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  • 3 years ago


    First few moves, and I thought it was really a basic video. But after hanging on for few minutes I learnt how to think. Just making sensible moves 3-4 plies deep saves the day. That's such a relief. Thanks for a very lucid explanation. You rock !

  • 3 years ago


    This beginner truly appreciates the training! Looking forward to more.

  • 3 years ago


    I absolutely love your teaching style here, it really helps to reinforce clear thinking on every move and clear analysis for the viewer to imitate;  If I ever had the funds to afford a personal coach I would hope they would have your approach.  Others may take it as laborious, but I don't, I find it very formative and building and cumlative;  I'll appreciate as many opportunities as you have to present instruction with the manner used in this video.  Training the mind to think this way is the best and quickest way to leave the "beginner-intermediate" level.  thanks a ton.

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    Great video -- as a n00b chess.com subscriber, but a long-time chess player, I appreciated the analysis from the very first move.  Really cool hearing how you set an objective (keep the rook and bishop as useless as possible) and kept working towards that objective.

  • 3 years ago


    Very good video.

  • 3 years ago


    Thank you...Thank you....This is the greatest teaching lesson for intermediated players I have watched from anyone on chess.com..can't wait for part two!!!  keep the good work......Love your stlye...

  • 3 years ago


    Good reasoning behind every move, this will help my thought processes during my own games hopefully!

  • 3 years ago


    This is just totally unwatchable had to stop after 3 minutes. Dont want to waste time getting explained the most basic things ever. Youd think people ready to pay for a subscription on a chess site know at least the basics.

  • 3 years ago

    IM JohanSalomon

    Good video for beginners, but i more like advanced GM-thinking ;)

  • 3 years ago


    Sam, when I first started watching this video I was going to write a scathing critique of the higher-ups in chess.com for making you do a video for beginners/intermediate players when you clearly didn't want to. You seemed like you would (for example) rather be bashed in the head with a sharp object than explain why 1. d4 was a good move for White. I was further going to make the point that chess.com has Danny Rensch and David Pruess to do stuff for us lower-rated players. Some people are teachers ... and some aren't.

    But after watching the whole video I think you could really be a good teacher (not to mention the obviously great future you have as a player).

    Your advanced videos are great (I've seen every one of them, and although they're above my skill-level, I've enjoyed them) but the internet is teeming with chess videos by masters for masters. Chess.com is special because it offers something for us weaker players, and you seem to have the (rare) ability to explain high-level concepts in a way that we can understand.

    Keep doing the advanced stuff, but do more of this (beginner/intermediate) stuff as well. You're really good at it!

  • 3 years ago


    GREAT LECTURE!!! Thanks for simplifying. Even though I'm a class A player, this was a whole lot more fun to listen to than the ones where you just rapidly rattle off the moves. 

  • 3 years ago


    I enjoyed your explanation of the moves and have a different appreciation for the game.  Thanks.

  • 3 years ago


    Great video ... clear and Sam put that GM in a vise.Foot in mouth

  • 3 years ago


    A truly outstanding video for a lower level intermediate player like myself. When we sit at the foot of the master we can move inch by inch towards our higher goals.

  • 3 years ago


    I always thought about 500 games like this throughly explained, and I might have some idea of how to play real chess.  Thanks so much for this game.  Especially good job late in part one where you explain Black's problem with the pawn on c5.

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    Sam, thank you for the great explanations !!!  I really feel i can play a better game now... I do plan to RENEW my subscription !!!

  • 3 years ago


    @LetsReason I would listen to a robot if it had Sam's brain. :)

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