Ben Finegold's Road To GM Video Series

Ben Finegold's Road To GM Video Series

TigerChess
TigerChess
Mar 3, 2015, 12:00 AM |
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Explore the rise to GM by Ben Finegold in this fun series.

Learn how a strong master earns the coveted grandmaster title, experiencing the highs and lows along with GM Finegold himself.

You might be surprised by the kind of preparation it takes to achieve this chess plateau. 

The Road To GM -- Part 1: vs GM Kreiman Ben relives an intriguing match with IM Boris Kreiman. Immediately, this game goes into one of his favorite openings. GM Finegold highlights reasons behind this game's importance to his success. 

The Road To GM -- Part 2: vs GM Georgiev  GM Finegold observes how he managed to effectively counter the a6 Slav. By strong-arming e5 with solid bishop play, Ben accidentally hangs the b2 pawn. Or does he? His opponent, GM Vladimir Georgiev, happily accepts. Watch now and see what happens. 

The Road To GM -- Part 3: vs GM Kuljasevic Once again, Ben is faced with an a6 Slav. He shows a tremendous ability to dominate a position with subtle moves. 

The Road To GM -- Part 4: vs IM Antal  In another stroke of Finegold brilliance, Ben decides he is bored of winning too early on. He trades off pieces going right to a queenless middlegame. GM Finegold shares some creative preparation strategies in this critical road block to his final norm. Finegold had finally earned his final GM norm, which he forcefully accepted! 

Grandmaster Preparation: Part 1 vs IM Darwin Yang  These last two videos serve as fantastic education. Observe how the best of the best prepare and get a small taste of Ben's mindset before going to battle. 

Grandmaster Preparation: Part 2 vs IM Marc Esserman  No one puts baby in a corner! Like all great feuds, it was time to settle things over a game of chess. Ben tries to protect his home turf against his Smith-Morra nemesis! This ending is too good to pass up. 

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