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yeah Bxc4 looks quite plausible. after dxc4 rxd7, black can either play Rfd8 or c3, and it seems like black has a bit of an advantage. you are right about the 3 kside pawns being worth about the same as the two white kside pawns, but the black queen's position in the center is distinctly better than the white queen's position on h6.
At 25:34, couldn't White play Bxc4? If ...dxc4, then Rxd7, and surely Black's three kingside pawns aren't worth more than White's two?
yeah, c5-c4 is not usually good for black if white has castled kingside. when white castles queenside, that encourages black to consider c5-c4 and a qside attack (but leaving white's center strong).
I apologize if I missed it, but why never cover a game for black/for both sides where white castles short?? I'm trying to adopt the French as black and have yet to encounter white castling long (I understand it could and does happen, but that's castling into black's conventional area of counterplay: the queenside).I find your analysis very helpful, and thank you very much for taking the time to make these videos. Against short castle should I continue to push c5-c4 and bust open the queenside anyway? I've often read in books it's good to maintain the tension between c5-d4 as black and to break it at the opportune time. I've always assumed this is the case with cxd4 rather than c5-c4, but perhaps I should look into the latter more as your series indicates.I guess, to summarize my concerns: should black have "roughly" the same plan against long and short castles?Thanks again IM Preuss,CSC
great! glad to hear it :)
Thank You David...Enjoyed All Three!
Carole, it's a tactical trick that comes up often in the French defense: the Nc6 sacrifices itself on e5, to open the attack of the Bd7 on a white piece on b5. in this case it could go Nxe5 fxe5 Bxb5 and black is up a pawn.
Love your videos, IM Pruess. Help me out. At 14:55: "...that drops a pawn to Nxe5..." e5 is defended by white 3 times. Why is a pawn lost? Is the idea that it's followed by ...f6?
At 25:00 in the video. With the E6 to E5 pawn advance for black the white knight should go to G5 forcing a mate in 1 or if the pawn captures the knight you would lose the black queen.
that's a really unusual move you suggest yousef, bc it weakens the space around the king and trades pawns that are supposed to cover him. however, it does gain space for white, and might have some hope. i calculated for a moment and i don't see an instant win for black with Qa3+ or anything else. still, my instinct is that white will come under too dangerous an attack.
at 6:30 (3rd question) couldnt white play b3 to gain space and attack the pawn chain?
paolo just read the other comments before you for the answer!
at 24:27, after black's e5, what about white playing Ng5?
Good stuff! Especially because I enjoy French structures... Thanks David!
Great series. I always enjoy Mr. Pruess clear and concise (and sometimes funny :-) ) videos. I hope to see more videos from him.
"white could castle queenside in order to castle queenside" I enjoy the banter.
This quiz is an excellent idea and I hope to see more of them in the future. BK
Despite your blunder, a fine conclusion to this miniseries. It was instructive to have a more interactive format. I never know for sure how much is actually penetrating my thick head and this helped. Lots to work on for sure, but comforting to know at least some of the material has been absorbed. Thanks; looking forward to the next pawn structure video.
wow... embarrassed. thanks for pointing it out though. that makes the e5-line pretty irrelevant in this position, though still vaguely educational as a concept (that you'd sometimes want to open the center while under attack, because then your pieces have a way to get into the game).
Hm, at 24:30 (after e5 - defending by opening the position), doesn't white simply win with Ng5, winning the black queen? Anyway, another nice video. :)
by IM David Pruess
Pencils down! Seriously, you are about to take a quiz. Subject? The principles, attacking patterns, and tactical motifs within the confines of pawn "chains". IM David Pruess has been arming you with knowledge in his first two videos,and now it is time to see whether or not you paid any attention. In the climax of his 3-Part contribution to the Pawn Structure 101 series, David wants you to be ready to think about each and every position and the decisions you might make in a real game. Good luck!
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IM David Pruess
At the age of twelve, David was lucky to be brought by his mother to a session of the Berkeley Chess School's Friday night kid's chess club, where he met NM Robert Haines, who showed him what chess was. Eighteen years later, he is still in love with the game. He has shared first in a few major tournaments, eg: American Open, North American Open, and Open Rohde (France), and played in several US Championships.
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