Blitz Chess #399: Benoni Defense

Blitz Chess #399: Benoni Defense

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Aug 1, 2017

When you play the Benoni, you will experience a lack of space, and an imbalanced pawn structure. A good strategy for black is to seek at least 1 minor piece exchange in order to be able to move about more freely within the limited space. Given tim...

Blitz Chess #391: French Defense, Winawer

Blitz Chess #391: French Defense, Winawer

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Apr 28, 2017

The French Winawer can very often lead to an imbalanced strategic battle. More specifically one where white has the two bishops and a compromised queenside structure, the very side of the board black looks to exploit due to the many holes in white...

Blitz Chess #389: Sicilian Defense, Rossolimo

Blitz Chess #389: Sicilian Defense, Rossolimo

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Apr 13, 2017

What to do when the center is locked? Who would be quicker to strike on the wings, to help potentially activate the rooks? At what point would it be a good option for me to release the tension in the center? On this last note, analysis with the he...

Blitz Chess #387: Sicilian Defense, Wing Gambit

Blitz Chess #387: Sicilian Defense, Wing Gambit

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Mar 30, 2017

White plays the Wing Gambit in reply to the Sicilian Defense. Its point, as is the case with nearly all gambits, is to open lines and accentuate one's development. If one is not familiar with an open game that quickly turns dynamic, tipping one's ...

IM Yaacovn vs IM wonderfultime (5 chess games)

IM Yaacovn vs IM wonderfultime (5 chess games)

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Feb 15, 2017

Two strong International Masters, Yaacov Norowitz from the United States, and Minh Le from Vietnam plays some chess games on the live server.  I kibitz 5 of their blitz chess games with time control 3|0. Both players seem to have had a preference ...

Blitz Chess #382: Catalan Opening, Closed

Blitz Chess #382: Catalan Opening, Closed

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Jan 23, 2017

This is a blitz chess game I played as white with time control 5|0. The opening played was the Catalan Opening, Closed. What to do when one side has a space advantage? Keeping all minor pieces on board can make life a little difficult for the side...

Hikaru Nakamura vs ChessPanda123 (7 games)

Hikaru Nakamura vs ChessPanda123 (7 games)

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Oct 25, 2016

Grandmaster Hikaru Nakamura plays some blitz against an anonymous Grandmaster, likely a super grandmaster, from China with the username chesspanda123. I kibitz 7 blitz games with time control 3|0. The quality of the games is quite high as one migh...

Houdini's Pawn Storm

Houdini's Pawn Storm

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Oct 7, 2016

This is a rapid time control game of 25 minutes with a 10 second increment between the engines Naum 4.6 and Houdini 200716. This was from Season 9 of the TCEC (Top Chess Engine Championship) in 2016. Understanding the play of two top engines is so...

Blitz Chess #372: Ruy Lopez, Exchange variation

Blitz Chess #372: Ruy Lopez, Exchange variation

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Sep 29, 2016

This is a blitz chess game I played as white with time control 5|0. The opening played was a Ruy Lopez, Exchange variation. With the exchange variation comes an important responsibility, namely great care of the light squares since white is withou...

Phiona Mutesi Chess Game (Queen of Katwe)

Phiona Mutesi Chess Game (Queen of Katwe)

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Sep 22, 2016

On September 30th, 2016 the Disney movie "Queen of Katwe" will be released. It's based on a true story, one depicting the life of Phiona Mutesi, who today is a Chess Champion in Uganda. In this video I share a recent game she played at the 2016 Wo...

Blitz Chess #371: Queen's Pawn Game

Blitz Chess #371: Queen's Pawn Game

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Sep 20, 2016

This is a blitz chess game I played as black with time control 5|0. The opening played was a Queen's pawn game. White's modest approach to the opening allows for black to confidently violate an opening principle which states one should not move th...

Blitz Chess #367: Black Knights' Tango

Blitz Chess #367: Black Knights' Tango

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Aug 18, 2016

This is a blitz chess game I played as black with time control 5|0. The opening played was the Black Knights' Tango by transposition. Black offers up some space in exchange for a defined pawn center and some dark square play . There is a little wa...

Blitz Chess #366: QGD: Semi-Slav, Meran variation

Blitz Chess #366: QGD: Semi-Slav, Meran variation

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Aug 11, 2016

This is a blitz chess game I played as black with time control 5|0. The opening played was the Queen's Gambit Declined: Semi-Slav, Meran variation. Typically play turns quite sharp in the Meran variation, however the first player does not strike w...

Beginner to Chess Master #18 - The King & the Box

Beginner to Chess Master #18 - The King & the Box

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Aug 8, 2016

This is video #18 from the "Beginner to Chess Master" playlist. There will come a moment in an endgame where we must determine if a king can successfully catch a passed pawn, or in other words be in time to successfully hunt down a pawn. What appr...

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