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Thanks Victor, very instructive video. I learned a lot. Wow, the power of diagonals is a great weapon to use! I will incorporate that strategy into my own games. Thanks again!
@simplydt, you have a great question. I had to watch a few times to try to see what GM Mikhalevski means by initiative.
I think what he means is that (at least in this game), there may arise a point in a game (such as Qa4+) where your opponent makes an innacuracy. In contrast, a tactic material or position, then the position goes "quiescent". And you make another plan and move on. Here the innacuracy leads to one side being able to "force their agenda" (as Silman might say), through a long series of moves (enforced by individual tactics along the way), and that is the "initiative".
The forcing happens because if the opponent resists, then there are more tactics, loss of material, etc. If the opponent goes along, then the (in this case) position deteriorates, the opponent never has time (due to tactics) to finish development for example, and loses.
I think another point is that leading an attack with your Queen before being fully developed is a really bad idea. Of course the Queen can be easily pushed around, and that is yet another (tactical) part of iniative.
Regarding the dark squares I think that is an artifact of this particular game. GM Mikhalevski sees that he can gain qualities in his position (dark squares) by pursuing initiative. That is his initial motivation. Dark squares however wasn't the reason he had initiative. That was the prize he was pursuing by using forcing moves and retaining the initiative.
Also I think the distinction between tactics and initiative is that GM Mikhalevski maintained initiative through the threat of many separate tactics, but this whole sequence was too long (I think) to have been completely conceived as one tactic.
Crushing attack very well explained too!
I don't know if it is just me, but I did not understand how you actually developed the initiative. A little more in your face explanation of how you develop the initiative would make an improvement in the future.The only thing that was clear to me is that you fought for a dark square you identified as weak, did the initiative fall only from that one fact?
I agree with formofsnow, there is no big deal here. The tone of your voice makes me believe that you were bored of doing this video.
Anyway, nice review of your game.
At first I thought of b5 after Qa4+. Then Nxb5 Bb7 Qb3 g5 Bf2 Nxd5 and if Bxd5 Bb5+ Kf2, wich looks interesting to say at least. But White has (after b5 Nxb5 Bd7) the move d6, which Black won‘t like… (Maybe there is even some idea with Bxf6 counterattacking, but I‘m not so sure about that)
Just in case someone else was wondering about that move. :)
Thanks! Another great video from you! Nice, sharp playing style, I like it!
how can i download these videos ?
You're just going over a game... what is the bigger lesson here? I thought you were going to say something about how to develop the initiative. Maybe you could show more examples of the point you made at the very end of the video, or have more points.
Great video. Very instructive. Thanks!
Darwin Yank played opening moves that I see a lot on chess.com - putting early pressure on the central squares with pawn moves, pinning the knight on f6, Queen to a4+, delaying castling to extend the initiative, trying to overload pieces, etc. Victor played moves that followed the standard chess 101 motif for an opponent king in the center: play moves that eliminate your opponent's threats while at the same time developing your pieces and opening the center by sacrificing if necessary to get at the king. What Victor glosses over is his exceptional ability to quickly and precisely calculate accurate lines without error. How do we gain that skill?
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i still dont get it.
by GM Victor Mikhalevski
GM Viktor Mikhalevski plays against a topical anti-Grunfeld setup that even Nakamura just essayed at the 2013 FIDE World Cup. But unlike in Norway, Black takes over the initiative early, and gets the strongest bishops on e7 and d7 you've ever seen. Caution: open diagonals everywhere. There's probably a dozen discovered attacks, some forks, many pins, and a couple of x-ray attacks, all in the early middlegame. It's like a video and tactics trainer rolled into one!
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GM Victor Mikhalevski
He started to play chess at the early age of 4! He was coached by his brother, IM Alex Mikhalevski. While in school, he won innumerable championships of Belarus for his age group, and played not less than five Soviet Junior championships with world famous players Kramnik, Svidler, Shirov and many others taking part. In the beginning of 1991 Victor immigrated to Israel, where he won two Israel Junior Chess Championships in 1991 and 1992. Skipping ahead of many great accomplishments to January 2008, Victor achieved his peak rating of 2632 and was placed 92nd in the world and fourth in Israel. In 1989 Victor started coaching and his students won medals in the World and European Youth chess championships. Mikhalevski was awarded the IM title in 1993 and the GM title in 1996. In 2013 Victor published his first book Grandmaster Repertoire 13- The Open Spanish.
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