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Learn to Play Chess Openings Like a Master

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22 Lessons (3h 34m)
    • 1. Course Intro

    • 2. Lesson 1 Sicilian Dragon Black Part 1

    • 3. Lesson 2 Sicilian Defense Black Part 2

    • 4. Lesson 4 Spanish Game White Part 1

    • 5. Lesson 5 Spanish Game White Part 2

    • 6. Lesson 6 Spanish Game Black

    • 7. Lesson 7 Evans Gambit

    • 8. Lesson 8 Evans Gambit Part 2 Final

    • 9. Lesson 9 King's Indian Defense for Black Part 1

    • 10. Lesson 10 King's Indian Defense for Black Part 2

    • 11. Lesson 11 King's Indian Defense for Black Part 3

    • 12. Lesson 12 King's Indian Defense for White Part 1

    • 13. Lesson 14 King's Indian Defense for White Part 2

    • 14. Lesson 15 French Defense for Black Part 1

    • 15. Lesson 16 French Defense for Black Part 2

    • 16. Lesson 17 French Defense for White Part 1

    • 17. Lesson 18 French Defense for White Part 2

    • 18. Lesson 19 Ponziani Opening for White

    • 19. Lesson 20 Ponziani Opening for Black

    • 20. Lesson 21 King's Indian Attack Part 1

    • 21. Lesson 22 King's Indian Attack Part 2

    • 22. Course Summary

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Ever wished you were a strong chess player? In this course we will explore chess in depth covering topics that will elevate your game from average to very strong.

In my previous course, we covered some basic ideas such as common openings, simple tactics, and basic strategy. In "Learn to Play Chess Like a Master" we will build on those ideas using both traditional still chess positions as well as new cutting edge software so students can easily follow along while I go through positions and analyze the game.

I have gone from weak chess player to experience tournament player by studying with chess Grandmasters in Vietnam for over 5 years so I understand the problems that the average chess player has in improving at the game and what holds you back from getting the kind of results you want.

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My courses are designed based on my many years as a teacher and student of education and business. I hold a master's degree in curriculum and instruction and have been designing curricula for over a decade.

The business, language, and chess courses that I have built are a reflection of this experience and dedication to education. My goal is to reach as many people as possible with my courses, which is why I have chosen the internet as my ideal mode of delivery.

The following is a little more about my expertise and background. I was born and raised in Sandpoint, Idaho. I attended the University of Idaho where I earned a bachelor's degree in Business Administration in 2004. After a few years in the work force as an account manager I moved to Vietnam where I lived for over 5 ... See full profile

