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Do you find yourself stuck in a cycle of inconsistent results despite your efforts? In this video, we delve into the one key rule that can prevent a whopping 50% of your chess mistakes.

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00:00 How to progress above 1600?
00:22 Example 1
00:42 Typical thinking process
01:00 Main reason you have inconsistent results
06:49 Example 2
08:52 Example 3
09:42 Example 4

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32 Comments

  1. Sacrifice the knight, he takes, move king to h1, he will take the rook, then the queen takes the developed pawn…

  2. Every word true. Every situation familiar.

  3. knight e3

    then after bishop e3 king h1

    and then if black captures rook take with queen

    or if black promotes take with rook

  4. Regarding the 4th example: I've never seen this explanation but I always noted that me and other players of my (beginner) level are imprisoned by the ideas like doubled pawns are bad, pawn structure being good and harmonious will play well in the long run, etc myths — and we follow them all the time, being afraid to play a good position with an open king e.g, or bravely doubling pawns because we see more — another element of the game that does not seem initially as strong and conceptually bright (like of course I know the value of the rook is higher, but I don't see it bc at the very moment the choice I see is A — ruin pawn structure or B — develop my queen and save the pawn structure, while ofc B is a bullshit plan objectively)

    To say it short: no one ever teachers the counterintuitiveness of chess, while trying to achieve something above 1300 made me think that everything lying ahead — is counterintuitive and illogical (as per our initial thinking or the thinking we got from basics of chess)

  5. Puzzle Of The Day @ 6:00
    … Nh2+!!
    If Kg1, Qh3
    … Nf3#
    Or, if Kf1, Nf3#

  6. Lesson from final puzzle: Never resign even when I think I should (at least wait a few extra moves) so I won't miss Ne3 which actually wins for white. Black regains a rook and a piece but white should fairly easily win (queen and three pawns vs rook and bishop)

  7. Guy really said "magnus is strategic, positional, tactical player." Immediately after saying he isn't tactically very talented.

  8. Wow. In example 4, I didn't even notice the queen could take that bishop. I chose pawn takes because of my tunnel vision. It was literally right there, the closest thing.

  9. In that first board, I never even saw the diagonal queen attack. I considered f4, to attack the knight, but decided it was bad that it blocked white's queen's mobility. I considered h4, but before I even thought about Nh3 I saw Qd1+… shamefully I was completely blind to the bishop on c2 the whole time. But the move I chose was Ke1, intending to protect against Qd1+ which never would have happened. Coincidentally, though, it would have dodged Qxh3+ so I don't think I would have blundered per se (except the pawn, I guess), but I pretty much wouldn't ever have chosen g4.

  10. The video was great Igor! Can you do a video about time management, please??

  11. For the final puzzle: Ne3 to open up the queen's vision to the e2 pawn. Bishop takes knight check,Kh1, exf1=Q+, Qxf1 and now its bishop and rook vs queen so maybe a victory

  12. summary: evaluate forward-moving moves. that is those moves which move into the opponents half of the board (both your own, and those of your opponent). Usually these are the one's you need to worry about.

    This fits in with a main theme in Igor's lessons which is: the best moves are forward-moving, attacking moves. These moves challenge your opponent and further your plans.

  13. For last puzzle I'd play Ne3 first to block the check. So likely
    Ne3 Bxe3+
    Kh1 exf1Q+ Qxf1 so white still in the game. Good ?

  14. The last question and its answer remind me of an Evans Gambit game I saw recently. A game began 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Bc5 4.b4 Bxb4 5.c3 Ba5 6.d4 d6 7.dxe5 Nxe5? 8. Nxe5 dxe5 9.Bxf7+ Ke7 10.Ba3+. Presumably the player who resigned when checked from d4 would also resign here – but by interposing with "discovered defense" Black can leave White with only a modest advantage.

  15. i saw th h3 pawn hanging and after analysing the position i decided that king to g2 will be best move since it portects the pawn but i failed to realise that queen waa also attacking the h3 pawn

  16. i make many careless stupid moves, often losing my Q when i am too careless & fast to see fairly obvious threats; but the 1st move is obvious here. you would have to rated 800 or less to make crazy moves like that which – quite obviously – are stupid and achieve nothing.

  17. 260 the Val and address of pincode of our conversation writing the contents and

  18. For the end: block with knight. He takes with check with the bishop. Move king to h1, now Queen can take the queened pawn on after it takes your rook.

  19. For the third puzzle, it's because people want to castle King side and don't want to ruin their pawn structure there.

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