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Honestly c4 is the first move I would consider. I would look at it because it's forcing and it creates pawn tension when my opponent's king is in the center. I would not play it probably because of the third possibility you considered, which is black taking with the queen. I would feel like I have to avoid the exchange of queens and therefore I'm losing a tempo with three pawns down.
That's an amazing game!! The in-depth analysis and explanations were very helpful in understaning all the ideas
"let's be honest, none of you will see this move". hurt like a kick in the balls but true nonetheless!
Great video Mr. Kaidanov.
Very instractive. Simple and effective. Thank you Mr. GK
Thank You, Sir
"Let's be honest, none of you will see this move." LOL --- brutally honest, and true!
Was Tal Russian?
Great video. Thanks.
very good! thanks
Tal was a complete genius ... to the average GM of his day ... he was like a shark! Thank you for sharing these instructive and challenging games!
It's always fascinating to see the games of a chess genius. Alas, few of us watching have the board vision and calculation skills to emulate his play. Most of us are doomed to either play like grubby little accountants weighing the consequences of each move or we enter the realm of fantasy only to reap little but chaos and a losing position from our poorly chosen sacrifices.
gm kaidonov was trying to make the point, and the mistake would be, that too often beginners will make sensible developing moves when they could be making moves to open up the position. the beginner doesnt realize how crucial the timing is when pressing your opponents position. it would even benefit you to sacrifice material to capitalize on your opponents inactivity. its not an obvious mistake, but an important one
I don't get it. What's the general lesson here? It was just analysis of one particular position. The instructor didn't reveal the point at which white made his mistake.
I enjoyed these two videos, however the technique required to exploit these mistakes requires skills that the video not only does not teach, but it seems he assumes the viewer does not have.
by GM Gregory Kaidanov
Today GM Kaidanov provides more instructive examples of when the initiative and rapid development should be valued higher than material in the early stages of a chess game. He starts by reviewing the game of a student, highlighting where his pupil's thought process first went astray, then he reviews an amazing show of "dynamic chess understanding", once again, from the personal library of Mikhail Tal.
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French Defense: Winawer Variation, Classical Variation (C18)
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Considered one of "the" premier chess trainers in America for more than ten years, Chess.com is very proud to add Grandmaster Gregory Kaidanov to its list of prestigious Video Authors. Arguably one of the strongest GMs never to have won the US Championship, GM Kaidanov's list of accomplishments does however include first place finishes in many other major events, including first place at both the World Open and US Open in 1992. A certified FIDE Senior Trainer, his reputation as a chess coach precedes him internationally. Gregory currently resides in Lexington, Kentucky with his wife Valeria and their three children.
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