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1. Course Intro: Hello, everyone. I'd like to welcome you to my new chest course. How to play chess openings like a master. Ever since I started playing chess many years ago, I found openings to be so fascinating because there are basically an unlimited number of different openings and opening variations and knowing mawr of these lines, understanding the principles behind the openings can give you a huge advantage, any chest game, especially if you like to play blitz it and fast time controls. We don't have as much time to find the best moves said. If you know some of the critical lines, some of the strongest moves you can get a really good position against anybody, including grandmasters are they say in my intro. I'm not a grandmaster. I trained with masters for silver years and I have beat grandmasters and I've played in lots of gains, while at least get a really strong position. And if I lose to them, it's because they slowly to control the game over time and not because I lost out in the opening. So I've always been just fascinated with these, and that's why, in this course we're gonna go over some of the main lines. Most of them are in response to and played for the first movie four. With this pond out here, that means we're gonna be looking at the Sicilian Defense Dragon Variation. We're gonna be looking at Spanish opening. We're looking at the Italian opening and some some gambits such as the Evans Gambit and some critical openings against whites. Choice of D four. If White Open d four. We need to know how we want to reply to this. So we're gonna go into the King's Indian defense, show you the basic set up right here, and we're gonna go over why? It's a good idea when you're choosing openings not only to choose openings that fit your playing style and your personality, but to try to choose openings for both white and black, that will lead to a similar pattern. The board a similar position. So you are familiar with lots of different scenarios and you know what to do. A lot of the really strong chess players I play against. They become an expert in just a few openings, maybe five or six openings, and know a lot of main lines in those and no matter what their opponent plays. They know how to get a good position out of it. For example, I choose to play a lot of openings where there is this feeling. Keto bishop here on G seven because in the Sicilian Dragon is black, you can play this in the king's in your defense, which is a position that we're looking at right now. You can you can play this. And so I'm used to having a feeling Kettle Bishop, I know that we don't want trade this pizza too powerful piece. We know how to avoid trading it. For example, A trick we learn to get better at chess is that White will try to trade that piece off. They learn that. And so once we see that there is trying to set up a skewer over here, it's a real small thing. We moved brookover. We let them set that scooter up. We simply developed our pieces. And now if they try do that prematurely, we could just move our bishop back to H. A. We don't worry about our ruk being taken because we moved it and now we keep this bishop and that's just one of those things. A small thing. But it's important if you play positions of Boko Bishop to know what to Dio. We also need to know how to defend when we're being attacked with a field kettle position. So we're gonna learn those things in this course. And I hope you guys enjoyed and get a lot out of it. After this first course, I'm gonna do another one where we look at a lot mawr, Defour openings and positional type openings. But this course is gonna be almost exclusively geared towards attacking openings, aggressive options for both sides. We're not gonna look at a lot of gametes like the King's gambit and things that have been found to be basically unsound and not very good openings Teoh use these days. But I do show the Evans gambit, which I believe is the most powerful attacking gamma You can play for white and one of the reasons is because just like the ponds Yanni opening want to show you guys towards the end of the course. It's a really good surprise weapon that people don't know what to do against. So if you're playing blitz or you're playing against players, let's say below the rating level of 16 or 1700 ego strength. You will be surprising almost everybody that you play against when you go into the heavens gambit or you play the ponds Yanni, or when you play certain lines in these Opens that we're going to be looking at in the course. So I really hope you guys enjoy this and you get a lot out of it. Feel free to, Of course, watch the videos as many times as you can. And if you have any questions about the move choices or anything, go ahead and use your chest engine to confirm some of the moves that I'm showing you. In some cases, I will be just making moves that I'm finding over the board as an illustration of the concept of the opening. So that means in some cases I might show you some moves at the opponent place, which may not actually be the absolute strongest moves to play. But they'll be an example of what someone might play or what problems they will get into if they don't play very accurate moves, which, of course, a lot of people in the media in the lower levels of chest. They will not be finding the strongest moves over the board, which means that our opening preparation can often times be enough to win the game. And when you win a lot of games of chess and you know a lot of openings, it of course is much more fun and gratifying to play. So that being said, I hope you guys enjoy this course and thanks for joining. 2. Lesson 1 Sicilian Dragon Black Part 1: the Dragon variation of the Sicilian Defense is my favorite position to play. I've I've become an expert in both the white side and the black side of this opening, and I'm happy to show you guys the best moves in these positions that grandmasters have analyzed over and over and over with strongest computer software and with the strongest GM's working on it. So I'm gonna start out when we when we do a defense that always means that we're making the moves for Black. And so I'm going to start out with the moves for Black. And then I'm also going to do the opening for white. It's funded noble sides to see. You can play it well with both white and black, and you have nice struggles with each side. You know all the key positions of what you should and shouldn't be doing. This is one of the things that is really fun to play with other people who know the openings, right. So when you start to get really good at chess, you only want to be playing with other people who are at least as good as you, ideally right, because they also know what you guys are thinking about. They know the opening lines. Once you start to become an advanced player and you're playing with weaker players, you know it's not quite as interesting or it's fun to play because they don't You know what openings doing. So you have these really chaotic, crazy games. You should win those games easily because they don't understand the things you understand about the positions. But the games, in my opinion, are not as interesting when you're playing at lower levels. So the higher level you get, the more you enjoy the game and it kind of snowballs. Which is, of course, while we're playing this game, we want to keep getting better and enjoy it more and more so. The first move, of course, in the Sicilian is that they will play for and we will play C five, right? Very typical lot of yours listening right now may have experience playing the Sicilian I know that when I started to get up into the 1314 100 rating levels many years ago, I knew some of the openings. I knew some of the moves in the Sicilian, but I didn't understand the principles had very well. I didn't understand a lot of the lines very well. So way play, you know, maybe four or five moves and we know a couple things we should be doing in these positions , But we really need to understand them deeply so that when people played weird moves, we know how to capitalize on on their strange move and take advantage of it. And we know the absolute best moves in these positions, and it actually helps you a lot. We know the openings really well when you're playing Blitz because you don't think very much, you know, the best moves of the first cyber 10 moves you can blitz out in the game and they like Grandmaster Strength moves. And if your point is not prepared for them, well, you get a big advantage in the game relatively early and you save a lot of time. So So I'm gonna go to the typical main lines of this opening and actually this game that I'm going to go through it now basically follows a really famous game played by Korchnoi. He's ah, Russian grandmaster who never became world champion. But he could have He was really close on several occasions. He was at its peak in the sixties and seventies. He still place like in his eighties, and he still plays a really high level. Today is it was Victor Coach Knight, okay? And he played for Black and then his opponent in this game. I believe it was Karpov and Karpov beat him with White piece and he and he said, I'm never gonna put the dragon again But we're talking about the highest GM super G m level there is. This is still really strong and really fun opening. I went a lot of games with both the black and the white pieces in the Sicilian defense. So without further ado, the main line is the night we'll move out three. And you didn't play the night, Teoh Um c six or you can play the pollen I liked about the pawn move. Either play. The nightsticks were playing Pond a d six. Both work fine and white will typically put this move, capture, capture and we want to play out the night to F six. If we play G six right here instead, Knight to F six and we plan to play the bitch about the next move the night out. The next move that's called the Accelerated Dragon and it changes everything a little bit, But we're gonna play the main line basically in chess. If you change the move, order just a little bit. It will change some of the tactics and and combinations that are possible, and it can change the openings a little bit. So when you play at a high level, it's really critical to take special care in the move order in the opening. Don't just change it a little, because when you're when you're playing it at a high level and the game is really close as it is, you want to keep the move order really, really accurate. Everything is about efficiency and accuracy. One tiny inaccuracy may not be considered to be a blunder or mistake, but those add up over the course of a game. And so what we want is very consistent, accurate moves and one of the reason that Bobby Fischer was such a great player and she took special pride and taking every single move extremely seriously. So any move that seems not that important or and moving the opening or not. What is going on? Every move in chess. It's a critical move because it builds up to an advantage or disadvantage and one mistaken lose the game. So we want to think seriously about every single time we move a piece and the move order is really important. So why would put this night out? Now is the time to play G six. Okay, with obviously the goal. We want to put a bishop on G seven in the Dragon Variation of the Sicilian Defense. This bishop on G seven is a key piece. We want to avoid trading it at all costs, but will not all cost. But we definitely don't want it to be traded off for the other dark scored Bishop of White . And of course, White is going to be trying to trade off this bishop so they can attack us on the King side . And we're going to show you how how they typically will do that. Okay, the mainline move for White here is to play this pond for two F three now seems kind of weird move. But the reason we do that is to avoid the annoyance of having this night played a G four. When we move this bishop out because we're gonna move his bishop out, E three, we're gonna move the queen to be, too. And get everything ready to have the skewer a trading office, Bishop, When the time is right, we don't want a Russian doing that. We want to get everything set up. And so that strong move that avoids any annoying problems just to play this part right here . Critical position in both the Yugoslav attack for white and, ah, lot of positions in the Sicilian for white. I'm not gonna show you guys the Yugoslav attack. I'm gonna show you basically what is basically the English attack. So the difference in the English stack of Yugoslav attack for white is that in the in the Yugoslav attack, this is a favorite of Bobby Fischer's. They will play the White Bishop out to see four and then basically said everything up the way we're going to set it up. But we're gonna skip that white bishop move to increase the speed at which the pieces were moved out and again the Yugoslav attack in the in the English attack four Sicilian, those air those air names for the opening for white. We're focusing on the dragon variation for Black, but I'm gonna be explaining what White is doing as well on. Then. Next time, when we do it from whites point of you, I'll be emphasizing Mawr. What? Why is doing And unless what black is doing. Now we take the bishop about and White does the same. We will. We can get castle right now, or we can move this nine out here. Either way is fine. Like Castle first. And then, uh, typically white will move the queen here. Okay, Now I will move the night out here. Now, if White decides to take this night, it's just a waste of move. Basically, because White has moved this night twice, and I see a lot of time with the little players will make this trade because for some reason, they are worried about having this piece sitting here, even though it's defended by 22 pieces and they see that this is ah, potential discovered attack from this bishop here this night here. So I see a lot of lower level players will trade this night off. That was a stupid thing to do, because science in a good position this night is only moved. His black night is only move once and it's in. Basically, it's starting position, and if you trade it off, you're not gaining anything. In fact, you're you're wasting a couple moves because it's night has already moved twice. You should probably keep it. I mean, of course, it depends on the position, but in general, you know, if you don't see an advantage being gained from a trade, there's no reason to trade. So you should avoid training. And you shouldn't be afraid of someone capturing you as long as you're pieces defended enough, Let it stay there. They captured just take back. I see a lot of lower level players. They make a lot of Trey's a lot of unnecessary and wasteful trades, and you shouldn't do that. Don't be afraid of them taking your piece as long as defended well, and you and you calculate what is gonna happen towards everything's he was fined. Don't just trade pieces, Okay, that's a very weak thing to Dio in chess. Okay, with that being said, Aziz said, if they trade this, it's not good but also you make a really good pond structure for black, so they have this nice pond structure here. This is one of the reasons why this position is called the Dragon Variation. There's two reasons one of them is because it looks like the shape of a dragon's body. So it kind of flows up and down like this, which is kind of goal. But then also they say that this is Dar scored Bishop. Here, for black is like breathing fire down the board because it's such a powerful piece. You see that this pond is not here on the defile. And so this dark scored bishop, it breathes power down this board. There's lots of scenarios after White will be castling Queen Side where the attack will be . Based on this bishop aiming that is be to square and it's a super powerful piece. So there's even some cases where when White will be trying to trade off the starts. But Bishop in the in this rook here on F eight hasn't moved yet. Well, even move this bishop back and let them take the exchange and take the RUK and we'll take the bishop that's going to sacrifice in the exchange when you traded. Look for a bishop, right, because this piece is so powerful that it's worth it to keep it. But let's not get too far ahead of ourselves after him with this piece of here, White Will Castle. And then the movie like to do is to move this roof over right here. Because that way, if they trade this night off and then they try to trade this dark squared bishop right here , then we can just move the R Bishop back to H eight. We don't worry about sacrificing exchange, I just mentioned, and we don't worry about trading off this dark squared Bishop, We want to keep this darks word bishop in the Dragon variation of the slain. So I always have been Look over here and it also protects his pawn, which can be a weakness in certain situations in this position as well. So it's a solid thing. Todo okay. White will typically use a move right here to move his king over just because it makes it more safe and a lot of lower level players will see a move like that as being a waste of time or they won't do it. But sometimes these moves that we call prophylactic moves because they strengthen your defense are what makes us strong players. You need to take time, decide your defense and to make sure your king is safe and in a good position. So I don't want this video to get too long. So I'm gonna leave it there for this particular video. That is the first summer moves of the the best moves. Strongest moves after years and years of talking decades of GM analysis and computer analysis. So the position is really good right now for both white and black, and struggle is going to continue in the next lesson. 