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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 !
This beginner truly appreciates the training! Looking forward to more.
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.
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.
Very good video.
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...
Good reasoning behind every move, this will help my thought processes during my own games hopefully!
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.
Good video for beginners, but i more like advanced GM-thinking ;)
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!
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.
I enjoyed your explanation of the moves and have a different appreciation for the game. Thanks.
Great video ... clear and Sam put that GM in a vise.
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.
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.
Sam, thank you for the great explanations !!! I really feel i can play a better game now... I do plan to RENEW my subscription !!!
@LetsReason I would listen to a robot if it had Sam's brain. :)
by GM Sam Shankland
So that the majority of our members can enjoy this beautiful game to its fullest, the battle that took place between these two super strong Grandmasters is broken down in "layman's terms" here today. GM Sam Shankland takes a "no stone left unturned" approach in analyzing his victory over German GM Giorg Meier. Sam explains the beginning of the game and its early transition into the middlegame. Stay tuned for Part 2...
Beginner | Intermediate
Players: Shankland, Sam
vs. Meier, Georg
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GM Sam Shankland
Sam learned chess at age 11 from the Berkeley Chess School program. Within four years, he had become a National Master, and two years later, he became an International Master when he tied for first in the world u-18 championship, a result unmatched in the last decade of international play by American players. At 20, he has already played in several U.S. Championships, placing 3rd in 2011.
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