18363 Players currently online!
Man vs. Machine - good luck!
Turn-based games at any time!
Vote for the best move to win!
Do you have what it takes?
Backgammon, Yatzy, and more!
Sharpen your tactical vision!
Get advice and game insights!
Learn from top players & pros!
View millions of master games!
Your virtual chess coach!
Perfect your opening moves!
Test your skills vs. computer!
Find the right private coach!
Can you solve it each day?
Bring it all together!
Beginners, start here!
Make friends & play team games!
News from the world of chess!
Search all Chess.com members!
Find local clubs & events!
Who's the best of your friends?
Read what members are saying!
Great video and great instruction. Although I have to say, respectfully, that chewing sound from Sam was very distracting.
For me, this video was done at too low a level. Spending 5 minutes to explaining why not to put your pawns on the wrong color (same as your bishop) is a waste of time. I kept having to fwd this video. All this talk about feet and 5-step (6-step?) plans is a waste of time. Bojkov just did a similar video and it is 10x better IMO, straightforward and to the point.Maybe this lecture is good--for an E player. But is that really the average level of listener? I am an A player...
Too bad I can't get this to work with my iPad, looks like a good video.
nice video, and i likes the humor
wonderful video, and very funny. I love dry humor. Worth watching several times, for both reasons.
Outstanding presentation, Sam. As a listener, I felt very satisfied when you were done explaining the basics of the example. Clarity and patience were the aspects of this video that reminded me that you are an outstanding teacher.
Good position to understand.In fact I just studied this position (same ideas)a few days before watching the video yet found Sam's explanations confusing though I find his explanations of his own games in his other videos fascinating. Maybe I am weaker at endgames and stronger in complex middlegames but the explanation I think is that Sam is using too many words to describe simple stuff.I think in such videos while explaining many simple ideas(The way Sam describes it seems as if it is more complex than it actually is),he should not speak so many words.Maybe he could watch Dejan Bojkov's Berlin series to understand what I am saying.
Fantastic vid Sam. Keep it up mate......helping lots of people improve their chess with these sort of lectures.
A very technical draw there, hard to see. I enjoy these endgame lectures much more than full games great job Sam
cool video i saw that you played against kingscrusher a few days ago and lost due to i queen sac lol it failed :)
Thank you for cleary that up. After all we want to keep our GM's in the highest esteem they deserve, playing chess at that level is not easy. I apologise for doubting your good manners and will enjoy unreservedly your presentations in the future.
To those of you who mentioned eating, I actually was only chewing a cough drop- I had a head cold and it was the only time I had available to record for the next couple weeks. I tried to be as discreet as possible, but it seems I wasn't perfect. Sorry about that, I figured it would be better than coughing all the time.
I'm glad somebody mentioned that because I wasn't quite sure at first. Eating while giving instruction is very annyoying and shows a lack of respect for the student. I had to actually force myself to listen since the information was very helpful and for that I thank you.
great video snacking no problema
I love the talking chess pieces : ) I really learned a lot here
especially your comments about keeping a bad position the same
instead of trying to change it.
looking foward to the next videos
by GM Sam Shankland
With his new video series, Grandmaster Sam Shankland intends to turn all of our members into great defenders! In this first, highly instructive position, Shanky breaks down the "steps of defense" in both practical and concrete principals. He talks about the importance of establishing what your opponent is threatening, and then finding the "weak link" in regards to what you can actually prevent! You must watch this video if you consider yourself an ambitious chess player!
Beginner | Intermediate
Play Key Position Vs. Computer
Diamond Members get unlimited access to the entire Video Lessons Library! Upgrade your account today - you are 100% covered by a no-questions-asked 30 day money-back guarantee!
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.
Why Join | Chess Topics |
Help & Support |
© 2016 Chess.com
• Chess - English
Try the new Chess.com!
We are working hard to make Chess.com available in over 70 languages. Check back over the year as we develop the technology to add more, and we will try our best to notify you when your language is ready for translating!