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  • 5 weeks ago

    Daybreak57

    Interestingly enough, I am playing a game right now and in it I knew I had to do something to keep the initiative and move in for an attack fast, but the only thing I could see was to sacrifice my rook for the exchange and grabing two extra pawns in the interum.  I calculated and realized that white did not have to take my pawn with his bishop and he could just let me take the pawn, and I wouldn't have the hanging knight...  I first thought maybe I could sac the rook for the exchange and use my light square bishop and extra knight for an attack, but then I thought maybe I could trade my rook for his bishop and seeing how the bishop was the only piece defending his other knight and I could have two pieces for one rook!  Then I calculated and saw that I wouldn't have the knight because he could just let me take the pawn as he is already up a rook for the exchange.  I then calculated to see if I could win with the two extra pawns.  After ! hour of calculating (Yeah if this was over the board I wouldn't have been able to calculate it there where so many variations I had to go through) I found a continuation for him that would leave him the victor.  Of course had he taken a different course of action I would have won, but I didn't want to give him that chance, so I just centralized my rooks before relieving the pawn tension and am considering not relieving the tension at all!  

    After playing that game and calculating through that I know first hand that yeah it's good to calculate to see if you can sac a piece, but sometimes you think to yoursel, "Oh but it will take too long to calculate I'll just see if I get lucky!"  Yeah, that was the old me, when doing chess puzzles.  Now I am not relying on my intuition I am calculating the moves to see if my assumptions are correct, because maybe there is something there you didn't see...  Good video.  This is a good tip for a beginner, as I know people that blindly sacrifice pieces "for positioning."  Even in speed chess don't sac until you know you will have adequate compensation, because that is just lazy chess.  You don't want to be one of those guys that pats himself on the back when they won because of a mouse slip.  Yeah you won, but still, it's not because of your skill...

    I wouldn't paticulary play this opening as black but I still see this as a good opening, if you play it the right way.  Sadly when I watch this video I am reminded of how someone I play over the board with plays this opening.  Not a very good way to play it but if your rated 800 then you'll fall for his tricks!

    Occasionally I play bullet and I often find people that do stupid openings knowing that it takes their opponent out of their theory and they have to think longer in the opening game, but I find that after a few go rounds with their experiemental opening you can find ways to exploit their flawed approach rather quickly, you just have to get used to it...  To me, playing that way is not real chess.  Real chess is about making the best move, not just moving to gain time...  I like blitz, and want to get better at blitz, but I am going to learn how to play blitz my way, but learning to think fast and make the best possible move in a short amount of time.  I don't care if I loose thousands of games on time.  Eventually I will iron out my errors, and become better, but this buisness of making pointless moves just to gain time on the clock, to me, the success of that is short lived.  Learn to calculate!  Great Video.  A good follow up to the first.  Kind of a caveat to sacrificing when the position is unclear...?  My new motto is if you don't know why you are moving the piece don't move it, and after you develop your own plan, consider what things the other person can do to counter your plan. That sort of thinking will mean you would of saw that queen e2 was a bad move in the video.  Aways consider your opponents ideas, thats what I call being one sided or having tunnel vision.  Make it a habit! :D

    Again thanks for the video!  This lesson reiterates what I already know, and what I learned in a recent game.  After watching this video that idea is even more solid in my head.  Thank you!

  • 6 months ago

    pablin1978

    very nice!!Smile

  • 8 months ago

    jaco1631

    Sadly this looks like many of my games when my opponent plays the scandanavian defense... :S great video! I took it as Roman yelling at me Tongue Out

  • 14 months ago

    Mr_wetPants

    This videos are helping me a lot more than reading books. Thank you very much Laughing

  • 14 months ago

    Maestro94

    I enjoy your english more than actual games.. :)

  • 19 months ago

    bzchessguru

    this is one of best lessons I have ever heard keep up with the work and analyis

  • 19 months ago

    EK2012

    A second viewing is worthwhile.  

  • 19 months ago

    andrewj2k

    I learned somthing

  • 2 years ago

    razor-br

    Roman is really funny when angry. lol

  • 3 years ago

    EK2012

    A great video. I have much to learn and need to think ahead more moves and not sacrifice without a greater plan. 

  • 3 years ago

    RVX1440

    This is exactly how I play, still a beginner, much to learn...

  • 3 years ago

    Beginnerkhan

    Great

  • 3 years ago

    Beginnerkhan

    Great

  • 3 years ago

    hopsplace

    great instruction

    Thank you

  • 3 years ago

    konttaruan

    I think this is my favourite video! Both educational and fun. I like it when Roman gets angry at wrong moves =)

  • 4 years ago

    amolbk

    Great video. Great learning for me since I have this tendency to lose fire-power after sacrificing a piece.

  • 4 years ago

    FRC960

    Thanks

  • 5 years ago

    bi0hazard1

    These types of videos are just fantastic for a 1300 ish rated player like myself.....  I gain valuable insight into chess positions that i just cant see unless someone show me first.  Thank You for this great video.

  • 5 years ago

    Lawdoginator

    Instructive. Thank you.

  • 5 years ago

    Chacku

    Very helpful. Thanks!

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