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Thanks GM Kaidanov for a very instructive lesson! I tend to get overly mechanical (in all phases of the game) and a few of the things this lesson taught me was to not always contest open files automatically and not always play moves like Bxb6 automatically which would have given Black doubled b-pawns but opened up the a-file for his QR.
Thanks for a fantastic video.
great lesson, learned a lot
Thanks for the lesson
I see where the "boa constrictor" term comes in to describe positional players now :D Thanks!
THIS is good! Very objective and fun.
Great illustration of the point - Going to the end-game does not mean trading pieces at first available opportunity, but trade iff the trade is good or not bad. Profound !
Thanks a lot for this lesson GM Gregory!
@ FM Gauranga
If 1...Bf8 2.Ra8+ Kb7 (2...Kd7 Rd1+ followed by rook exchanges and capturing the e-pawn with the knight) 3.Rd8 Rd8 4.Ne5 wins the pawn.
thank you, learning patience is a fine skill.
anyone know what game more specifically this was from?
Very instructive...Well done Gm Kaidanov!
very well explained, good tips, please give us some more!
One of my favorite teachers making the endgame fun and educational. Great job!
Great endgame with excellent presentation! Thank you
Thanks for the great video! Very instructive.
VERY well done. Might be the first end game video I've actually enjoyed! Good job, and thanks.
@Thomas : doesn't it still lose a pawn to the tactic mentioned on the previous move (ie. Ra8+, Rxd8 and Nxe5) ?
Very nice endgame. I am wondering though if Black could not have put up better resistance with ...Bf8 after White played Ra7. The move played in the game ...Bf6 clearly buried that bishop for good. If that bishop comes to c5, Black might have a chance to defend that endgame.
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GM Gregory Kaidanov
Considered one of "the" premier chess trainers in America for more than ten years, Chess.com is very proud to add Grandmaster Gregory Kaidanov to its list of prestigious Video Authors. Arguably one of the strongest GMs never to have won the US Championship, GM Kaidanov's list of accomplishments does however include first place finishes in many other major events, including first place at both the World Open and US Open in 1992. A certified FIDE Senior Trainer, his reputation as a chess coach precedes him internationally. Gregory currently resides in Lexington, Kentucky with his wife Valeria and their three children.
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