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It seems to me that the entire plan here involves making a break with c4 for white or c5 for black, then trying to control the e file and squares on it, is that all there is to a plan?
Great analysis but maybe talk a bit slower and maybe move the pieces around when you're spouting off hypothetical notational moves at mach 11. ;) Otherwise, great vid. You're my favorite person when it comes to the videos on Chess.com.
Yes Abhishek2, that's exactly what we do! We have a buffer of nearly 40 unpublished videos...
We're the world's #1 chess website - what else would you expect?
link to the game: http://www.chess.com/livechess/game?id=342582722
It's surprising that the game was played two months ago and the video was posted today. Do you pre prepare all your videos then choose when to release them?
@iamdeafzed - yes, developing with Ne7 is definately a line, but when Ne7 is played black will develop the b8 knight to c6 instead of playing c6. It looks akward but it's actually best.
great vid but u talk 2 fast! slow down a bit 4 us slow players!
Just 'cause I live in Minneapolis doesn't mean I don't like the beach. I'm a scuba instructor for a reason. Our beaches just are a tad less warm than those down south :)
Good video Danny, even got an exclamaviotch in this one, no video is complete without it. Looking forward to your next Live Session.
Nice vidio mate, thanks.
Much better than the previous 'Hybrid' video, though perhaps part of this is because I happen to use the French Defense a lot myself.Personal opinion on the Exchange French variations (for what it's worth to anyone else here): I find them a bit annoying to play against. They typically provide few sources of obvious counterplay for black out of the opening...far more important to amateur players, in my view, than how theory regards them.Specific game comments: I probably would have strongly considered 4...c6 over 4...Nf6 (to prepare Bd6), though either is fine in practice I guess. I prefer systems where black develops his king side pieces Bd6 and Ne7 though.I didn't like 7...c5 and would have chosen 7...Bg4 instead. It prepares Nd7, takes advantage of the fact that white already committed to Bd3 and would waste less time after dxc5, Bxc5. Perhaps this was black's way of trying to create imbalance in a position that can otherwise be difficult to do so, however.8.h4 was perhaps an interesting try, but a mistake in hindsight. 8.O-O was what I would have played.
10.Nf5?? turns out to lose a minor piece, though I admittedly didn't see the d4, Qa5+, Qxf5 combination that led up to it. Apparently I need to hit up the Tactics Trainer some more.11...d4!The rest was a pretty good clean up job by Kingpatzer.
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"Hey, get your pieces out... Good job buddy!" made me chuckle.
Danny always keeps it entertaining
Very helpful insight about not developing the Queen's knight blocking the pawn with a Q pawn game, thanks. An enjoyable watch as well. Look forward to more of this series. Thanks, Danny!
Always good to see some other intermediate level games showed on here and analyzed by the Master (IM lol!) himself, great live-hybrid as always Danny
Nice video Danny, and congratulations KingPatzer on a beautifully played game!
Hey everyone -- Thanks for the feedback. I think the fight of whether the regular Live Sessions are better than these Hybrids is irrelevant. Throughout most the year, I will definitley do more regular Live Sessions than these, but both series and the ideas behind them will stay -- so some will like the regular versions better than these, and vis versa, but no arguement is necessary! Please do root for the ones you like best though !!!
@zebraleg -- I'm sure those lines are good for white. Against a well prepared opponent as black, I don't think they offer white a ton of pull though. And yes, maybe Bxh7+ was best...
Thanks to all!
all bad for white after d4 by black, but since the B is lost anyway, why not Bxh7+?
i know that was long winded (my comment), but i want to know if this line has been busted (Ashley and Waitzkin), i can look up the game and tell you which game to look at if that helps, and btw, thanks for your time Ace (or anyone that answers)
i have heard many times the exchange french is unambitious, but then i watched a vid on the chessmaster series where Waitzkin and Ashley worked out a system to play it, mainly playing against the developement of Black's white squared Bishop (white's moves after the exchange are c4, Bd3, and Ne2, with the N on e2 planning on controlling d5 from f4). it is a very interesting plan that Mo and Josh developed but i have never seen commentary on this line. Do you know it Danny? If so, what are your thoughts, and if you don't know it can you take a look and lemme know your opinion? I would love to have a great player look at his line b/c i agree with Josh's assessments. Not a bad way to play and it psychologically takes the french player out of his game
by IM Daniel Rensch
Even though the second time around for Kingpatzer spelled yet another disastrous opening for his opponent, we are able to take away several valuables from this game. For starters, you can't decide to attack the king just because you "woke up on that side of the bed". You have to develop the plan the position wants from you, and then you pieces should follow... never the other way around. IM Danny Rensch has more!
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With numerous "scholastic chess accomplishments" to boast of, both as a player and a coach, Danny has been a "chess professional" since his early teens. He was ranked in the Top 10 for his age in the U.S. every year from the age of 12 - 21years old, and at one point he was the highest rated 19-year old in the country. He earned the IM title at age 23. A part owner and full time Staff Member for Chess.com LLC, Danny is our Vice President of Content and Professional Operations, managing the products and "team of contributors" you enjoy here, as well as for our scholastic extension site, ChessKid.com.
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