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Chess Openings: How to Destroy the Damiano Defense

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12 Lessons (1h 32m)
    • 1. Damiano Promo

    • 2. Lesson 1 Introduction to the Damiano

    • 3. Lesson 2 Early Checkmate by Force

    • 4. Lesson 3 Declining the Sacrifice

    • 5. Lesson 4 Ripping Open the King Position

    • 6. Lesson 5 Best Defense by Black

    • 7. Lesson 6 Winning by Force

    • 8. Lesson 7 Building Up the Attack

    • 9. Lesson 8 Attacking the Queen with Tempo

    • 10. Lesson 9 How Tactics Flow from Active Pieces

    • 11. Lesson 10 Deadly Pawn Storm

    • 12. Lesson 11 Damiano Conclusion

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About This Class

The Damiano Defense is one of the oldest openings in Chess.

It is also an opening that very few people are familiar with, which makes knowing how to play against it a huge advantage.

In this course you will learn:

1. How to force checkmate against the Damiano Defense

2. How to win material by force

3. How to build up a successful attack on your opponent's king

4. How to take advantage of weaknesses in your opponent's position

5. How to get a good position out of the opening no matter what your opponent does

Join the course, and learn HOW TO DESTROY THE DAMIANO DEFENSE!

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1. Damiano Promo: Hi. My name is Big Band for and I am a chess coach and he should have been playing the game for a long time. Chest expert and I have loved courses on chess openings. Specifically, especially today We play Love Blitz online. Knowing the openings is super important. And when you have openings that you can use a surprise her opponent like the pond Ziani what you're gonna learn about in this course, it could give you a huge advantage because the limited time that your opponents have on the clock if they don't know how to react to an unfamiliar opening, they will likely get really bad position and easily lose the game. The policy honest with the best opening weapons to use a surprise because most people don't know what to do against it. And the moves that look like the most natural harmonious booze moves up with normally making the opening to develop our pieces tend to actually hurt your opponent most. Do you really have to know this opening in order to get a decent position? So in this course, you guys gonna learn how to get a huge attack no matter what your opponents play unless they play the exact perfect moves against the Ponzi on E. Even then you can get a good attacking positions. So I'm gonna teach you guys all the different key positions and ways that you can attack your opponent's king in this opening that you can get almost every single game cause this is an opening that naturally leads into position similar to the Italian and Spanish opening very, very common. But by slightly altering the move order and the moves that you made, you can lead them into the pond, Ziani and then attack their king and sometimes get a quick check, mate. So I hope you guys win a lot of sports. I hope it helps you guys increase your chest rating and a bubble because I'm a lot of fun using what you learn. 2. Lesson 1 Introduction to the Damiano: the Dom Jano is an opening where Black basically makes a really big mistake at the beginning of the game. But knowing what to do against it is really important group, you know, Blitz tournament or you're playing against opponent that's iterated than you and you don't capitalize on this big mistake. Then I'm missing out on a really easy win. It's a something it's, ah, position that you really should know about for no other reason that you can easily convert this game. And if you didn't know what to do exactly, you may not make the right move and you may let your opponent off the hook and get it gave against you and maybe win the game when they should lose almost immediately. So to show you of initially what the dummy on opening is, we play g four. They played you for so far so good. Everything normal, we get on nine hours also normal. And then, if Black plays this move here, which is a very bad on two F six, then the game is essentially lost right here. At the very least, Black is gonna have a really, really difficult position to play. They don't make any further blunders after this. Now, for a lot of really strong chess players or even intermediate chess players were rarely going to make. This is our second. Usually look this pawn forward or get a night out or developing. So the rational way you move this night out and go into the Petroff defense. But by playing this pawn move here, it opens the black side up. Teoh A lot of tactics and a lot of really juicy stuff that we can do from White. So I'm actually recently played in the tournament and I played against a much lower rated opponent and they play this move, which, from my point of view, at this point, it's almost inexplicable and crushed them than just a few moves. It was quite fun, but if you don't know that you can sacrifice your night here on the five, what I'm going to show you, you made us think, OK, well, developing. It's kind of weird. But whatever, always going bishop out and try to exploit that weakness, right? This is a weakness, no matter what, because we shouldn't immediately move upon right in front of our king, out like this. It makes it so it would cast King side are kings exposed And this doesn't make sense when we have so many other better routes is developing tonight Developing are pieces of things like that. But the reason it's a major blunder is because of this. But we can just take this pollen sacrifice our night if they choose to take which most of wolf. If you know if they're bad enough to play this move and then they take a night than what we have is a series of variations where no matter what happens, we're gonna win the game very, very easily. Black cannot take that night. I will go through in this course what happens in every single variation, whether or not they take the night or not, and how to play every single scenario when they take the night when they don't take the knight. If they choose to do different things, we're gonna look at all of them in this course. And if you're lucky enough to get your bone to play that move F six, we're in for a treat because you just merely crush them, especially if they take a night so the reason that weaken sacrifice A nice because we have this movie queen Stage five check. And no matter what they do here, they're in deep trouble. So let's say, for example, they've you seem like the most logical thing and they move their pollen forward here and they block it and attack our queen. Well, of course we can. Now, as you I'm sure you can see immediately. We can take this pond with check. And we're going to win their rook right here. And we're gonna be a whole, uh, exchange plus upon actually exchange plus two ponds and a much, much better position. Because in the process of getting this material, we basically destroying their king position. I mean, their king is gonna be in a really bad position for the rest of the game. Were going up a lot of material, or you can simply trade the queen's off and go into a winning endgame with the game. Let's look and see what happens. Let's say they just want to end up greens right away. Fine. We will take take a look anyway, they will have this bill where they take our pawn with check. But we just want a brook. And so we don't freak out about that. We're just working over, right? That's what we have to do because we block it with our bishop and the queen will come down here and take a sponge will no longer be defended and they will have a counter play against . So it's a key move basically their queen out here after we take the RUK and they take our problem check just member King Over here now everything is defended from our side. Their night is now not defended and so they could do a couple of things in this sector. In this session will look at how they just move the night out. What might transpire. So in this case, weaken Take this pawn here either wearing one more material and the king is in an awkward spot. Our queen isn't an attacking position and we're up quite a lot of interior. What away? They may do something silly, like just make a check and also defends pawn again that we just block it and they will retreat their queen back. So what we have here is a situation where it is the first you knew the game. We have already one of the exchange right exact price at night. The Gator books. We used to call that winning the exchange. And we're also by upon and we have a better position. Got more aggressively located queen, and we should be able to easily convert this game. Both sides may try to develop their pieces as fast as they can, but we're going to have a really big advantage here. And the awkwardness of blacks pieces also makes it so we will have a lot of opportunities to win. So for example, they're not careful. And they let us get this bishop out with Temple, like in this case. And then we can give a check and with Bishop and now are mawr and their positions crumbles very rapid. This that's one way that this game will play up. Don Emiliano is just this enormous blunder of black, and we have to know enough about opening these. That's why we're taking this course to know that we can initially, without even hesitation or any forethought, just take this bone with our night and Sackett. So we just looked at one outcome. How we went a lot of material and get a winning division. And in the next lesson, we're going to look at Black plays slightly differently, how we can get checkmate on the King, and then we'll continue from there and go one by one through each variation and see how white wins in every time. 3. Lesson 2 Early Checkmate by Force: So this next variation were to look and see what happens if the moves very slightly. So let's say they go ahead and they take the night, as in the last example. Of course, we pretty much have to make the same follow move. We give the check with the queen now, instead of blocking upon. It was the last time that immediately losing the pawn and rook. They have another option in with their king. But this is even worse if they decided not lose the RUK and move their king well, they're going to get checkmated virtually by force in any number of ways. I will show you one way in which checkmate can easily happen. So now we take this pond with check and notice. The king only has one move because none of their pieces have been developed yet. Every single square is a checking square and there's nothing toe block the check with. So the king has to go to F seven and they're going to have seven. They allow us to play Bishop to F or Stevie Bishop to C four, and we make this check. And now it would be checkmate if not for Black being able to play fallen to D five. So if he only moves, all these moves are forcing. Right? So Black has made the mistake on labeling f six and also made the mistake of taking our night, allowing that sacrifice that happen. As we will see, the best thing to do is simply to lose the Pauline, not take the night. But most borders will not do that if they don't know enough about chest to not play. Uh, if six, they're also not going to know enough about chest. 