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I don't understand that comment or perspective either. if the person is higher rated then people feel more at ease with sacrificing material and going for sharp lines? this doesn't make any sense to me. I don't understand the logic here. one thing has nothing to do with the other. two completely unrelated things. this isn't how knowing the opponent's strength would inform my play. not how I would use that information. in an ideal world yes you play the board and do not care about the rating, but practically speaking such information can potentially be very valuable in certain situations. there are certain things a 2000-2200 player knows that a 1500 player does not. this is why posing as a 1000-1500 player if you are really a 2200 rated player in order to catch someone off guard is a really filthy thing to do. sandbagging, hustling etc. white men can't jump.
While I agree with GM Dzindzichashvilli's general advice that you shouldn't consider your opponent's rating when deciding among candidate moves, I don't think it's entirely true that you should absolutely never consider it either.From the standpoint of practical, over-the-board chess playing, sometimes you're put in the position of (say) having to choose between a move that's probably more accurate, but gives your opponent less chance of falling into traps; or a less accurate (but still reasonably sound) and more pitfall-ridden continuation. Or a move that's more sharp/tactical/aggressive versus a calmer move, etc. In such a cases, my opponent's rating would probably influence which continuations I would choose. To be sure, such instances have been rare in my experience, but I think they do occur from time to time.Then again, I'm the Pat Zuhr and Roman is the grandmaster, but...eh...In any case, another great Member Analysis lecture by GM Dzindzichashvilli.
@Flangribaz- I doubt your seeing something a grandmaster isn't.
Be my friend (Godfather), Roman - LOL!
in the position shown at the start & end of the video (where the music plays), what is wrong with fxe5, black will be up two pawns at this point, get rid of one of white's central pawns & be bearing down the f-file? Dzini doesn't address this line.
In the position at 13:08 I think white still has some chances to win after Re3. Ideas Rh3 and Rg3 with mating threats. Thoughts?
I prefer,also,to make the best move possible regardless of my opponents rating.Just perhaps he himself might make a second- rate move that may give you a chance.Thanks
Roman,where can we send you an amateur game for analysis?? I have a good one with many things for begginers to learn... thank you
very useful advise
I like that this video has caused some disagreement - we usually only see responses praising whatever information has been dished out by video authors.
Dzindzichashvili is obviously correct - as the best move should be played always. To not play it means that the opponent will have a higher chance to gain advantage in some manner. Just because person 'b' could be a 1000 points below person 'a' doesn't mean that person 'b' cannot find at least one good move if you make a move that is not considered to be the best, and that can change a game from an easy win to a difficult draw.
Good lecturing :-)
Roman is correct. It's obviously ok to disagree with him, but you must realise the next time you look in the mirror, thats why your not a GM yourself.
Good points. I'm annoyed when people make decisions on their play based on an arbitrary number. Just play the game!
Once I had an opponent about 300 points below me make a totally unsound sacrifice of a piece for two pawns. It was like Dzindi said, he just figured "what the heck? I'm going to lose anyway." But after that he defended like a tiger and I barely won the game. I can only imagine what the game would have been like if he had played that strongly and NOT been a piece down!
I love your commentary! Especially the analysis of throwing away the whole concept of the game play in the middle. I didn't understand that the first time through, but to point that out was nice. Cheers.
Like Bobby Fischer said, "Play the board, not the man."
I disagree with this advice, I find that making decisions based on your opponents ratings works most of the time.
by GM Roman Dzindzichashvili
Today Dzindzi offers our members the most important advice of all time: DON'T make decisions based on your opponent's rating! There it is, you are now 300 rating points better! However, it would still make sense to watch this video, learn vicariously through another member's mistakes, and enjoy a sharp and crazy Gruenfeld Defense. Grab your popcorn and enjoy!
Gruenfeld Defense (D80)
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GM Dzindzichashvili was once one of the top players in the world. Born in Georgia, his chess first developed in the USSR. While still an International Master, he defeated opponents like Botvinnik and Bronstein before emigrating, first to Israel where he became a Grandmaster, and then to the United States. His accomplishments in the U.S. include two U.S. Championship first places, and one World Open. He has not played actively in tournaments recently, but has become even more famous perhaps in the U.S. for quality instructional materials, in particular chess videos! Roman Dzindzichashvili now teaches chess classes and seminars for Chess.com University. Feel free to contact him for more information!
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