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  • 3 weeks ago


    This video, along with some others I've seen on chess.com, helped me consider playing openings other than my usual openings because most of the time I try to avoid losing pawns in the opening or avoid getting an isolated queen pawn.  Sometimes, if the pawn structure allows, you can lose a little to gain a lot in the long run.

    I've been playing for over 10 years, and my rating isn't so hot.  I've been noticing that I lose a lot because I often don't look for tactics when I should, make dumb pointless moves when I do not find anything to do, and... don't reconize basic principles I already know but don't reconize them because something in the position is different.  I don't know why but when someone plays e5 in response to my e4 and I play Nf3 and they play f6 I immediately know to sac the knight with the possibility of gaining a rook or checkmate depending on what the other guy does, but if he moves f5 I for some reason "don't see it," because I'm worried about the center and foolishly try and do other things to keep the center when I should just disregard it and take the free pawn with a nice tactical blow with the check of the queen if he allows next move.  This sort of thing happens more in speed chess.  I also realized that I get "scared" when the king comes out and am more prone to make blunders in that situation, when playing speed chess.  

    I've been watching videos everyday lately, and going over a chess book at the same time, and also improved my tactics rating by 100 points, but I still lose games for crazy reasons.  

    I'm trying to become a more consistant winner.  I think your videos along with others will help me get more varity in my chess game and allow myself to explore pawn structures that the people I usually play against are not aquainted with.

    The thing I hate though...

    I have decided that moving a bishop to an active square on the outside of the pawn chain is pointless.  Why?  Because whenever you do that, people are like, Oh, wth?  I'm going to trade that piece for one of mine!  

    So my aim is to learn the exchange variation of the Ruy Lopez.  I already played it, I just would like to know if there are any videos on the subject of capitalizing on the 4 on 3 majority?

  • 5 weeks ago


    i wish there was a more organized syllabus(sp?) to tell me what i need for intermediate. is the isolated queen trivial or part of a specific thought out program? sorry, mr. r, but i have been having trouble with your videos. i can be more specific if u want. it's not just the seeming randomness of subjects, but you sure know your material, even though you called people "silly-billies" i know it's cool, but how about "students"

  • 6 weeks ago


    Thanks, Daniel

  • 2 months ago


    Excellent Video. Give yourself a raise.

  • 3 months ago


    Excelente lesson!!

  • 7 months ago

    IM DanielRensch

    Me too Ivan... me too Wink

    Upgrade time!

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  • 10 months ago


    LOL. You're funny and what you teach is amazing and interesting, I like your videos

  • 12 months ago


    Really instructive video! Thanks for posting.

  • 13 months ago


    Wow...Great/Epic video! Surprised

    your teaching style is top notch.

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  • 18 months ago

    IM DanielRensch

    Thanks Square and others!

    Guys, if you haven't subscribed to our YouTube Channel and aren't following Squarology... I honestly have nothing to say to you... ever again!

  • 18 months ago

    IM Squarology

    That was awesome. Vintage Danny right there.

  • 19 months ago


    what about Nxg6...hxg6...Bxe6...fxe6...Qxe6+ isnt good for white or not ???

  • 22 months ago


    I had recently asked my chess instructor to give us some info on IQP,which he did.I must say though,this first video by Danny has already answered a lot more questions than I have anticipated about the subject.Great video.Can't wait to watch all 10+ of them!

  • 23 months ago


    Genious pathway between ultra opening geeking and intuitive play, not neglecting any :) sweet. Right down my alley! great way to knit my little comfy opening repitoire together. Yummy.

  • 2 years ago


    Danny is the man! Cool

  • 2 years ago


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