90% time to not take the night. That is offered as a sacrifice. All of these moves afterwards are forced once this chain of events begins. So they have to play the five begin force. Take that with the bishop because protected The queen can't do anything. They can do anything. And now it is, uh, check and the king has nowhere to go except out. Of course, the bishops not gonna wanna block here because it would be checkmate and they lose peace hit in the back. That's checkmate for the king has to go out now. One thing kingdoms out here and we have this queen so close to the king. This is very, very dangerous. Even you don't even need to calculate. You know that you're gonna be able to get a check, mate or not a checkmate. You're going to hold a win, an enormous amount of material and any chest game with King. It's out of the center like this and you have the queen. I mean, there's just so many different ways toe win that the only thing they appoint will be able to do in 90% of time is throw away material. Stop checkmated. The imports are gonna lose the game anyway. So in this case, we can play any number because the best Dio is Teoh, move our queen over the G three, making other check. If we don't do that, if we do something like play h four because you wanna bring our pawn up and making a easy checkmate over on this side, The problem with that is it gives our opponent time to play Bishop to D six and attack our queen. And then it's not as easy. Teoh, make the checkmate. We have to retreat, and they can maybe wriggle out of this And so we want to play Queen Teoh G three. It's not the only moving and flavors of the best news. And the king really has not many places to go. Then go to F six. I'm gonna show it. Have to be good. 86 to go here. Now, of course, this is really bad move, but a lot of people will play it, especially if you're in blitz and your opponent is now nervous. They're on the run. They're trying to make the rooms, maybe quickly weaken. Give this, uh, check. The three are our bishop, which hasn't even had to be moved. Could make a check because the king is out in the middle. This is one of the reasons why it's so dangerous to cat. Have your king out in the middle of the board. Besides the obvious reason that's easier to make checks. But you can do things like this. We're going to move the peace. You just uncovered cheques. I'm moving ponds. I mean, it is so many ways to win and there's not much that he could do. You could move over here. We can follow up with this Check Not many places going to go now because our bishop is coming. This Dagnall our queen is covering all these other squares. If he goes up there, then he gets check mated right there. And then if he goes down here, then there are other ways to attack him. For example, we could go like this, which uses to block that love is immediately with peace and also make check. Make the next move. Was this not really big? Checkmate. The next move, I actually would like check. They were going here if he does that. So there's another way to make checkmate. There are multiple different ways to make checkmate in this type of a game, dummy on and event. You don't need to calculate every single potential. Checkmate because there's so many ways to win. Once the king gets taken out of his safe place, check. Excuse me. Seven. Check your basically gonna get checkmate by force one way or another. Okay. Well, look at more and more ways that you could make a check me as the course goes on. Okay. So the better thing to do if you take the night from blacks. One of you, if you choose to take the night here is to play G six. Even though they're gonna lose this pawn and your rook. You did get a night. You are going to get a little bit of counter play and the game will continue. You will continue into a losing game. But it's better than just moving the king and then getting checkmated right afterwards. Gay. And the next lesson we're going to look at another way that black play this. 4. Lesson 3 Declining the Sacrifice: can this us that we're gonna have a look at what will happen in black the sides. Okay, you know what? If I take this night, I see this check. I see all these tactics. I see that I'm going to lose material. Oops. I mean, state by playing half six. But I'm not gonna make it worse. Like taking this night. So what happens is white is up upon and you get a much better position out of the normal because you wanna palm. But also because move upon the F six is the baton weakens the king, and you're gonna have much more effortless development. You're going to get into a big advantage in the game. So we're gonna say, Let's say, for example, I'm gonna show the example. Help black still, uh, decide to decline taking the night, but then develop in a way, totally awkward because of the way that he started. So if you believe the six, we just make the night move to show you how bad position looks. Maybe something move our night back to its original position. Maybe they will be seven trying to develop. That's a really awkward spot. Is being blocked in by its bonds with you. Something simple. Like Skinner Bishop out. They may be the night out. Bones, the center, thanks to the center of all is the center. They could try to get their bishop out. And I look at our harmonious development here. We have bold knights out there, both bones in the middle. We've got an active bishop, and everything about their position is awkward. And just the fact that they're down upon they put their night on rim. We can take it and double their ponds in a moment. Their ducks for bishop is blocking the ball for their ponds. Now they could move response sports on block it, but they can't do it yet. Facility to lose opponent or weaken their position further. Their king is weak, has two diagonals aiming towards it, which basically makes it right now impossible for the opponent to Castle King sign. Because of our bishops location. They can't challenge the bishop by going here. Cause you here, we get lost taken. And so in this case, they're gonna have to try to Castle Queen Side. All of that takes time, time that we're using to develop a position and building up on attack. So I just look at one way this could play out. I'm gonna go back to show you Black plays slightly better and plays Bishop to G four right away. It's better to see best play from black, so we don't against it making this pan immediately just a good way for Black to get pieces out. And at least give us something that we have to react to a little bit in general, we don't like to have this night pen, so we'll put our bishop on E to and bluff. Well, I can take his night out. We will put our point of the centers depended with Queen, get their queen out Black. Best reaction to dummy on a once I made the mistake of playing it is to try to Castle Queen Side as quickly as possible in order to get their king safe. But as you'll see in this case, we will then do, since we have a strong center and more rapid development is that we will attack there Queen site position, and it's very difficult for them to defend. So So we go ahead and castle gets safe they castling, It's safe gonna fish about to both defend this pond and also aim old of our bishops our aim in the direction of the king. What we're gonna do is we're gonna pawn storm on the Queen side and attack their king position. We can do this almost automatically because in the Damiano we have a big lead in development and a better position and stronger center. So attack, disclose naturally out of our position. Then they're gonna be struggling just to get their pieces coordinated because the awkwardness of this pollen is palm. It was such a bad move. It's hard to overemphasize how much it hurts your opponent. The natural place for this night is on f sit upon their. The night has to be developed somewhere else. They could go to age six. They can go to East seven, but by doing so, either allow themselves toe double if they're ponds. If we trade off our bishop for the night or block in their bishop right now and take them a couple moves to get that night into a good spot, they're losing precious time. While our development is flowing naturally it very efficiently. So one thing we can do here is instead of playing Knight to C three right away, played upon up first and get prepared for a big, powerful pawn storm. All the ponds coming at once with the King is very difficult to stop. If they're supported, like ours are by our position. Behind them are pieces behind that. Excuse me, so they want to try to get this night out. Somewhere will also get this picture develops. Not an easy thing to do. The fact that Bishop or Steuby the pawn on F six it also makes it awkward to feel in Quetta , the bishop and put it here is, well, just a bad set up for the ponds. So it's a good lesson to learn this. Paul Information is generally not good unless Syrian specific situation where you're putting upon their or to fight against your opponent's young Keto, like sometimes in the Sicilian May do that when were playing as white and that it's logical . But in this case it is not. So. We get our night out and say they just do something natural, trying to develop their pieces notice again. They're cramped as well. We have more space. In addition to the fact that we just have easier time getting on pieces out they get their pieces out and then their pieces or weaker they can't do as much with them as we can. Okay, so there's a couple of ways you start our attack. I'm gonna show the version will replay 83 because we're gonna follow up with before. And they're gonna push these ponds forward and really difficult for them to stop right away . A really good chess player here would see the danger of this pawn storm coming and figure out what to do about it. We should do in this case if you can. And again, this position makes it so. It's not easy and start moving your pieces over to the defense and just be prepared to defend. A lot of test players cannot come to grips with the fact that they have to defend their king. It will come try. They will try to continue to get new position to attack, develop their pieces, but really already this, uh, storm that's brewing on the Queen side. From black point of view, it needs to be dealt with these ponds are gonna come very quickly. I mean, just playing before be five Knox's night off and then all of a sudden our ponds have momentum and most to see one way that the attack would play out. Let's say the black doesn't understand how dangerous it is as a lot of players, because nothing is quite happening yet. It is another natural move. He centralizes look to a central square on it. The half open file here, which seems toe make sense. And then we start our own Storm se tucks his bishop. She will say he's paranoid and he moves. His pawn for this actually hurts him. You're playing defense if you can. If you're not forced to do anything differently, you want to keep your poems flush against your king and just defend the ponds. Do you think it's a good idea to stop upon from going down and played move like this? You're actually helping your opponent to open up a position you want to keep the position around your king close. You don't want those palms to be treated off and have holes in your king. That's how our pieces we'll get through. So this palm of here is not the best move, but I'm gonna show you how to take advantage of it. When your client does your something This we're not going to just immediately play be five and allow him to train. Although we could do that, we could play it right now and it takes takes, you go back and we can continue to push us up. But we're not in a huge rush. The opponent has not done much in terms of setting up their defense. So when you start attack, don't be in a rush. Just calculate and make sure that you know there's nothing that you're pointing to do to stop you. So we'll take this time to number queen over into an attack formation later on. We can also move our room over if we need to. And we're gonna have all of our bases literally every single place, except, perhaps, is night aimed in the direction or in the proximity of the opponent's king. A