3. Lesson 2 Sicilian Defense Black Part 2: Okay, So this is part two of the Sicilian Defense Dragon Variation. We're looking at it from blacks. Point of view. So when we left off last time, we had got to this position right here that you see on your screen, and we are going to continue with black to move. So the next thing I want to do for black is to get ready to put this rook on the sea file. We want this rook. Since we don't have a pawn in the sea file and Sicilians that's been traded off, we're gonna have this rook aiming here at the C two square. We want to have our bishop on G seven aiming here at this B two square. And later on, we're gonna move our queen either to a five or to see seven. We're gonna aim it at this king and all the stuff. We have a lot of firepower aimed at the king. And what you have in most Sicilian defense positions, especially in the Dragon Variation, is you will have both sides attacking very aggressively and pretty much any time the King's castle on opposite sides of the board, you will be having a race to see who could attack most ferociously and who can reach the king more quickly. Now, basically, whoever reaches the king more quickly, the other the other side will be the one that has to play defense. So it's not like you just go all out and attacking, no matter what. When you get checkmated, you may have to stop and pull back, but until that happens, you're both racing towards the king. So that's why these games are very aggressive, very dynamic, and they're very fun to play. So just keep that in mind when you are casting on the opposite side of the board. You are guys air going Teoh be attacking each other's kings and have a dynamic battle is definitely what happens in the Sicilian. So why is gonna be attacking on this side of the border here on the king side and blasting to be attacking over on the queen side? So we're gonna move this bishop to C, give it a D seven out here and get out of waste of looking. Come over. All right, Um, now, at this point, White could basically start their attack. They want to. They can fling this pond for on H two or they or they can start with the pawn from G to when the most famous attacks. This is when we're gonna cover today that Bobby Fischer used to do. If you would start with this move the pawn, a four and then he would bring all those pieces forward. He would. He will sacrifices rook for this night and try to checkmate over here. And it leads to a lot of problems. For Black is, even if Black plays good defense and they avoid checkmate, they will be on the defensive if White plays really, really well. So we need to learn the very best moves for Black to play now without going into tons of analysis on the reason why this is the best move. All of the different moves have been debated. They've been analyzed, and it has been found out by base of the top teams in the world that once an attack, it started on Black and the Dragon. The best strongest move to play is to immediately play H five. Okay, Now, white may continue with this part of the G file and try to break open the H file this way. But you have your night here for defense. You can take back with your night. And if if this pond, if you don't take it in this pond, moves forward and threatened tonight Well, that's great, because you was moving out of the way. And now your king is safe because the pawn chain is closed. Okay, so when you're attacking the other side and chess, you want to open up a file towards your king and break the pond chain. If you close it down like this, you may think that I got my ponds close to the king. But it's safe now. There's no way to open it. You do not want that to happen. Okay, So why is trying to open the H file or the defile primarily the age file, and Black is trying to keep that from happening. So that's why when when White will play this move to G four here this Ponti for we don't want to take it because we can take it and the white could push right here. And we could take that too, and in black or white could even sacrifice the RUC for our night at age five. Because once this H files open now, they can try to trade office. Bishop, they can bring their other rook out once this this which has moved. And now they're Bishop. The Queen and the RUC are all aimed on here towards the king, and they successfully trade off this dark spirit. Bishop, you're looking checkmated or you're gonna lose the battle. Okay, so we want to keep the each file closed, no matter what. Okay, Without giving away too much material. So we play h five right away. It's a strongest move, and that's pretty much been been proven. Can also black after we play. Play that typically, white will do there. Either plates move G four right away. Or at this point, they will move their bitch about to hear. Because then their bishop is now aimed age five. And it supports this this pone in advance so black will move its rook to see eight and get this ready. And now white can continue with their pond put forward. Now, that typically won't try to trade up this bishop yet because if they do it right now, black and smooth their bishop back. You may want to wait until this is open, and then they will try to do it. So why can play this move here and then This is a really typical thing to do. For black is to play this move night to be five k in his position with the 95. And the purpose of it is the heavy favorite defense. But also trade off this dark squared or this Excuse me, this lightsquared Bishop, because it takes away the bishop pair from white takes away the support peace, which is another good attacking piece for white. And this night wasn't doing much. So we want to try to trade it off for this White Square visual in the next move that we play to see four will effectively do that because we're attacking the queen and this important dog scored Bishop, and so white will be trading it. So at this point, if White captures here on h five and we take back with the night well, nothing has really been accomplished. Okay? And that's this is the reason why they wanna have this bishop here so they could take take this night. So the next move for blacks to put this knight to C four. White will capture it because it's better for White. Trail this white squared bishop that it is to move the queen, slow their attack and then have the have this dark part of it should be traded off for the night. So, for example, the queen move back toe, See, a than white or black night. Excuse me, Would just take this bishop right here. And then, uh, it would leave the defense really strong, So white will take. We will take back with our ruk and also get ready to have our other pieces come out. Okay. At this point, White will oftentimes try to trail this dark scored bishop. But it doesn't really work, because if it moves here, we just move our bishop back. And then if they take right here on H file, we take with the night and everything is fine. So why is no longer able to break through immediately? They're gonna be continually trying to open this up and putting pressure on us. And, of course, we will be trying to attack over here on the Queen side. So basically, at this point, there are a number of moves you can you can make for White. I'm going to show you guys what happens if we decide to take this pawn? Because we have 123 pieces on here so we think will win upon right. Take right here on G four. And we think, Okay, we're gonna win a punk, they're gonna take back, and then we can take back what the best thing White will do is now the H files open, which is what their goal is. They're prepared to sacrifice. They can move here if you take with upon will sacrifice with the RUC. If you take out the night, try to keep it close. Second with ruk. So we sacrifice that, Brooke. Maybe we'll bring the bishop down and they want to move their bishop. And we bring over these pieces here, and it's really, really dangerous. I mean, it's it's it's not worth doing because the king is open. All of white's pieces are coming towards you so they can sacrifice quite a bit of material in order over with that H file. It is dangerous enough that we don't want that to happen. Many games have been lost because we thought we could win upon and I'll be fine, but it's not really the case. We want to keep that closed at at all costs without losing too much material. So I'm gonna leave it at that without letting go into too long. Once it gets to this stage in the game, you know, there's so many variations of so many different moves that could be played really up to you to find the positions over the board. But the keys are in Sicilian dragon for black. As I said before, don't trade off your dark. Scored Bishop on G seven. Put your rook on C eight. You're going to attack on the Queen side. We didn't quite get that far here, but one of the key moves to move your queen out to a five, have your rook and of the sea file. Have your doctor Bishop aimed on this long diagonal and have your queen coming over here at the King. And that should be enough for you to build up a huge attack on defense. You're gonna want to play that critical H five pawn move once they start their pawn storm and do not let them open up the H file. You could do that for black. You should be able tow, keep it closed in front of King and have a nice attack. And the next one, we're gonna show you the attack from white and how you can have the highest chances of open that h file and check meeting the Black King. 4. Lesson 4 Spanish Game White Part 1: the real Lopez, otherwise known as a Spanish game, is probably the most played opening and chest. It's one of the oldest openings. It's one the most well known. And, um, it's also one of the most fun to play. Just because of the sheer amount of strategic considerations that are in this opening. It's not consider to be a super dynamic. Opening likes the Sicilian in terms of attacking chances for both sides. It's gonna be a little bit slower than that. But it's also not going to be a deadlocked close position in most situations than in the main line that we're gonna go through Teoh today. So I'm gonna show you some of the strongest moves for White to play in the Spanish, what your goal should be and how to play for Black as well. In the next video, when you play chess online or in tournaments, you'll mostly be dealing with people opening with E four or D four, right And so, knowing two or three openings for both sides. For both of those openings really well, we'll make you a strong chess player, so that's why I have included some of the main lines in this course just knowing her plays main lines, we will understanding what our goals are in these openings will make you a strong chance player. If you really focus and study this stuff and learn it well, okay, so without further ado, White will play before Lek will go into the mainline playing five. Bring out our night. I have three will bring up the night to see six and in the line that starts a Spanish game is bishop, too. Be five right here. And if you play here, then we're going into an Italian type game, which is a little bit sharper and has more attacking chances focused on seven pawn. We're going to a little more strategic slow game. So we have a nice long game of chest based on strategy and not a lot of, ah, risky, crazy attacks. So it's a really good opening to play as well when you want to improve it chest. You want a lot of experience and just practice working on long term strategy. So it's really good opening for study and for improvement. The main move here, usually used to put this pond we don't want to capture you may look and see. Well, we take a night. Now they take back, we could win this pond, but they can play their queen out and forces to move upon. That could take our power back. So it would just be a trade in the end. And so we want to keep our business will move it back. And as I mentioned before, it's good toe Bishop. Pair. You shouldn't trade a bishop for a knight, But you have some concrete reason to do so. Mean positions will call for that. For example, if your bishop is your week, Bishop, like this white one would be for me if I play this move Pawn to D three and my ponds are lined up on the light squares. That makes this bishop my week, Bishop, because it has less mobility is blocked in. Bye bye. These ponds and my my pond chain and my doctor would be considered a good picture of my stronger bishops. There may be a case. Okay, this is a week. Bishops not really doing that much. I changed for one of their powerful nights, but in general we want to keep both bishops because they control both color squares. And there they were really, really well together. So we bring that back and then blackmail, slapping by this move here, attacking are on. Now, this black knight can take this pond right here. But then we would just castle and put a rook on anyone and they'll have to move, and we'll just take back. So there's variations where they can take this and go into that line. We're just gonna go look at the main line right now, which is that we just got Castle and we don't worry about them taking his point, that take upon and move the RUC out, like I said, And then they'll move that night back and we can just retake right here because even though this nice defending this pond will have a rook and knight both on it, So you just retake back. So we never worry about this pawn if they want to take it. Everything is fine. So the main line is just toe castle and then black will lose pawn forward and we can play this move out this rook out. Anyway, it's a good move just to just to support that pond now, especially because since this pond here supporting this pond, we wouldn't be able to take back. So we need to play d three Or do you want the main line is the playbook do you want? And so then black will get the fish about. Get ready to Castle. Now we will play. Do you three strengthen this pawn naval castle? And then one of the main things we want to do in the Spanish game is gonna reroute this night from B one over to G three because having both nights over here makes ah lot of attacking potential on the King side. And it's considered to be the best place to have that night in this position. And so we're going to move this night out two d two and then moving to F one Moto G three. And now that seems like a lot of moves for one piece in the opening. It kind of goes against the opening principles, right? We don't want to move one piece multiple times. However, in this case it's found to be the optimal square for that night. And so it's worth it to move it that many times and It also means since we've moved it so many times, we don't want to trade it even for, like, this Bishop, Unless we gain some concrete advantage from doing so, we're gonna keep this night because it's going to be a really good attacking piece later in the game. So any time you you know you're making moves to put a piece in good position, you don't want to trade that piece office, you gain something big, right? Because otherwise, it was a waste of all that maneuvering. Okay, so we move that here and then black Move there, Rick out. We'll play this night to have one. And one thing that black is gonna want to do eventually is they're gonna do upon push, they're gonna get their ponds moving forward, and the way they typically do that is to make this move pawn to be five. It makes us move our bishop back, and then they're going to move this night out of the way and then play this pawn move forward, Teoh here, and then black is gonna be expanding on the Queen side, and later on, we're gonna be either counterattacking in the middle here or we're going to be expanding on the king side and going in for intact. So after we move this year, Black will play this move night to a five. It's called a glittering variation because when the grandmasters rhetoric from long time ago I came up with this variation is considered be a good one. They can try to trade off this Bishop if they want Teoh, we're gonna put a night in its final place, and then a mainline here for Black can be to take this vision traded off. But in the in the book line is just play this pond for so they're looking for expansion. Okay, now one of these a lot of weak players doing chest is when they're met with upon advanced. They think they have to take it. Um, they're afraid if it takes back what's gonna happen anytime you have a pawn move forward like a black move his pawn for to try to break in the center, you need to very, very carefully calculate all the possible captures and variations because when you trade palms like this in the early game, it many times will be the moves that set the stage for the rest of the game. At one mistake, you're pawn move can lead to a loss position very easily. So pawn moves don't always seem that significant. But in some cases, they're extremely important because it sets the structure of the ponds for the rest of the game. In many cases, if you make one mistake and you lose upon, then you know you're gonna have ah, big disadvantage in the game because being bound down two or three poems is enough to lose the game, right? And so we don't want to just be losing poems willy nilly. Um, so you need to calculate all the captures if they take in the night, take and take and take you what happens. And once you get that one and go back and say came, What if they don't take and they just moved down? What's gonna happen? Calculate all the possibilities you can think of as far as you can see it. Okay, now what if they don't do that? What else? That weatherman moves, they have. And then what if I take you have to calculate in chess every different possibility. Don't play what we call hope chest, right? Oh, I hope they don't play that move. Or if I do this, I hope they go there. You know, you always have to assume your opponents gonna make the best move that there is on the board. Okay, so after they play C five right here, we had to look at a kid. They play this, I could just take. They'll take and can I move back? I could go check right here. Okay? Everything we find their punching wouldn't be very really, really good If they did that, They wouldn't really beginning to worry about that move next month, they go here, I take the night takes. I'm kind of letting them their pieces develop, but then look and have isolated pond. So let's see if I take the night takes. Okay. That's not really that big of a problem. What if I don't take and they take and you take here? They could trade queens with us. Do we want to do that? Maybe we do when we don't. So we need to decide if we want to let that option for them happened or not. Okay, so the move here is will play C three. And this just gives us more control over these squares defore and before, and it helps us combat these ponds coming down. And it also lets us move his bishop down. If you want to have it here and later on, if we expand these ponds, we have the bishop aimed over here at the King, and we want to trade it off. So this is the main line move. And once you get to this point, you know there's so many variations that just like I was showed up the Sicilian defense. We don't have to make the exact same move. This is just to show you this is a typical opening. This is the position you get, Teoh. And after that, you really want to be making your own moves, right? Cause you don't know exactly what move your point is gonna make, and you need to be able to adapt what's going on the boards. The whole point of the opening is to know what you're trying to achieve to know some of the main lines and understand why those moves are being made so that when the variations inevitably happen, especially when you're playing, it's weaker players. They don't know the main lines that well, then you can just go from there and find really good moves over the board. And it makes chest really fun to play it that way because you you know, you're open to know what you're trying to dio. But then you also, of course, get to create your own moves and be flexible and creative. So that makes just really fun to play. So this stage black might elected it. Put this bishop on this really good B seven square payment on the board. That's gonna be a powerful piece. Okay? And now we can look at it a few different things for White. I'm just gonna go through some some ideas with you so we can see what moves. What we might want to make says White is expanding on. Excuse me, since black spending on the queen side, we don't We want to help that expansion. We will actually be helping them. We play moves like putting this pawn forward, which, of course, we don't want to do because it makes his pawn week. And even though we have two pieces defending at the rook and knight they have pressure on it. We want to keep it stronger here. Okay, So, essentially, we kind of wanna be defensive on the queen side. And if we move ponds forward, it's helping them open the position up and we're helping them advance. So we want to ignore that their plans get down to us, they will deal with that. And we have to calculate the Seok takes takes. We move back, no problem that really achieve anything. And we want to focus on our expansion on the king side. That's why we move this night all the way over here. And snow. We want you looking at opportunities over there. How can we develop our piece on that side? We can look at things like moving this bishop out, but in the queen behind it, making a skewer. Maybe we threatened this this bishop, and think about trading this night for it. Now, this is before we probably don't want to remove that night over here, but we can still put it here and move it forward and see how they wrecked. That could move this bishop back and then regaining a temple. We're putting a night in a good spot. They were getting ready to move our other pieces out, so that could be a move that we would think about making. Okay, Another plan would be You could look to move this night somewhere and then advanced this pond. Okay, this pond right here in many scenarios, is a good attacking pond. As we'll see in the King's Indian defense, the pontiff of the king can be a good way to expand on the king side. And actually, you can attack with this pond for your king not to move your king over to avoid some checks and such. But it could be a way to expand if they take you take with the bishop and now you're opening up the position. On the King side, there's a ruling chest called upon pointing rule. It's not a hard and fast rule me. It's just a general thing. But basically what it says is that in whichever direction the pawn chain that you have is pointing, that's the natural side of the board. You want to expand and advanced on your Ponza, pointing that way, and you will have more space when you play these poems forward. So This is a strategy that they use a lot. It's very effective in attacking. And if the point is not careful, they can They can get themselves in it pretty bad position relatively quickly. I don't want this video get too long. So I'm gonna go ahead and leave it there. You guys can reflect on what we've just done. Maybe run through those moves on your own board, and then we will continue from this position in the next video. 