Alright everyone, time for something brand new and exciting! I have created my first chess YouTube video!
I’ve been toying with this idea for over a year, ever since I helped a friend create a few video, and I learned some of the ins and outs of the process. Over the last few months, I’ve created several private videos for people, and I’ve used their feedback to mould the presentation, content and delivery. The end result is what you see here. Special thanks to Martin, Steve and Alex for giving particularly detailed feedback. Much appreciated.
For my first video, I chose to help the most active reader of my blog, Gringo. I offered to analyze a game of his, and he gave me a very interesting encounter against a National Master with a barely believable 2600 bullet rating. This wasn’t a bullet game, but Gringo was clearly the underdog … and yet he had reached a very good position. Let’s take a look.
In particular, this video tried to answer the fundamental question this game asked, namely, when is it good to sacrifice a piece for several pawns. I offered the following criteria:
- Do you get an immediate initiative, an attack?
- Do you limit your opponent’s play?
- Can you reach an endgame where you can quickly push your pawns?
If you can answer all three, it is probably a winning idea. If you get two, it’s still worth exploring deeply. If you get one, you might want to check other candidate moves and only come back if this one fails. If you get none, it’s probably not worth exploring.
Of course, you always need to calculate, but the above checklist can help you evaluate the position, or to decide if the idea is one worth spending much time on. If you can’t see an immediate win (or a refutation), then the checklist can help you.
So there we go! My first video. Tell me your thoughts, your ideas, your comments. Tell me if you like this better than my articles, if you want to see both. Tell me if you have ideas for future videos. Tell me if you like it, if you hate it, if you couldn’t care, if it were too long, if it were too short, if I talked too fast, too slow, too much accent. If you tell me, I can fix it and/or keep doing it.
Hope you found it useful.