• 2 months ago


    Great video and great instruction. Although I have to say, respectfully, that chewing sound from Sam was very distracting.

  • 10 months ago


    interesting methods!

  • 3 years ago


    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...

  • 3 years ago


     thank you

  • 4 years ago


    Too bad I can't get this to work with my iPad, looks like a good video.

  • 4 years ago


    THanks ..

  • 4 years ago


    nice video, and i likes the humor Laughing

  • 4 years ago


    wonderful video, and very funny.  I love dry humor.  Worth watching several times, for both reasons.

  • 4 years ago


    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.

  • 4 years ago


     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.

  • 4 years ago


    Fantastic vid Sam. Keep it up mate......helping lots of people improve their chess with these sort of lectures.

  • 4 years ago


    A very technical draw there, hard to see. I enjoy these endgame lectures much more than full games Smile great job Sam

  • 4 years ago


    TQ SIR...

  • 4 years ago


    cool video i saw that you played against kingscrusher a few days ago and lost due to i queen sac lol it failed :)

  • 4 years ago


    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.

  • 4 years ago

    GM Shankland

    Hi everyone,

    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.

    Sam Shankland

  • 4 years ago


    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.

  • 4 years ago


    great video snacking no problemaCool

  • 4 years ago


    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.

  • 4 years ago


    looking foward to the next videos

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