - I've seen it somewhere before...
The second position I absolutely loved!! Double-checkmate!! It reminds me of a composition of my own that there are several ways to win but only 1 way to win in a quick forced line and it is by an underpromotion finishing with double-checkmate!! (see link below - it's my personal favourite composition that I have created )
The third puzzle blew me away! Completely missed the idea of the pawn breakthrough and thought it would be a series of forced checks that led to checkmate!
The last puzzle was amazing - I don't blame you for you saying it's your personal favourite, it's wickid!!
Danny, I hope that you can do another installment in this series in the near future because as a part-time puzzle composer, I really appreciate these types of positions, the wacky, the symmetry, the CRAZY!! Seriously, and I think I speak for the masses out here too, please do another in the near future, nice one!
hahaha JMraz might be right. I on the other hand find danny's british accent hilarious, but I can totally see how someone from the UK would not appreciate it
I think coming from UK, Wyan just hates your British accent ;)
Can any members with a good memory point me to the vidoes where Danny discusses the three little piggies and the fist pawn structures?
I enjoyed this series Danny, a nice break from the usual is a good thing!
Would be interesting to see if the top engines can solve these puzzles. I have a feeling they would fail the first one. They would probably see the huge material deficit and try to reduce it by capturing something, not realizing they can draw by locking the position. Anyone want to test my theory?
You foiled my plan Wylan! Darn it ...
My introductions really have nothing to do with providing general advice on the practical and psychological factors of chess for those who really want to get better. Nor does it ever provide a strong premise for what viewers can and should be looking for (and striving to do themselves) when they watch the remining 25 minutes of the video).
It's ALL about keeping the non-premium members from experiencing/getting any valuable content ...
(For the thickest of you out there, that's sarcasm. That's not really what I'm trying to do ).
I understand you're bitter because you can't see the whole video, but you can keep your future angry rants directed to me privately ...
PS - Not trying to be defenisve. Just having fun everyone! By the way, aren't most my videos on average 5-7 minutes longer than most . I think so...
well that's not very nice, you're not speaking so coherently there yourself Wyan
Usual video by danny rensch sounds like an 90 year old man bablig for the first 3 mintutes then some stupid conclusions. Danny do you watch the videos of the grandmasters? they dont sound soo so um a auh uumm like etactic umm postional blah closed maybe like um a a a like tactial umm a;; dude slow down and say something worth listening to! MatoJelic on youtube not a grandmaster but he can make more sense.
@ DannyA few compositions in the series I did legitimately spend a few minutes attempting to solve, though the majority (including the ones here) I admittedly spent less than two minutes on. I agree with your logic somewhat on how compositions challenge your calculation, ingenuity, etc. But I also think the question of, 'how useful are compositions for your chess?' has a lot to do with playing ability. For someone like me who has clear gaps in his pattern recognition, I think compositions are less useful than for someone with a more complete pattern palette. In other words, I'll settle on trying to 'complete' my palette first.
I understand some are more interested in the theoretical aspects of what's actually possible in chess, but I'm personally more interested in trying to win games. The first composition here, for instance, I believe I found mate in 4 within a few seconds and didn't bother with the mate in 3. To touch on a similar point you made in the video, what does it really matter when you're winning that much anyway? Does it really matter if you checkmate someone "elegantly" in a game or not? I understand many positions have multiple winning solutions to them and that it's worth extra time trying to find (say) a checkmate versus merely winning an exchange in a real game situation, but mate in 3 versus mate in 4? I don't think most improving players can fully appreciate the subtle endgame nuances of the former solution anyway.
Symmetry is beautiful!
I'm different than Petrosianic
I enjoy the human revealing stuff, along with the chess. The pure chess, for me, can be a tad dry.
That being said, Petrosianic is so much chess better than me, I feel a little intimated even disagreeing with Petrosianic about any chess topic.
I liked some of the positions, Danny, especially the draw ones with the OMG awesome resources. FYI, I generally I skip the first 5 minutes of your videos and start from there, you seem to go on a bit at the beginning [I don't mind but I like moving forward, seeing the chess stuff].
Nice series, it made me work really hard on my concrete calculation, which is practice I sorely need. For me, the beautiful positions and ideas is just icing on the cake.
Good job. Now back to pawn structures! :) :P
@iamdeafzed -- I guess I'm sorry you didn't enjoy this series ;-(
Personally I felt pretty good about it . Players who don't enjoy trying to "solve positions for themselves", will definitely not apprecaite a series that is all about, well, solving positions ... And maybe you DID try to solve every position! I don't know... but the benefits of improving your calculations skills (and my advice/explanations there) are much more beneficial if you put in the effort to solve each puzzle.
Not that I don't want to do Live Sessions and Pawn Structure 101 (as those seem to be a lot of people's favorites) -- but those series will be going for a long time, so if an idea strikes me, I will usually do it in between those two "forever" video series.
Anyway, this will be my last installment here - So you will get your way...
@ DannyYou made it sound like this will be the last video of this series by you for awhile. Frankly, I'd appreciate it if you'd keep it that way. While you likely know how I feel about your videos in general (i.e. they kick butt), some series are decidedly better than others. I think a few of these "Beauty and Entertainment" videos are fine, but I personally would prefer you focus more on pawn structure, endgames, live sessions or (as a more distant fourth) openings, if possible.Just my 467,898 cents worth, coming from a guy who apparently can't break 1600 playing 5|0 blitz on this site.@ smokydarkv1Good for you. Now I suggest you post something constructive.
smokydarkv1 congratulations! all your hard work has finally payed off! are you ready for all the fame and fortune that awaits you? look guys he was first!
another great video from the Joe Rogan of chess. keep up the good Daniel, you'll get the black belt pretty soon :)
by IM Daniel Rensch
To bring his contributions to the Beauty and Entertainment video series to a close today, IM Rensch provides several of "his personal favorites". Displaying puzzles designed to help stimulate the imagination and appreciation for the "beautiful things" in chess, Danny explains why many of his favorite positions are endgames! Pay special attention to the patterns that exist in the King and Pawn puzzles!
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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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