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Lost me ...you were going too fast!
I like these videos
Great vidio alex!! I know I know I somtimes get nervous when playing good players
when you go so quickly like that, its hard to understand.
@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.
"Maybe it's better not to be the best, then you can lose and it's okay."
No, Josh. Just learn to handle losing.
Very good lecture, Alex!
At 12:50, would b5 be ok for Black?
this was sort of like a Seinfeld episode ... hand wringing ... crazy topic ... humorous and what else can I say ... cutting egde! Great job!
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 :)
One of the most helpful videos on Chess.com and I've watched hundreds. Extremely important things to consider here. Thank you very much!
No "professor" moves. That's a good one.
I'll always remember the Nakamura-Lenderman game as the "Lenderman Shuffle".
"Respect everyone, fear no one."
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!
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.
Playing just the board, not the opponent, is easier said than done.
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.
by GM Alex Lenderman
GM Alex Lenderman begins a new video series today on the subject of psychology in chess. He talks about the importance of treating every game, every opponent, and every move the same -- and he stresses that trying your best should be required regardless of whom you are playing! He provides his own games against Kamsky and Nakamura as quick examples, before showing mistakes by the world's best players in this area...
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GM Alex Lenderman
A "true" chess professional, Grandmaster Alex Lenderman learned to play the game at the age of ten, was an expert at twelve, National Master at thirteen, International Master at sixteen and a Grandmaster at nineteen years old. A gold medalist, scoring an incredible 9-of-11 score, at the World Youth Championship Under-16 in 2005. A US Chess League MVP in 2008, Alex is also the winner of multiple prestigious events in the "American Chess Scene", including: the Philadelphia International; US Open; Marshall Club Championship, Eastern Open and the National Chess Congress. Alex's peak FIDE rating was 2601 and he currently trains hard with his coach, GM Giorgi Kacheishvili.
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