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  • 10 months ago

    eugenegordon771029

    Lost me ...you were going too fast!

  • 12 months ago

    att-a-boy

    I like these videos

  • 13 months ago

    I-eat-guini-pigs

    Great vidio alex!! I know I know I somtimes get nervous when playing good playersLaughing

  • 20 months ago

    John_smith347

    when you go so quickly like that, its hard to understand.

  • 20 months ago

    rupnaylak

    @benzo: yes i saw that. I think it is a bit too rushed. I thought of a6 and then b5, to open the a file, but Rc7 also introduces the idea of b5. Then, you get the file right off the bat. Rc7 gives multiple ideas, where as b5 is one-dimensional.

  • 20 months ago

    systemovich

    "Maybe it's better not to be the best, then you can lose and it's okay."

    No, Josh. Just learn to handle losing.

  • 20 months ago

    systemovich

    Very good lecture, Alex!

  • 21 months ago

    benzochess

    At 12:50, would b5 be ok for Black?

  • 21 months ago

    kapishreshta

    Great lecture.

  • 21 months ago

    IM Squarology

    excellent video.

  • 21 months ago

    dzindzifan

     this was sort of like a Seinfeld episode ... hand wringing ... crazy topic ... humorous and what else can I say ... cutting egde!  Great job!  

  • 21 months ago

    RyanMurphy5

    I watched this the morning before I had a tournament game where I beat someone 400 points better, using your advice.  I was able to play against an unsound sacrifice in the dragon and pressed instead of curling into a ball like I have in the past (I'm 1540 v 1940).   Thank you for this good practical advice and the accompanying examples :)

  • 21 months ago

    Frittles

    One of the most helpful videos on Chess.com and I've watched hundreds. Extremely important things to consider here. Thank you very much!

  • 21 months ago

    NM NoRematch

    No "professor" moves.  That's a good one.  Smile

    I'll always remember the Nakamura-Lenderman game as the "Lenderman Shuffle".

  • 21 months ago

    acatlin

    "Respect everyone, fear no one." 

  • 21 months ago

    CM gbidari

    Excellent job covering a common yet rarely discussed topic. When we see you admit to your mistakes and overcoming them it somehow makes it easier for us to do so. It's honest introspection such as this that is key to improvement at all levels. Also, congratulations on winning the National Open!

  • 21 months ago

    jdm

    Guilty, as charged, Alex.

    I know that fear of losing is my largest shortcoming, and hope to venture out more psychologically because of this video.  I know opponents love to punish your confidence when it doesn't work.

    Sorry about the "Alex" familarity.  I'm currently reading "Kings of New York", and feel kind of like I know you.

  • 21 months ago

    FM gauranga

    Playing just the board, not the opponent, is easier said than done.

  • 21 months ago

    chessatore

    You are so right. In the my last OTB tournament, I offered a draw against a WIM being a pawn up. She accepted it, and I again missed the chance to score a full point against a titled player. Almost seems that against stronger players there are only two results in my mind, lose or draw the game. Maybe this series helps me to remove that mental blockade.

  • 21 months ago

    Wzntz

    Lasker !

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