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Another Great video. Danny, you're head and shoulders above the rest as a presenter. Thanks.
"Don't get your undies in a bunch"
I'm rated 116 ECF (1578 FIDE equ.) and my opponent was rated 94 ECF (1402 FIDE equ.)
What's these guys' rating? I saw everything they didn't see in a couple of seconds... and I suck!
Thank you for the enlightening analysis and for explaining some general principles. Now, more live sessions, please!
Trying to control how and why people react and comment is supercilious and smacks too much of unwarranted control of other people's thought process.
As always, another fun and instructive video from Danny.
Awesome video on common tactics in the Smith-Morra, Danny. Thanks!
One of your better videos Dan. Good work.
Nearly plastered coffee over my laptop with the adopted sibling joke. Keep it up.
Danny, I am looking forward to more Member Analysis videos!!!
Danny, there are many really good chess players around, but not very many that can teach/instruct as well as they play. You combine a natural talent for chess with an engaging teaching style that makes you really unique. Thanks for the video and I hope to see more.
Adopted student - ACE! lol
OMG I'm famous lol! - Danny you're an absolute legend thanks so much for showing this game, and I'm now more clued-up on the Smith-Morra I appreciate the in-depth analysis and efffort that went into the analysis. I've watched it twice now...
I have taken mental notes on f7 weaknesses and the f6 knight as a target, when I had played this game this was the third Smith-Morra I'd faced in a single week and was determined to try and think more and calculate.
Ha, yeah thanks for showing the whole game because I was happy with the clean-up
My quest to becoming a stronger player continues!
Great video! thanks!
OK guys, you have both made your points. This conversation needs to end here and can be continued in private messages to each other, if you choose.
Yes, I meant no harm by the joke/comment (abq is right) -- BUT yes, I can also see how it might offend some people, which is why I immediately apologized. So, that's that. Leave it alone now...
Joey, I hear your points and if you knew about my family (I have two adopted siblings and half siblings on multiple sides... but no more of my personal life will be on display here) you would know %100 that I meant no harm at all.
Any more of this and (as a Staff Member, not as defending my video) I will have to delete your comments.
Ad hominem aside, we will just agree to disagree. I have three adopted kids in my immediate family so I do understand the pain and the tremendous love that comes with that.
Considering the forum, the intended audience, and obvious tongue-in-cheek nature of the comment, I felt you should relax. I don’t want sensitive people like you bridling somebody whose sense of humor I really enjoy.
You feel that you are not overly sensitive and the comment required at least a mild scolding.
Okay, we disagree.
@joeydvivre -- I would rather Daniel stay funny and make an occasional gaffee (of which he immediately apologized for in the video) than have him worry about offending the group du jour and over-censor himself.
I just think you need to give more credit to adopted children. I think they are durable enough to endure an off the cuff coment from a chess instructor. If they are not, then they are in for an awfully difficult life and their adopted parents are to blame for over insulation.
Great instructional vid. Your off the cuff remarks are fun, and those that watch your stuff regularly understand your sense of humor. That is why we love you and can't wait to see more of your stuff. Keep up the great work!
@joeydvivre -- Relax! Daniel uses his humor to make these videos that much more entertaining. Perpetual concern that others might be offended by what we say makes us exceptionally boring people. Everyone should have their feathers ruffled regularly. We all need to be durable, not insulated and thin-skinned.
thanks alot Dan
@Fr0gge and hicetnunc -- And I updated it with a PGN that includes a little more analysis ...
@Derek and others -- Glad you liked the video. I really enjoyed doing a Member Analysis and will enjoy doing more this month. Not doing as much private and group lessons anymore, I forget how much I enjoy teaching practical concepts from actual games (not just general stuff)...
@joeydvivre -- Sorry you feel that way. I didn't say that's how I would treat my kids, just making a general joke on the topic... My apologies if it offended you or anyone else who watches the video...
by IM Daniel Rensch
Today International Master Rensch makes his first ever contribution to our long standing "Member Analysis" video series. He reviews an "over the board" game by one of our most active members and highlights the importance of not "assuming anything" when you calculate. To have good technique by always looking for opportunities for your opponent, and not yourself, is also very important... Enjoy!
Players: Fox, Chris
vs. Harkins, Sam
Sicilian Defense: Smith-Morra Gambit (B21)
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IM Daniel Rensch
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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