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great video, Mike!=)
good 1.... do keep making like this more videos :)
I hope there will be more video lessons with Mike Klein soon! He is easy to understand even for a non-native speaker like me, he does not go too fast like most lecturers tend to do, and he explains the ideas and concepts very well.
This is why you are my favourite author here on chess.com!
Very concise and instructive. More from FM Mike Klein please.
Chess instruction as it should be, clear and concise. This is by far the best instructional video I have seen on chess.com.
More please :)
@FM Mike - I loved your presentation and explanation of this video, you really do an excellent job.
FM Mike Kline :) Have to admit one of the best, easy and instructive videos i have ever watched :) The flow was amazing.
As everyone else has said, the pacing is perfect. You're getting the ideas across, without going into sidelines that never happened.
I'd love to see some videos on controlling squares,(Masters are always talk about attacking on black/white squares, but us lower level players rarely even think about such concepts) and lots (lots) more endgames.
I'd like to second flatseven's comment about the pace. Excellent pacing indeed! Don't get me wrong, I love Danny's occasional rant the first time I watch a video of his, but they sometimes get in the way of reviewing the video, whereas Mike's commentary is fast and to the point. Well done!
I enjoyed the idea that gxf6 was actually a pawn-structure-weakening capture. It's a simple point that I would have overlooked in my own games. Thanks.
Mike, in that last position where you chose to reposition your knight to d5, could you have equally gone to b7 via a5, targetting both his central pawns and thus creating the third passer? Thanks for your thoughts. The video was greatly appreciated!
I love the pace of this video. I don't have to sit around listening for 3 minutes before seeing a move. This is like brain candy. Thanks.
Good explanation and analysis for a 1600 rated player like myself. Thanks
Great video and game! Thanks!
Is there a way to access the previous series?
Pretty good video..thanks! :)
Nicely done. Thanks FM Mike Klein
by FM Mike Klein
Any good boxer will attack the head and the body, and any good chessboxer will make two points of attack in the endgame. Picking up on a series you probably thought was dormant, Chess.com pulls a Mt. St. Helens and rumbles back to life. This is one of the most commonly used ideas to win in the endgame. Use the misdirection, or you'll be going in the wrong direction!
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FM Mike Klein
Mike Klein began playing chess at the age of four in Charlotte, NC. In 1986, he lost to Josh Waitzkin at the National Championship featured in the movie "Searching for Bobby Fischer." A year later, Mike became the youngest member of the very first All-America Chess Team, and was on the team a total of eight times. In 1988, he won the K-3 National Championship, and eventually became North Carolina's youngest-ever master. In 1996, he won clear first for under-2250 players in the top section of the World Open. Mike has taught chess full-time for a dozen years in New York City and Charlotte, with his students and teams winning many national championships. He now works at Chess.com as the Director of Content.
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