5. Lesson 5 Spanish Game White Part 2: picking up where we left off from his last position. I can see a couple tactical ideas that are good examples here of how we might expand our position on the King side for white. So let's look at those one move that I see that we can play from this position will be to play Knight to G five. This would be attacking this F seven square. We've got the bishop in the ninth, both aimed at it. So of course, that's gonna have to react to that somehow. Um, there's a couple logical things that they could look at. One might be just trading off his bishop, But then we could take back with his queen, and we still have the same pressure. Can they block it with upon Nazi takes? Takes. It looks like the bishop able to block the king and moving down. Um, and they've get gotten rid of that of that particular threat there. They could also just move there, rook over and defend on. That would keep their pieces ready to expand the Queen side. But either way, we are still opening up this file for us to expand, which is what our goal is we're not necessarily going to build a win material with every tactic of this, but this this possibility allows us to move forward with our plans. So, um, I was going to illustrate how we can do that. Let's say, for example, he simply defends this pond, and now we immediately put our pond forward. If he takes and we take back with the bishop, Well, that would be That would be great, because now we've opened up this file. Our bishop is activated, having been pulled forward by that capture. And now we can get ready to move a rook onto this file, maybe bring our queen up and over and aim everything of the king. It'll get quite dangerous. So black doesn't want to take this pond right here. And because of that, depending on what their next move is, maybe they want to move this rook over to F one and get ready to expand on the Queen side and pushed upon for which would be a totally reasonable thing to do in a logical expansion for them. But we can do now is we can simply move this pond, Ford warmer time lock that center and you see, were opened up into this side of the board. And now we have a lot of potential. They may want to attack this night and just make it move back. And they can do that in a couple of ways. One simple way to remove this. Pulling back on with this night back. Excuse me, and then aim in their bitch about it. All right? They got two pieces on it. We only have one, so I'm simply gonna have to move it back. I think I'll just put it here for now. And then we'll try to get more pieces up in the side of the board, even already. We can see this is looking pretty dangerous for the King just because we have so much space right here and we have all the pieces aimed over the side of the board. So we have a nice potential attack going because of this. OK, And now maybe Black wants to meet me, play this pond move, and so we're going to have to calculate, capture, capture, Okay. They have enough pieces on. I can even ruin Bishop hearing this night or just move it down to here, it would be fine. Or I could simply elect to ignore that pawn being there and just move my bishop down, In which case they really won't be able to open anything up. They could take right here, and then we could take it with either a bishop War queen. Maybe we take it with our queen and then moving queen over once we have the opportunity to do so and aiming at their king. So this is an expansion for Black. It's a good move, but we don't have to worry about it. I'd probably just want to play Bishop down, and, you know, they will probably continue to expand. All right, so they're just continue with their plan. And we're continuing with hours, Maybe not. Is moving Queen over here and that's looking really dangerous. You know, they don't have all their pieces on this side aboard. The queen might be able to get over here and play defense fast enough. Maybe not. So, um, again, at this point, there's not much point in going into every single possibility because, as we know from playing chess, there's an infinite number of potential moves and lines and the point of this video and of these lessons not to show you every possibility and and to analyze and calculate possibility. The point is for us to understand the opening themes, the goals and how we might be able to achieve them. So from this point on, you just gonna have a a struggle between both sides, see whose strategy is going to win. And so, in the Spanish game, this is a typical scenario. We're gonna have ourselves over here expanding on the King side. They're expanding the Queen side and whoever's moves or best, whoever calculates the best and gets the king first is gonna have an attack. In this case, Black is not directly going after the King. They're just going after winning material on expanding on the Queen side. So that makes our attack a little bit more dangerous because while we are attacking their king, if we get there first, they might win some material and force us to pull back a little bit if they get there first , and they could still win the game that way. But for them, it's life or death. So, um, I like playing this position mawr for white and you're black and win a lot of games for White. And when I when I played for black, which is very rarely because normally I play C five right this Sicilian against E four people play for for White. When I do play it for Black, I find you get into a lot of equal positions and maybe even make a draw. Or maybe maybe you can get the win by winning material. But I find the attacking opportunities for White in the Spanish game to be to be, you know, a lot, so I'm gonna leave him. Leave that there when you go out there and practice playing is opening a so many times you can so you can get used to seeing all the different moves that are played over the board and said before, always try to play people that air at least your same skill level. Same rating, every play on the Internet, right? It's really easy to find someone who's ringing, rated the same as you or a little bit better. So if your rating is 1300 or 1400 try to play someone who's 50 rating points or 100 rating points higher than you. And that is how you will improve the most because you have to strain to win, to calculate really hard to push yourself. But you still have the opportunity to win. It's not like they're just gonna crush you when they have a rating advantage of you like that. So that's how you get better at chess. And that's the best way to improve the most quickly and have improvement that is enduring that Israel improvement That actually means your shrink has gone up, and it's not just some short term thing or some some fluke. So with that happy playing and we'll see you in the next lesson. 6. Lesson 6 Spanish Game Black: Now we're gonna look at the Spanish game from blacks, point of view and what we can accomplish playing it from this side. Now, I did show a bunch of the moves when went through it from whites. Point of view. We're gonna We're gonna change around a little bit. We're playing it for black because we're looking at what Black can do that can achieve success whether they're looking at it from whites, one of you and making the moves that were best for white. So we look to make some of the strongest moves for black and see if White makes you know, wanted to inaccuracies or week moves. We can see how we can capitalize on those moves and get a really good position. So we play in response to the forward play e five, and we follow his first regular opening here. I'll play my night out to C six. Typical bishop. Move moved upon. Move back. And you know, of course not everyone gonna follow these exact moves. Most people will if they take a night than another principle that we learned in chess. Is that in general, you want to take back with your pond towards the center. So you're not sure? Should I take this paunch Take with this pond. Usually you want take back toward the center because in that poem will be controlling both squares. In this case is pawn and also to be controlling both squares. But then it wouldn't be in this position anymore to be able to be pushed into the center or to control this other central square. So we always gotta be thinking in chest. How what controls me? Squares as possible in the center. Okay, So if they did take, we would take back with this pond toward the center, and later on, we could push this pond into the middle and trade and fix our pawn chain. Um and they would be losing the bishop here by doing that. So doesn't make any sense for White to to trade here. Unless, of course, they're trying to surprise you. Sometimes people will make a trade that's uncommon order that seem to benefit them. If you're playing blitz, you know, they do it real quick, and then you have to think and calculate mawr. So there's lots of elements to strategy and chest to that. Come down to psychology and the different situations. But that being said, Norman, the the basic move is to move the bishop back to here, and they keep that pin going. We have our night out. They will castle. Strong praise will cast a lot of weak players were not castle because they don't know that , you know, they could just move the RUC out and recapture this pond is behind this one. So we take this pond and then with the RUC out. That's why it's safe. As I explained in the last video, a lot of weaker players will maybe play this pond move first. But either way, in this case to move orders not that important, it's gonna result in the same position. Okay, next move. We can was pawn forward here. We're not worried about this night being painted the king. A lot of weak players go know that night is pinned, but they can't really accomplish anything right now. Anyway, we can do this. This white bishop, this white scored bishop out behind this night, um, or, you know, were later on. I'm gonna play this part of anyway and push this this bishop back. So Don't worry. Just because this night is penned a pin doesn't do anything if they can't take advantage of it. So it's not really anything to be worried about. What we need to worry about is our development and getting the position that we want to get . Just play this pond move forward, making you to take their night out there. They'll move this pond for it. So we usually do. You have a pre symmetrical situation here. We'll continue with our bishop coming out. Uh, and they're moved for white is to play this move here, C three, and that helps with their possible expansion here. And it helps giving a place for this bishop to go when we play this bill, which will be next, not the bishop back. The main line is either to put the bishop here or to pull it all the way back. Okay, I pull it all the way back when I played for white, because it aims at this corner and it helps protect this pawn. A lot of grandmasters and master players will play it here instead because there a me here , this f seven square. But the problem with that move is that when black goes for its expansion, he can attack that bishop with his night move right here, forced to trade or force it back anyway and then gain a tempo by playing this pawn forward . So moves the night out, and then they move the bishop back. And then you put it spun out, which is the expansion that we want. And you're getting a temple, right? You haven't heard of that? And chess getting a temple means you're getting time. You're forcing them to move while you are able to advance one of your pieces. So we always want to getting tempos with our moves that we can accomplish multiple things with one move in chess. That's what we're looking to do so we can gain a tempo and we can develop our peace and maybe also defend a piece with that move and strengthen our position, expand our position. Well, then, that's efficient chest. We won't accomplish as much as we can with move. Never move a piece. Yes, you have a concrete reason for doing so. And unless it improves your position somehow So you're sitting there looking at your board and you can't think of what to do next. You don't see any tactics. You don't see any good moves which happens all the time, right? Just look for a way to improve your position a little bit. If every one of your moves improves your position just slightly, well, then you're gonna build up a strong positions. That might mean moving upon forward to restrict when your enemies nights or bishops it might mean rerouting your night to a better square where is posted effectively or it is in a defensive position. You might have to move a night a couple times, and you might think, Well, that seems like a waste of time. But if you're putting it into a better long term position, well, that is definitely worth it. To do that when you can't see any other good news, especially with the board is closed. Have a lot more time to rearrange your pieces into maneuver your pieces around and so you can. You can take more time when the board is close and write the what it means to have a close board because the pond chain is locked down is not open, and then your king is more safe. The game's slowed down and it becomes more strategic. We're gonna go over some positions like that later in the course. But for now, let's go back to our opening in the Spanish game for Black. They just moved there. Put you back. We're gonna go ahead and Castle. Get that out of the way. Okay. And White wants to read about this night, so they're gonna move this night over and get it into the position we want. We can. At this point, we can play this move that I played in the last example to here. Or we can play what Magnus Carlsen likes to play now, which is the Murphy Variation. Excuse me? Morphine. Paul Morphy Waas. American World Champion, way back in the 19th century and 18 hundreds. You to the big tour of Europe was really young and he witnessed destroyed all the top chess players in the world. He was a genius. He was basically a savant. He could calculate you know better than anybody in the world. And he only played for a few years. He destroys all his competition. He won every game when all the titles in Europe and Basically, he retired. He was a doctor, and he just had this amazing ability to visualize and chest. He would play these crazy tactical games. We played the king's gambit. He'd open the board up, and then he just played his wild games and checkmate his opponent. Nobody could calculate as well, Sami and has a vision. But, um, nine is Carl's in the current world champion. He's bringing back this move, playing his night to be one and expanding the point being instead of having the night here on a five after the expansion of the pond, you put your knight on D seven and then you can move it over to be six. And he looks likes to have it in this position more. He likes to have it here instead. And so it's just a better position for the night. He's had some success with that. Okay, so, um Whiting to continue trying to move his night into its favorite position. So he moved his rook out. Firstly, has a square here to put the night. We will make this pawn advance immediately. Okay. We can also just go ahead and put our night back where it was want to afterwards, but kind of the point of the morphine move is to go here and then play to be six, because otherwise we just we could just put it back from the other position. So white continues, moving is night over. We will put our night here and get ready to go to be six. They go, there we go here. And a logical thing for for white to do at this point would be to continue developing these last pieces at the end. So that might mean pulls his bishop out. And maybe we want to put our bishop on B seven. So we have this nice diagonal covered here is good for us. Um, White can support their bishop with this move. And then Now, basically, this is the point where the opening it's finished. Maybe we move our queen up, but now we need to really take some time to calculate and make a plan. So the point of this opening, as we've already seen, is blast looking for expansion. The Queen side wife's looking for expansion center or on the king side, and a really important point. I want to stress right here. is that in chess, a lot of times you can make relatively quick moves. You know, when you know you're opening when you know we're trying to accomplish you, you obviously to calculate every time but somebody's you want. Take more times and others when you're reaching a position towards the end of the opening. This is one of those times you want to calculate deeply, and you might want to think for quite a long time. Okay, so you want to think about what am I going to do next? And what is my opponent when you next? If you're playing a 30 minute game, for example, you might spend five or even as much as 10 minutes on this next mover, too, because it's so important for you to make good decisions at this juncture in the game. You'll see grandmasters spending, you know, even up to our on one move if they need to. Because if you make one big mistake and then you're gonna lose the game because of it, you may as well have gone through lots of time and found the best move possible. And then if you have a good position later on you can make fast moves from the good position rather than making a blunder. So when you get to these critical junctures of the game, you want to spend more time. And when you're when you're making moves, you see good moves during other parts of the game that you know you're gonna want to play, you calculate as much as you can, and then you make that move confidently. So right here I would consider all my possible is what if I move his pawn forward takes a take back of the night again? A temple on the queen. He has to move. Okay, Is my pond good? I probably wouldn't do that because even though my nights got a good outpost right here, and I could have made the queen moved back to defend. Now I've got this backwards upon here, and it's a weakness. Okay, so I probably don't want to do that, okay? And also, if I go there, he can push into the center and then he can it counter attack this pond. So I'm not ready for that pawn push yet. I don't want to do that, but you've got to calculate and say What if we have to make this pond push here? He takes, I takes, he takes it the queen he wins upon. But I get a temple here. This pond they'll be attacking is Queen love to move back. And then I could either advance that phone I could take in the centre forced into trade. And then what was the position of you like? Okay, I'm not gonna analyze every single possibility, but this is what you have to do. You have to go through that. I also see that if I move this pond immediately here, well, this pond will fall, is not defended. The night could just take it. Okay, so we need to look at all these different possibilities and spend a lot of time calculating out all the different news. When you're in a position like this, there are a lot of possible moves. I mean, you could make you could look at 20 different moves that are all candidate moves that will or will not help you to accomplish your goals. You can move your look over here to see one, and then get ready to make that pond push that we saw from before. That might be a good thing to do. You could just play this pawn forward to a five and then make this this advancement here and try to expand the Queen Side. You've got to decide for yourself over the board what the best course of action is to take with the overarching goals that we've already mentioned. Queen Side expansion, coordination of the pieces. Put yourself in a position to win material and make an effective attack on the opponent. A lot of it and chest is that once you learn the principles and once you learn the openings and once you learn a lot of the tactics is you just have to get experience over the board, playing in lots of different situations and then come back to the drawing board, studies some or learn something new and go back in practice. It said. Anything else get to practice a lot, so the best thing to do is to take this course. It's to learn everything you can from each of these lessons. You know, learn these opening lines and then go play as many times as you can until you feel like you've got a really firm grasp on it and then go on to the next one. So, of course like this, that has 15 or 20 lectures in it. It's actually a lot of material if you utilize it and you, you stop after each section and go and practice what is being learned. That's really the way you're gonna get the most bang for your buck. If you just read this stuff, you just listen to my videos. You just watching, okay? I think I learned some things there. And then you just keep going through the whole course, and then you go in play that will not be nearly as effective as if you stop after each lesson and go and play multiple games in that particular opening or following that principle that we just looked at. So I hope you're getting a lot out of this and good luck up there. Um, in your games 7. Lesson 7 Evans Gambit: this lesson were to be looking at the Evans gambit. I love this opening, and I usually don't play gametes because typically, a gambit is not considered to be really sound chest. They're not played very often at the higher levels and almost not at all at the highest levels. Usually when you sacrifice upon, which is basically a gambit is right, you give away a little bit material for a lot of