very powerful tap become nationally out of this situation. So they cut the bishop back with makes sense to have our ruk aimed down here. If we move this night, will then they take it upon. They also may want to think about pushing one of these bad bonds down and getting from space. That's what I would be trying to do if I was black games of space and push these plans down , but now are attacking come quickly. So if you put upon forward now, it's not easy to see what blacken dio here. If they just back the night up, then we take upon and we open up their king position. That's gonna be really bad. We're gonna have a rip over as navigator. So if they elect to say, Well, no, I don't. That happened. Something takes pawn now taken, take back and we knock this night off and there's not many, very many good offense for it. He goes back here and tax the pond. Now we push our a former and now this pollen is defended by one, 234 pieces. Okay, if Black decides to trade up this night and force our bishop to go on this f three square, then it actually would strengthen our attack because our bishop then will be aimed directly at G seven. And if we push this pawn forward. Now we have a really powerful attack and this was actually blacks. Most active peaks Black would be crazy to trade office, most active piece for this night here, which has been pivotal time and is doing nothing. So it's just a little bit of information about when you make good trades. Black doesn't want to make the street and like the fact that the night is kind of pinned down, although we can move it over and if they take our bishop, we could take back. That doesn't help us either. So let's leave this situation with this pain right here. As it is, we're not really using this night for anything anyway, because this planet defended nothing is attacking it so well this ignore. But I want to point out that, but by doing that, if Black were to do so, would actually help are attacked by putting a bishop on F three and aim it directly at the King right now, the specials and over here helping to defend this pond. We're gonna push this pond forward in a moment anywhere. So let's say it continues and Black says, you know what? I'm gonna try to stop this attack by pushing his bone forward. This is, ah, natural thing for a lot of amateur lower level players to do. They think that they're stopping the attack, pushing the bonds forward. But again, it's the Roman approach. It's gonna help us to open up the position, and it's actually gonna make our attack come more swiftly. So this case is very simple. We just put upon forward. They take take and now the end is already ny I mean, this this night is a very dangerous position. There's no work and go. And so the only way to say that night is to move the king over and defend it. And then we simply press on by pushing this poem forward. Not only do we have this room aimed right here the King and the queen named of the King, we've got bolt bishops that can come down the name of the King. We also have Brooke that can come over if necessary. And there's nothing that can be done if they go ahead and move the night over here and save the night that we could take this pond check. And although the King, uh, can can take it or the King can run a look at a couple of immigration, King decides nothing can go here. Well, then we can force checkmate, basically my playing bishop check. Then the king has to take that. Think upon, and then that's checkmate. That's one way that that could play out. And there are seven other ways to get a check mate in this situation. So we'll take a couple lessons to look at the different ways that we we can attack on, and then we'll follow that up by looking at it. Black plays the best possible defense by basically not moving those ponds forward. How do we approach, forcing him to open up his or her defense that they don't play these moves for their ponds , allowing us to open a position of my so easily? How do we deal with that? And we'll start looking 5. Lesson 4 Ripping Open the King Position: So this lesson we'll look to see if Black plays much better defense. How we can still pry open the King side and complete the attack. These types of situations we have a pawn storm coming. The attack is so dangerous, especially if a lot of the opponents resources are in other parts of the board that we can go ahead and sacrifice material knowing that we will make a check might or be able to promote to a queen or get the material back that we lost and at the very, very least, even without having to calculate much at all, make a drop. And so I'm gonna show you guys an example of how that might play out. Black plays better defense. So instead of playing a six and doing less that we shouldn't do, which is to move the ponds boarded. Former King actually a good move for black. In this case, it's something to move the king over. So the king is defending this square castle Queen sides actually slightly weaker than when you castle King side. In fact, you have two squares. Next, your king. It makes it slightly weaker and easier for your point back your positions. Oftentimes in your castle pain side, receive the Sicilian defense. I have a course on very, very comprehensive course in this late defense. Aziz. Well, you will typically see White Castle Queen Side of the movie king over because it's safer. So instead of move the pawn for the King over, they have a more flush, better defense. That's nine is a very defensive piece, but it will see we can make it move when we play the five. I'm sure you guys are really important pattern when you are attacking with a pawn storm that will help you guys be more effective in your attacks and avoid the mistake that a lot of lower level players make when they're attacking. And we'll look at that in this one as well. So, first we need to get our queen over here and get it ready to go now. Obviously, we can immediately play the five. Would you? So wait. Remove the night. But he can just go to a five and acts of blockading piece for a pond and then all of a sudden there's no easy way to get to the Kings to be really careful. that we don't allow our opponent to blockade our ponds. We want open up the king side. That's our goal. When we're on the attacks, let's say black is starting to panic a little bit if they make a move like this and push this pawn down here, I mean, this is a bad new. I just want to show you guys have a reactor that wouldn't take it. We would simply push past it. And once you're in a position like this, where you've got a pawn of this advanced and you have all these poems coming with so many peace nitpicking side this is awaiting position. Black is really in a position where there's nothing that they could do to win the game here . Even from here, I know that this game is over for black, so we're gonna look and see how we can finish this off and then afterwards look to continue C of black play something better than a defect. So we simply pushed upon forward. Maybe black goes ahead and trades are trying. Teoh, open the position up there trying to trade off some pieces because actually, usually what you want to do If you're under attack. You want to trade off pieces and relieve the pressure on yourself. Attacking side was two key pieces on the board and the defending side wants to trade off pieces as a general rule of thumb and chefs. So we go ahead and we take that on, Let's say the attack our night now, in this case, we can go ahead and just sacrifice this night. This night is under attack from this rook, and it's not offended. But our attack that's coming is so powerful that I'm not worried about material anymore. I'm looking to make a checkmate. Or the very least I can gain back this piece because I've got such a powerful attack. All of my pieces are aimed at the king's side. We're going to force our opponent open. We're gonna rip their king said over there. So I'm gonna show you an example of how, in this case, we just let the think that night because we're gonna keep our polling storm going. So it's a ticket, and we put upon for again we don't want to play be five here that allows are pointing to blockade of a five. We need to get this a file upon Advanced first. So that would mean you kick this night off with this pond. Um, he can't go there. And our RUK is going to be backing up this pond and we're gonna open the king side. So we're allowing the sacrifice toe happen knowing that there's nothing black can do to stop this attack. We can afford to be a little bit patients. We're gonna play a five year because no matter what, the next coming is be five and now it can be stopped. If he plays a six, it doesn't help. But we still play this. If he takes, we take. And now the king, we have, ah, clear road of the King with a pawn coming. Our bishops aim in this direction of creative destruction on our look that considered his move over in one move and also provided rated forces, which we probably wanted to be. So let's say I mean black hasn't seen in years. We know a good way to play defense, saying he decided that was gonna keep disrupting my opponent. He just got a piece on dso Let's say he just gonna threaten this night since he got this bishop attacking. It was going to ignore anything Black does over to attack us. We're gonna ignore it because our attack is more dangerous. So we're gonna play be fire, is it to move is night somewhere. And then we can just go ahead and play B six if our opponents simply does nothing. Which open time again is the best defense is not to take this pawn and allow us to take back and rip everything open. But say they make another move. Maybe he pushes upon forward so we could take here now. And once the king takes, you basically have to nuke in our poll on a seven. It will this advanced. We will get a check me if he just takes it here. Now we have opened the king side. That's our goal on the attack. We have one pond missing and we have one file open with all of our pieces coming. So here we can go ahead and check with the queen. But it's came back. And then we can play this pawn forward immediately, or we can prove our look over as well. Let's go ahead and say we just put this pond for immediately and black. Let's say he just says I'm not worried about that yet. We can't actually make a check move yet. Here. His point is defending p seven. Let's say you just that I'm gonna take this night. We just take back here with Paul. It doesn't matter what we do, because we're gonna check your opponent and you backs it up. And then we move our Brooke over. So now we have two rooks behind the Queen and it's going to be impossible for them to defend, despite the fact that he sacrifices night and everything is gonna impossible. Actually, if he goes ahead and takes this night here, we can just take with our pon actually forked his piece. That would win this room too. But we're just getting nor that for now, moving Brookover and tried to trade point, which, of course, is a sensible thing to Dio. But now it doesn't help him because our attack is too powerful. So we go ahead and stray the queen off. We can do that because now you can take this Paul with check. He's got nowhere to go except her back to see a And now we have him in a straitjacket. His king can't move anywhere, and his his pieces can't move anywhere. If we move here, we just move on Brookover to be one. This pond has two moves in order to promote and get a queen. So we gained back all of its your liver loss and then some. And he can't do anything because we have taken such a string of whole on these two files. If he tries to have his rook down 27 for example, to make a trade, we just played look to be as checkmate because that blocked his escape square. So that's one way