• 17 months ago


    Very interesting game review and commentary!

  • 4 years ago


    thanks for the video!

  • 4 years ago


    Thank you! Nice video

  • 5 years ago


    Great video. thanks.

  • 6 years ago


    Fantastic analysis! I'm sure this guy has improved a lot from this video. Great tips for developing a plan and overcoming psychological weaknesses. 

  • 6 years ago


    nice thanks

  • 6 years ago


    Very instructive, thank you.

  • 7 years ago

    IM dpruess

    to have your games reviewed, send them to either Danny Rensch (ACEchess) or myself (dpruess).

    here's a partial answer to the excellent question about knights vs. bishops and opening the game:

    i think the important thing to realize is that the player facing the two bishops does not always keep the position closed. it's quite normal for them to initiate pawn play in the center in order to obtain a protected point for their knight(s). that's really quite typical strategically. and the person with the bishops won't totally blast the position open without looking ahead. quite often they isntead adopt a strategy of limiting the knights using their pawns, building up space so that the knights will be bad, and only then opening the position, once the knights won't be able to jump to good squares that get opened up.

    so right away, that complicates the simple strategy of "with bishops open the pos, with knights keep it closed." but also i made a very important point in this video: in order to eventually win, you have to open the game. it's extremely difficult to ever win a game where the board is closed. so while you may outmaneuver your opponent and gain an avantage while the position is closed with your knight(s), to eventually profit from that advantage you'll absolutely have to open lines somewhere where you have built up an advantage. notice that in the example of that game, when white opens the position a bit with b5, the black bishops don't get any particular prospects: they are still hampered by lack of space. that's because white built a sizable space advantage with c5 and e5, and only then opened the game.

    one further point: at some point white could have an extra exchange by trading the knight for the rook on e8. then white has not a knight vs a bishop but a knight and rook vs two bishops. and rooks will benefit from open lines.

  • 7 years ago


    Great video! Thanks.

  • 7 years ago


    I enjoyed the video! It is simple and yet where you have the advantage.

  • 7 years ago


    how do you send a game to the management?

  • 7 years ago


    I was sort of thinking along the same lines that RustyChess pointed out.    Clearly the plan that was exampled in the video is crushing, but in my initial assessment before watching video, I thought the same thing RustyChess did.   Black has the 2 B advantage, white has N's.  So I figured white needed a plan that keeps the B pair hindered somewhat..i.e. closed.

    I suspect others might be thinking as we did too.   Obviously these are not hard fast rules, just principles which are subjective, but my question now is......

    When assessing a position such as this, how do you know its correct to go against the principles that say, got 2 B's?  Open the position!  Opponent got 2 B's?  Keep it closed to hinder that advantage!

    Sometimes I feel like I have a bundle of knowledge, but lack the wisdom to use    Maybe some additional information regarding B's vs N's / Closed vs Open might unravel this mystery principle some of us are clinging to?

  • 7 years ago

    IM dpruess

    glad you all enjoyed it. i see now that the variations where white tries to attack on the king-side are a bit more controversial than i first anticipated. even rob's idea of sacing the piece and playing rh5 and h3 has some promise, because the black pieces are *so* bad.

    i still think white is stronger on the qside, and that the winning plan over there has the virtue of being a certain thing.

    but almost every chess tool has the following issue: it can lead you to correct answers quickly by focusing your thinking-- and it can lead you to miss unusual opportunities because it has focused your thinking. playing based on your strengths gives us the b5 plan, but it also caused me not to seriously consider white's attempts on the k-side.

  • 7 years ago


    Awesome vid - keep these up!

  • 7 years ago

    FM The_Evil_Ducklings

    Excellent video, well done!

  • 7 years ago


    Cool video, and the comments also are interesting.

  • 7 years ago


    Hey danny, after ...g5 white has rh5! And then on g4 white plays h3 and then once the h file opens the idea of kf2 and rh1 should spell lights out for black. In the game i in fact did play rh3 but it didn't really lead to anything decisive. This was a g60 event against a 2200+ player and I was happy that I got a draw but I felt that I should of had something and David was able to show that I definitely did.

  • 7 years ago

    IM DanielRensch

    RobKing -- I also saw this plan when reviewing the video, right around the 22:30 mark. Unfortunately however, it doesn't work: After Nxg6+ hxg6 Rh3+ Kg8 and Qg3 black has g5 -- where not only is the pawn defended by the queen, but white has NO access to the h-file. In that position, black is probably better as even a capture of the rook on e8 would only lead to a two bishops vs rook position for white.

    A better, more accurate try, is actually Rh3! first, Kg8 (only move) and then Qg3. In this way, white hasn't risked anything on the sacrfice just yet. Now black's response -- g5 -- is met strongly by Nh5!

    David, in reviewing this video I thought you did a great job of explaining the need to create open files in order for the rooks to outplay the minor pieces. Pawn-b5 is a necessity, and the variations given on white's execution of the b-file are sweet!

    Obviously though, when you and I finally meet again David, you will not be so lucky as to achieve a position like that Cool...


  • 7 years ago


    Building strength, I always learn something in viewing David's video lessons. I am heartened at the prospect of empowering my Knight to near as good as a rook by sending it over to my opponet's d6 while I'm playing White. When I'm playing Black a journey over to my opponet's d3 can do the same. I like that.

  • 7 years ago


    Rh3 was the move played in the game actually....turns out though that Nxg6+!! wins ! For after hxg6 Rh3+ Kg8 Qg3! and the g6 pawn is indefensible and white can slowly lift the other rook into the game and White should win.

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