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Interesting game - I like the thought process of don't make progress yourself - stop your opponent from making progress, that's solid defence
Wait a minute!!!!!! Defend passively while you're worse, not improving your position but trying desperatly to stop your opponent from improving his position??? Whatever happened to seeking active counterplay.
As Kaidanov stressed in his videos, the ideal setup is to improve your position while limiting your opponents counterplay at the same time. Its not good to be one sided (only improving your position or only trying to stop your opponent's threats). I think Caruana was seeking active counterplay in addition to practising prophylaxis in his game. He was not simply doing one sided passive defense.
Curling into a ball when in a bad position is down right horrible. I believe this lecture could have been improved if you stressed how Caruana was simultaneously improving his position while stopping his opponent's threats. You are simply giving chess.com viewers bad advice by encouraging them to completely give up one improving their position when they are worse. Often, counterplay is key.
CelticChess is really free with his/her criticizms, for someone who doesn't contribute funds. He\she needs to mature a lot. "us the members"??? I would love to play that whining baby sometime.
Another great video, Sam!!!
Great game and lesson, very instructive
Thanks for the nice video. I have been enjoying this series and look forward to future videos.
Great video! thanks.
I really like this video series and you are doing a good job with it.
As a small point, the examples you're using now, while world class, are also somewhat difficult to understand (I'm 1950 uscf). For example, if Melik teaches one thing, it is "always choose the active defense!". It's hard to reconcile this with the message of this series, which seems to be "play passively whenever you are worse!". Of course, I'm sure you would not say that, but I don't recall you discussing the conditions when a passive defense might be appropriate.
Take your final position for example. As black I am terrified of both f5 and a5 being crushing, and hence my feeling was to play Qa1+ Kd2 Qxa4 Qxh2 Qxf2+, giving up the terrible knight for two pawns and an exposed king (and connected passers). What practical considerations would lead you to choose a passive defense over an active one in a complicated position like this?
Thanks for the great lectures.
by GM Sam Shankland
In his next installment, Shankland observes some stellar defense by Super GM Fabiano Caruana against Shanky's former opponent on the "big stage" GM Peter Leko. In this "Poisoned Pawn" esque French position, black finds himself in trouble, but swindles his way through practical means (and in a key position, doing absolutely nothing) to hold the draw. Enjoy!
Intermediate | Advanced
Players: Leko, Peter
vs. Caruana, Fabiano
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GM Sam Shankland
Sam learned chess at age 11 from the Berkeley Chess School program. Within four years, he had become a National Master, and two years later, he became an International Master when he tied for first in the world u-18 championship, a result unmatched in the last decade of international play by American players. At 20, he has already played in several U.S. Championships, placing 3rd in 2011.
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