• 5 months ago


    very important lesson

  • 11 months ago


    damn, he said "in this position" like 50 times annoy me as hell...

  • 12 months ago

    IM dpruess

    at 29:16, white has just played h7, so it's black's move, not white's. and *if* it were white's move, I think Bd3 makes more sense than Rh6, as it prepares to defend the h7-pawn. If you go Rh6 instead, what is your threat? to take on g6? that would allow Rxh7 when black is better.

    but tell me the advantages you see to Rh6, since I don't see them.

  • 12 months ago


    In 29:16 position, how about Rh1-Rh6, I see a lot of advantage there #cmiiw

  • 12 months ago


    enjoyed thank you

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  • 14 months ago


    I'm going back to basics now and going over some of these videos again and found it to be very useful.  As I play more games and gain more chess knowledge these videos are seen by me in a different light.  I normally play against two opponents.  One is a lot better than me and often finds ways to gain an advantage in the opening game.  The other, is about equal with me, but has unsound tactics at times.  I think another problem with the way has a lot to do with how he blindly trades.  I know that is what you are suppose to do in speed chess, but if you keep doing it excessively even in lost positions you tend to lose a lot faster with good play.  I know speed chess is all about speed, and looking to trade trade trade helps with making quick moves, however, I think the better chess player thinks a bit more to try and get an advantage with the trades.  I know I heard before that the second you make a thoughtless move is the point of time at which you may have given up the game and gone into a lost position.  That's actually a quote from The Amateurs mind.  No thoughtless piece trades for me thank you!  I've been watching a video with a guy that does it.  Urks me to death!


    Anyway, one of these days I will learn how to deal with piece traders more effiecintly, but for the time being I'm in learning mode.

    Going over the video this (probaby 5th or 6th time watching it) time around allowed me to see more clearly the advantages of having lets say a 3 and a half tempi of development advantage with the cost of a few pawns as I have played a lot of games where I was behind a lot of tempi of development but has two extra pawns!

    I enjoyed going over the game examples again seeing the different kinds of situations that call for different binds that arn't always seen through to fruitation.  I just recently also went over a game some guy played where his bind didn't work either and white actually had a strong move that costed him the game.  Which brings me to remember the wise words:

    Always expect that your opponent is going to make his best move.  Don't play "hope chess."  Unless your playing a one minute game ;)

    I don't think I'm ever going to stop watching these videos!  

    To answer someone elses question (or to add my two cents worth) what I have been doing is just watching the videos over and over again.  That the way I study.  I used to read the bible and picked up the habit of just reading it over and over again and it stuck, later I found there are more effective ways of studying...  I would say going over the games in an actual board will help tremendously as well, after transcribing the games to script.  I know some games are not given fully so you will have to jot down the starting position in some way first... The way I do it is, one line per piece, starting with the pawns, then minor pieces knights first, rooks, queens if any, then king that way it's easy to remember if the pieces are always done in that order in every game you do so it's easy to go through it after you do a lot of games.  Of course do each color seperate.  Seperate the colors by a line.  So if you finished writing down the placement of all the pieces of the white pieces, skip a line, then start with the black pieces...  That's the way I do it.

    I'm dying to watch the advanced video on how black got control of the h7-b1 diagonal in the postion where white tried to create a bind with his h pawn.  I wonder though if black could have got away scot free had he just taken the b pawn when he had the chance after he snagged the first one.  I didn't see anyway for white to punish this second pawn grab and it would have totally ruined whites chances in even begining to dream of creating that bind he succeeded in initiating in that game, however, was not conclusive as black did find a way to that diagonal first, so I hear at least from IM Pruess...

  • 16 months ago


    On Sunday July 12, 2015 I watched this video. I enjoyed learning about open and closed positions. Thank you so much for this video.

  • 18 months ago

    IM dpruess

    hi aboyer, taking notes might help one person to review and absorb the material. watching the video twice might help someone else. quizzing yourself after watching it could help. depends partly on the person. i've usually found for myself that doing some related puzzles or trying to teach the material to another person has been one of the best ways for me to make new chess knowledge stick.

    obviously, this video doesn't come with a quizz or problem set, but you can use your ingenuity to quiz yourself if that's something you're into. for ex, take the position at move 10 of a bunch of your games, and ask yourself: is this a closed, open, semi-open, or fluid position? then ask someone else, see if you agree, and why. you can come up with stuff like that for all the material covered in these videos.

    hope that helps :-)

  • 18 months ago


    Suggest people asking for notes and bullet points have a go at making them. It's a time consuming business, and you can't really expect David to provide them for all the lectures. I'd be glad to have a go at producing notes for one lecture, to start with, if others are willing to tackle other lectures. 

  • 19 months ago


    Great Lesson!  Your videos are terrific!

  • 19 months ago


    Hi David,I would really like to excel and get better. I was wondering if taking notes would be a good idea, and what kind of techniques have the best efficacy. Great videos and thank you

  • 19 months ago


    AWSOME, very helpful. I am a state champion but it's always good to review and look at others knowledge.


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  • 2 years ago

    IM dpruess

    i care :)


  • 2 years ago


    David, that really helps. Thank you so much for your generous explaination. I have to say, I'm really impressed that you respond to every comment here, especially with such timeliness. You are a true ambassador!

  • 2 years ago

    IM dpruess

    Open/Closed has to do with whether there are open lines for the pieces: files for the rooks and queen, diagonals for the bishops and queen. Trading pawns "opens" a position, and locking pawns "closes" a position.

    Typically 2 pawn trades creates an open position. 3, 4, or 5 pawn trades makes a *more* open position.

    A closed position should not only not have pawn trades, it should have a couple pawns already "locked," meaning up against each other where they can no longer trade.

    Many positions with 1 pawn trade are called "semi-open," because they don't really play like open positions or like closed positions, they are in between.

    hope that helps :)

  • 2 years ago


    Hi David, thanks so much for doing this video. I'm new to chess and and just going through the study guides trying to take in as much as possible. I agree with the JasonGG that having summaries with bullets points throughout and at the end would be very helpful. I'm still a little unsure of what a open/closed position is.

    Thanks again for sharing you wisdom!


  • 2 years ago

    IM dpruess

    yeah, there's not much you can think about during a blitz game. pretty much you go on instinct. like many other aspects of chess, knowing how far or behind you are in development is something which can be internalized, and eventually used in your instincts during a blitz game.

  • 2 years ago


    I find that it is very difficult for me to apply these principles for the first time in speed chess so I guess I should start applying them in the long games I am playing.  Over the years in speed chess I just automatically learned to move fast without thinking because in speed chess time matters more than anything else so long as you keep an eye on your king.  I lost a couple games due to tactics I could have seen had I looked at the position more throughly.  I have to make a transition from speed chess to playing long games I guess.  I can see that this will be a good lesson for me because now I can practice looking for tactics in key moments of my games as well as take time to do counting, and determining if I should open up the game, or keep it closed, etc.  I still don't count, because it's hard to do in speed chess when you are not accustomed to doing it.  Normally you just do what comes naturally, and what comes naturally to me is to make moves without thinking in speed chess a lot of the time, which is why my rating is so low in speed chess.  So I'll practice counting in my long games, and remember to look for tactics, even in the opening!  I lost a crazy kings gambit game playing black!

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