to check. Makes that would be a blunders. We can't do that. So the other thing to do maybe, is play Knight to d five. And at least that gives him an escape square. So now you go check. He can start to run, and we don't want that happen. We don't want a panic and just give our opponents check. We always say it. Patzer sees check patter, plays check. Don't just check your bones, King, because you haven't check. We check them on the B H and he comes down and we check him again on the seven. You can run, you can get away. You can come over here onto the e file and get away. Obviously we don't let that happen. We're down material now. And even though this scenario is Roxanne right here, we don't king it away. So what we do is very simple. We just push this eight for that was the whole point of advancing. This pawn is that even though we took Queens off the board, we have a straight pathway to advancing the polling. You get past falling. This it can't be stopped. Nothing he could do and being reminded what he does. And he could take our bishop right here. You can move his his rook somewhere. I mean, checkmate is now coming because no matter what happens here, where is going? Teoh, get a queen and make check me. So the whole point of this lesson is to see the power of how you can open up the files on the way to your points king of the pawn storm and how dangerous that is. If the central idea, whenever you castle opposite sides of your opponent and both of you are upon Stormy. It's basically a race to see whose pawn storm moving faster and more effective, but usually decide that who's pawn store was coming on? Um, the king with slightly more momentum, slightly more speed is going to win this case black without storming us because of the non Miano defense as we see Justice initial sort of original sin here, we could say of playing F six. It destroys their position in so many ways and give us a lot of ways to win something. One way we can checkmate our opponent. We can just throw away material if we need Teoh because our taxes so strong. Now the next lesson. We're in a legacy of black placing better defense instead of playing his pawn of 85. Does something more solid happen? We finish up game. In that case, 6. Lesson 5 Best Defense by Black: can this us and we're going to see a black plays. Better defense, what happens? And we look at various different ways that we could attack King if they play more solid and they try to keep us from opening up. The King's at a good player. They're playing solid defense will understand that They don't want to move these ponds from the King, for it will try to keep it closed, so we're going to show how to force it open. So let's say this time playing G five, they play F five, which is a much better movie trying to gain space there, trying to weaken our position and get their pieces. Workings of this move makes sense. If we went ahead and took this pond, well, they could take back with their bishop, and the bishop would be a very active piece. There would now be a Dagnall, and they would have a way to start getting some, uh, some ground in the center and a stronghold center. So we just ignore it because a nice depending upon before we focus on our attack, we don't be distracted. What are opponents doing our Attackers on the King it's going to be a death blow. It succeeds. So we're not worried about our opponents, Annoying little things they're doing on the other side of the board. In this case, we don't have to defend really so much. Our position is just too strong and this flows again naturally out of the Damiano position because of the bad initial on F six here. So we can just go ahead and Bashar on Ford a four. Now this type of a move, it looks like a sort of weak passively what is pushing up on board? But by getting these ponds every time I get upon one square coast of the King is one square closer to ripping the King open and checkmate. So sometimes it seems like that the attack is coming slowly. But it's not because once it actually gets there, it's gonna be death. It's gonna be a checkmate situation for your opponent. And this is one of the reasons why sometimes people don't defend as well they should. It looks like, Okay, I don't have to worry about this yet. There's multiple moves before these ponds get here. The thing is, somewhere moves again. Start coming with Temple. Every play five and be five and not this night off. Or if the night moves, they're taking time to move to All of a sudden we're giving knocking on their door, and it's gonna happen really, really fast. So let's say they take, we go and take back. It's fine. We're actually look at what happened to leave that on there and let him take this Knight on F three instead. Either way, we get sacrifice material. The problem that cases that they could take the night and the legalistic bishop next. So we go ahead and take a spot if he takes a move to move bitch back attacker night like before again, we could sacrifice his piece. And we kind of transposing really similar situation as before, alongside different because he played five instead of, uh, defy. So this case again to go ahead and play a five, let him take the night. And then we kicked the night off. So there's a couple of ways that black and reacted this. We're gonna look at how a couple of these other ways that seem logical lead to checkmate and forced win for us and then If you decide well, I'm up so mature notes that it took this piece. I can give back some material and take this pawn and stop the attack. We'll see that that does not work either. Sometimes of your way up in material, you need to give some of the back nor to defend from checkmate. It's a logical thing to do in chess, but in this case it's not going toe work. Let's say when he chooses to do is simply in this case on one thing. The night here attacking this pawn on the four and the two defenders the bishop and the night. But there rook is also defending us that so black has two Attackers on this pawn and we have to the fenders. So it looks like they can trade off this bishop of this night and destroy one of our defenders. Then they'll be able to take this pond. But it doesn't work, because if they go ahead and take it, problem is that we can take here and technically so they can't take this pawn or win any material because they have to take back on C six and then we can take their bishop and create a skewer on this rook and queen. And we're going to win whole rook and still have a really dangerous attack coming. Now that we've successfully opened a file to the kinks, that would just be a losing proposition for Black. So it doesn't work. So we make sure that we're always calculating between every single move, even though we have in the long term plan for attacking the king, we wanna make sure that you don't lose it. Some tactic when you play be five, and then they could, like, take our night and then take us pawn, weaken our attack a little bit with a little bit boring material, and then get some counter play and get out of the trouble. It there It doesn't work, though, so we make sure we check that. So instead he simply has toe move a nice somewhere like back to, um, e seven. It's the only place you can go because these pieces on all of the other squares. So just like before we play B six. Now, the reason we don't want to play a six year is because they are portable. Simply play B six and not additions closed. Remember, our goal is always to force open the king, and we have to sacrifice one of two ponds in order to do that. That's fine, because what we need are open files to the king was playing a six and allow them simply to play B six and locked the position down, even though we have an advance upon here, there now, safe. So we sacrifice at night for no reason, and they're going to win. The game should be very careful when you are especially. You're sacrificing material for a big attack, but you don't mess up and allow them to close the position downs. You're always trying to force the position open. So by playing the six they could not want to do that. They play C six or a six. We're going to be able to take their pond, weaken their king because opened the file and we've slightly weakened their position. We're gonna have our pieces are going to get in now. So we show you what happens. For example, if they try to put their queen on C six, for example, because they want to maybe defended think that having a queen here is gonna be able to be a good defense. In this case, it was a work because we are pawns are so advanced. It's too powerful. We can't simply pushed this bond 45 between Can't go to the C five because of our bishop. All our pieces in this direction clean. We simply have to back up that we take here and then we get a queen and it would be checkmate. So it's not so easy to defend once we have all our ponds that are so advanced, so black can't wait, do anything other than, say, Let's say they take upon we go ahead and take back and now they say, Well, come on, try to keep it as close as possible and if late is problem to see six. Now we have the A file totally open, and there's no way for Black to get their pieces over. So the game is over. We're going to simply make it check me here. All we needed to do was forced open force. Open this position so we can with the queen over, and there's nothing they could do. They try to run, but it's checkmate. There's nothing they can do to get out of it. Okay, so we'll take a look to see what if they don't move this pawn forward, and they simply let us force the issue by trading. Then what happens? But before we look at that, I want to show you guys another choice that black has, um, without this lesson, getting too long, we'll cut it up there. And we look to see what happens if Black goes ahead and just takes this poem with their night thinking that well, they want a night there, up material. They're gonna give some material back and try to stop, and then how do we deal with that? 7. Lesson 6 Winning by Force: So in this one look at yet another way that black and trying to defend in a way that is, in principle, the best way to defend. Now I'm gonna show you how we attack correctly. It's still too late, and we can still get a checkmate by force. But it's a proper way to defend and gives on the best odds of winning and the goal for them when you're under attack, a key corking closed to defend upon in front under King with the pieces instead of pushing the ponds for opening up. So we'll start from here with a rook. Took our night. As as we'll see, this is actually a big mistake. We let them take our night, but they wasted a move that they should have been using for defense. But it takes a lot of discipline and a lot of foresight to not take a whole piece. What it looks like it's free and our attack hasn't White materialized yet. It looks very dangerous and menacing, but there's nothing that's guaranteed yet, so it's hard to decline this sacrifice, so we'll continue as we did before we play be five nights. Gotta move back Otherwise we already saw what would happen. It will be the end of the game. So it was back. Teoh, you seven and again we push. We push forward now if instead of doing what we see in the past trading up on offer, pushing upon Ford if they simply defend what? Playing something like night to see eight, which is normally a really good defensive move. But you can tuck your night by conveyor King. You defend this a £7 so we choose to take on a seven. The night simply takes back. And even though we've opened a file and we made it even more dangerous so far Black has kept their king side mostly closed and they now have more defensive pieces and range that can come to the aid of their kings with three really carefully, we