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I dont think it was cut off I think his opponent resined
this game was awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
good video! Thanks.
Please do more Live Sessions! It has been almost six months since your last one. After all, you are the originator of the series.
could you light up the squares you are talking about
Disregard, I misread the board
My video cut off too. It is not only one person's problem.
nice video! thank you. please keep making more of these and 960.
I like your videos. thanks.
It does not matter if the video cut off or not. The instructional value was over. White had a lost position.
I sense the pawn push late in the game by White with c4 was the reason for White's loss. Black's ...c4 was a threat. I looked at f4 by White so that ...c4 later on could be handled by White with ...Bxc4 and Black's d-pawn could not recapture because of the pin down the d-file. However, after f4 (where White played c4?), then ...Ng4 gives Black counterplay. Therefore, best for White is Be2 (instead of c4?) and White being up the exchange and pawn, he should still be for choice. Right?
Charles, I am glad you made this video, and I enjoyed listening to you. Rather than having so much dead air when it is your opponent's turn to move, it is okay to discuss your opponent's possibilities in the position with us. I mean, your opponent can't hear you, you know. This is what the IMs who also make these types of videos do. It enhances the instructional value even more.
video gets cutoff....maybe its just me
When you played ...Nd3+, White should just give back the exchange since there is a knight fork anyway although the endgame might be drawn, it wouldn't have led to such a massacre. Good job hanging in there and playing actively!
No because the rook can travel through check but the king cant- and the king didnt
Its only the king I think that has the rule of not going under attack.
Did you win the end game? My video cut off.
Thanks for the lecture Charles! Around 14:20 or so you played Nd7, and I was wondering about the relative merits of Nc4+. It forced white to trade the bishop for the Knight (or else black gets his pawn back on e2 and forces white into an awkward defense). This seems to give your bishop more power over the weak light squares that you mentioned earlier in the lecture.
I'm not sure whether retaking with the pawn or the rook would be better. I thought maybe Nc4+ Bxc4 dxc4 might reconnect the pawns and give black a better chance. However, Rxc4 seems simpler, and the rook is going to be more active later on.
by FM Charles Galofre
Today FM Charles Galofre brings us an exciting Live Sessions match in which he quickly found himself down a pawn, with "little-to-no compensation" to show for it in the endgame. Time to give up, right? Wrong! Charles desperately searches for the initiative, and when he eventually finds it -- not even the Fountain of Youth could have been more rejuvenating to his pieces... Watch and learn!
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FM Charles Galofre
Charles picked up chess in middle school after his mother bought him what was then Chessmaster 7000. The one and only chess club in town was in an establishment previously owned by his father so needless to say he felt right at home. Locally, he excelled at the scholastic level going on to become Florida's K-12 Champion and Denker representative. He currently attends College where he plays Board two for one of our coutry's top chess teams.
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