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Thank you International Master Mackenzie Molner.
Great vid....great to see some of the best at work!!!
At the 12:25 decision between the e5 and d5 push, one of the reasons I like a move like d5 is because we're able to keep the threat of kicking the queen with tempo (via e5) as part of the position's tension and instead look for another tempo-gaining move on a less valuable piece (such as a minor piece).
Being able to retain a move such as kicking the queen away then ensures that if you find another good initiative continuing option, you have a second tempo-gaining move already set up for you as a 1-2 punch and then the pawns start rolling.
Mac, I really liked the flow of your ideas in this video presentation. Very logical way to lead your listeners and develop key instructive themes.
Great video. Very inspiring game too.
at 16:21 why not Ne6?
Here is a game I played last year with this line. It shows what happens if White takes the bishop:
The moral of the story: Never take the bishop in this line. Even if it looks OK, it isn't.
The nine move, would be better Ng6!
I watched it again and the problem with Bf6 to protect the knight instead of f6 is that black loses a pawn after
Nxe5 Bxe5 Bxe5 Qxe5 Qa4+
very instructive game
Thanks for the feedback and positive reviews! The next game in the series is definitely very exciting too!
@dgrant- It's a good question and I'm sure some other people are thinking the same thing. It's hard to go into a lot of detail about the opening when the rest of the game is already a bit complicated but Namahshivaya is right on with his analysis and response. When White plays Re1 in the game he is finally threatening to play hxg4 since White will be able to meet Black's hxg4 with Nh2 and Nd2-f1 and the h-file will be very secure.
Thanks Daeru for answering the previous question about Bxb3, I probably should have highlighted that variation in the video but nice job finding it!
@dgrant79 he did not want to capture the bishop on g4 since the pawn on the h file would recapture, but will also open the h file to the rook leading to some major trouble for white including mate threats.
@dgrant79 That is NOT a stupid question. The answer is that white's king will quickly come under fire along the h file. The best that I can see happening for white is hxg4 hxg4 g3! gxf3 Qxf3, which is no way to play for an advantage. White will probably lose the game after hxg4 hxg4 N-somewhere-besides-g5 Qh4! f3 (or f4) g3! -+. hxg4 hxg4 Ng5 Qxg5 d4 (or d3) Qh4 only delays the inevitable.
Stupid question, but why doesn't white take black's bishop at g4 near the beginning with his pawn?
by GM Mackenzie Molner
International Master Mackenzie Molner follows up his debut video series on an opening riddled with tactics and themes about using the initiative (the Blumenfeld Gambit) with a "broader take" on the topic of fighting chess. Today he reviews a game by two Super-GMs who have some experience with attacking chess, and he provides a description for each move as the battle develops. Enjoy!
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GM Mackenzie Molner
International Master Mackenzie Molner is one of the rising young stars in America. He has been ranked amongst the top juniors in the United States for more than ten years. Originally, from New Jersey, "Mac" recently graduated from NYU with a Bachelor's Degree in Romance Languages, with a specialty in Spanish (he also speaks German, French and Russian). Mac considers himself a Professional Chess Player/Coach.
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