• 3 months ago


    Very instructional, thanks David, I like your vids!

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  • 7 months ago


    On Thursday July 23, 2015 I watched this video and enjoyed it. Thank you!

  • 14 months ago


    Most helpful! I am not particularly good in my strategies, and this is amazing. Thank you, IM Pruess!

    P.S. Very humorous video! Smile. Use left and right arrows to navigate.

  • 19 months ago


    At 12.14 also Rg3+ is possible if Nxg3 we have mate on h7 Qh7# or if he plays Bg7 simlpy Qxg7#

  • 2 years ago


    Pillsbury was playing Georg Marco, Paris (1900).

  • 3 years ago


    nice videoCoolSmile

  • 3 years ago


    Could someone post a PGN of the game or at least tell me me the cool person Pulsbury was playing so I can search for it?

  • 3 years ago


    great video

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  • 3 years ago


    Thanks! Very Helpful! 

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  • 4 years ago


    Who was Pillsbury's opponent?

  • 5 years ago


    Awesome video! this one of my favorite lines when playing white against blacks king side castle position.

  • 5 years ago


    Great video David. Thanks.

  • 5 years ago


    That's very helpful for beginners indeed. I'll try the Pilli Attack next opportunity for sure. Thanks

  • 5 years ago


    appreciate your videos david . first in series worked first time on "poor person" whom didnt see video. diamond very worth while. marc

  • 5 years ago


    Hey, thanks for the quick reply! I was trying to get a grasp on openings and was oversimplifying things. Since then I have put the openings explorer to use in seeing what kind of options I have in the first 2-4 moves of a given game. Great tool to have!

  • 5 years ago

    IM dpruess

    hi Derek,

    first part of my answer is: i wouldn't be too formulaic about your approach to chess, ever. for example, you specifically give Qf3-h3 as if it's a requirement. i see all of these things as "themes." it's *very common* that bringing the queen to h3 will be strong. but let's say black left their bishop on c8 instead of moving it to b7-- are you going to start going through contortions to try to safely play Qh3 anyway? I hope not!

    Since you have a big space advantage on the kingside, you're supposed to have a few ways to attack there.

    Your queen knight may not contribute the most tactical blows on the kingside, but it plays various roles: sometimes preventing black from playing Ne4 gaining space (the way you played ne5); other times exerting pressure on d5, which limits some of black's pieces; sometimes with a tactical blow like Nxd5 when the Nf6 has to defend something on the kingside, etc.

    Chess is full of variety. So remember things as "themes," but don't be married to following roadmaps. the N hop to e5 is one positional theme for gaining a space advantage. Play it at the right time, and back it up with f4, and you have extremely favorable conditions for a kingside attack.



  • 5 years ago


    Hey fellow new players! So let me get this right, David:

    1. Open with Queens Gambit Declined as white.*

    2. Watch out for black's queenside knight or other piece to be aimed at e5. Try to get your knight there first. Obvious cues would be black putting bishop on b7 instead of taking out their knight.

    3. In the point that you can see you have performed queens gambit and it has been declined, and you have the potential to put your knight on e5 before it is targeted (black has done other things, put bishop on b7 instead, etc), then back it up with pawn on f4.

    4. Bring your queen to f3, followed by h3.

    5. Commence brain-bashing on the kingside and don't trifle with queenside pawn threats/other minor threats, but it is important that you constantly maintain pressure on blacks kingside so they cannot create a threat on your queenside.

    How accurate is this, David (or other veteran players familiar with the Pillsbury Attack)?

    *Update: I have tried this in the game and must add a 1.5 step:

    1.5: You must get your queenside bishop out so that it can join in the battle. Its starting diagonal is very easily clogged and I have seen that it has a huge impact on maintaining pressure. Also I must emphasize on getting your light squared bishop on d3 (or possibly a substitute square of equal purpose such as c2 possibly because this bishop can end up pinned as well, dissipating your chances at kingside domination in some cases). I came away with my attempt at the Pillsbury Attack feeling strongly that the queenside knight is not so important, more of a stay at home mom to your queenside / sacrifice at an important time, however both bishops seem to me very integral in this attack for pressure purposes. Make sure they get to the other side of your central pawns before you initiate knight to c5, I would suggest in my experience. Does anyone have any counterarguments?

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