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My assertion (which I'm certain is correct) is that committing to the use of he or she-- however arbitrarily-- is more correct than using "they" in reference to a single individual, since that simply makes no sense.
In this particular context, in the few short months I've been playing the game, I've already discovered chess books that consistently refer to White as he, and Black as she. Of course, it would not have mattered in the slightest bit whether the inverse was used, but the point is it makes sense.
I often use "they" as a gender-neutral singular in place of he/she. Perhaps my reading comprehension is as deficient as my grammar, but I don't see a suggestion for improvement in your comment. As in chess, something is only a mistake if you can suggest a better alternative. I'd love to hear one on this question, as it is something I've thought about fruitlessly in the past.
Forgive me for being "that guy" but, Mr. Pruess, as you or anyone who has ever played is well aware, chess is not a team game. Therefore, referring to either of Black or White as "they" makes no sense whatsoever, and is just really lousy grammar.
I truly do not mean to antagonize you, so I hope no one in this thread will find my plea objectionable, but I simply find it distracting to repeatedly hear "they" in reference to a single individual.
The absence of a gender-neutral, singular pronoun in the English language is a tedious quirk, so I have no doubt very few other viewers find this bothersome. However, if we're playing the Royal Game, shouldn't we strive to speak the King's English?
At the beginning of the video I am using the same definition: the amount of squares the pieces have behind the pawns. The endgame situation is indeed a different one. There are no longer many pieces, so how many squares you have for them has become less relevant. Thinking it over again, it's more about "having advanced pawns" than about "having a space advantage" at that point. But this is one of the transitions you can make from a middlegame with a space advantage, to an endgame where you have some breakthrough possible with your advanced pawns, so it makes sense to cover it here.
IM Pruess is using 2 slightly different definitions of space. In his first video he said that space would be the number of save squares for your own pieces but in this video he uses space in the meaning of "how advanced the own pawns are".
Excellent vid, thanks
it is one of the standard uses of a space advantage :)
BTW David, I have never considered a successful breakthrough determined by a space advantage and I don't remember having heard something like that. Quite interesting! Is this the standard way of considering it or is it something like a conclusion of yours?
(pionblanc on Chesskid.com)
I'm speechless. Being an IM or a GM is one thing, but being skilled enough to provide such learning material is something that few people are. Thanks, David!
Very well explained. I hope I will remember it when the time comes...
upgrading my account just to see this video
hey Dave i live in CA to and awesome video
Great lucid explanations, David...thanks !
Thanks a lot! I think this will really improve my middle-end game! :D
Love yer vids dude!
you're welcome; glad you liked them!
I really enjoyed all of these videos and will be looking for more. Thanks Dave!
by IM David Pruess
In the climax to his mini video series on space in chess, IM Pruess summarizes for us what it really means to "build strength", displays the potential of a space advantage when it exists on one side of the board, and finally, he reviews two excellent examples that show the power of space (or advanced pawns) in the endgame.
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IM David Pruess
At the age of twelve, David was lucky to be brought by his mother to a session of the Berkeley Chess School's Friday night kid's chess club, where he met NM Robert Haines, who showed him what chess was. Eighteen years later, he is still in love with the game. He has shared first in a few major tournaments, eg: American Open, North American Open, and Open Rohde (France), and played in several US Championships.
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