activity or a big attack. And if the defender plays well, then you just lost upon and gave it away. But they could be really exciting to play. You're looking for a checkmate or for big attack and so like to play them because they're fun. But the Evans gambit, which we're gonna go over in this video to me is by far the most fun and the most effective if you can get somebody into it just because of the sheer dynamism of all the attacking chances for White. So we're gonna look at a few different variations of the Evans gambit so you can see how quickly black and get in trouble. And most people are very familiar with this opening to so they fall right into it, and then you can just crush them in, like, 10 or 20 moves very often. So it's really fun to play. It's a fun one to have in your back pocket to pull out when you feel like it. So the way the Evans Gambit goes, if you start with E four, we just go. In this typical line, they'll play 85 bring out the night three that we have the night to see six and it looks like we're going into an Italian game, so we'll play bishop to C four. And so today. So we have the beginning of an Italian game, which is where the Evans Gambit starts from. And so the move here to get them into the gamut, which is kind of a weird move optically, is that you played before and all that will happen is they will take it with this bishop right here and then the move that goes into the Gambia's You play his pawn after the bishop . Normally, what they'll do is they'll back up to a five. Sometimes I goto C five and we'll look at both of those moves and this first will look at them playing to a five and then we will strike in the center with D four. So you see that we have built up a strong center. We've got a bishop on the deal square Black is not as developed as us because they had to take a move to get that pawn, and they also had taken move toe back up. So we basically got two very important tempos early in the game in exchange for that pond, and now we're gonna have a lot more activity than black will. So a lot of times, when you play this move forward, black will take it. And I'm gonna show you guys variation where we just ignore this week, We can't take it back or not causes Pawn is pinned. Um, we could put the bishop here. We could waste to move on that. But one of the things that weaken dio and I like to play this movie is just a castle. We're giving them another point. So now we've given away two ponds, but we have a lot of activity. Now. We can bring all our pieces out and aim it at their king. So you have to play with energy when you're down one or two ponds. But this position really allows us to do so. You see that there's this open Dagnall on both sides for the bishop to come. We have this open line for the queen, and we already have a bishop and knight position out into the boards. There's lots of stuff to do. So after you take a spot in a good mood to play is queen to be three. And now we've got a skewer aimed at the king. So they may elect to defend that square with their queen. And now we just bring mawr pieces and so we can bring this bishop aim at the queen if they elect to play this pawn here. Well, now they're getting into a little bit of a tangle, so they want to block it. Well, now we can take this night and they could take our bishop. Um, but then we could bring this pawn forward so we maybe don't want to do that right now. We can simply move it back and maintain this pin on the queen. You could look at a lot of different at some point. We can capture this pond back with our with our night. And you see, there's lots of options for us here. Loss of office. I'm gonna go ahead just that analyzed you deeply. Just pull this this bitch of back and keep this this pin here. So if the queen decided to take this pond, they just lose this night. OK, so we're going to stay the night they got to put him out as weird spot. And now you see, blacks defenses are very awkward, right? He's got this bishop over here not doing that much. He's got this 900 that much at night here on the side. And all of our pieces are coordinated and aimed directly into the central area towards the king. So it's very dangerous position Can't castle this way and ordered the castle out of danger . Queen's side. They will still need to take a few moves to make that happen, during which time we can continue to press are attack at this stage. If I wanted this night also take this pond back this night out, okay? Black may want Teoh just simply trade off his bishop because when you're under pressure and you're under attack, especially if you are up some material, Whether it's one or two ponds or whole piece, you generally want to trade off your pieces to trade off the enemy pieces. Then you're taking away pieces they can attack with, and then your relative material advantage increases, right. You have a material advantage right now. So it means that the fewer pieces that are on the board over time, the stronger your material advantage becomes, and then you end up in an endgame. And Europe two ponds. Well, you're gonna easily win that game so black can safely start trying to trade pieces wherever you can. And we don't really want to trade pieces. But, you know, one piece is not that big of a deal. And we needed to take that that pawn back right there so that black is gonna be looking for safety. Okay, He can't take this part of the queen because we can move our ruk over and we would have the queen trapped. It would be pending. It's a king, and then they would It would be lost. So we can't do that. And you can't cast this way either. So black is trying to untangle, whereas all of our pieces are very active and they're all in very good spots in the piece. We have moved out of the Rooks, but we see that we have lots of choices here on the background of where we can put those so really blacks under a lot of pressure. And this is a lot more fun to play for White, even though we're down two ponds at this stage. So Black is trying to figure out a way to get these pieces. I know it's kind of tricky, though, because if you lose this planet's forward and tried to get his queen out, well, then this is vulnerable. And if he any, if you feel Kato's here within this pawn, he's gonna have trouble going forward because we have all these. Central Square is under control, especially this D Fire Square here is under control by our pieces. And so, um, what's probably gonna want to simply play this move d six move the bishop's castle if they can, So that's a good move for Black, and at this point, we just want to continue bringing it out. Are are rooks and our pieces and getting them to active. Good square. So I'm gonna put this rook right here on B one and aim it down this open file. Now, they can't quite move their bishop out yet because they'll just lose upon right here. And their position will get bad really fast with all artillery out here in the center. So you've got to think about that. And now if he if he decides to defend with his rook, um, he's gonna lose the chance of Castle. Excuse me. Caught the center, so probably his his best bet is this. Simply play this pawn to be six, after which we could make a nice pin here on this night and just continue building up pressure when you have a big advantage in your development and the activation of your pieces. A lot of times we get excited because he realizes the potential here for a big attack. But you don't want to hurry that attack. You don't want to rush it because your basic advantage of having activated pieces and more development isn't gonna go away if you keep gaining temples and keep putting pressure on. In fact, the pressure's gonna keep building until eventually we want is their position to be all tied down. We're having to defend everything. And then we just look for a breakthrough and to win material or to win the game. And so we're gonna keep building up that pressure. So by playing that move, they have weakened these squares right here. So the thes lightsquared's now we want to take advantage of them. So the night spend and they're basically forced to play the bishop to either d seven or B seven b seven makes most sense in this case, since we just played this pollen to be six. And so this is a logical place for us to push put this Bishop and also is gonna be aiming down the board at this pawn here on e four. We see this move doesn't in fact work because our bishop can just take this night. We've got two pieces on it and they've got one piece on it. So it's basically it's a lost piece, but they had no choice. Once they played these moves, they basically had to choose between a lot of really bad options. That's just one example where you can see how black and easily get in trouble by being greedy in taking, especially that second pond. It's probably OK to take the 1st 1 and then hunker down and play defense. But when you take that second pond white, just get so active because all these lines for our pieces open up. This is just again one example of what can happen. So I'm gonna stop this video there and we'll go on to another, another one. And we'll see other ways that White can build up a big attack. Because the Evans gambit there's really there's almost an infinite number of ways in which you can put pressure on black. So instead of memorizing lines, depending what black does, we just want to see a few scenarios and see the themes that are on the board in this opening to see that there really just unlimited amounts of ways that we can try to build it . Attack for White in the absence gambit. So let's go on to the next one 8. Lesson 8 Evans Gambit Part 2 Final: All right. So we're gonna continue with our look at the Evans Gambit. My favorite gambit opening Last time we looked at a move from black or the Bishop goes a five. This time we're gonna look a different option. So play through the opening moves again, just going into the Italian game, which is the bishop to C four and C five. So this time we play this he Evans gambit before move after Black takes it player poem instead of going back to a five, Bishop will go to C five and this is a more natural looking move because it's aiming down towards the King. It's also, uh, putting a big hold on this d four square. When I make this pond break move, they have three pieces on it, but we're gonna make it anyway, because as we saw last time, once they take, we just go ahead and castle and we let them take again. So now we're down to ponds like before, but now we have a very, very strong attack. Ah, really cool move that you can make is just go ahead, take this pond through bishop. If the king takes it, then we can go check here on d five and then take this mission back. And so that was lose a piece. So probably the best thing to do is to go, uh, King Teoh F eight and just not even take it and just go back. Okay? After that, we will take us pawn backs. Now we're one pond back. So now we're only done one pond, and we have very, very active pieces. And just like before, we see we have all these lanes for all of our pieces where black is stifled, they haven't developed really anything at all. So this is again. This is one of the gametes where you really get a lot of compensation as we call it in chest for that one on. Now we'll see what happens again. The king does not want to take his bishop. We can put check, and we'll take our vision. The King will still be totally exposed. Would probably be able to get a lot of tempos and a lot of checks as we do that. So give me for black Here would be simply just to play this pond out and get his piece of develop that's what he needs to do. You don't developers pieces with the game's gonna be over very quickly. And now with this bishop, we can just go ahead and either take this night and, um, have it had, you know, it did a job. He got that upon traded off and stop worrying about it or we can move it back. I just go and take a night because it forces black to continue to react to us. Se takes it back with his his rook. Now we want to advance our pieces even further so we can go either bitch of G five. Attack the queen here. There's nothing they could do toe block it so the queen will have to move a beginning a temple there. We can also play Knight to d five and move this night up and bring it close to King. This is very, very dangerous for black and basically this position with a force position from the point of them taking our two ponds. So if your opponent is not used to the Evans gambit, then they're gonna just find themselves blown off the board. And even if your opponent is aware of Evan scam it and they make some good moves. You're gonna have, ah, very energetic game where they are on their back foot the whole time and you will have the attack. And even if you don't win that game, it's really fun to play. So the very least will have Ah, really interesting, exciting game. And at the very best we are is going to crush our opponent, especially in a blitz game. When you play these kinds of opens in a blitz game when your opponent and have much time to think and you could just go out there and blow it up is the best. The best thing to do. So we're gonna play this move Bishop to G five, make them move. Their queen probably won't move their queen down here. And now we have a lot of choice. We can bring this night to D five. We can bring our queen somewhere out. Maybe be three. Maybe bring a queen up to D five. This is This is a point where the game is so open the borders so open that you will have a lot of choices of news that you can play. I like it's 95 move centralizes him and he can reach into their defense and chest. We say that a night is at its most powerful, its most powerful on the sixth rate because it can reach right into the defense. Actually, if you get a night all the way to the eighth ring, power is diminished because it can only reach a few squares. And this way, the nights in the middle of Oregon reached in a whole circle around itself. So if you get a night to the fifth or sixth rank, especially, it will be at the peak of its power, and you wanna wedge it into their to their defense. Okay, so this point Black wants to continue to try to develop. Maybe he wants to push my my bishop back so we could go back Teoh e three and challenge their their bishop. If he takes it, we take back. And this is pretty much the blacks best piece right now, so he wouldn't want to trade this bishop up. We've got a lot of active pieces, you see, and black really didn't have any active pieces except for this bishop here, so it doesn't really make sense for him to trade it. So he needs to get his pieces more active, gets queen out in front of the king. So he goes there for for defense. We're gonna go ahead and take that Bishop, make him take back. And basically, we could stop this position here. We can see that White has a much better position. As much more activity have much stronger positioning of their pieces. And Black is behind in development. Has a weaker king, our king's castle, nice and safe. And we even have this pond and he pushed. And we can make a make a dangerous situation for them with this pond and cause a lot of problems. They're So the point is whether or not they respond with which day five or Bishop to C four who play that Defour pond push on me castle. And then we will have very active pieces and a very strong attack. Now we made some of the best moves for Black in this scenario. In a real game, Black is not going to making the best moves. They're making mistakes, especially playing blitz, and you'll most likely either be able to get checkmate or when? Quite a lot of material. For example, in this game, if Black would have taken that bishop after our our bishop took that pond one of seven. We've got a check. Never will. We got this, bishop, and then we would have an attack on the king. Will be stuck in the middle. Are Queen were great close to it. That's why they didn't want to take it. That's something that most people would do. They would say, Well, there's no checkmate. And I get this piece. Those people wouldn't take that. And you probably just win the game right there. So, um, enjoy this opening. It's really fun. One to play and I will see you the next lesson. 9. Lesson 9 King's Indian Defense for Black Part 1: the King's Indian defense is my favorite response to the opening move. White plays D, for this is also one of favorite openings for Gary Kasparov and for Bobby Fischer on most aggressive style players. Because the King's Indian defense gives a lot of counterattacking opportunities, it's a very dynamic, and it's considered to be a very complex opening. Um, certainly true if you need to play at a very high level and learn, you know, dozens of variations of what not I find this to have a very simple underlying approach, which is king side expansion and a nice fight for the centre, depending on what news white plays. So I'm gonna go through what is one of the most common variations in this video on, and it's going to be the closed variation when we close on the center and then black attacks on the King side of white attacks on the Queen Side. This is very tip on the king's in your defense, and I almost always find that I get a better position for Black than for White if they don't really know how to play this opening very well. If I'm playing with a very strong player. They know how to defend against our king side attack and they will will attack on the Queen Side. Then it will be a very close game will be a very difficult game. But for most people in the let's say, 1400 rating level up until around, say, 1718 100 ELO rating strength. They won't know a lot of the best moves to play as white in this opening, and so we're gonna show you how to take advantage of that. One of the reasons why it is such a dangerous opening for black is because your attack is on the King and their attack is on the Queen side. So a lot of times when you're both racing to attack each other on both sides, the attack that's going for the king has a little bit more, uh, threat going on. And so if you do succeed, you pretty much win the game. If they succeed in getting their first well, maybe they went a little bit of material, but it's not immediate lights out. So without further ado, our response to D four is to play. I have six. They will typically play this move C four Just taking advantage of the fact that we are not immediately striking in the center, we're going to expand into the center later, we basically see the center for white for a few moves in order to get set up that we want. And then we will counterattack in the center. So we let them build up their nice little ponds there. Our objective is the bishop out onto G seven, a similar theme as we saw to the Sicilian dragon. And I tend to gravitate towards these openings that have this set up. Uh, one good thing to do in chess is to get really familiar with certain positions. And then you can play a lot of positions and openings that are similar. And then you're always comfortable. You know what to do. You don't want to be in all kinds of unfamiliar waters until you're very high level player and you're really good in all the different situations, right? Because one thing I think I mentioned in an earlier video when I am playing against players , they're a lot stronger than myself. A typical thing they will do in order to make it really hard on me is they will see which positions I am good at. I might even beat them in one of the opening lines that I'm very, very familiar with. And I know all the strong moves the play in, and so they will just start trying different openings till they see okay, he doesn't really know this one very well, and then they'll usually win easily. For example, I don't study the Grun field opening very much. I know some of the basic moves. I just never found it attractive. And it's a little bit too slow, um, for my tastes. And so if I play against a master or grand master and they go into the gun filled well, probably in a blow me off the board. Unfortunately, we don't all have enough time to study all the theory. In every single opening, there isn't chest right. It's a big subject. So that being said, we want to be efficient. We want to focus on a few key openings that we will have the opportunity to play all the time and just be really good in those openings. Unless, of course, you intend to become a serious chess player played tournaments and get a high rating level , and you will have more time to devote to it. Okay, so we played G six. Simply why we'll take a night out here in the center will continue with putting our bishop out. G seven. What will continue with this? Do you? The nights out. Pretty standard stuff and we will Castle known only right here. White will play this d to pump up, and so there's a key move whenever