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When white plays the latvian move g4, why doesn't black capture the pawn with Nxg4?
why are you speaking like, in a microphone
This was one of the best of the five videos so far.Thanks
With respect to your comments that we should learn the structure/positions we play rather than memorizing openings, how do you suggest we best do this? I agree with your sentiment wholeheartedly, but often find it difficult to learn "positions" rather than theory with minor commentary on certain moves (mainly found in opening books). Do you think those 3 books you listed at the beginning of the video would give adequate information on this? I refer specifically to understanding how positions from openings evolve over time (undertsanding old main moves & why they were, and new improvements & why they are)I love the series, and think it's very helpful. Thank you!
More good ideas to help understand this structure and possible play. Thanks.
The talk you gave in the beginning was inspiring. Your passion for chess is so refreshing! :)
Thank you for a great lesson.
Nice video. That Ne3 move was easy to miss after calculating all those moves.
Danny, in my opinion this is the best video of the five (Danny said 4th because he can't count!) Caro Slav videos. Explanation of Meran variation and how it relates to pawn structure was outstanding. In future I would like to see all opening related videos and game analysis the way Danny explained Kramnik-Anand game. I watched this game live on ICC. More coming and Many thanks.
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Pure excellence!!! I hope I can put a few of these great lessons into practice. I truly believe that my pawn structures are the weakest parts of my game.
Danny, you're just flat cool.
Danny, have you ever considered to prepare your own stand up gig? You have enough material and more than enough talent to become excellent chess stand up comedian. Not sure if this would be a profitable business though … J Great video, looking forward for your live sessions!
Great Video Daniel.... I love your videos. So worth being a platinum member :)
Danny. You should write a book. With your humour and knowledge?
Yes you should! People would buy it.
I say this video is the 4th, though it is obviously the 5th!! Shows you what happens when you let "pawns go to your head"! :)
by IM Daniel Rensch
If you can forgive Danny for talking too fast at times (and for moving the "wrong rooks" to the "wrong squares") you should still find yourself learning a lot about the Caro-Slav Formation. Today's video lecture reveals how the classical and positional concepts of any pawn structure can affect even the most recent and dynamic theory. We observe wins by both Shirov and Anand with the black pieces, and we can see black's liberating moves (c5 and e5) in full force!
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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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