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I missed 0-0-0 as well... :(
Thx for the videos brah! I hope you keep making them, you're one of the few people that puts an interesting and fun spin on your videos. As for the critical moment, having applied just the knowledge of a critical moment taking place, I can already see an improvement in my game.
It's a psychological tactic for noobs, but when playing in bullet games, I will now sometimes pause unecessarily when making a gambit or sacrifice which I feel is ultimately a bluff and unsupported. But since I "paused", they almost never accept the gambit and I get to keep the advantage :D
In general, it will make your opponent uneasy if you suddenly shift the pace of your moves. I can't imagine that being very helpful in standard games though.
thanks for making this video, it really will step up my game when one move will make the difference
Excellent defense in a rather depressing-looking situation. A good and clear lesson too.
i dont know and remember who is grandmaster says this saying as far as i am concern but still i recall"mistakes are all there waiting to be made"
Great video! Thanks to share your knowledge!!
@dzindzifan: No, I don't think it's a good idea to offer a draw in that situation. First and foremost, you must have faith in your calculating ability. My conclusion was that the position was very messy after 15...Rf8, but I didn't see myself getting the worst of it in any of the concrete lines. Even with 30 minutes left, I liked my chances of outplaying him. Also, when you offer a draw it tends to heighten the senses of a good opponent. He might stop and take a second look at a seemingly straightforward continuation like 16.Qxf8+ Qxf8 17.Nxf8. The flip side of this argument is that they get overconfident from the draw offer, assuming you're confused. However, in my experience a decent player usually get suspicious rather than overconfident.
i liked your way of eplanation
This is an important lesson ... keeping cool under fire and knowing that you were willing to take 30 mins at that point. Would you recommend offering a draw at this point? Or did you think you had enough time / positional adv to continue for the win?
Tremendously resourceful finding 0-0-0!
Wow, I totally missed 0-0-0!!. Very nice.
A fun game with the 15. Bf4 continuation:
Geat job keeping your cool in a tough situation.
I liked the critical defense aspects of this video and your further explanation of what a critical moment is...thanks.
I'm impressed with the game, and the way you explained the variations in the opening stages. It was also good how you spent 30mins on that 1 important move! The longest I've ever spent on a move is 15mins... that too was a rook sac, I would have liked to see the rest of the game though... Btw, I'm only rated 1504 and even I saw the Bf4 that he should have played instead of Qf3?
Good defense. This is a very important skill to have. White probably forgot that you could still castle queenside! The endgame was also quite instructive.
@didiz1016: I highly recommend that viewers download my full comments to the game - click "Get PGN" on the the right of the video. I elaborate on a lot of the points in the video (especially the critical moments), and also examine the game in entirety. Note that I did give the game continuation after 15.Qf3 up till 20...Rxf8.
Didn't you say you would show us the game? After Qf3, you only talked about variations not the game when you said you would go show us what he played.
by IM John Bartholomew
This weekend, International Master John "Bart-the-Licious" takes you on a wild ride of tactics, tricks, surprising defensive resources, and enough knowledge to make your head spin! Enjoy his honest recount of a game he barely survived, and take notes on his amazing advice regarding how to handle critical moments in regards to defense in chess.
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Players: Defibaugh, Jared
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