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Very concise and instructive. More from FM Mike Klein please.
Amazing instructive video !! great job
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
I had previously watched the entire series by Rensch.It was great.This video was very well prepared and ranks in the same category....great!Thanks
Any chance of live sessions?
@f7f5 - It works well for me, but here is the PGN in case you are still having trouble.
[Event "NC Invitational"]
[White "FM Mike Klein"]
[Black "NM Larry Tapper"]
1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nf6 3. Nxe5 d6 4. Nf3 Nxe4 5. d4 Be7 6. Bd3 Nf6 7. O-O O-O 8. c3 Bg4 9. h3 Bh5 10. Bg5Nbd7 11. Nbd2 Re8 12. Re1 Nf8 13. Qb3 Rb8 14. Bxf6 Bxf6 15. Qd5 Bg6 16. Bxg6 hxg6 17. Rxe8 Qxe818. Qa5 Qc6 19. Qxa7 Re8 20. Qa5 b6 21. Qa6 Ne6 22. Qc4 Qd7 23. Re1 b5 24. Qd3 Nf4 25. Rxe8+ Qxe826. Qe4 Qxe4 27. Nxe4 Nd3 28. Nxf6+ gxf6 29. d5 b4 30. Nd4 Kf8 31. Nb5 Ke7 32. a3 b3 33. Nd4 Nxb234. Nxb3 Nc4 35. a4 Nb6 36. a5 Nxd5 37. c4 Nb4 38. f4 f5 39. Kf2 c5 40. Kf3 Kd7 41. g4 fxg4+ 42. Kxg4Ke6 43. Kg5 Na6 44. h4 Nc7 45. f5+ gxf5 46. h5 Ke5 47. h6 Ne6+ 48. Kh5 Kf6 49. a6 Nc7 50. a7 Na851. Nd2 Nb6 52. Nf1 d5 53. cxd5 c4 54. d6 c3 55. d7 Ke7 56. h7 c2 57. h8=Q c1=Q 58. d8=Q+
@IncredibleTactic - yep, if I'd played Qa7, then ...Ra8 would win my queen, which is why I played Qa6.
Thanks for all the good feedback - I'll be doing another endgame in this series soon.
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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