don't make a mistake here. We've already sacrificed a piece. We pretty much gone all or nothing on this attack. So we need to do what is the most effective thing on. We have calculated that if we take that pawn on a seven and they take out the night, our attacks will continue in a very dangerous manner. Next. What we'll do is we'll threaten. Checkmate. This is a forcing move. Obviously, I'm moving this roof over to be one. They are forced to defend us. Now, we've already seen that they play. Do you find pushes Board? It's just gonna be disaster because we're gonna take right there and then they take take back. We have our both of your rooks and Queens aimed at this, and the queen is not going to be able to defend that. Let's not forget, as we'll see is gonna be very important as we finish this game off. Having these bishops, especially this bishop here on e three who looks like it's not like doing which are now notice it's aimed in the direction of the king. This is important having a lot of coordination in your pieces, supporting you in the attack, Candace. Attacking or two pieces. You have to coordinate your whole army in one direction and focus on your goal in order to forcibly make a check. May So over into next. So black is gonna go ahead and defend the checkmate, which seems like a good thing to do is no got to defensive pieces of night and the Queen. And even though he's under a lot of pressure because we were able to open up the style, Hey still kept his position close. He hasn't had to move any of those bonds for. So it will do is we will force the attack by playing a six and play. If we play a six, it's a mistake because now he can push that pawn forward. Even though it looks like we can break this open, our attack will fizzle because he has just enough a resource. You could take this piece down here and we can't white when you get out of range and he looks like he can make some trades and kind of get out and our attack will be on. Success is gonna make sure you calculate carefully. So instead of playing a six year allowing him to play be six, we're going to play C five. And this is even more forceful because now we have two ponds that can move forward, and so we can't so easily play B six and move forward. If we play C six, anyone forward? We break him open this way and vice versus is not much that he can do, so he pretty much has to take that on. But because of our support of peace again, this bishop on E three we'll take upon back in our attack is continuing as strong as ever. We have his threat here on the seven. We have two ponds coming, and now it's not so easy is notes to do Black Can't take this pond with the defendant. And if you simply gave back material by taking this bishop with Brooke, I mean are we would still have an attack and we're just beginning more material. We will look next at what happens if you decide to do that because it's Bishop is nothing comes to dangerous piece. But for now, we'll look to see how we can continue this attack. So let's say you decide to blockade this pawn with nights a reasonable thing to do. He doesn't want to let this pond come down and force this pawn open. It's just too many pieces for The problem is you got another one, so we just go ahead and play a six now. It's different, though, because of having this pawn on C five can't display B six and be safe, but they have to. They've got no choice, because otherwise we're gonna play. We're gonna take on B seven. It's supported by both the queen and the Rook Queen can't take back and then look to a it's gonna be checkmate. So they're forced to play B six. But this time we can take it. They take and we take and there's no way they can stop now. He can move his king over, and it looks like everything's OK. Here's the thing, though. We have this bishop here on e three. That makes it. We move the queen seven. It's checkmate if not for this one defending peace. So in basic chest tactics, we see that there's a defender. We need to remove the defender. So in order to remove this one defender, we can just move our look over to see one. And now we're threatening to remove his defender and then make check May. And so, any move that the opponent makes now to try to defend this, uh, night, it fails because we simply sacrifice piece and then whether they take back with the queen or the bishop, it doesn't matter because we're gonna make checkmate on 87. Checkmate with game if they defend it with the rope 36 Same thing. We just take it no matter what they take with its gonna be checkmate. It was the only defender of a seven. So there's, um there's nothing that they can do here if they go clean to be eight and again try to trade Queens by also, but also defending a seven. In this case, we simply could take the night because the queen was the only defender of the night. And this is typically what happens. You have a successful attack, and the defense is just sort of scrambling to keep their position together. What ends up happening is you got a sort of, ah matrix of pieces that are defending each other, and it's like a domino. If you take one down, they all fall. So the queen is only thing defending the night that night was doing with the defending checkmate. And so the queen couldn't move, and neither could the night. No one could defend the night. And so the whole thing came down course now the only thing they could do since the King can't move down due to the bishop is just moved in down the block and force. That's checkmate. Okay, so we see that this was a very good defense by black compared to what? We saw any other examples. But we made the right moves as the attacker did not allow our home to get off the hook by making a blunder and the impatient and pushing our ponds Ford before they were ready. You got to make sure that you coordinate everything and prepare your attack with your whole team. And then all the moves are forcing. Right again. They have to play B six. If they don't hear that, we're gonna take on the seven. And there's just nothing that they could do that you have another option. They can play be five here, and then we can simply take with office on this and the situation even worse because we can play. You can force checkmate or take here, and there's nothing they can do about that either. I mean, there's no move that they can make. It looks like they have this move, brother. Interesting check to. So it looks like they may have some defensive resource is if they play this. So the next lesson. Let's analyze and see what's the best possible way we can react to them, playing be five and how we can force checkmate in this situation. 8. Lesson 7 Building Up the Attack: can This lesson. We're gonna look at us a couple more defensive resource that black has that we hadn't seen before and see if we can still win in this attack and how it can do it. So we looked at our opponent, potentially playing be five, and is quickly I look, but on Hassan Al Passat does not work for us. We simply could just take that phone with our queen. Very simple thing to see. I looked at Opus on to see if that would do, but that actually there are able toe wiggle out of it if we do that, so we simple simply take here with the queen check. I mean, there's nothing for the king to do except move over and then we can do Here is take this night. Now we've got on material back, and, um, the checkmate is still coming. There's nothing that they can do. You, us. They can try toe trade queens again as most offenders will panic and try to trade queens. But this case, because play si seven check and the queen is forced to block, and that's check me. So that's how we would win in that scenario. And then, in another lesson, I mentioned the power of this bishop and the Rooks, simply sacrificing itself of the bishop, which is not that big a sacrifice since the black size ari up a piece. If they give back a rook and get a piece of return, they will actually still have a slight material advantage because they'll be giving essentially a book for two pieces. They got a night and our bishop, we only got a rook. So if they can stop the attack by taking this powerful piece and give you some material back but still being up material, that would be really good outcome. Unfortunately, it doesn't work. We still we just have too much, just just too dangerous here with all the world peace is aiming King. So we'll just see what happens, though, if they go ahead and say it recognized after they've been calculating all these different scenarios. By the way, there's a lot of calculating you have to do here, So if you're a defender and you're playing blitz game and you're having to stop here and think about all the different dangerous variations that are happening, you're using a lot of time on your clock, where it's a lot easier for us to find our boots and another advantage of playing in the Damiano Just knowing you're openings in general and bliss is the advantage of the clocks. Let's say he goes head. It just takes that piece. We take backs now. The material is also equal with a slight disadvantage in material. But we still have our huge attack coming. Let's say now they're basically forced to play this new B six because otherwise we're going to take here and run a check made on A with the RUC. There's nothing they could do about it. So now they play it. We take, they take take and then the king moves over and it looks like maybe they're off the hook because there's no way that we can immediately make a checkmate. If we push this pond down, it allows them to bring Resource is over for defense. But we would do is we can attack this night and now we have a night attacked by two pieces and if we're able to win a piece, now will be up in material and we'll have still have a really dangerous attack would be eased a win in that scenario. So they needed to spend this night. So they defend the night and stay with Bishop. Then in this case, we just hit it. And again, they're gonna be stuck because they can't move the night because we will take the queen with check, and that'll end the game basically, and they try to trade queens again. In this case, we can take the night with check. And, um, the queen is forced to block the check and we went, or if they just take with the first same thing, we wouldn't do a check if the queen comes out and blocks the check win. So what happened instead is the king. We'll come down here, but all we have to do is move Brookover. Now that the queen and it has to move. And now there's nowhere to go. Except for somewhere where we could force a win, get trade again. This time we just go check here. Si seven. The king can't move. The queen's forced to look Okay, so lots of different ways to win. And I want to show you guys multiple different variations show you some better defense, maybe even the best defense for black. Really, The only way for Black to save this game would be Teoh. Have made a lot of different moves here and recognized very early on and say, for example, what you played before. This is very, very dangerous and move the king over. They let us get our pieces going. Probably they needed to think more about the defense sibling F five. They probably would have needed to immediately bring a queen to see. Ace may be rerouted their night also to defense. But again, it's not easy to see that this early on in the attack, it looks like things are probably going to be okay, and so nationally do. And this is actually a rule. Thumann chances If you're under pressure on one side of the board counterattack in the center of your under pressure in the centre counter fact on the side of the boards, this is a logical thing to do to try to open up the game, and Teoh get some space for you on the side of most of your pieces are unfortunately in this case, it doesn't work in our attack. It's so powerful we could give up whole pieces like we did in this situation and pawn storm and our pieces being so coordinated, they're just They're too much for black to deal with and or attack is coming. I wonder what black does. We can win by force as we saw you Do you have to be careful that you don't think mistake. You make the right moves that you don't let your opponent find some way to get out of the situation. So you think you do a lot of calculating? I need to make sure that you find along forcing moves. Chess is all about force. And so you don't let your opponents do anything that's not force that you don't have a reply to. So it takes a lot of calculation sometimes. But the game, like the Damiano the game, almost plays itself. Basically, this original sin of playing um F six at the very beginning of the game is just his game over. As long as you know what you're doing, That's what this course is all about. Is teaching you guys to immediately take here on e five, sacrifice the night. We know what happens if they take it, um when material and we easily win the game and so that you guys know what to do and all those take a couple more lessons to look at a few more variations just to give you guys everything that you need to know depending on best player, opponent or different moves by your opponent, so no matter what happens, you get a winning position. 