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It's very much like watching TV, not a an approach to the QG. He apparently knows a lot, but fails, in my mind at least, to teach.
He mentions the Botvinik-Variation and then just ... fails to explain.
Nevertheless, I usually enjoy watching the videos and have learned a ton from them.
I hate to pile on here, but I have to agree: GM Shankland clearly has impressive knowledge of the QG opening as white or black, but he largely fails to transfer some of that precious knowledge in a clear and succinct manner. Yes, the video is listed as "advanced", but I think it still fails to live up to its title. "Variations Galore in the Queens Gambit!" or "A Whirlwind Trip through GM Shankland's Stream of Consciousness Calculations" is pretty much what this series comes down to.
I could list a number of constructive criticisms that I think would make this video--and potentially others from Sam--more accessible to his eager audience. But instead, I think viewing an exemplarly video on an opening would be more helpful. For that, I would point you to GM Perelshteyn's masterful, three-part video on the "Scandinavian 3...Qa5". Those videos typify great instruction for a series on a particular opening. The pacing, explanations, variations, and spiraled reviews contained within create clarity and continuity that are invaluable for learning.
I don't want GM Shankland to think he has to "dumb down" his videos too much, but GM Perelshteyn's Scandinavian series shows how tremendously effective a GM can be in helping a mere mortal improve his or her game by simply slowing down a bit, narrating the moves with greater care, and throwing in a review sequence here or there.
There are very few explanations in this video. For the most part he darts through main lines and variations, without helping the viewer get a sense of what's going on (it is like reading very quickly an opening book without reading most of the comentary). My bet is that if you are an advanced player that only wants to refresh her memory regarding main lines and variations, this is a great video. However, if you don't know very well the main ideas in the Queen's Gambit already, this video won't help you that much.
I realize the target audience of this video is "advanced", but frankly: I would think that anybody so advanced as to be able to follow the different lines mentioned in this vid (often without showing the moves but just mentioning the notation) at this speed, would be be such an advanced player that I can hardly believe they need to see a vid about the first few opening moves of queens gambit? Myself being a beginner, I am really curious about the "why" and "how" of the Q. G. but couldn't find a video at my level.
I got to agrea with you, I am kind of unhappy since I happen to play Queen gambit alot, and neeeded, wanted to learn this.
It is just running true lines in fast tempo, sometimes not even being sure about the lines.
I learned more from watching 2 min with valeri then 30 min with Sam :/
What is the intended audience for Sam's videos ???
coz every time I want to learn something... It is almost always covered by Master Sam... No matter how hard I try, I don't get a thing. Then I try to learn using databases, engines etc. etc.. add a couple of points to my rating...clear my head... speak to myself "it's ok I am gonna learn from Sam this time..I am gonna understand blah blah blah..." then again I feel disgusted, depressed and lost....
I am sorry, but please master quit it, let Master Valeri or Master Kaidanov handle this. This is not your cup of tea.
Why should we play queens gambit when black is doing allright or better in every lines u mention?
I really like the way you do your videos, you don't spoon feed every detail, but you point out the way and is up to us to do some work.
Way too fast! More for those who already know the queen's gambit.
This video bounces around too much and too fast to be that instructive. I would rather study less variations in detail.
"i've had some strong grandmasters and international masters play the exchange slav, and nobody has ever beaten me" -GM Sam Shankland
This is my favorite quote in this video :D
the explanation could be better... too fast, much information at the same time and superficial, I mean it´s missing the player´s mind behind the moves... not just how, but why...
Here is the Amanov game referenced. It's practically impossible to find this in any databases, but it seems to refute Qd5.
Edit: I don't remember who Amanov beat, but the guy had written a book on the botvinnik
Interesting and instructive, but also annoying when variations and/or games are mentioned that the instructor "does not recall" exactly. I don't like to criticize other people's efforts esp when they are much more expert in their field than I am, but I'd like to either see any mentioned lines and/or games recalled more exactly or else not mentioned at all.
Why only premium members can view this???
this is awsome!!!!!
by GM Sam Shankland
IM Sam Shankland begins a new video series targeted directly at players trying to learn the complex variations of the Queen's Gambit and its many relatives. If you are looking to map out your repertoire, and you want to become the type of player who smiles in the face of sharp "Botvinnik-Slav Opening Theory", instead of quivering as most do, then you have come to the right place...
Slav Defense (D10)
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GM Sam Shankland
Sam learned chess at age 11 from the Berkeley Chess School program. Within four years, he had become a National Master, and two years later, he became an International Master when he tied for first in the world u-18 championship, a result unmatched in the last decade of international play by American players. At 20, he has already played in several U.S. Championships, placing 3rd in 2011.
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