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great analysis as usual alex....no idea who FM Barnett is but he got destroyed at the end of this video!
calling FM barnett out? you're real cool.
Pretty immature to call out a player on your video. Just saying...
I had pointed out some of this stuff on our team blog: http://www.chess.com/blog/NJKnockouts/uscl-week-5-recap-halfway-there (yep shameless USCL plug here :P)
For those curious (as I was) about what GM Yermo was referencing at the end of the video,
"FM Alex Barnett (1st Place, 3 Points): Wow this game is hilarious. I had to vote this game the winner even though its obviously the poorest quality out of the three but whatever I am a tactical player, and I love to play 1-minute, and this game looked like it was straight out of my ICC history. Seriously I don’t even know what on earth was going on, but it was very entertaining. Street chess >>>> boring positional chess all day."
Comments related to the other two GOTW candidates were of similar quality.
"FM Alex Barnett (2nd Place, 2 Points): Black played stronger than White and gradually outplayed him. That’s all there is to it. Not very exciting but pretty instructive I guess. I learned a new idea in the Benko from this game too, play c4 when you can win the a4 pawn. yayyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy!
Ok but seriously besides that Black just won by force, just totally outclassed White. Kind of like a less boring version of the Catalan game. meh."
"FM Alex Barnett (3rd Place, 1 Point): Ummmm why was this game selected? The selection this week must have been bleak. Playing through this game in the opening I was like zzzzz and then oh wow Black allowed Nxe6! Maybe the game will be fun now! Nope… just simplified down to an endgame where White barely won. zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz"
Thanks, GM Yermo.
Damn, I didn't got half of what he sayed... will have to listen to it again
I watched this game and Scheider seemed demoralized perhaps when he played Be4. He played it quickly and it seemed even to me at the time to be a bad move, encouraging black to activate his rook to the b file and getting in the way of white's Q. Bc4 is so natural because it cuts off black's King and keeps the h rook penned in. I think it was a emotional blunder caused by the attack he'd worked so hard on fizzling out.
I was fascinated to see that white still had a lot of play after Bc4
Much appreciated Alex
Hope to hear your commentaries on future chess.com live events, GM Yermo, you have a great sense of humor. As far as street chess, and what it means, I can only take a stab, and guess that it means... play the man , and not the board, maybe. Where people hustle, or con others, and its more about pyschology than chess. Of course I could be wrong here. Anyway I hope to hear you as a commentator in some more live shows. Best wishes, and good luck.
Thank you for the instructive analysis! And although I didn't read his comments, if what you say about FM Barnett is true, then it sounds like your criticism was fair.
Looking forward to next week's video!
Alex Yermolinsky is a wonderful commentator. He explains the position and plans so I, as a 1467 ratet player, can have a natural feeling of the game. Actually I feel like a grandmaster when I listen to his analyses ;)
I think Yermo pantsed FM Barnett; or was it a wedgie?
by GM Alex Yermolinsky
Is it a defensive effort or a brilliant counterattack? Either way, GM Joel Benjamin wins another Game of the Week (and Move of the Week!). After the obliteration of his king's safety, Benjamin shirks his monarch's protection and uncorks the shocking ...b3! White was then back on his heels and missed chances to equalize. Stick around until the end, when Yermo talks about playing chess with your pants down!
Philidor Defense #2 (C41)
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GM Alex Yermolinsky
Since his arrival in the United States in 1989, Alex Yermolinsky has won numerous major swiss events including the World Open and U.S. Open multiple times. He was the U.S. Champion in 1993 and 1996. Alex cherishes his recollections of the glory days of the now aging, but underrated U.S. Olympic Team of the 1990's. Alex is the author of "The Road to Chess Improvement", his magnum opus that threatens to become the most sought after out of print chess book on EBay.
Other authors need not worry, Alex has left chess writing behind him. These days he's more interested in online chess media. His "What Every Russian Schoolboy Knows" instructional weekly show on the Internet Chess Club has a large following. Alex is hoping to further his online presence here on Chess.com.
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