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  • 20 months ago


    how many times did you lose?

  • 22 months ago


    great to follow your thought process thru the game, very instructive. The birds chirping in the background also bring a sense of peace and tranquility about the game...LOL!

  • 4 years ago


    Hey the person at hong kong, just go to Todd Andrews video's, I think all those are super beginner.

  • 4 years ago


    Was watchin this & thinking, well hmm, so whats going on....strange lecture BUT THEN...yes indeed its a live game!!.


    Ok so all fell into place and sure enough, it is/was highly instructive for a novice such as I.....Cheers man.

  • 5 years ago



    Don't let Roman see this game! you definitely gave this one away.

    Thanks for the videoLaughing

  • 5 years ago


    Hi I'm a poor player and I'm trying to understand what is going on. But all I see are pieces moving around and it doesn't tell me about them. How am I supposed to learn? Just watch the pieces and learn the positions? There's no explanations coming up on the screen.

  • 5 years ago


    Charles is the best for the novice chess player trying to learn how to think about the game. 

  • 5 years ago


    These are great tools for learning. Like people say, by having the time to think for yourself really helps. Being able to compare  your thinking process to that of a master. He mentions moves I don't even consider. I'm hooked! Watched 4 in a row.

    Thank you

  • 5 years ago


    Very instructive, thank you.

  • 5 years ago


    I really liked the pace and comments. I like to learn from games reviewed like this. Charles allowed me time to think white's moves before he explained his thought process. I understood the strategies and board squares he was trying to attack because of his style. I am a beginner and appreciate this lesson.

  • 5 years ago


    Charles at 25:30 I believe you made a mistake that he did not capitalize on. You played a5, but Bxa5 then you would recapture with your bishop then rook to b5+ and you lose your bishop. Or he could decide not to take your bishop and you lose a pawn either way. Is my logic correct?

  • 5 years ago


  • 5 years ago


    I like the birdsong ambience. You should make it a regular feature ... Wink

  • 5 years ago



    I always enjoy your videos. Your speaking is not rushed, so as a beginner, I find it very helpful to hear the thought process of a master chess player that does not speak at a million miles per second. You have a great personality as well.

    Good job.

  • 5 years ago


    ajitsampat, u remind me of another point i was going to make. chess.com is doing this website at a very reasonable price. it's a great service to people like us who like chess and want to improve. chess.com is not just doing this for profit. so, thanks again.

  • 5 years ago


    great video.

  • 5 years ago

    FM BecomeanIM

    thank you everyone for the great comments. 

  • 5 years ago


    Another great video, very instructive. Please keep them coming! Thanks Charles!

  • 5 years ago


    What impresses me is how well Charles controls his thoughts - his mind does not race away.  I found this video very instructive.

  • 5 years ago


      I'd like to see Charles, or another master player on chess.com, do an analysis on this game as a follow-up. I think this would be good idea on all videos, but especially these "live" impromptu games. For me, this game (and other "live) games) raises more questions than it provides answers. This should be apparent by my "analysis" (questions, really) of several opening moves, as follows:

    1.d4 d5 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.cxd5 Nxd5

    Now why 4...Nxd5, which seems to lose a tempo, instead of, say, exd5?

    5. e4 Nxc3 6.bxc3 c5

    Now why 6...c5? That is, why is Black pushing pawns again and again instead of developing pieces? Why not, say, 6...Be7 with the idea of 7...0-0? Or how about 6...b6 with the idea of 7...Bb7?

    7. a3

    I suppose White plays 7.a3 to prevent Black from playing Bb4 later, but it looks weak compared to other possible moves. Why not 7.Nf3 instead, with the idea of 8.Bd3 and 9.0-0?

    7...cxd4 8.cxd4 e5

    Now why 8...e5? Another loss of tempo (?) and still no piece development?!

    Now it's mentioned at this point that, due to a 15-minute time control, the idea is to liquidate the center ASAP. But what about opening chess principles!!!

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