we see these three ponds in a real right here, it's extremely annoying if we allow them to play this pawn move or to move forward now without putting any coverage in the center here. So really key move. You need to play after they build a strong Pauling chain. It's played d six and they could still make us move here, but then we could take. They can take weaken, trade queens, move this night, and we have, like a really equal position. And remember, when you're black, what you're looking for is an equal position out of the opening. White has an initiative, right? They have a slight advantage in every game because they get to move first. So if they make really good, efficient moves during the opening and they can maintain that slight advantage of time that they have, they should build up in advantage. And theoretically, you have a higher likelihood of winning the game, which is why it's an advantage to be, what Black? Another hand. We're trying to equalize whites advantage. That's our goal. So if we get a position out of the opening where Black is totally equal with White, well, that's a victory in a way. So don't ever be worried if you're playing black and you see some trades in the beginning and you want something mawr. I mean, if if you're gonna get an equal position out of that in just a few moves, that's really good. So it's a good thing to keep in mind when we're thinking about what our goals in the beginning. It's not just to build up a strong center and get a good position and get our pieces out. But if it's white, it's to keep that initiative going out into the game. And for Black, it's to equalize and try to get at least unequal position. So you play this move de six here and now White has a few different moves. They're probably gonna try to get their the rich about. And Castle, typically in this position, will put the bishop on he to, and they will castle short, and then they will continue with their Queen side expansion. Now there's several different lines and ways you can get this night out in the King's any defense. We are going to play one of the main lines for simplicity. As I said in the other ones, we don't want to get into all the different variations because they're almost infinite. So we're going to play a main line and just it's something that's really solid. So the main line here is just to immediately play this move. De five strike right into the center, and it was a good player. They won't take it, because if they take, we take back then we might have an early training in Queens, which, really, you know, most chess players don't leave. What we want to have the queen's on the board is when the queen's come off the board soberly, we're gonna have a less exciting games, a lot less attacking chances might be a little more strategic, but definitely less dynamic, and it takes a lot of the creative possibilities out of the board. So if they do take, we take, they take me trade queens At the end of that exchange, it looks like we lose upon because the night can take us pawn right here. But then we actually get it back because we can go ahead and take this pawn afterwards and White can take back. And then we will take the bishops. So just to go through what happened, let's just go through what would happen So you can see so takes, takes. Let's say they immediately trade queens. We trade night, Texas Pond. We take this pone if they elect to take our night, then we take the night so everything is equal. We just got into a really fast, you know, exchange of pieces. And this game is not gonna be quite as interesting for everybody, and it's pretty equal. So White doesn't want to take that If he's looking at things from the point of view that we don't want to give black equality so early on, right, like I just explained. So a lot of his white might do that. But then you just have equal game that you're gonna try toe to squeeze out a drawer. A win in going into this endgame here, getting your pieces out fast and what not You have a really strong, uh, Bishop. So we're gonna go ahead and go back to how things where I was going to start the board over again So you can see how we start the game and it just easier taking all the moves back. So go to the movies again. He watched the rhythm. How we will be playing this and the move order in these first few moves is not that critical. We just got a mixture that once white plays this move to you for get this pawn up. They go there, just go ahead and play this move early on Big Castle. And now we get our night out. This is a critical point in this opening because most time they will push their pond down and then we know that for us the game we're gonna have a close center if they like to take now. It's a really similar situation that we just saw with that trade, and it just doesn't really benefit White all that much. So don't be worried about them doing that and ending up in a position that we just had. It's fine typically. What what white will do is they will play this move and this is called the Advanced Variation and we have a close center. Now. It's a very typical Kings Indian defense position. So we want to put our night over here because what we are going to prepare ourselves to do is that we are going to move this night of the way. We're going to play F five we're going to span on the King side. If they take that pawn, we can take back with the Bishop for the night or the rook, which everyone we deem is best. And now we have activated pieces and we have an open file and we have a nice situation. So typically, ah, good player, you know, won't take that pond. But then, by not taking the pond, we also have advantages, weaken pushed upon up here to F four and then expand everything on the King side. And the reason we were able to move all the ponds in front of the king in the Keys. Any defense or any time that the center is closed is because the king is safe. When the ponds are locked like this, it's not dangerous. So you always wanna be wary of moving the pond in front of your king in normal positions that once the center is closed, you have a lot more time. It's a lot safer, and you can do that. So we have a strong attack on this side. Meanwhile, White has expansion over here. We can see that a lot of space on the Queen Side actually have a little more space than we do right now. And so they are going to eventually play before, and they're going to play pawn to C five. They're gonna get their queen over here. They can get their rule over here, and they're going to try to break through on our Queen side. So we have a nice battle similar to the Sicilian defense where both sides are attacking on each flank. And it's very exciting and interesting because it's a race to attack, basically, and there's always a lot of tactics and possibilities mixed with a lot of strategy to. So this is the kind of position where you get kind of the best of both worlds. And in my opinion, that's the best kind of chess you can play. So we're gonna leave it there. So this lecture doesn't run too long and pick up from this position in the next video. 10. Lesson 10 King's Indian Defense for Black Part 2: Okay, so we're picking off from where we left off in the last lecture. Okay, uh, black has just played night to e seven. So why is gonna continue with their logical expansion on the Queen side? And they may even elected just play before immediately. Right here. It's a pretty typical move because we haven't done anything to stop them from doing that. And basically, we're not going to We don't wanna waste moves, um, trying to defend this expansion because all of a sudden it allows them to build up, and they were playing defense. So we want to let them expand because we're gonna try to use that time to expand ourselves . And basically, whoever gets into a dangerous situation first, they will be the ones that will have to play defense and stop, in our case, a checkmate or major material loss. If we see during the course of our build up over here, they are able, Teoh, play these ponds down, make a trade here, and possibly drop a rook down into our seventh rancor game material. Then we really pause to make a prophylactic move or two. And just to hold that down. So they can't break through and then continue on with our plan. So I'm just gonna go ahead and bring this night to E eight. Not usually a good place to put the night there in the background, but we have, ah, specific goal in mind and we can just put him back to where he was. We want to expand and play F five and see there's not a lot of good choices for White to play here when they try to stop us. That five. If they know we're gonna play it, they pretty much have toe allow it because, you know, I mean, obviously they can't play their part two g four right here reading further King. That would just be suicidal. Then we just take it anyway. But there's really not a great move to try and stop it. They could elect to play this bishop to d three it here and then we play this they take, we take. But we have this pollen protected by one to three piece is the bishop the night and the RUC . So that doesn't do anything. In fact, that would basically waste a move for white, because right now, they need to focus on their objective, which is to get all the pieces aimed down under the side. So white now can either play the queen immediately to see to your then gets Bish about first and played rook to see one and you know, doesn't really matter that move over that much sense. Right now, both sides are taking their time and setting everything up. So we're just gonna was gonna play queen toe, see two, which is a good move. And that's also aiming right here. Okay, Of course. Once they do play that new and they definitely don't want to take once you play this pawn up because then we get a temple on their queen. But taking back with our bishop, we're gonna play a closed close game, so they're not gonna take back anyway, So we go ahead and play F five. It was You have a nice pond chain. We have nice expansion here and again. If they take back in this case, would take like with the bishop, get a temple on the queen, put on night back on F six and then expand. OK? After your goal, we're gonna have all these pawns forward. And then as we do that, we're going to be moving our pieces over near the King, and we're gonna try to make a checkmate on the king or put them in a position where we will win a lot of material. This is one my favorite openings to play. Basically as black I like to play this opening is do you four and I like to play the Sicilian defense against the four because of the most aggressive that give you the most counterattacking chances. And in my opinion, for my style, they're just the most fun ways to play. And especially if you like to play Blitz because they've been playing a lot of fast games and you know, these aggressive openings You guys blow your opponent off the board really fast. I don't know how to respond. They don't have much time to think. So it's good strategy or playing a lot of blitz games. Okay, so we're gonna play F five and we're just gonna assume that white is going Teoh basically ignore it and keep getting their stuff ready. So they're gonna play their bishop to D to, um it would be a mistake to play t E three because then we can move the pawn forward with tempo. They just got to move the bishop back any way they want to move it there. And we are going Teoh immediately play at four in order to guarantee this pond chain for now is going to be locked, is gonna be closed. And then we can continue our expansion over on on this side, what with the brookover Because they're aiming to put pressure on this c seven pond. And so what's gonna happen is they're gonna play C five and we're just going to ignore it, like I said, and then we're gonna keep expanding our side. They're gonna eventually take here on de six. We will take back and they will have this open file. We give that to them. We do need to defend. And a lot of times this night that we moved back. It's a really good defensive piece because it couldn't defend. This pawn here can defend the square from from from the the rocketing dropped in here. And then basically, what we have is our bishop, without even having it moved is activated and aimed towards the king supporting our expansion, and we can move the queen over. We can move the RUC over, and we can even leave this night here, so it kind of depends on how the game develops. Exactly. But it's gonna be a really key defensive peace as a piece that we moved out of the way to play F five. So that's pretty efficient chest. We leave it in a spot that does defense when we needed to move it anyway, So I like to leave it there a lot of times, depending on the exact moves that my opponent place. Okay, so we're gonna look at the best way in which that we can expand. We want these poems that come forward. We want not this night back. And we want to start moving these pieces over. Of course, we can't play this part here just quite yet because the night could take And it might be some tactics of us taking this pond and doing a discovered attack with Queen. But we're not looking to exchange in a big flare up right now. And in exchange of pieces, we just want to expand on the King side and mobilize our army. Our chess pieces there are me and we are the general and we are the ones in command. I wanted to be a fun way of looking at it, and actually it's based on armies, right? This this game, this beloved game of ours basically originated in India. They don't know exactly when, but they guess it's somewhere around the fifth or sixth century A. D, and it slowly expanded westward. And ah, the iteration that we had today there are actual modern game came to its current form in Europe, and then players started to get really good 16 hundreds and 17 hundreds. And you have some famous names that started something very famous positions and endings such as Phil Adore and Legal or the Gal. I guess his name was in France and things like that so begins around for a long time and has its origins in war Essentially. Okay, so back to the game. So I will play h six, get ready to play G five, and then we don't want to just expand the ponds all too much on themselves. At once. I get that much space for pieces. Then what we can do is we can move this night over the G six. We can move this king over. We can move a rook over naming across from their king. And then eventually, when the time is right, bring our queen over here. So that's what we are trying Teoh do. And White is going Teoh. Just say Well, they see that we have several moves. The play before that happens. So they're gonna expand as well, and so they can play this Move C five right now, already. And we're just gonna let him do it. We're gonna play our pawn move forward, and then they can either play a four, get to expand, or they could take right now if they want to. If you take her now, we take back. Then they have this pawn here. They're gonna have to move these poems down anyway, so they probably don't want to do it quite yet. It probably what they want to do is you want to bring this night and they want to bring this pond and prepare, just like we are doing with a good one for white here to simply play a four on get everything. Get everything ready. See, They have white has a lot of space and they're getting ready. Toe, Try to break our position. Open right here. We need to start getting our pieces mobilize as well. We could play this and media G five tonight can play Teoh H four and kind of get in there in our position. We can make him go away. We want to play. Let's move. Uh, night G six first and now our queen is is covering this square, and we want to We can play this pawn up in continual expansion. Um, I think we're gonna go ahead and leave this night on E one for now because it's going to need to be needed for defense. And we're just gonna were gonna move this rook over. We came across from the king, and you're going to see just how dangerous this position is going to get for white Really fast. Okay, we're gonna have White go ahead and take this pawn now and open up that file we take back. And this is the very typical kings Indian locked position. Very familiar, You'll see. And this file is is usually open like this and we don't really have much to worry about. As long as we guard the square, we don't let them get down into it. Um, they're gonna try to bring their night down and threatening sea. Now they have one too. They have three pieces on here, and we have to, But we can also defend it easily with this rooks likely bring the rook to F seven and we can move it over and attack the king while simultaneously playing defense. Which is, of course what? We're always trying to achieving chest multiple, um, benefits from each of our news. I'm going to go ahead and play this part of merely because the night it doesn't have anywhere to go after we play this except backwards. And so that's gonna put him in a bad situation. And we're gonna gain a tempo. This part will be defended by the bishop, so that can't be taken. And this is what we are trying to achieve this nice expansion. So after we take back here, um, I think a good move for white and cynical move would be to play this night down to be five , and now they're building up pressure on this C seven square. We've got one and two pieces defending. And so we if they drop the night in here, we take back with the night they take back with the queen. We could trade Queens within the drop of Look down into this position. It's not what we want, right? Start. We want. So we're simply gonna play this this rook move to defend that this pawn here is being defended by two pieces. This is again one of the reasons we leave the night here because we want to bring this queen over eventually into attacking position. And so this, you know, we can't let this pond fall. This pond falls ahold of position would just totally unravel. And they would have a passed pawn right here, and they would have, Ah, an inlet into our defense. So it's critical that we hold this position down here and they're gonna be, of course, trying to continue to build up pressure to break through. As long a defense is good, we will carry on with our our plans. So after we take back here, why it is going to be looking to continue their their pressure, which might simply mean continue to push these ponds down here to try toe open us up right here. We can make this move a six and make us night move back. Um, and then they're going toe. Continue to push these ponds and put pressure on us. Um, I don't see the purpose right now making that move, because we need to continue with what we're doing. We're gonna gain a temple on this night by playing G four. See, the night has to go back to you one. And now this pond is being defended by this piece. Is Bishop right here? And now we can bring our our queen into the attacks so we can bring our queen to either H four or Teoh g five. We're gonna put on G five because across from the king and just without one move, all the sudden we see the nice position that we are developing. We have a rook that in a minute we could move over here behind the queen. We have ponds coming up. We have a night in close proximity that could be jumped right over here. So far, our defense is still pretty good. Obviously, the queen can't take this Bishop is defended by the RUC, and that would just be too much material. T lose toe trade, a queen for Rook and Bishop. And so that wouldn't bother us at all if they did that. The night still can't come here because we have that guarded by these two pieces. So we're holding everything nicely right now. We do have to be careful. We do have to calculate and monitor whites potential because there's always a potential in chest for combination, right? For us to miss something, it's Oh, crap. They could take this pulling sacrifice at night, and then they win all these pieces, you know? So we're always stopping in chest while we're thinking about a long term strategy while we're carrying out our plans. And while we're calculating, um, our tactics that we have our possibilities, we need to always be calculating for our opponent as well, because we don't want to miss something like that and then basically lose the game because you overlooked a tactic that was there. So we're always doing both things simultaneously. We're using our strategy and planning and recalculating all the time on I see this lecture is getting a little bit long as well, so we'll go ahead. We'll finish up this lesson on the King's Indian defense for Black and 1/3 a third lecture . So we're gonna leave it there and we'll finish up the game in the next lesson. 