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Excellent video just the right pace and clarity
A very instructive video and I'm a big fan of these backward knight moves I have used them in my own games with success! Great lesson on positional play
With the help of the engine, we should add that :
- on 25.Qd2 Qg6 26.dxe5 Rxe5 27.Nd3 a crazy computer line is 27...Rxe3! 28.Nf4 Qb6 29.Qf2 Bc4 30.Ra3 Rae8 31.Rxe3 Rxe3 with a small edge for Black ! Working but very dangerous ! (pin, back rank mate and so on)
- it's not so clear if 31...Qe7 is really better than 31...Qg6, theorically speaking. Probably it's a better practical chance, but even in the game Black had a lot of chances to draw the rook endgame (39...Rc7 or 40...fxe5 for example). After 31...Qe7 32.Rd6! Bc8 33.Rf1! White is better.
Thank you for taking the time to share.
thank you sir
Thank you Grandmaster Gregory Kaidanov.
4 weeks ago
what is a backward knight, i mean i have heard one on the edge...but what is it?
The phrase Gregory used was "backward knight move" - which means to regress the knight or move it back to its starting square. Usually as a knight advances up the board, especially to an outpost on the fifth or sixth rank, it becomes more powerful so when you look for moves, it is more difficult to see moves that take the knight back to weaker squares, especially to the starting square.
Real good lesson ....ya, I was once mated with the help of the enemy king.
Mrdan2013: a backward N is simply a N moving backwards. Could be to its original position. He simply coined the term backward so you could visualize the movement better.
Kaidanov brings the clarity. Excellent, as always!
Your usual clear and concise presentation. Thank you and looking forward to the rest of the series.
Thank you for another brilliant video! I enjoy your videos very much and better, I learn from them.
Also, thank you for playing my children in the simul at the 2013 Queen City Chess tournament. They enjoyed that very much.
thank you kind sir
At 17:35 you say that you should have played Qe7 and follow it by a5,undermining the knight on c5.But after Qe7 he could have quite easily manuevered his knight to d6 which I think is stronger than the post on d6.Thank you.
Thank you very much. I love your slow speak beside your teacher task, of course.
EXACTLY the series I was waiting for! Thank you GM Kaidanov!
by GM Gregory Kaidanov
The ever-modest GM Gregory Kaidanov begins his video series on positional play with, what else, a loss! He builds an attacking position despite playing against the isolated queen pawn, but loses his initiative when white creates a giant outpost. Kaidanov warns students to be critical of all exchanges, while showing how backward knight moves (Silman's favorite!) can sometimes save the day.
Queen's Gambit Accepted: Gunsberg Defense (D21)
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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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