• 19 months ago


    Personally, I find GM Kaidanov's mistakes - and where/when/how he makes them - to be far more instructive than Cruiseylee78's "correct moves".

    First of all, I think it's only fair to state that the mistakes pointed out occurred at moments where the GM was obviously speaking off the cuff, and in situations having nothing to do with the primary instructional content of the lesson. He even stated as much explicitly, and used language like "...moves such as...", etc. 

    Secondly, I see no point whatsoever in being spoon fed "correct moves". If I can find errors in what the GM presents to me, I learn more and better; if I cannot find the errors, then I don't have enough understanding to benefit from having been shown the "correct moves".

    Third, assuming that the GM has made an important error (which isn't the case here), and I can discern that, I then get the added value of discovering a lot about the GM's thought process, which - despite all the errors in the world - is still better than mine as a class player, so that I can attempt to incorporate the kind of thinking that leads to errors in precision rather than my normal thinking that leads to errors of blundering horribly, as all class players do by definition.

    Whenever analysis is made public, it is subject to more scrutiny than could ever have been put into it to begin with. In order to be published, the analysis must have originally had a finite amount of time dedicated to it, and once published, there is the rest of the time in the lifetime of that published analysis for a practically infinite array of third party examiners to find faults in the analysis. Obviously, such faults will always be discovered. Nothing is perfect ... including the supposed critiques of the faults found. This should be obvious. Also, it is far easier to analyze than it is to synthesize; in other words, creating something is hard, valuable work, whilst critiquing something that's been created - though of limited value - is easy. So let's not forget to be respectful of the efforts of others as we critique them.

    If I were paid some amount of money to produce a video, that amount would limit the amount of time I would be able to put into the video. Let's assume that our valued titled players are paid for about an hour of their time per video (which is an optimistic guess). Assume a 45 minute video. This gives our titled players 15 minutes to come up with a lesson plan, select example materials, make a few quick notes, set up the recording and screen capture environment, and prepare themselves to do one single pass through a video lesson. Then for the next 45 minutes, it's a struggle to stay on topic, not succumb to the temptation to add intructional examples as they come to mind, to make sure all points are covered, and to end the video on time without having to truncate the lesson. At that point, the product is finished and in a state that is as high quality as the resources allowed. Don't expect infinite quality from a system into which you aren't pumping infinite resources. To expect that is unreasonable and immature.

  • 20 months ago


    Really entertaining and well done.  Thank you GM Kaidanov.

  • 22 months ago


    I enjoyed this a lot. Thank you very much.

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  • 2 years ago


    I see there's comments about mistakes in the video... well spotted to the ones who found them but I spent my time here looking at the ideas behind the execution. I believe that's the main purpose of these instructional videos afterall we are not GM's, plus I've got a nice knowledge top-up on the Carlsbad structure, keep 'em coming GM Kaidanov Cool

  • 2 years ago


    No JpRamirez! I will be honest! The video is floored with errors and mistakes! This is not on! I dont need to be a GM to give facts on a video! I am achess teacher myself and if I did a video that had these errors in it I would be embarrassed! These are clear mistakes. Certain moves do not work!

  • 2 years ago


    great video. And thanks techron i dont know how i missed that.

  • 2 years ago


    Thank you GM Kaidanov for an instructive video. Can you please show another model game in which the minority attack is correctly conducted by White and the ideas behind its success?

  • 2 years ago


    Video shows a good way to repulse the minority opposed to using the minority attack!

  • 2 years ago


    very nice video sir .... well thought out and explained ... look forward to the next

  • 2 years ago


    This video has a great potential, if the error is fixed. The talk toward end follows the position in PNG file, however video shows other position. Please correct it.

    Forgetting this problem, it was very instructive. Thank you once again.

  • 2 years ago


    Thank you Grandmaster Gregory Kaidanov.

  • 2 years ago


    Great video, thanks.

  • 2 years ago


    @Cruiseylee78 stop criticizing so much and become a GM first then make your own vids after you become staff on, until then get a life.

  • 2 years ago


    Nice video. I'll try to trick my opponents into winning time now.  

    By the way folks, even though the video is different, the variation still works. 1.Nxd4 Ra3 2. Qc4 b5! 3. Qd4 Re8.

  • 2 years ago


    29 Ra1 is poor and no win, Everytime i watch a vid i am very dissappointed. So many mistakes. Instead of 29 Ra1, 29 Rd8 is clear win. Please check this vids before they go out! mIf 29 Ra1 Qf3 clearly saves, even a 1700 ish like me can see this.

  • 2 years ago



  • 2 years ago


    After 23 Nc4 on the analysis it says fxe is best, its not, b5 wins! And 25 Nxe4 does work!  White just replies Qd5 and is better. Why are these vids not checked before released?

  • 2 years ago


     yes big mistake in video, very poor prep. Knight is not on d2 but d4 in the pgn.

  • 2 years ago


    Can someone help me out after Ra3 the in-between move you mentioned why not Qc4?

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