11. Lesson 11 King's Indian Defense for Black Part 3: So we're continuing where we left off in the last video. We want to see how we can get a deadly attack against white. Now, one thing we do have to be careful of since you put this queen across from this bishop right here is that we will not be able to move this pawn for it. So, for example, if White decided to play G three, I'm impressed around this we couldn't take. We couldn't move it because we would lose our queen. But we have 123 pieces on that pond. So if they take it that it's gonna be weakening, their king will take back with this night and everything is fine. Not only fine, but we will have a really dangerous attacking position. So in this position, when you're defending, you do not want to open up your king by moving pawns for it. A lot of players will panic because the pressure is building up on their king and they think they will not strike back with this party. Got to do something. But actually the best thing to do. It's just a defend these weak squares of example This night right here is defending G two. That's better thing to do than to play this part forward and then have us eventually open it up and, um, get a check, mate. So So why hasn't very careful with any pond moves they make in front of their king in this situation? So White needs to make something happen here. They needed to continue to get pressure. Right now, they're kind of stuck. So the couple things they can do, they can move this night and push these ponds. They could also bring this rook over which might be a good thing to do anyway, because this rook is kind of blocking the king in the king may need to run if we break through right here. So of course, this night we need to move. So while the night is defending here, it's also not allowing white to move their pieces around very much. So one thing they can also do that can move the queen over so that there rook is the peace aiming down here, and the RUK would be the first piece to recapture instead of the queen. That's probably a good thing to do, so we can move the queen to be three or two a four and have it aiming down into our defense is an opening up this rook. Then once we move the night, we can stack both rooks and things do get very dangerous for black. It's just a question of how fast white can make that happen. So we're going to this queen toe a full right here so that the rook is the peace aiming down this this file and not the queen and for our part is black were simply going to continue pushing these ponds until we can open up this king position. If you can use ponds in the attack, it's almost always the best thing of you instead of pieces because they could be sacrificed because they can attack these more valuable pieces and you can get temples with them and because they can't be ignored either. Once you move forward, if upon steps forward, then we can take it and they can't be bypassed. So ponds are really, really good opening the king and they're really good being attacking pieces. So we're just gonna keep moving our ponds for and even though that seems kind of slow The thing is, once our attack reaches that king, it's gonna be game over because they're just gonna nothing they can dio It's worth being being patient in this situation and for whites part, we're gonna move this night out already, ready to double these rocks on the sea file and try to make a breakthrough in here. Or maybe trade rooks and a very least drop drop a rook into the seventh rink and start threatening all these pieces down here which, you know, if we're not careful, can happen quite easily. They were to move upon up, they're going todo stack their rooks And now we need to look at the best way to attack this king. We have to be cognizant of the fact that we can't move this pond. So we may actually want to move the queen over to not have to worry about about that, for example, to go here and we make us pushed g three and they take, we take back, they take back Now we can't recapture and it allows the book to come down and trade. We don't really want trade pieces right were attacking. We don't want to trade pieces. We need them for the attack. And the defense does want to do that because when you trade pieces, when you're under pressure, it alleviates that pressure. So it's a good rule of thumb that always keep in mind. Don't trade in your attacking Do trade when you're defending, right? Do trade on your up material Don't trade when you're down material Unless, of course, you get some of the benefit for it all the rules and Chester General rules and there are exceptions to all of them. But it's a good thing to keep in mind when we are making decisions. So we're gonna go ahead, moves queen over, and so we don't worry about that. Move The smart thing to Dio they're going to stack their rooks. So once white places move rook to, she won. Now we have to worry about this bishop right here. They can't drop. They're looking to hear they could drop the night into here. Now we need to think about defense. So what do we do about this? In this case, I would most likely simply move the bishop to D seven because we are now making a pin on this night. If we move this pond for the night will be lost. And even though there's a threat right now on this night coming down and they have, uh, two pieces defending it, they can't do it because of this pin. So they're gonna have toe do something about that. He's gonna have to move this queen. But the queen's also protecting the night. So now they're in a little bit of a pickle here, So this would be a really powerful defensive move to stop to stop them. They could look at things like dropping is looking to see seven and maybe even sacrificing a rook for the bishop in order to drop this night in here and bring this queen down. That might be worth it a lot of times sacrificing the exchange, which is what we call it when we trade a look for a minor piece just the night or the bishop is not that big of a sacrifice if you get some good compensation in the form of a good position or a good attack. So a lot of times we won't look at a lot of combinations where it looks like our opponent losing materials material. But we need to analyze all that because a lot of times trained to look for a bishop is a really good thing to Dio and you're not really losing much material at all. So we're gonna play this bishop move here and why is going to have to respond somehow They can't do too much to untangle this position. So they've got a big problem because I could move this pawn here and win this night because of this pin eso How is white going to stop that happening? One thing they can dio is they could simply play this pond down. And then if I take, I could take back in Queens. That's pretty much their only way of stopping me from being able to put this pond and taking Evangeline pin t win this night. Can't with the night and they can't move the queen because they would lose this night. So the only thing they can do is basically play this move down here. And then I can either close this up, which doesn't allow this Ponto duty for the damage. And if I take it that it's allowing white and they take back with the queen, and now they're kind of looking to break through. That got pressure on this pond. They've got their two rooks. And so this is a situation that we could see happening, that they make really good moves to get to get there pieces in place. And this is what why is trying to achieve? So, um, we're gonna go ahead and not allow that to happen. We want to keep this pin, and so we're just gonna play play this up. But by playing that move there, they did stop their night from being lost. And if this ever does, open up right here, they're gonna have upon just two squares away from promoting. So that's not such a bad deal for White. Okay, so it is time for us to press our attack Now, um, we played be six. White needs to find some logical move. They're going to defend this night one more time so they can move the queen out, untangle so they can do move like this. Like to be to defending this night. Then then they can move their queen out on, and that takes a couple moves. That's that's good for us. So we see how one small little tactic this bishop moved a d seven cause a little bit of problems for for white. Now they need to untangle and regroup a little bit, and that will give us a little bit. Time to press are attack. So we're gonna go ahead and go for we're gonna play F three. I think whites best move here is not to take into this file open from the king. So probably really going to do is back there, Bishop up and defend. As I said before, generally speaking, it's a good thing to do to defend these ponds and not to move them forward. And now they force us to be the ones that tries to break through. So I'm gonna go ahead and just take here and let their bishop take back. I'm gonna open file in this square and we got pieces coming. They do have a little bit of defense. They've got this bishop here. They can move over. They got the RUC came here, but we have pieces coming. I'm gonna continue to leave this night here so that when they drop this night in weaken trade it off and, uh, hold down this position and also to continue toe defend this critical ponder here on D six . So we're gonna leave him there for defense. But we're gonna continue to mobilize for offense. So I'm gonna go ahead just immediately play this move here to G to its basically putting the question, these ponds, and there's not much they can they can do. They're gonna have to trade one of these ponds and they take a take back. And now there's a lot of openings from the king. It's really dangerous. Okay, if they don't take, of course, I could take here right now. He might just want to defend that. Move his bishop back then. If I take again, he could look to trade my rook here. So, um, I probably don't want to do that and give him a good chances to defend. Probably what I'm gonna dio is I'm gonna move my queen to G four first. And now, if a trade happened is right in front of King. Now, I can take here and then if you tried to trade Aiken, pin this this bishop and make it checkmate. I'm gonna go ahead and leave this position as it is because I think the all of the instruction, all of the opportunity to learn from this position has taken place. There's, you know, a dozen ways in which this could play out, depending on the exact moves that each side chooses to play. But I think it's a good illustration of the dangers that both sides face of the very powerful attack you can build up for Black and the King's Indian defense against White's first move D four, and you can see the balance that needs to be struck between attacking and defending. White definitely has really good opportunities here. If they're good at playing this for white, oftentimes they will reach. Your defense is first, and you just need to be able to make sure that you can hold that down with this with this night over this rook. With this Bishop, we need to make sure that we tie this this situation here down on the seventh rank and hold this pond so that we can make our attack and get checkmate. If you do that, you will win the game. If White succeeds in breaking through right here, well, then they made one material. You may need to play defense, and you may never get to make that attack. You may still be able to win the game, trading off pieces or by defending well and winning some material and then later winning an endgame. But if it basically of white breaks through here first, this attack might be finished. But you getting some really wild and exciting games and the Kings in your defense as this one. If you're playing over the board, Really, it really was a interesting game and it really would have been exciting toe play. We see a tax for both sides and we see a lot of dynamic chances for both sides. So I'm gonna leave it there as always, go out and play this opening as many times as you can and get familiar with the positions that arise with the key moves that arise and try to find some tactics and try to get those attacks going and enjoy this opening. Have fun 12. Lesson 12 King's Indian Defense for White Part 1: So we had a look at the Kings Indian defense for Black in quite some detail, we're just gonna go through some of the best moves for white and to see what can happen when White succeeds on looking at some of the best responses that we can make gives the highest chance of that happening. So, you know, you're only gonna be playing this for white if you open with D four. That's why I almost always play it with black, because I almost always open with E four as white. But if you feel like mixing it up or you're playing with someone who knows your openings quite well and you want to surprise them than if you just out of the blue, start with a new opening that they may not be prepared for it and you can have an advantage . So a lot of chest when you're playing with people that know your style, are familiar with you or just played you a bunch of times in one particular tournament, they think they know your repertoire is a good thing to do, to have a sort of a secret opening or some some preparation in your back pocket that you can bust out whenever you want to. At the critical moment. A lot of strategy is based on choosing what openings deplane what not Bobby Fischer? In the world championship match against Boris Spassky in 1972 he famously played C four, which is an open that he never plays. But of course, he You know Bobby Fischer with such a high level that he knew all the openings inside and out every single position, but he still favored certain ones. However, He knew all the positions, all the moves in all the lines in all the opening. So when he played see Florence passes fast, was very surprised and was kind of caught off guard by this, especially since he had never seen him play in a high level competitive game. And it would seem to be, you know, very unlikely he would play in the world championship match because that would be really risky. But it was extremely intelligent, and Bobby Fischer crushed, basking in that game and played what is considered to be one of the greatest games in history. And actually, that's the game where Spassky stood up and applauded after the came was over, even though he had just been crushed by his opponent because Fischer's game was so masterful and he played so well, positional e that he basically squeezed. Spassky is position like a bull constrictor, and Spassky had nothing that he could do and the game was over. So without for the deal, we will start with D four. We see that they play night to have six in our thinking. Okay, We're gonna go into either a, uh, Najdorf Opening or it Kings Indian defense. So course we play this move c four. They get rid of fan shadow. We've already seen all these moves. I see three official comes out and we can play this move e four before point A night out is really matter which way. At this point, they're good player. They'll play this move key move and we will play this move here. There's lots of variations in the King V in defense for what is one called a sandwich creation. Which is when you play this pond three right here and put the night t two. And that's a way to try to combat this attack right here. It's the home of the variations on the line. So you might want to look that one up. But for the scope of this particular course, we're not going to go into that. 1 may do a second course in openings because the history of openings in the scope of how many there are so rich and so vast that really can't cover it all in one course like this. So I may do a follow, of course, that covers even more lines in these openings and does some new openings as well. Um, so after this move, then they were usually Castle. I was gonna assume that black plays, um, typical moves that we have already seen. So Whiteley's here, and they will strike early like this. And we saw that White doesn't really want to take that. So we'll go ahead and play the clothes variation like we played before, and then black will continue on now. Last time we didn't see this move from black, somebody set up just a little bit so you can see another iteration of this opening. This is one of the favorite moves now that the top g m zehr playing and it is to play a five and the reason they place with a couple of reasons. One reason is to put a damper on this before moving. It's harder for us to expand on the Queen Side so we can't play before and then C five is easily. We may want to just play C five once we've prepped for that. So it kind of slows down this queen side of Spanish over here, which is a pretty, you know, pretty powerful move, because if you could just move your pawn for just one like that and have such an effect, but it's obviously a good move to play. And it's not exactly, you know, slowing down black too much because the center is closed. And there they said before, when the centers closed almost all positions, you're gonna have more time to move all your pieces around. You're not having a really sharp, intense and fast battle, so it's your time to do that. And they're gonna put the night on a six. And that supports this push here to see five or you wanna put the pundit to see six doesn't get in its way. If you know if you play the night to D seven, right? It's not as easy for us to get the night over where we wanted it. Like before we were here, the pond pushed and we moved down t seven. But now we have to put a D seven and this was a classical line that used to display 1987. But we found this has been a better position for Black. So no, pretty much all the top players will will play this move in instead of the other moves. So after they play that, we're gonna go in Castle. If you get that done, they will put the night out. And we're just going to continue to develop our pieces so we can move this bishop over. And just like last time, I don't put the bishop all the way on e three, even though it seems like a more natural place. Just because this night could be annoying and get a temple move here to move it back if we don't wanna trade off the bishops and we don't want to get off this Bishop because this would be, as we can see here, consider, to be a good bishop because most of our palms are on this white square line here. And so that means that our lightsquared Bishop's technically are bad bishop. Now, when you get better at chess, you realize that you know the the terms good fisherman, bad bishop are not always true. Something you'll have. Ah, white Bishop, that is on the same color squares. And then once everything opens up, all of a sudden, it's a really powerful piece. But just as a rule of thumb in general, when more of your problems in the same color as is that Bishop, it's gonna be a weaker piece. So it's just a good thing to keep in mind. And so that means that we wouldn't want to trade off this dark scored bishop, probably for this night here, because this piece is gonna be one of pretty mobile, and we can help it to combat against this dark square Bishop. So we're gonna put it here. I'm going to move this rook over to see one. I'm probably not gonna put my queen here on C 28 in the last game, because now they're night is in a different spot, see? And they could get a temple on us and move, Answer Illinois. So we're probably this time going to move the queen either out to be three, a little bit of before and to help with this expansion and have the rooks be the pieces that double up on the sea file. So when you're playing white and you gotta close position, the sea file is the key to your position, and you want to try to open it up like we saw before. If Black doesn't want to play super aggressively and try to attack over here, they may simply decide to go slow and defend so they can defend against this pond pushing by playing B six And now all of a sudden it's gonna be harder because they put B six and a five for us to break through over here at the same time, we don't have to worry about this lightning fast attack coming, and so is always a trade off and chest. They take time to do this. It's harder for us to break through, but we don't have to spend much time focusing on defense. So you just gotta understand what's happening on the board. So that you can make good decisions. Okay, So black is gonna get prepared for making this palm push last time I put this night here, but you really can put anywhere you can put it on d seven. You could put it on h five. Really? Just depends on what you want to dio. Probably in this situation. Since we have the bishop on E to you don't want to put it on h five just because if this night moves, then eyes the threat of us taking it and then taking this part of the queen afterwards, So probably you're gonna want to put it on e seven or D seven. So we're going to put it back on on e a. Excuse me. And so we could play that critical defensive role and