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Thanks IM Rensch. I think this series is exactly what I need at this point in my "chess career". Really appreciate the instruction - and the entertainment is enjoyable as well!
Not sure why you said white is winning in this position with no pieces. Black would queen equally fast by creating a passed pawn through an e5 push. It takes 5 moves for both sides.
It just confused me a little. I still think maybe I missed something because you said that.
Great instructional though!
Great Teaching and I love the catch phrases! After this article I will start doing as you suggest. Learning structure first.
Great video !
Dec 16 2014...Great !
No hollywood ending here but a great discussion none the less. Cheers Danny.
Great series, Danny! I have only seen the first few videos, but I already see improvement in my own games and analysis.
Oops! yeah, I meant Qf4 :-)
@apolon81 -- Yes, black can capture the b4 pawn with check. After 10...Bxb4+ 11.Bd2 however,black is still in trouble. If 11...Bxd2 12.Qxd2 the black knight can go to f8 (12...Nf8) -- but then 13.Rb1 Rb8 and 14.Qb4! - and black is lost (the Rook on b8 can't be defended. If 12...Nb8 then there are again a few ways for white to gain the upper hand, but one of the most forcing variations is: 13.c7! Qxc7 14.Rc1 Qb7 (14...Nc6 loses a piece after Bb5 and then Ne5) 15.Nxb6!, winning material.
So yes, the pawn is hanging! And because it can be captured with check, it seems a surprising move for white to be able to play c6... But nonetheless, white can push the c-pawn forward with confidence!!!
10.Bb5 followed by Bf4 is also a good choice for an edge for white (instead of c6) -- but there is no reason not to advance the pawn. Black needs to retreat the f-Knight to d7 (as I said) in order to maintain control over the c6-square.
There is now a PGN John ...
...Also, are there .pgn's on ALL of the vids in this series? Beacuse I can't find one for this one and a couple of others. If someone could let me know I'd appreciate it. Thanks!
Great vid Danny! Thanks! I did want to note that after your last move of Rxb6 that any kind of continued attack on the kingside seems fruitless for White. It appears that a move to the open Queenside would have proven better for White with moves like Rook back to b1, Qd1, etc...and even with near perfect play from both sides White is still even slightly behind with a draw and a Knight vs Bishop ending. I love the Kingside attacking ideas here, but in the end it just doesn't look like it could really win. I'm learning SO MUCH from your vids Danny! Thank you VERY MUCH for making them and doing so with such enthusiam! It's definitely contagious! ;)
great job Danny. Do more videos like this one
Very nicely covered.
Very instructive, thank you.
great video, and great, funny comments as always
I like your new format of giving us opportunity to think/predict at the beginning. I've read parts of Pawn Structure Chess and get quite a bit out of your going over it how you did in this particular video. Especially w/ the variations, and noting how the pawn structure changed/and ensuing plan changes. Nice work!
by IM Daniel Rensch
IM Rensch continues his series on "Pawn Structures" by analyzing the incredibly sharp, and volatile Panov-Botvinnik Structure. Here he reviews one of his own games from the Berkeley Masters in 2008 against Grandmaster Zviad Izoria. Hopefully members will find, the game instructive and take home some of the important points about the "necessity of accurate attacking moves" against white's center pawn chain...
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IM Daniel Rensch
With numerous "scholastic chess accomplishments" to boast of, both as a player and a coach, Danny has been a "chess professional" since his early teens. He was ranked in the Top 10 for his age in the U.S. every year from the age of 12 - 21years old, and at one point he was the highest rated 19-year old in the country. He earned the IM title at age 23. A part owner and full time Staff Member for Chess.com LLC, Danny is our Vice President of Content and Professional Operations, managing the products and "team of contributors" you enjoy here, as well as for our scholastic extension site, ChessKid.com.
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