9. Lesson 8 Attacking the Queen with Tempo: can this lesson. I want to show you guys. Really? If Black plays really well after making the initial mistake of playing F six and replies with best play, I want to show you guys how they still get a really bad position. And we can learn a lot about the basic fundamentals of chess by observing best place from black. But from a bad position based on Lee won the show, you is you. How a game and chess can go from being equal to being very unequal for one side, with just one simple mistake without any loss of material without a lot of material being lost all of a sudden situation essentially hopeless. And the game all it needs to do is play itself out naturally. And one side will win, of course, in this case, the white side. So again, if we take this pawn and black as a smart thing, which is choose not to take the night, probably the best move is to play Queen t seven, because by doing that, they're threatening the night and they're going to win the pond back. So in this case, we're not going to be able to keep up on. But having forced them to move this pawn to F six, it changes the whole dynamic of the position. In addition, the fact that we're basically forcing them if they wanted at the pawn back to move their clean out movie a queen out early in the game 90% of time is very dangerous, and it's not a good thing to do. You don't see a lot of Grandmaster taking a queen at the beginning, and this lesson is going to show you a really good example of why we don't want to do that . So let's just say we did a simple thing. We move the night back, we allow Black pick up on with check, which seems like a bad thing was not that big of a deal because we just develop our pieces and so we're gonna get our bishop out and block the check. Let's say black try to develop their pieces as well, and we're gonna have a huge leading development simply because of the queen being in the middle, because we can attack it over and over again as we develop pieces. So we develop peace with tempo almost every time before you start doing that. Do you want to play Defour? This allows us to get our bishop out and to get our pawn in the center notice. There's two pieces attacking and the queen of the night. We have two defenders to queen in our night so we can go ahead with that on there. Strong move. Let's say they just do something that they got to try to get a night out and they got to try to maybe think about getting castled here. It makes more sense through the night here and then to move it over that it does to put the bishop on East 70. Put the bishop 97 right away. They gotta put the night on the river here. That's bad. So they're gonna move the night first, and now we can start attacking that queen the temple. So we put bring castle. First and foremost, they get the night over and so we can move this rook over. That you want now is a really big threat of us moving this bishop and attacking the queen would be forced one of the queen because it would be trapped. So they need to cover the king ups. That doesn't happen in with the bishop out, which is a good thing to do anyway. Now we take our other night out with tempo an hour, forcing the queen to move. So by playing this rook over, we're forcing this move by playing the night out, forcing the queen to move. And there are many good place for the queen to move it Can't go to d five tonight would take it right. It can't go here cause official would take it and shouldn't go here to G four because then we have a discovered attack. This way we could attack the queen with the bishop, make it move again and get our night to the center. Potential tactics. Very, very dangerous. It obviously can't go toe h four nights taking that square. And so there's argument places to go. So going back here is one of the better options. However, this move feels a couple things. First of all, we can simply go here, play d five and we're going to win a piece, and so that will effectively end the game. So it's only other option may be to go five, then we can attack a tempo and put our bishop on a sighting. More active square. Also uncovering the RUK and keeping his bishop end because the black is behind the development. So you have the black development stifled. This bishop hasn't moved yet. Suspicion was covered, King. But if the king does Castle, we also have the bishop being put. Go to C four, which is dangerous. Our queen a safe has been moved and they've wasted multiple moves on their queen. They have to take another queen move so they have to go queen to H five. Or maybe Queen to a five or something like that. And we just continue to develop our pieces with Temple and make it difficult for our point of 70. Something like Go, uh, bishop to D to Now we move. It's nice somewhere we can attack the queen with tempo again. It black size is simply castle with the bitch. One of better square. Make a move. This king over King in the corner like this with the ponds are in. This formation is dangerous because they're always vulnerable to a back. Frank may potentially at the end of the game and It's not a state as our, uh, flush ponds here. It's always weaker having this bond forward. As I've continued to tell you guys, now we can attack the queen with our bishop. It's gotta move. It doesn't have anywhere to go, except for a four looks like. And so in that case, we can win. Upon attack, the RUK has to move, and now our nights deep in enemy territory and this is an easy game to win. The queen is still very vulnerable. We may even be able to trap. It definitely can attack it by putting up which appear attacking it, which is defended by at night. It can't go anywhere, and in fact we have trapped the queen successfully. There's no safe square for it to go so by forcing are appointed to. But he wants to keep material equal, take back his pawn on E four. It leads very naturally to us getting a very nice comfortable position and being able to develop with multiple tempos on the queen having to move no matter what happens. Let's say they definitely don't have this immediate four care or we can win material. We still have a ways to attack the queen and win the game with the bishop back every technically going again. Now get technically this way and attack Steve seven. We're gonna move again, the and technically with tempo going again. And we just get a very, very comfortable position where all of our pieces are active. Even though this bishop doesn't move is an active piece again. Because open diagonals got a strong Panchen. The center black hasn't any of these ponds and just get a very, very easily one position. So what black does it matter how they react? We're gonna get a really good use of a plea Queen t seven like this. Don't freak out. Just go ahead and play the night back. However, there is another option. If we play d four here, we can still get a winning position. But sacrifice good night for even stronger advantage. And we look at that in the next 10. Lesson 9 How Tactics Flow from Active Pieces: this doesn't want to show you guys get another way that black complete this without playing queen to East seven. To show you how yet again why it will get a very advantageous position and to show you out to play it. So again, they realize that made the mistake, declined to take the night. In this case, they just want to develop their pieces. They don't want to get the queen in the middle. Maybe they know they know enough about chest to realize that if they put the queen on the seven and take back this way there, Queens and get bounced around and they're not gonna be able to develop. So there's something even better and they play d five. It was a little bit more challenging for us as white having them play this move here because, let's say, for example, we just played d three and we think, Well, I was gonna defend this. The problem with that is we can't do that because he takes. And if we take back and he's gonna go ahead and trade off the queens and then take this night Now we're just down a piece we don't have a queen. That's definitely something we don't want to happen. So they 25 here, we pretty much have to take it. I mean, we move our night back this and allow him to take this pond. Now here, we're going to move our night again, and we have to move it back to the starting point. It's not what we want to get out of this opening. Can't overnight Teoh c four and we can only move or night anywhere. So basically, we have to take this upon okay. And so let's say he takes with the queen. Now we moved the night back. Material is equal, but we'll see that we're going to still get a big edge to do the same factors that we saw in the previous examples. But with a slightly different position Queen is out, makes it vulnerable. And this pawn is ugly. We don't have any weaknesses. So it looks like maybe black wasn't okay because they have these active bishops in terms of these diagonals. Although it's not as easy to get this bishop into a good square as it seemed Through this weird pond structure, it seems like everything's fine, but quickly the weaknesses in their position will become apparent, said. We think that bishop out, they want it. Just get a strong center. Well, we can play g five. You did before. They can't take it because of with the fact that we have to piece defending it. A lot of players here was given obligatory check just because they can. But that has helped us develop pieces and we just move on forward Bloc as they're gonna move it back, we develop our pieces, we move the bishop out, cover a parking, you're ready to castle, say they try to do the same thing the castle, a castle and our development is once again going to be farm or harmonious. And the fact that their queen is the middle of board is going to give us a lot of tactical opportunities and chest. Once you know more about strategy and you just know we have more general knowledge of chest , you don't have to calculate as much as you think, especially in a blitz game. When time is limited. Being able to make really solid news and be able to understand the patterns that are advantageous allows you to make moves almost automatically without having to think that heart. And that's what this opening is all about. If you see someone play of six, you know that you can