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  • 4 months ago


    Thanks, Ben, very nice!!

  • 7 months ago


    Nobody puts baby in the corner! Classic homes.

  • 7 months ago


    Very inspiring with prep.

  • 17 months ago


    Instructive :)  Thank you, GM Finegold! :) 

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    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!

  • 2 years ago


    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.

  • 2 years ago


    This was some Fine preparation indeed! Great video Cool

  • 2 years ago


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

  • 2 years ago


    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...

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    Interesting video!

  • 2 years ago


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


  • 2 years ago


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

  • 2 years ago


    Thanks so much, Ben, this was really great!

  • 2 years ago


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

  • 2 years ago


    So preparation just involves regurgitating computer moves?

  • 2 years ago


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

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