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Haha checkmate is "fairly strong"
Wow, I wondered how this one worked. It's very challenging.
At 9:00 instead of Qe5+ Ka7 Qb7+ Ka8 Qg8+ couldn't you do the easier Qd8+ Ka7 Qd4+ Ka8 (if Kb8 Qf4+ wins) Qa4+? There's a lot less to calculate.
Danny already made it, it's on youtube:
Boo chess.com. You've already covered this.
At 10:30, you play 1. Qd8+ and say "this one is simple," and then show 2. Qd4+ and 3. Qe5+. But you could've just went 1. Qe5 right away and skipped the two unnecessary checks. Qe5 forks the back rank and the a1 square, which lets the queen touch the important b1 square next move. So "this one is simple" is actually the harder way.
Nice, next show how to make with knight and bishop!
Thanks Josh, a short one but a good one! 14 minutes well spent.
Very instructive video enjoyed the lesson Thanks
Great video. looking forward for the series.
Brilliant lecture!! This is my attempt that I did on 9th Jan against Houdini...
Proving that however powerful the engine, or opponent, if you know how to do it, it can ALWAYS be forced
KQ v KR is a very challenging endgame to win, and has even given GMs trouble in the past (try playing against a tablebase computer, it is hard!).
I had the endgame occur once for me OTB, and could not convert it due to being low on time (<2 minutes) and lacking the correct technique. It is worthwhile to learn for any player as it may occur in one of your games someday!
Nice Video Josh
by GM Josh Friedel
Grandmaster Josh Friedel makes his return as a Chess.com Video Author this month with a "mini-series" on one of the most difficult endgames to learn for any level of player. Combine Josh's instructive breakdowns of the critical positions in Queen vs Rook this month with GM Shankland's practical breakdown of the position and you should be good to go! We start with the Philidor Position...
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GM Josh Friedel
Josh grew up in New Hampshire under the tutelage of NM Hal Terrie. He never improved very fast, but he never stopped either. At this date, Josh has passed 2500 fide and earned the GM title. In 2008, Josh had several strong results in top US events: shared fourth in the US Champs (last GM norm), shared fourth in the Chicago Open, shared first in the National Open, and second in the Continental Championship.
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