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This is very helpful.
Roman. You should write a book on the english. Very interesting lines. Thank you.
After Ba5, b4, Bb6, c5, c6 white does not win a piece.
I know I must be a patz for missing something here but after ...Ba5 in the opening sequence, followed by b4 Bb6, why not simply c5, trapping the bishop and getting it for a pawn?
Great video Roman, enjoyed much!
The English opening rules!
Isn't chess wonderful: Ng1-f3-d2-b1-c3!
Thanks for sharing. I learned there is no rush to develop in closed positions when instead you can maneuver your pieces to better squares. That Nc6, Ne5, Ng6, Nf8, and Ne6 was a good example.
In teresting. He is correct to say that 3.Nd5 in response to 2. Bb4 is controversial. Euwe wrote somewhere that he did not recommend 3.Nd5 because it was premature - I'd need to go back to his writings to see what he based that upon. Not saying that Roman is wrong. It shows that ultimately as a player you have to form your own opinion.
@PowerLevel_9001 - Thank you so much for your contribution. Positional play takes some advanced thinking and time to get used to, but in the end is usually superior to, "BanzaaiiiI!", attacks. Winning percentages are a good rule of thumb regarding the relative success of a given opening, or not. Of course, I'm referring to real chess here and not the luck of bullet play.
@pumpupthevolume247 - If you've never been a fan of the English Opening, that's a shame because it is very potent with some of the highest winning percentages of any opening.
I've never been a fan of the English opening but I do enjoy playing against it as black, so I'll definately be looking forward to your lesson on playing it as black! Great video as always Roman
Thanks for doing this series. I've been wanting to book up on the English and make it part of my repertoire for a while now.
I like the material but find that a lot of time was spent going over unrealistic/bad moves. If intented toward intermediate players like myself I'd rather see a shorter video with more explanation on the better variations. Many times I could see a line was unplayable after a couple moves and was hoping to move on. The material is top notch, much of the video could be invaluable to beginner players and advanced alike.
@chessatore - At the very beginning of the video, Roman says, "This is first video of series on English Opening". So he says this is indeed a series.
Very informative video. Being retired from tournament chess gives Roman a real advantage when it comes to opening videos. He aims to deliver the full truth about a position without holding back some secret analysis for his next match. However, the opening series should be complete to be really useful for amateur members. Of course, we could complete it on our own by studying books but speaking for myself (and arguably 95% of the diamond members) it's just not gonna happen. I love learning chess, but I hate reading chess books. So, here my first formal video topic request: Please make this a complete series about the English. Like Shanklands Caro-Kann video series. I want to watch the series and be ready to play the English against everyone up to FIDE 2300. Thanks & Greets.
As Black I always play the King's Indian in response to 1. c4. What do you think about that?
very nice explanation, covering a lot of moves. Keep it up Roman, and thx
by GM Roman Dzindzichashvili
Today Roman tackles a new "opening subject", reviewing the main points behind the 1...e5 English. In classic Dzindzi style, he wastes no time reviewing the bad variations, providing his personal recommendations against each approach for both white and black. He considers this "overview" to be a lead into the critical variations of this modern approach to a classic "cup of tea"!
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GM Roman Dzindzichashvili
GM Dzindzichashvili was once one of the top players in the world. Born in Georgia, his chess first developed in the USSR. While still an International Master, he defeated opponents like Botvinnik and Bronstein before emigrating, first to Israel where he became a Grandmaster, and then to the United States. His accomplishments in the U.S. include two U.S. Championship first places, and one World Open. He has not played actively in tournaments recently, but has become even more famous perhaps in the U.S. for quality instructional materials, in particular chess videos! Roman Dzindzichashvili now teaches chess classes and seminars for Chess.com University. Feel free to contact him for more information!
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