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Instructive :) Thank you, FM Kavustkiy :)
I LOVE the games and analysis, superb! Well chosen and instructive.
Small point: Please don't refer to "he" and "his" as "they" and "their." There is no reason to do that. Please do some more videos on typical structures and their ideas for QGD and other openings, thanks a lot.
Nicely explained, thanks Kostya.
Nice videos. Great take-away for us Qgambit players. Thanks.
Great Video, Enjoyed it.
Awesome video and narration!
again, great series, one of my favorites!
why wouldn't nakamura play b3 earlier in the game, cutting off the communication between white's knight and the queen. Its a pawn sac but it opens up the b file for black. I'm sure there is a reason why it wasn't play, im just curious myself as it seems like a decent plan.
Good video. I liked the sense of connection between the plans in the games. I see these pawn structures often in the exchange Caro-Kann, and I rarely play the f6-e5 plan, but I think I should give it more serious consideration. Thanks!
I am going to switch to the f3 & e4 idea as opposed to the typical minority attack.Thanks to this video I am willing to give it a go.Thanks
by FM Kostya Kavutskiy
The group of players in the 2-5 positions in the world rankings keeps shuffling, flipping and turning over. What's been consistent is the man at the top - GM Magnus Carlsen. Today FM Kavutskiy shows how he handles Queen's Gambit positions against the current number three and number four. It seems no matter who Carlsen faces, he does his same slow buildup, and maximizes his piece activity before breaking through. It's not Tal, but no one can doubt it's effective.
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Queen's Gambit Declined: Alapin Variation (D31)
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FM Kostya Kavutskiy
Kostya Kavutskiy earned his FM title in 2011 and has been teaching chess, semi-professionally, for several years now. Apart from video lessons, he can be seen all over chess.com working on Chess Mentor, Chess TV, and more! Before joining the "official author team" on the main site, he's been making video lectures for Chess.com's YouTube Channel for sometime. He's also done quite a bit of writing for publications such as Chess Life Online and Chessbase, and even co-authored a chess book expected to be released Fall 2013.
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