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An excellent video! Very helpful to me (2200 OTB, 2400 correspondence) and I'm sure to other players at a broad range of strengths, both above and below mine.
Great video. Straight to the point with very good examples
Thank you, it's good to know (and practice) about prophylactic thinking.
Excellent Series! Thank You!
Thanks very much for this very helpful video. It really teaches a life-long, good habit to form, in chess.
99.9! loved it. change my way of thinking about what move to play.
Found Qg1 :D
Actually found them all!
what a wonderful tip!! it helps me a lot. thanks
I FOUND QG1!
At 07:39, does anyone know who the players were in the example from an endgame? If so, please let me know. Thank You.
"Benzochess, The last problem, I think Nd3 fails to Rd8 to be followed by unstoppable Rd4 to take the winning pawn. "
If you read my comment correctly, I did say horrible square d3. So you are correct but you did not correct my comment!
Marvelous video, its very helpful for me, thanks for upload
Benzochess, The last problem, I think Nd3 fails to Rd8 to be followed by unstoppable Rd4 to take the winning pawn.
This is a great video because Kaidonov clearly gives the viewer the right questions they should be asking themselves before deciding on a move. The concept clicked very early for me in the lesson, and I correctly guessed each move after that. Now I have one more important mental checkbox in my head before going forward with a plan.
I really enjoyed this! The examples were very well explained! Thanks very much. =)
A great lecture, I was able to follow it and correctly work out all the ideas shown, this lesson for me was packed with fresh practical advice that I can begin to apply more in my own games. Thanks
GM Shankland used your position shown at around 15:00 in a video on his preparation for the US Championships last year. I remember it well, and thank you for showing it from this perspective
Thanks for explaining the method behind this kind of thinking.
by GM Gregory Kaidanov
Grandmaster Kaidanov is featured this month on Chess.com, and with today's video he begins a new series on what he puts as "arguably the most important skill to develop as a chess player". Though he doesn't claim it as the easiest, he provides the best advice he can on how to "build the muscles" of defensive mindedness, while displaying five practical examples on the subject of preventing your opponent's plans/ideas. Enjoy!
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GM Gregory Kaidanov
Considered one of "the" premier chess trainers in America for more than ten years, Chess.com is very proud to add Grandmaster Gregory Kaidanov to its list of prestigious Video Authors. Arguably one of the strongest GMs never to have won the US Championship, GM Kaidanov's list of accomplishments does however include first place finishes in many other major events, including first place at both the World Open and US Open in 1992. A certified FIDE Senior Trainer, his reputation as a chess coach precedes him internationally. Gregory currently resides in Lexington, Kentucky with his wife Valeria and their three children.
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