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  • 7 months ago

    tonightatsix

    Instructive :)  Thank you, GM Finegold! :) 

  • 15 months ago

    mdadwal

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  • 18 months ago

    makrham

    awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • 20 months ago

    RyanTomek

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  • 20 months ago

    apawndown

    There used to be adjourned games -- usually after a 5-hour session, around 40 moves.  Result?  The use of seconds, endgame manuals -whatever - to analyze the adjourned position before the game resumed.

    Well,  these adjourned games are a thing of the past,  along with aided home analysis.  But instead we have computers,  and the consequent emphasis on opening prep.  Everything changes,  yet nothing really changes!

    I kinda sympathize with players at the top levels.  With so many computer-assisted,  deeply-analyzed lines (often 30 or more moves!), they have a lot more work to do to stay up-to-date.  For duffers like me all that labor would be waste of time.  Another example of computers making more work, not saving it!

    An interesting video,  and interesting endgame.  It's easy to mess this kind of situation up!

  • 20 months ago

    Andre_Harding

    I know some people don't like such "computery" prep, but it is an essential part of the game now.

    I really like this series because I also vary my openings constantly and consistently surprise my opponents with my prep...the only problem is that I proceed to flub games sometimes. A couple of years ago I prepped the first 25 moves of a Najdorf English Attack as Black against a master, got that position, and then got a winning position 3 moves later...only to misplay it, then turn down an available perpetual, and lose in 5 1/2 hours. Ugh.

    On the other hand I once faced a 2300 as Black and prepped an almost never-seen line of the Slav. Even after he burned loads of time I was winning by move 10. At one point I found a move (over the board!) that improved on one of Evgeny Najer's games! Fortunately, I did convert that one.

    So yeah, do your prep!

    A lot of strong, even titled, players don't prepare enough (by their own admission), so try to get every advantage you can. Keep a database of opening ideas that you have seen somewhere and also those that you have analyzed with Houdini.

    Even in swisses, I bring my laptop and prepare for the games. I'm not worried about losing 15-20 minutes in a 6-hour game. I save that time and then some right in the opening.

  • 20 months ago

    pumpupthevolume247

    This was some Fine preparation indeed! Great video Cool

  • 20 months ago

    taverac1

    i really hate playing white against the sicilian but this video gives me something new to try . thanks very much

  • 20 months ago

    etourneau

    A case of mutual blindness.

    I find it surprisng that Esserman didn't see the Kh1 maneuver.

    He thought that Rb2 was a draw on general grounds - 2 rooks on the 7th can force mate or perpetual check, but only if none of the checking files is defended. It wouldn't be a problem if he had a tempo to play the "quiet" move Rg2-b2 and threaten mate, but he's himself under threat of mate so it doesn't work.

    He doesn't have all the files and he doesn't have a tempo : that's it.

    I guess he'd have found the saving resource Rb4 otherwise.

    Interestingly, I believe Tiviakov in a recent game of the German League took with the queen an beat WC Anand himself...

  • 20 months ago

    UIUCBoss

    SMITH MORRA WILL NEVER DIE

  • 20 months ago

    -_KNiGHt_-

    Interesting video!

  • 20 months ago

    wrcrader

    Good video Ben.  Very helpful. Look forward to your next one.

    Thanks

  • 20 months ago

    Wzntz

    I play golf as well as chess. The Royal and Ancient golf club of Saint Andrews are about to ban from golf the use of long putters and hinging them to be more correct. They believe that it is not in the spirit of the game and does not constitute a stroke. I would like to see the same done in chess for the use of computers in chess. Their use is not in the spirit of the game and does not constitute thought a more boring game than this I cannot imagine. On the plus side I like listening to you and would watch your videos again.

  • 20 months ago

    algorab

    Carlsen takes with the Queen too. He plays the Checkover occasionally

  • 20 months ago

    dzindzifan

    Thanks so much, Ben, this was really great!

  • 20 months ago

    Strat3gic

    Hey dude, I really enjoyed this vid. Definitely make more.

  • 20 months ago

    UnderEstim8ed

    So preparation just involves regurgitating computer moves?

  • 20 months ago

    shotdown

    Nice video ! Nice preparation . So looks like if you go in to unknown variation - try not to play main lines ;)

  • 20 months ago

    NM NoRematch

    I'd love to see a game with Esserman vs Finegold on the White side of a Smith-Morra Gambit.  How about sharing your preparation?   We won't tell Marc.  Laughing

  • 20 months ago

    Kolob68

    Great video.

    Ive always believed in mixing up your openings not only because others cannot prepare for you but also because you gain greater general understanding of how to play in the opening.

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