immediately that hesitation take that phone on E five. And no matter what your opponent does, you're gonna get a really good game. Hope that your point of election take your night as we've seen, he can has crushed them. But if they choose not to and they play something more salt like you see here, you're still going to get a much, much better game due to the nature of the position. So now you can go ahead and attack that queen. We've got two ponds in the center of the board where black has no centers. We've got a much stronger center, and these two pieces that haven't moved yet are easily going. Teoh be able to get out whereas blasting up to probably wasted move the king over and they're going to be wasting moves once again moving to clean around. So they had with the Queen. Oftentimes smarter system would have been all that back in the starting position, so it doesn't have to move around so much. This is actually a good move, is going and doing that. And now we can take our night out Bill in C pre a lot of beginning players, they think, Oh, they just move the night there. I'm gonna take it with my bishop and forced them to double their plans. But that is incorrect thinking in this case, are night hadn't been moved? Yes, it was inactive piece that was doing nothing. Whereas blacks docks where Bishop is black smokes active piece has been moved a couple of times already. So if you move a piece a couple of times, it is active and you traded off for an inactive piece has just been developed. It's not smart. And even though you are going to get a doubling of white plans here, this is not really a weakness because, first of all, it gives white the bishop hair. And so now Black doesn't have the doctor. Bishop And this docks were bishop. What for? White is gonna be a very, very powerful piece because since this poem was involved with it took back, it allows the bishop to be put here on a three is a very active Dagnall. It also has the option of going anywhere on this other long diagonal and becoming active piece, and it cannot be challenged by black stocks Buried bishop anymore. This formation here is not really a weakest all potentially. This upon at the root of the Panchen on C three could become a target later. But for now, it's easy to offend. And these two ponds on C D. Here they're controlling a lot squares of controlling four squares in the centre, making it difficult for black to gain any traction. So this would be something that would be very, very idyllic for the white. We've got a much, much better position here than black as as you can, Steve. So Black doesn't want to do that. You want to keep her active pieces active, don't trade them off. So a better option would be to continue. Just continue to develop your pieces. So getting the night out and putting pressure on the deep on makes sense. We will do the same. We'll get fish about leave this night there. We don't mind at all if the bishop of any point takes that night as long as we don't need that night or defending some something. Maybe Look at the RUC out at this point, we can not this night off. And if you choose to go here, for example, we would upon because we have two pieces here, there really is one defender. So that case would put upon and all of a sudden we get to a really advantageous position. Maybe he'll attack our bishop. Well, simply talking away. And now we have a really strong center with more active pieces or up material. His king is weaker and moves almost just play themselves. Who they say. Okay, I want to bishop out to an active square. And now, due to the fact that this F one is gone, we have tactics. We're attacking b seven. So let's say they want do something about that. Like, perhaps took this bishop back. Maybe trade bishops off. That's fine with us. We'll have been trade the bishop this time, and then we will push this part before we want to take advantage of this discovery attack on the king. They take, we push this pond forward check, right, they moves on a web check. We take this pond for the Weiqing, uh, blacks position. And now we have tactics, potential opportunities. So they get advances. Night tempo on the queen. Think I moved somewhere. If they go here, it's very dangerous to be discovered. Attack Potentially move our bishop to. So before I noticed that when we attacked the queen, we left this bishop on me to unprotected that that is a matter. But we're attacking the queen, right? When you're attacking Amore valuable piece, you can leave a piece hanging. And in fact, it's almost a trick because of lighters and serve Black doesn't see that those intakes this picture on the forces lose clean. And the games have gotten with the queen first, knowing moved the undefended piece in here making an attack on the queen being realized, moving here was a steak. Now it's gotta move somewhere else. It was there, and now we can, uh, we couldn't develop a piece with another threat If it moves to a bad square. Now we can go here with the night and fork the ruk in the Queen. There are just so many tactics available when your opponent has weaknesses in your piece pieces arm or better for the This is how a lot of matches and grandmaster players think not calculating 10 or 20 moves that had every single time. They know that harmonious peace development. They don't need to calculate all that much. This is something Bobby Fischer had had this intuition where that one time it was. But they said that Bobby drops the pieces and they've fallen right squares and because he just had this amazing ability to know where to put his pieces so their most active and dangerous forced. His case is based on playing chess issues and young kid and be totally obsessed with it. And it's based on all of that study and all that knowledge. You develop a certain intuition. Gary Kasparov also talked about this when he was buying. It gives deep blue Ivy Evans artificial intelligence machine that cast of actually won in the first round of matches. A lot of forget that defeated it and then later on, a couple years later, they strengthen the software program, and then Castro famously lost to it. And that was, you know that got the headlines because of the first time a computer defeated the best chess player in the world, but he actually defeated it in the first game is, but that it was already very, very, very strong program, and one of the reasons to be able to do that is because of intuition he knew had played such a way. That was very positional that made it difficult for the computer to calculate everything, and that's because of his intuition and his experience of the chess player, and this is a Cup situation. I'm also utilizes that type of intuition, knowing that we have more active pieces in a better position. It just lends itself to natural tactics. And I actually on this last move here instead of playing, wrote to the one we have so many different options. We could actually go ahead and just immediately play tonight to be six feet before right now. And we're forking the beauty queen and we're gonna win material. Um, the queen of somewhere is not really basis for the queen to go that are safe. Let's say we go here, and once we take the book and he takes back now we can get a temple on the Queen by attacking it. I gotta make a clean move again. It's a very, very dangerous position, not running good places for him to go. And now we're up, but a bit of material. And we have, ah, very dangerous situation on attack going here. So this is another example of how pretty good play from Black. Just that very simple initial mistake of playing F six. Cause all these problems down some of these moves a black made one of the best, like allowing us 55 here giving this check and 11 visibly see three and gain all of these temples we developed. But it's something a lot of players, you know in the sub 16 1700 chest reading little of people that are below that will make in a blitz key. And so to show you a natural outcome of the blitz game, the next lesson I want to look at, What if our opponent plays even stronger moves? It doesn't make these simple mistakes that allow us to develop quite so rapidly. What happens there 11. Lesson 10 Deadly Pawn Storm: in this lesson, I'm gonna show you guys a few different variations that show how we will get really good position and lots of tactics. Even if Black plays what I consider to be the best moves the best way to react to Dobbiamo . But first, I want to show you what happened. It is a slight change. The move order. We just looked at d five, we looked at. If we take 25 we basically have two. What if Black Besides, instead of taking black his pawn after this exchange to take the night now. So this is slightly different than what we saw before, where they immediately take the night. Thing is, we have the same situation before we still can play queen to H five check. And the only difference now is that we have a pawn on D five, and black also has this point on the five. So it's slightly different, but we see if they play uh, g six, we still get the problem with check. I'm still gonna win the ruk and so we're going to have that moves the king out just before we sold upon check and so only has one place to go one of two places ago, actually said he goes here, we do. In this case, it looks like there's a threat of black being able to trade The queen's off. And now we've lost a piece we don't want to. The queen's up. We could still play bishop to C four, even though it doesn't make a check. If Black does something like goes the East seven to try to trade the queen's I can't move. This queen looks like after trade. But I can go check. I can play check with this move. Discovered Check. King has to move somewhere and then we're gonna win the queen. The game is over also, the Queen doesn't have to go to e seven. The queen can go Teoh d seven or excuse me? Ea instead. And so we don't win the queen automatically by playing the six and taking up the pond. We still want to play. You still going to check? The king has only one square to go to, which is to go over here. Win the queen that way. So we're gonna win the queen if we do that. And we have lots of the same time as we saw before, so you don't need to be worried about a slight change we were taking upon having them take the night. So we're gonna look and see what happens if after we take upon the queen, goes ahead and takes on d five. But instead of what we saw last time with black developing the bishop and us getting multiple tempos by moving up bonds board black boys better. So it's saving with the night back of saw before it. Instead of playing Bishop to C five here, Black is gonna play a better move. Which b Bishop, too, Uh, the other bishop to G four and create a pin on our night. It's logical for black in this case, since they've messed up their king Seiple information to automatically a castle Queen side . This makes a lot of sense. They're gonna have a much better time fighting soft castling queen side. However, by doing so, we have a very clear plan of attack. When you cast on the opposite side of the board of the show you guys previously it's basically raised to attack. We can use a pawn storm attack their king they can't do so easily because they only have three pause in the side of the board. We have three defendant poems of King position. Windsor Castle will be saved and we're gonna have this big pomme chain to use to attack this somewhat weaker king on the Queen side. So we still have a big advantage. And of course, we still have the advantage of blacks. King Queen. Excuse me Being in the Senate report, let me show you an example of how this might transpire. Can we get the bishop out? It is immediately break that upon. It's pretty good thing to do automatically