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Preparation up to move 22, and the game ends at move 31. Amazing...
Your videos are amazing because you make a game look so simple although if it was my own game I would try to calculate useless variations just to understand a bit of what's happening ! You've learned me how to think properly in a game and see awesome moves without killing yourself with calculation. Thanks a lot !!
Amazing game Ben. It shows you what impact real preparation has on a game. Very instructive analysis and a few funny comments. thank you
Very nice and instructive lesson ! This variation is so tempting ;)
That's some great preparation! As a 1.d4 player I faced that line once by black and got crushed. Now I'll be the one crushing! Great lesson
There's something alien about the positions you get from this specific opening
Thanks Ben,really enjoyed video.
Great game,great class,...thanks!!!
Why is it that I cannot play the video (or any video). It always says Error Loading Media: File could not be play.
Ben thanks this game was very instructive!
can a mod please delete chess_oliver's comment? not only is it wrong but it's incredibly rude
that video was awesome!
Great video and very instructive analysis - thanks for sharing! It's good that you won because it probably would've been pretty disappointing to have prepared for a game for 2 months and then lost
Looking forward to the rest of the series!
by GM Ben Finegold
Today Grandmaster Finegold provides insights into his own high level preparation, sheds light on the psychology of dealing with your opponent's refutations, and everything else that rhymes in between! In reviewing his sharp, Botvinnik-Slav battle from the 2010 SPICE Cup against the young FM Yang, Ben analyzes all the details of his amazing, and perhaps last, win against Darwin.
Intermediate | Advanced
Players: GM Ben Finegold
vs. IM Darwin Yang
Semi-Slav Defense Accepted: Botvinnik Variation, 6...b5 7.e5 h6 8.Bh4 g5 9.Nxg5 (D44)
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GM Ben Finegold
A true "Chess Professional", Grandmaster Ben Finegold has been competing on the highest levels of chess for nearly 25 years. As a player Ben has won numerous major open events, including the 1994 and 2007 U.S. Opens, the 2002 World Open, and the 2005 and 2008 National Open Championships in Las Vegas. He has competed in 8 U.S. Closed Championships and was the first "GM in Residence" at the Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis. His laid back, humorous teaching style is his trademark and he is excited to join the Chess.com Video Author Team!
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