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I first heard about Tempo in chess Years, maybe even Decades ago now!
It is really nice to finally have some sort of appreciation of what it actually means!
Lol, errr.. we won't count the king because he isn't supposed to be out there.
Thanks for these very interesting videos, I really appreciate them all. David, very good at explaining.
That said, NN stands for the latin Nomen Nescio, that means Unknown.
What I understood here is that in the process of developing the pieces at the beginning of a chess game, there are two main issues that will influence the power or quality of development of your pieces. One is the speed of moving all your pieces, and the other is coordination, relevancy and effectiveness of the pieces to attack/defend as necessary. All this go together , you have to get your pieces fast and to the right squares, and you have to be able to understand how you pieces are developed in relation to your opponent and use this knowledge to your advantage.
A general rule of thumb would be if ahead in development to open the position and if you are behind you want to keep it closed?
I'm such a beginner at chess although I've been playing for years. I'm so glad to have found this site as I've been improving so quickly and the game has actually become enjoyable. Also, maybe it's the philosophy grad in me, but I appreciate the intro to chess theory; that in itself has opened up a whole world of possibilities to explore. Thank you...
Confused on 7:13 were black is ahead tempe 1 1/2. How do you figure the 1 1/2? I take it that black is ahead by 2 tempe and since its now whites turn blacks tempe is actually 1. So you take (2+1)/2= 1 1/2.. Is that correct or is it figured out some other way...Thanks
Great video, Mr Pruess! I've found this one through the Study Plans, and I found it very clear and... well, just really good. You're great at explaining, I've seen your "Everything You Need to Know" vids as well which were also great! I will definitely continue with learning, and good video lectures such as yours are already helping me become a better chess-player. Thank you, Mr Pruess... thank you, Chess.com!
So what I took away is:
1 - there are basically three ways to count:
a) pieces in "operation"
b) moves necessary to castle
c) position of the Knights and central pawns
2 - of these three, it's usually decent to "brute calculate" using (a) first, enhancing that with (b) and then giving a nod to the elements of (c)
3 - if you have a development lead, it means that you have the freedom to pursue your own plan of attack, rather than sit around reacting well to the other player (a favorite pastime of most beginners like me)
4 - while pursuing your plan, you should RECALCULATE your development lead to ensure you don't fall behind ... if you're behind, work on reactions that help create development parity or even a development lead
5 - counting is a bit of an art
Very informative and great...
This is what I thought...
1) Thanks for spending time creating this lesson...no really thanks a lot
2) This really helped develop my understanding of development
3) Not sure I understand what the point is of knowing how far ahead in terms of development you are...just the fact that you are ahead is maybe enough..but making sure you keep ahead and make your advantage count is key.
4) Thanks again
by IM David Pruess
The first video in IM Pruess's series about strategies surrounding development advantages. In this video he explains what development is, and how to measure the size of a development advantage. After mentioning some things you can do with a development advantage, he provides an example of the most common.
Italian Game: Two Knights Defense, Fried Liver Attack (C57)
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IM David Pruess
At the age of twelve, David was lucky to be brought by his mother to a session of the Berkeley Chess School's Friday night kid's chess club, where he met NM Robert Haines, who showed him what chess was. Eighteen years later, he is still in love with the game. He has shared first in a few major tournaments, eg: American Open, North American Open, and Open Rohde (France), and played in several US Championships.
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