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  • 22 months ago


    Lost me ...you were going too fast!

  • 23 months ago


    I like these videos

  • 2 years ago


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

  • 3 years ago


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

  • 3 years ago


    @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.

  • 3 years ago


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

    No, Josh. Just learn to handle losing.

  • 3 years ago


    Very good lecture, Alex!

  • 3 years ago


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

  • 3 years ago


    Great lecture.

  • 3 years ago

    IM Squarology

    excellent video.

  • 3 years ago


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

  • 3 years ago


    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 :)

  • 3 years ago


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

  • 3 years ago

    NM NoRematch

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

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

  • 3 years ago


    "Respect everyone, fear no one." 

  • 3 years ago

    NM 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!

  • 3 years ago


    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.

  • 3 years ago

    FM gauranga

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

  • 3 years ago


    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.

  • 3 years ago


    Lasker !

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