• 2 weeks ago


    I'm watching this video series for the first time, and very much enjoying it.  The Emory Tate stories are particularly poignant to me right now, given his recent passing.  Being a real chess neophyte, I hadn't heard of him before the reading the articles written about him by GMs Naroditsky and Serper.  I'm glad to have found another little nugget of appreciation for Emory waiting to be discovered in the content archives.  It adds to his story in a very meaningful way.  It's clear he was an asset to the chess community, and that he'll be greatly missed.

  • 18 months ago


    VanillaBean has just said what we're all thinking. Thanks for that because I doubt I would of ever put the effort into verbalising my thoughts, and this is by far the best chess lesson I've ever had.

  • 19 months ago


    Instructive :)

    Impressed at WGM Batchimeg's game, and impressed that you chose to show the game, IM Rensch :)  Thank you :)   

  • 21 months ago


    Nice job on whites perspective.Now I look forward to blacks.Thanks

  • 3 years ago


    thx buddy

    i edited my grammer:)

  • 3 years ago


    The saying is "the likes of which the world..."  I'm guessing Danny's never heard that saying before.

  • 3 years ago


    great series that had effected my entire chess understanding deeply as i never had acsses to the bigger picture through the pawn structure.

    thanks a lot! IM rensch.Laughing

    btw, tate was quating a line from the movie "dune", where stilgar answers to paul " worm sign the likes of  which even  god had never seen".

  • 3 years ago


    I just got my mind blown. 

  • 3 years ago


    Nice video.

  • 4 years ago


    Hey Danny,

    I recently started watching your videos, starting from the most recent and have been working my way back through the archives of your stuff. All the Live Sessions and the Instructive videos are fantastic. Thanks for your hardwork. 

    And I enjoyed the Tate stories. More would be awesome. 

  • 4 years ago


    This was well worth the second watch... I'm actually gonna go through this series again in order from 1-5 from tomorrow as I love playing the scheveningen and want to improve my knowledge of this pawn structure further!

    The preparation you must do to deliever this material must be monumentally massive!! Top respect for giving such awesome lectures Cool

  • 4 years ago


    Yeah, I would echo VannilaBean's sentiments 100%! The Pawn Structure 101 series is easily my favorite. Although the Mating Nets was pretty good while waiting, and I am looking forward to the Strategy Series you hinted at... but it would be great to nail down the Pawn Structures once and for all! ;)

    When you guys finally take on the Catalan, I am hoping you, Melik, or Roman hit us first, then follow up with Speedy Speakin' Sam's high level barrage... hopefully I can keep up if I've had a primer! :)

  • 4 years ago


    Well, I admit I was hoping to give you motivation to continue.  Smile  In the meanwhile, I enjoy your other vids too.  I'm going through your live sessions now...and can mostly follow them!

  • 4 years ago

    IM DanielRensch

    Wow VanillaBean... that means a lot to me Embarassed... And you really put your thought into that comment. Thanks so much.

    You are right, this series is daunting for me because I want to do SUCH a great job on it and it is taking forever... It makes it easy for me to avoid it and work on others... not what you all want to hear, but true Frown...

    However, comments like this inspire me to jump back on the "Pawn Structure Horse", so to speak.



  • 4 years ago




    Thanks so much for doing this series.  I think it has helped me to understand the game much better.  I know about the fundamental rules for a beginning and have spent time studying tactics (waaaaaaaaaay to much time on TT), but in the games I play, I always hit a wall after I've developed my pieces (without knowing any openings particularly well).  My problem has always been, "what's next???" 


    I've tried a few times to study openings, to help me with that, but the truth is the books, etc. that I've looked at have always intimidated me.   It seems that most of the material out there differentiates openings by going through them move by move without giving the openings any other type of classification.  There are so many openings and then variations on those openings that I couldn't even figure out how to meaningfully organize them.     ("What makes a classical variation different than the Berlin defense in the Ruy Lopez, Black's 3rd move? Great, what does that mean")   I needed more context!


    Your premise that you should look at the pawn structures first and learn about each player's goals in a certain pawn structure really hit a chord with me.  Now when I look at a game, I worry less about the specific opening and just look at the pawn structure.  This has made following chess videos so much easier.  Now when I watch a game, I hear, "Here's the opening, blah blah blah," but then I think oh look, there's the Caro-Slav, I know a little about that.  I think that this is beneficial because now I have a reference point:  "Oh, Danny talked about that, White wants this and black wants that.  Yep, they basically just said that same thing about this opening."  I think it's greatly improved my chess literacy.


    I also really appreciate the time you took on the Caro-Slav and Scheveningen (and the time David took with the pawn chains).  Having multiple videos on the same structure has helped solidify some of the ideas for each one.  By watching (and re-watching) the videos, I think I am able to spot at least those three structures really quickly.


    This series must seem daunting at times, but I just wanted to let you know how valuable it's been to me.  I am really looking forward to additional episodes to further my understanding of Chess.  Thanks for all your hard work.

  • 4 years ago


    Where can I hear more Emery Tate stories? Surely there must be a medium for you to tell them!?

  • 4 years ago



  • 4 years ago

    IM DanielRensch

    Glad you liked the stories about Tate, Petro... I have many more Tongue out.

    In any case, I am surprised more people didn't find those stories amusing... but I hope the ideas I highlighted of the f5 and d5 squares coming under fire were instructive...



  • 4 years ago


    Great video! thanks

  • 4 years ago

    NM Petrosianic

    Really enjoyed this series, and I found the stuff on Tate quite funny --- have heard some very entertaining stories regarding him, you inspired me to play my first Scheveningen this evening, well, the first time I actually aimed to play one OTB.  Against a GM, why not?  Should have won too but my time management and concentration problems continued to plague me.  I like the small tips you do when talking about move orders, etc, I find these very useful.  The nuances and stuff I find interesting in these positions move 9 forward.  Really looking forward on your thoughts to the Black perspective and thanks for the inspiration!

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