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So the moral of the story is "Don't just look for activity, look for a job for your pieces and only then pick the most active option for them", right?
Nice informative video.Thanks
Thank you Grandmaster Dejan Bojkov.
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How was the game, aeroangel?
This video helped me alot and i hop i can use it for the USCHESSNATIONALS in orlando.fl this weekend from FRI.2SAT.
Great video cetainly makes me think how many times i play with an empty bishop !! Thanks
Yes, but please, do not forget that chess is not only a game of rules, but of exceptions, too. Good luck!
I enjoyed this lecture a great deal! I've noticed in some of my games, my opponents would stick their bishops (and knights) deep in enemy territory for activity sake but I'll just play around the piece thus rendering that piece worthless. In some openings, I see the bishop thrown out there to probe some weaknesses but I'll just ignore it and do fine.
wow. i never thought about this.
Thank you Alex. I like the idea of showing the overall thrust of who is going where and then explaining your point... nice idea.
a very interisting video
Helpful videos! Petrosian's game was very interesting, maybe you should make a video on his strong positional play?
Yes, sure, Botwinnik won. Technical mistake , appologies
In the second pposition, you said Black resigned. Didn't you mean that White resigned?
Hello Alex, thanks for your remark. There is no move e4 in the fragment that I am showing, probably, it was played in a later stage of the game? At those times the defenseive skills of the opponents were significanly lower than nowadays, and I guess that you statement is correct, especially if a respected autor like GM Yermolinsky had pointed it out in his book.
In the final position showed, Yanovsky-Capablanca, where Mr.Bojkov said black is much better, I have a question, to me it seems like white can play f4 and shut all of white's play in the center down instead of e4 what was played, after which both bishops got active. I think it was mentioned in Yermolinsky's "Road to Chess Improvement. Bd7 is still a great very instructive move however! :)
i lost a game last night cos of empty bishop if only i had seen this video a little earlier a very useful demo indeed.
Interesting topic..well done.
by GM Dejan Bojkov
GM Bojkov continues his excellent description of each piece, expounding upon their merit and faults in a brilliant systematic manner. Today we see several highly instructive examples of the "false prophet" that is an Empty Bishop! Despite its open-square control and seemingly multiple options, we learn that without targets or a "purpose" the bishop can become irrelevant in the critical moments. Watch as greats such as Petrosian help Dejan to illustrate these points!
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GM Dejan Bojkov
Dejan Bojkov is a Grandmaster, originally from Bulgaria. As a youngster, Dejan was the winner of numerous Youth Championships -- including Boys Under 14 and Boys Under 18 Bulgarian Champion. This translated to success on the international stage, with his most recent victory coming at the Sydney International Open in Australia (2010). As a trainer his work has known little failure, and some of his students include Antoaneta Stefanova-former World Womens Champion.
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