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Thanks, Sam, good stuff!!
At 3:17 in the video after 1.. Qc7 2. c4, Bxh2 is good. The night on f6 can't take because the queen is pinned. I noticed that while watching, and it seems like it might begin a nice attack. I checked it with an engine and it does seem to hold up.
I enjoy the series. Since I'm a London player, it's good to see where my biggest weaknesses are.
it was excellent
P.S. I do have the Polgar DVD which is very nice. But again, it deals with mainline play by black (black plays e6). She doesn't cover a KID set-up or the light squared bishop coming to the kingside. Two more indications that the Colle-Z has a place but not against every response.
when the bishop gets too close to the pones, cant the pone move up and then, the bishop will have to back up again, so then he/she can move the knight without worries about the queen.
I play the Colle but only if black plays 3..e6. Then it makes perfect sense. But it's obvious one has to be flexible. If c5 is played then either c4 or even dxc5 and playing a white QGA trying to keep the pawn can work better. 3...c5 4.b3 does get to be lame.
David, fair enough I know tough question to answer. Susan Polgar did use the Colle-Zukertort system effectively and has produced a DVD on it, I have not seen it. Yusupov also uses it effectively. I have no inclination or interst in it. Another opening that puzzles me is Trompowsky and GM Julian Hodgson is world renowned expert. Sam, can you cover how best to deal with this. I just ignore it and play ...d5 (when in doubt play ...d5).
that's a tough question Ajit. i also consider those openings to be more on the passive side; and it's not obvious to me how they would be played by someone deliberately planning to attack. i would have to have seen those games to make some useful comment, but i have not.
Sam, excellent two part coverage on this opening system. I had trouble with stonewall and I was trying different ways based on what I read. But today I got a lot out of this video and it makes sense to me. Many thanks.
I have a different question for you and David. I consider Colle, Zuckertort, London etc. passive. Jacob aggard once said that is not the way to play chess! Yet many strong players play these systems. For example, Susan Polgar played Colle and Zuckertort as attacking system. Can you provide any insight and your point of views?
Thanks Sam, some very interesting ideas here, especially against the Stonewall line where White is basically trying to play the Dutch Defence with an extra tempo. Are you planning to cover 1. d4, d5; 2. Nc3 systems?
Another great video on openings. Thanks! Looking forward to the indian systems video.
by GM Sam Shankland
In his second installment of the video series designed to deal with 1.d4 Sidelines, IM Sam Shankland shows us how to play as black against the Stonewall and Zukertort Opening Formations. Once again, players looking to shore-up their opening repertoires as black against white's "Offbeat Weapons", will love Sam's review of explanations of the critical plans available to black in these structures.
Reti Opening: Dutch Variation (A04)
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GM Sam Shankland
Sam learned chess at age 11 from the Berkeley Chess School program. Within four years, he had become a National Master, and two years later, he became an International Master when he tied for first in the world u-18 championship, a result unmatched in the last decade of international play by American players. At 20, he has already played in several U.S. Championships, placing 3rd in 2011.
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