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I've been carefully going through all of your videos... right now it's you and shankland as my favorites.
Wow, it's amazing how Carlsen makes it look so easy.
I thought the sidelines were a good idea, but the 'people have spoken' :)
Thank you for explaining Carlsen to us.
thanks.it is wonderful
This is a wonderful video and commentary. I look forward to Part 3.
A long time viewer of chess.com videos and a first time viewer of your videos. The pace of your commentary is perfect, as well as your use of directional arrows.
Your videos are the most instructive. Thank you!!
Just Great! Thanks. Perfect timing on the commentary, pausing just long enough for my slow brain to comprehend what I was looking at, :-). Not just looking at pieces flying all over the board and trying to keep up or rewinding the video. Looking forward to the next.
I remember seeing this game while it was being broadcast with great attention because Ni Hua is such a great positional/practical player that i like to follow his developments. out of the opening it seemed he was doing really well and some how it all began to collapse.
I wonder how well he was actually doing in the opening.... any one have any insights on that? this is quite a common sideline in the sicilian for white.
I agree with "ajitsampat" -- more understanding of the 3 possible replies to Bb5 and common continuations. One thing I noticed about this game is White not able to capitalize on the kingside despite the enormous early pressure with Q and B; and, also, not able to do anything on the queenside when Black seemed in general disarray. Delightful video and looking forward to the conclusion.
Fantastic Liu...excellent commentary. I think sidelines are good, just my opinion. Against Bb5 move, I automatically play ...Bd7 and Carlsen played ...Nd7 and you said it depends on the type of the game you want to play...perhaps a little bit of explanation on the type of game with three different moves will be helpful...just want to know. Many thanks and don't wait too long for next video!!
Magnus certainly played on the edge with unconventional moves. Maybe I missed it but was there a point when Liu could have brought his queen down and checked Magnus followed by bishop takes pawn?
I loved your exploration of sidelines in the first video; fully agree with your (expert!!) opinion how important they are to understanding a position/game. Hard to please all the people all the time, obviously:) But please do revisit that policy!
That said, this video was also totally excellent:) Also highly valued your description of the context in which the game was played:)))) Thank you!
Constructive criticism? Hmm... I think this video and the previous one in the series are fantastic. I think you have the right mix.
I don't know who was complaining but I thought the last video was great...more sidelines please. This is a great series. Thanks.
ooooh the to be continued....that will ensure the same amount of views on the second video. Good video. You guys are getting good at this!
by FM Elliott Liu
FIDE Master Elliot Liu continues his video series, recapping Magnus Carlsen's "rocket fast" rise to the top of the chess world. Here we see the first half of a game between Magnus, and fellow "Super-GM" Ni Hua. Watch as Elliot breaks down Carlsen's consistently logical approach, and accurate calculation even in the weirdest and trickiest opening lines. Stay tuned for the second half, coming soon, where we see Carlsen's "concrete technique" finish what he starts in this video. Enjoy!
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FM Elliott Liu
April 25 is actually "Elliott Liu Day" in San Diego County! The young FIDE Master from San Diego earned that special distinction by winning the 2005 U.S. Cadet Championship, 2006 Pan-American Games U18, 2 IM norms, and playing in one U.S. Championship and three World Youth Championships. The 19-year old is just completing his freshman year at Stanford University.
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