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Smithy’s First Ever YouTube Video!

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.

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Winning via Opening Advantage

There are two ways a chess game can be decided in the opening.  Someone might fall for a trap and lose instantly.  That’s perhaps what most people think about when they consider winning in the opening.  The other possibility is that one side gains some sort of advantage, perhaps material but usually positional, and then uses that to win the game.

This second possibility is much, much more common at the grandmaster level.  There, the tiniest sliver of an advantage may be nursed into a won game.  For us amateurs, that’s usually not the case.  It’s not uncommon to have an advantage turn into a disadvantage within three moves, sometimes even less … something I know all too well

However, in amateur games, sometimes you can gain such a huge positional advantage that the game really is over.  Obviously this implies that your opponent has made some type of mistake.  It will be most obvious if we look at some of my examples. Continue reading