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  • 5 days ago


    I find that it is very difficult for me to apply these principles for the first time in speed chess so I guess I should start applying them in the long games I am playing.  Over the years in speed chess I just automatically learned to move fast without thinking because in speed chess time matters more than anything else so long as you keep an eye on your king.  I lost a couple games due to tactics I could have seen had I looked at the position more throughly.  I have to make a transition from speed chess to playing long games I guess.  I can see that this will be a good lesson for me because now I can practice looking for tactics in key moments of my games as well as take time to do counting, and determining if I should open up the game, or keep it closed, etc.  I still don't count, because it's hard to do in speed chess when you are not accustomed to doing it.  Normally you just do what comes naturally, and what comes naturally to me is to make moves without thinking in speed chess a lot of the time, which is why my rating is so low in speed chess.  So I'll practice counting in my long games, and remember to look for tactics, even in the opening!  I lost a crazy kings gambit game playing black!

  • 3 weeks ago


    I'm not that good of a chess player considering I have been playing for about 10 years.  I never thought about counting the amount of pieces I have in play, though I have been told it is a good idea in the past.  It seems helpful if you are playing a long game but I don't know how much time it would take to count pieces when you are playing 3 minute chess.  I gather a count as you move principle will be in order...  I'll try playing games focusing just on counting pieces in the opening game just to get the feel for it.  I'm sure it will help, but like I said I have to start doing it in order to find out.  I enjoyed learning the name "Fluid Position," because I've encountered this in many games and I didn't have a name for it.  I just called it, "Oh this is it can be either an open or closed position."  Nice to have a name for it, and I enjoyed the concepts covered about judging wheither or not it is good to take a pawn or not, very nice baiting tactic in the making!

  • 5 weeks ago

    IM dpruess

    glad you liked it, and that you will take the time to watch it again and think through it all to really absorb the ideas.

  • 6 weeks ago


    Thank you for the informative video. I am really starting to see how calculating tempi can affect what moves you make in a closed/open game. I will have to watch this video again more times to fully get it all, but I have to say good video. Also thank you for clearing up that semi-open positons are just positions that lead to open positions. I look forward to learning more about "fluid opening games" that is a new concept to me.

  • 3 months ago

    IM dpruess

    what do you mean?

  • 3 months ago


    hey david do you do full lessons without gold or platinum memberships?

  • 8 months ago

    IM dpruess

    yeah, bullet point slides are a good addition to videos. this one was recorded very early on :-)

  • 8 months ago


    Great video!  Keep them coming. :)  Adding a quick summary/recap slide with a few bullets at the very end might be a good addition. 

  • 11 months ago


    good video

  • 13 months ago

    IM dpruess

    thanks for the compliments. no, i've never done a full analysis of the final game in any other video lesson.

  • 14 months ago


    "Some kind of, arrogant jerk like me"


  • 15 months ago


    David excellent video. I have completed only the first three and it is just like the fog is lifting and I can see for miles. Thanks much
  • 16 months ago


    I find that coming back to your videos for second and third helpings yields increased rewards with each viewing.

  • 17 months ago


    Do you ever go over the game at the end in a subsequent video? I would like to see the brilliant play by black.

  • 19 months ago

    IM dpruess

    glad you learned something from it :)

  • 19 months ago


    Hi David, this is really a highly instructive video session. I did not expect such a video in the beginners course, because i think it is already very high niveau. However, as an already 1500 ELO player, I am now convinced that it was worthwhile not to skip. Thanks a lot!

  • 20 months ago


  • 22 months ago

    IM dpruess

    sorry, gert, i answered you several weeks ago and now i came back here and my response did not post!

    those are two different measures you can count to get a sense of development, that are pretty similar.

  • 22 months ago


    nice video....thank you for these..

  • 23 months ago


    great video, I have one qestion, sometimes you count the number of moves to castle and sometimes the number of moves to connect rooks. Look at the 22:00 minutes and further. Why is this difference?

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