in many cases. Just put the bishop their cover the king up and make it so they don't want to treat opponent and stack are take a night and second part. So they think the night out, we'll get a temple in the Queen. As usual with are not getting out, the queen will go somewhere optimistically, will go over here to a five. The most common thing that is going to do in this situation is to go back to the starting position or to go to a five. They don't want to the starting position here because they want a castle quickly and get their king safe. So going to a five is a logical place. It seems like a safe place, but as we'll see, it's still vulnerable to attacks from our pieces. So we'll go ahead and play D five, which is a really important move for us to get our pieces out and get a presence in the centre. Getting black now has no presence in the center, and every single allegation is the same. There's no pond in the middle that gives us an advantage chest all about trying to control center and gain a presence in the center. So the Damiano we could pretty much do that every single time. Let's say they go ahead and castle, and then we can prepare to attack this queen and get a pawn storm ruling. Weaken a three. First of all, a three mixes still night of the night, nor their docks. Word Bishop could come down to be four and be doing and put a pin on. Our night was a little bit of a move that we call prophylactic move a little bit defensive , but there's multiple things that also prepares us to play before an attack. That Queen and the Queen's not gonna have very many squares to go to. Once you played out because our night being here, it can't go to very many different squares. And so let's say black white or something like Move the king over here, this position to make it safer, which is usually a good thing to do when you castle queen side taking a temple to move your king over, which is one of the reasons why Castling King site is usually slightly better. Castling Queen Side Not always, but often times. It was slightly weaker position due to the two squares inside our invention, and you have to take it moved to moving Kingo. If you sell, then go ahead and play before and the queen's on a couple of choices, and neither one of them are good if they go to a four here obviously can't go there because I know I can just take it so really the only place they can go to if they want to keep the queen without going across the center, going to another dangerous square when this side is, they go to be six and then we actually trapped the queen if they go to be six. So another example of how the queen is in danger There's no place safer the queen due to where bishops argued where homes are. So if they go to lose the queen And so that means that they have to put the queen somewhere else. Let's say they move the queen and see where the safe place. For now they could go toe f five or they can even go to H five. It looks like a good option because now they're pressuring. This night they take the night we take back, they can give us a check and maybe get some counter play. But notice what happened here. We started a pawn storm with tempo. We forced that queen over. We're the ones that have a dangerous upon situation here. And attack Coming is a couple of your first thing we could do if you want to. Right away is pushed this on Ford and not this night back. Now this ponds defended by two squares to pieces. Excuse me. So it's safe for now. Probably want a castle and get that situation, uh, taking care of. We can also force this trade or force, especially to move back and then, in which case, we'll have a attacking move on the Queen. So that's basically forces traded Replay H six. We have a lot of good options. Black doesn't have a lot of good options. And while they've done well together, King say, and to have some counter play notice they have not developed these pieces. Black night is blocking in the bishop. There's really no good places for them to go right now. And it's not easy to see how they should deal with the situation if they trade office night now doesn't make any sense because it puts our bishop on a really good square. Get us the bush it Bishop Hair. Our bishop is not opinions Point also, I am down at the King and the Queen has two moves very, very dangerous. They wouldn't want that. It's not used to see what they what they can do here. Now, when we play this move here, this pond, they could take here first. So doesn't help. We attack the queen. They could give us a check, But this case we don't really worry about the check. We just don't Castle. We always do. In this case is well, shoes make it. We could defend it, could cover up the night hoping to move back. Um, but then we wouldn't be winning night here, so it doesn't work for you, so they can't do that. I can't take that night. Doesn't Doesn't work. Okay, so we've got a really, really good position here, and we're going to have a pretty easy time. We need the game, Let's say, for example, instead of black taking the time to move this king over to be eight, they don't They don't use that temple to do that to do something different. Let's say they go ahead. It's immediately take a F three, which seems like it's a better move and we take back and they give us Ah, check here. In this case, we would probably block the check with our bishop because it also helps to defend this pond even though it's been right now, the castle, the next move. Even with this slightly better move, order for Black. We've activated a piece that wasn't activated and we've got the bishop pair again never the power of having both bishops when your opponent lacks one of them. The bishop advantage is well known, and especially in a board, is open like this where ponds have been traded. It's a very strong advantage. If the board again is closed and locked up on chain, the nights become more powerful than the bishop is important thing to understand about the dynamics chest. So this case, they're gonna want try to continue to get the pieces out. We're going to definitely what? Go ahead, Castle. Let's say they put the night here and again. It's just an example of how this plan is so annoying for Black. There's nowhere to put the knife suffer on the edge of the board, where it's either kind of a week piece, or it could be traded off and have a vision be weakened. In that case, is big wickets having upon here by itself and stack bombs, or it has to block the brook it. So just be slight. Um, this harmonies in the opponent's position again allow us to have tactics and opportunities that flow out of the position. So now again, go ahead after all those little delaying moves that we had to play. We could still play be five Pollen storm is coming now. The queen got a six because our bishops not on the three, but use attack it and has nowhere to go suffer B six. And now we win material by force because now we can play you five and attack both the night and the Queen and the queen is trapped. The night's gonna get lost in the game once again, would effectively be over because we have so much material we're gonna win the queen, basically. And so this is the way you want to play against dome. You know, if your opponent is the absolute best thing, which is to castle wing side and look to get active pieces of to get counter play against you. They may have been successful if we didn't make a couple of those correct moves there that we saw. They had a couple of threats by having that pin on the night and things like that. As long as you just calculate a little bit and you make a solid moves, you're gonna end up with this really, really good position with a pawn storm coming on the King, even if we didn't win material here against the queen or night. So early on, we're gonna have a really powerful attack. With these bones coming, it's not gonna be easy for black to stop. In fact, as long as you play decent chest, you're gonna win pretty much. 12. Lesson 11 Damiano Conclusion: So I hope you guys enjoyed this crash course on the dummy on a defense. You're not gonna run into it all that often because it does require your opponent to make this bad. Move F six. Every once a while, I've been told just a few days ago I will play against an opponent who will play it. And then it's hog having day because you could just immediately take this blonde knowing that taking night, you're gonna either get a lot of material and pretty easy win knowing what to do here. It's very, very simple to play Europe material. You got an active queen, You've got a safer position, and it's just a fun position to play. We know that if they don't do that, they move their king better because we're gonna likely be able. Teoh checkmate our point by playing on a bishop and having a queen and Bishop in this attack. Formacion, he's gotta be popped out, and we're going to have a lot of check mate threats coming. We know that it black realizes the mistake they made and they tried to play clean to the seven, and we simply go back here that we're going to get a really good position and harmonious development by being able to attack that queen as we develop our pieces, Black is not going to be able to so easily do so. They have to take a lot of time to get developed, and it's not going to be easy for them. Older pieces are activated. We're going to have a lot of tactics that will blow out of the position matter what Black does in this opening. We are going to win the game as long as we don't blunder. Basically, due to the nature of the position itself. And even though you may not run into the Dom, Jano has often as many other openings. There's a lot to be gained by studying the position. The simple weakness of having this F seven on move forward when it shouldn't and having the queen come out early in the game is very educational for our chest knowledge, because in the Queen comes out, we want to attack it and develop temple wearing a huge the development and a much more mornings position. You have a weakness like this or sort of awkward placement of a pawn in a weird con. Shame like this. It just makes it that much. One difficult to develop the pieces, they get each other's way. And basically we don't have to do anything except play basically solid chest and we're going to win the game. So the Damiano is really It's a blunder for Black, but we need to know how to take advantage of that blunder. If you didn't know that you could play 95 you may do something very simple. Like, say, I'm just gonna take my bishop out here and then, you know, they might get a decent position if you just play normally elaborately moves like this, right? Well, then maybe they actually get a pretty good position here. And if we are active, we can actually get a really, really bad situation going here. The night could get trapped, you know their plans and the center could be really strong. So even though dot the Dom Jano is a really bad opening for black need to know that you can take this pawn on e five because if you don't, they can actually get a really good position out of it. Despite the fact that it's horrible. So knowing that you could sack this night is the key to the Damiano, and that's this course was all about because learned a lot of hope. You guys do run this sometimes in your game so that you can utterly destroy your opponents and nothing else. Every once in a while, you get to have a dominance performance. I get someone, and it's really fun to play. At the very least, hope you guys learned something important about the nature of chest and nature of positional chest, which is really, really important, and especially in blitz. It will help you guys improve your rating. So thank you for taking the course. I hope you enjoyed it and was, you know