not block in this bishop. So we know that blacks gonna play this move right here, and we're just going to let them do it and focus on what we are trying to cover. So we're going with this rook over firstly and let them play that move. Where is going to ignore it? Because if they take, we take back with this night and everything is covered. We may choose to be this bishop over as well. And take that with the bishop if we want to do that for whatever reason. Right now I'm taking back with the night is fine and it will allow us to support this pond . Push up to here when we are ready. Teoh do that. So we're not worried about them taking. We assume that they're probably going to push it down and close everything down, In which case it's gonna become a little bit more urgent that we strike here on the Queen side and try to breakthrough us after they play that I think a good thing to do is to get our queen out over here so that we can try and support this. And now we see that we move it to either these squares. The night can gain a temple on us by moving into this position, in which case we'll just move the queen down. We can't let things like that stop us from making the moves. Who wanted you? All we have to do is calculate. So we have always look at least a couple moves ahead. You should never just be making one move and just looking at the one response from your opponent, it wasn't really looking. At least a couple moves ahead because you might find a lot of things you wouldn't see otherwise that are, you know, make a big difference in the position. So I like Queen here. See, they could making begin Temple. Is there a threat? And I moved down to here. We say, in fact, there is a threat. And the threat would be that this night is attacking this pond. We only have one defender on it. So then after that, they could take this pawn, and we just lose the punks you couldn't take back. So we do. In fact, see, if you move here. We don't want them to gain a temple because we before support queen on C two and they would be advancing. Well, we're wasting moves. So in that case, I think it is a good idea to go ahead and put this bishop on D three so that we have two pieces defending this pawn. Okay? Now they may choose this. Go ahead and close that down. Anyway. In which case, this movement seemed like it was wasted. But it's really not because that still stops that's near from happening and will be able to move our queen out next time in either case. And so we always want me doing that, making moves that no matter what our opponents play, they will be achieving our objectives. We don't want playing hope, Jess. We wanted playing calculation chess. Okay, so we're gonna have them push the pond down. And so now we know the whole entire objective of black is going to be expansion and attack the king. And we're going to be trying Teoh, play good defense and make prophylactic moves over here when necessary while trying to attack on this. See file. So the opening is finished. The middle game is well underway. Well, we see what's gonna be happening in the game. And now we just need to focus on trying to accomplish our objectives, you know, and how we're going to do that. So I'm gonna leave this one here, and we will finish this position up for White in the King's. Any defense in the next lesson. 13. Lesson 14 King's Indian Defense for White Part 2: So we're picking up where we left off in the last video. Black has just moved there pone to f four and now we're going to look for how we can spread out our pieces over here. Now, I think we want to move this queen over like we're looking to do. We could also just move this knight to a four and push this punk. Then we have a night on it and we have the RUC on it too. And actually, the more looking that move them or I I like it. I don't see any problems with putting the night. There's also defended by the queen. So I'm gonna go ahead and make this night moved a four with the goal of finally pushing this pond for they take, we take back and take back, we take back and we're opening things up a little bit. They probably won't want to take it that you saw in the previous video. They will want to let that happen so that they can continue to develop. And now we also see the board here is getting us this move. Bishop captures it spawned a five. It looks like we can win upon. But in fact, that's a dangerous mood to play because we take the pond and it leaves this bishop vulnerable to a discovery right here. Discovered attack. Right. So this night would be able to attack any piece that wanted Teoh, and then this would be vulnerable. So we look at that and we see Okay, well, we have to calculate if we take that, what can the night reach in their attack? They could play this move, Teoh. Uh, C five and they'd be attacking our bishop. They'd be attacking our night. Okay, so the night takes that night that we can take the bishop. Now, this ponds gonna be threatened. We just need to a lot of calculating If we're gonna choose to take upon, like, this and situation where there's a discovered attack on it, I would often not to take it and keep focusing on our objectives because winning upon and then having an unclear tactical battle where the opponent has the initiative for a few moves like that, I wouldn't want to do it unless I could spend a lot of time calculating and making sure that it was the right thing. to do and that we do. In fact, when a pond. So for now, we're gonna play this night, move up here instead, and we're gonna let black continue to mobilize. So we'll say that they will play this move forward here. They can do because that poets protected by the queen for now. And we're gonna go ahead and we're gonna make this push and try to open up this see file has been trying to do all along. Um, we're gonna assume that they ignore that and they continue with their expansion as well. And then we will take and they will take back. And so we see we have a position very similar to what we had in the previous games. With the slight changes this 1994 there set up here this night upon on this side a little bit different and with our ruk aiming down the C file instead of our queen. So it's good to see these openings and these themes being played out in slightly different variations because every single games in a little different, But the goals and what we're going to accomplish in those lines are going to remain basically the same. And so it's good to show you guys a few different situations in the same openings for that . Really? So now for what were you looking for? A way to get our RUK down into this square here or maybe even to take this Bishop, as we see this night, is an excellent defending peace covering these two squares. But that doesn't mean that that cannot be overcome. We may want to put a queen on e two and look to attack this piece. It looks like it's protected plenty, but they may want to play this pawn up it sometime. We also a nice square for the night. If we can get our dark square to bishop too, to a spot where we can protect that so the queen can't get it. So we're gonna wanna look real hard in these kind of positions where it's a critical part in the game. We need to find some really good moves when we are in the situation in the middle game. Because the next few moves may determine you know who has an advantage disadvantage in this game. So after looking at this for a while, I think that we have a really good move in this queen to be three. Move Because we are bringing the queen out more toward the scent of the board. We're bringing pressure down the be file were supporting these other pieces as they move over here. We can lodge this night into B six. Like a said. It would be a great thing to do if we could find a way to do it. And since this night is here, we don't Don't worry about the black knight coming to C five could simply trade it off. And that would leave them with bad pawn chain and a big weakness in their position. So I think it's a good move and black and logically continue with their pressure and make us move our night. Okay, So we're gonna go ahead and move the night back to you one, and it will be a good defensive piece for us as well. We don't worry too much right now about these ponds coming because they haven't mobilized any of their other pieces yet. They're not going to want to try to make an attack with just their ponds. Right? Never do that you need to have support for your poems. It would be like these are your foot soldiers and you need to have some some officers behind them and some artillery behind them to support everything they're doing. So we're gonna want to see Black continue to develop as we look. Teoh press on the Queen side. So it's a double move is to move this knight to F six and try to get into the game I've been explaining this could be a key defensive piece, but it's not always left there and it's not totally necessary. It can be good, but we also have this night over here playing a similar role. So we're gonna go ahead and have black movies night for, because it will be an important piece in this attack on the King. And then we're going to want to play our night, too. B six, which is a logical continuation after we play this queen to be three. Move now we're attacking that RUK it has defended The queen can't take it. It's reaching into their position, so this is a great place for this night to be. So the RUK may simply go to be eight and we have made some progress in our position. We we have a better position right now than Black according to our computer kibitzer, which tells us that we have, ah, winning position here a stronger position. So we didn't I really do anything amazing. We just made some good moves and built up our position over here, opened up that see file, and we've let Black continue to build up their attack. But you can see when just a couple maybe inaccurate moves and some good moves by us, we could have a really strong winning position as either white or black. So that's the thing to understand is that both sides have fighting chances in this kind of opening, and it's just gonna be a matter of who plays better in terms of who's gonna come out ahead with the victory. And so we see Now we have this big move. Now we can take this poem on a five, make a pen against the Queen because you don't worry about you discovered attacks, and we're totally safe and doing it. So now this is someone of a breakthrough here with one upon, and we have a pin. Now we can't move this night willy nilly because this bishops not protected, but we could bring it down toe, See four later on. Attack the queen and make that queen move depending on what we see, the situation is so we see Black has this move here, Knight to C five guinea, a temple on our queen. And if they want to, they can trade this bishop, which wouldn't be that good of a thing for them to do. Since this is our weaker bishop, we have those lightsquared ponds blocking its way. It's not that mobile. It's protected by this night. And this night, for them was pretty important piece. So if they if they go ahead and trade that piece after you move this queen, we're not worried about that at all. So, again, you want to analyze trades before worrying about Oh, no. They're gonna take our bishop loser Bishop pair Or what have you? And make sure that you understand the dynamics. Win trades should and shouldn't be made. And a lot of times that we the difference between you win, you're losing game, and it will also be the difference. You know, in a couple 100 rating points. When you get really good at knowing when you shouldn't shouldn't make trades, their strength and chest will go up a lot because those subtle things of small things that add up over time and make you a much stronger or weaker player. So we're still beginning over. Queen over to eight threes is still a really good place for us to go. Don't worry about this coming over here and making a pen because our night has it covered. And now there is some pressure this night because we could look at potential Brooke sacrifices here because we could take the night they're taking back with upon, we'd win a pawn and they'd have a weaker defense. We would have a breakthrough that something you always want to be looking at. Like I said before, you could make a rook exchange for a small piece like this and maybe get upon and then get other compensation like this passed pawn, for example. That may be a totally reasonable thing to do. I don't think we're ready to do that yet. We don't want to do that willy nilly, but we definitely always want to be exploring those options. So a good movie black here would be to get the queen on the defense, get out of that pin. They could move to Queen T seven. They would be defending this pond there, defending this pawn, and it is not does get taken then, but it's looking at the sacrifices less likely because the pawn and take back actually supported by the queen. So we don't get upon and mind a piece for the exchange to the pre solved move for them to play and against this is a course on openings. I'm gonna leave it there. I don't want us to go all the way to the very end of the game. It's not really necessary. I think we're going to see how you can get a really good position for White in this case by focusing your energy on opening the sea file and bringing your pieces to the Queen side, maybe lodging a night up here, you have a weakness. We're bringing your queen over. White definitely has a big advantage in this position, and it's black who's on the defensive because they have a weakness here on B seven. They have a weakness here on d six and are pieces are much better mobilized than theirs. If they take this this bishop, it's no problem. We just take back with the queen. We defend this pond. Our ruk is aiming down This totally open filed as no upon on it. We see both of their rooks are relatively passive. This route may become active later if this pawn is pushed and things opened up here and pressure is put onto our king. But Black has not had the opportunity to do so Yet because of our threatening moves here on the Queen side. And so I could said before, Go out and play this opening for both white and black and get a lot of practice and you will soon become very comfortable playing it and get a lot of really strong positions, no matter who your opponent is. So enjoy 14. Lesson 15 French Defense for Black Part 1: the French defence is another very old opening. It's very solid for black and a good response to E four. So we're gonna go straight into the main line for black and look at what the goals are for Black. So why place before and our response is he six? This shows are point. We're going to go into the French defence and they can respond any of several ways into whichever mainline. Uh, they said it is an old opening, so there's lots of known responses. There's lots of different openings, and this is a really good one to know. Well, for White, for example, As I said before, I mostly open with Sicilian against before. I don't usually play that French defense for Black, but I have to know it very, very well because a lot of people will play for black when I open with E four. And so I have to know all the different lines in white. And so when I show you guys the video for white, we assure you some tricks and some surprise attacks that black probably won't be prepared for because most people will play this Ah similar way and a lot of the ways that White plays against the French offense. Allow Black to get a really good position. That's why it's a good opening. That's a popular opening, because what we're doing is we're a counterattacking on the Queen Side, similarly to the Sicilian, and we can get a really good position with a very good pawn chain and good prospects so white will usually go ahead and put two ponds in the center. The board. It's a good thing to do when the opponent allows you to do so. It take much space in the center of the board as possible, and then we will immediately play D five. Okay, now the moves that White will play in response to this will you be to take and then we take back and that's called the exchange variation that's considered to be not all that great for White because you're getting basically an equal position right away. But a lot of times White will choose to do that to avoid the French defence, because the black get a really good position and so justice simplify the position. A lot of times, people will just take his pawn and you go into a really symmetrical, really draw ish type of position. So it's not, you know, the greatest thing to do if you want to go ahead and try to play for a win, have a dynamic game, especially for White. If they push this pond down, it's called the Advanced Variation, and that kind of closes the centre down. And we don't worry about that because almost no matter what, blacks next move's gonna b C five right here. We're gonna try to get all of our our pieces out on this Queen side, and we're gonna put pressure on the D four poem. That's the main point of Black. So we're gonna go ahead and assume in this position that White is gonna play the advance creation and and pushed down here and not take. So what we do is we merely play c five. And this, by the way, is one of those popular variations to use. You're going to see it a lot if you buy the French defence and now if they take here and we take back with the bishop, that's great for us because, as we've seen previously in general, it's Goodwin opponents capture and we get to activate our pieces that while we re captured , so a lot of weak players will think it was just trade. But when you're taking something and they're pulling a piece forward to recapture now it's aimed over here, you're helping them to activate their pieces and you're not getting anything in return and use trading years wasting a move. Okay, so there's really no reason to take this unless you think that your opponent will be surprised. Or, you know, it's a position that maybe they will be less familiar with or not expect. Sometimes psychologically, that's a good reason to do something in chest. But in general, um, we just continue to develop So the next Siri's and moves for White. They have a couple choices. They can play C three. They could play at night to F three. Okay. Either way, they're going to be starting to protect this point. And the reason the French defence is such a good defense also is because we are the ones that are now putting pressure on. White were putting pressure on this Defour pond, and they're gonna have to protect it if they know what they're doing. It's not very difficult to do, but there's a lot of situations where they could make a little mistake and we will win upon or we will get a nice position. So if White moves here, we just continue to build up our pressure on this points. And now we can move this night out to sea. Six pressure on the pond. They've got two defenders. We've got two Attackers. Okay, we can bring another one's a lot of times. What? What? What will do? Here's will play c three just to strengthen this This pond right here. They can play bishop to E three to do it. But that leaves this pawn here weak. And when we take our queen out, which is our next move, then we have pressure on this square and it just kind of easy for white to get a little tangled up here. So une easy way for white defend. This is just play this pond forward like this and then take a queen out. This is a very typical opening in the French defense we have. These three pieces are pulling our night and our queen all putting pressure on the d four pond. They are defending it with their night, their pawn and their queen. Now we noticed that since this queen is aimed at B two, if this bishop moves out, we can take that upon. So it's a little bit annoying for White. They've gotta think about what they want to do if they move their queen here to see to in order to defend this and other bitch about well, now they don't have enough pieces defending this punk, so they can't quite do that yet. And if they move their queen too de to to continue, defend this pawn and this pond will now this bishop can't get out. So they had a little bit of untangling to do, or at least have to be careful about which moves they make right now. Another good thing about this opening for Black is that we are the ones who get to choose win to capture right here at the right moment. We may decide it's because of the move order that we can make this trade captures, captures, captures, captures, and then it benefits us in some way. Basically, it's a psychological emission whenever Werth ones who get to choose winter force a trade. We can choose the opportune moment to do that. And it kind of keeps our opponent on their back foot a little bit. And at any point, if he takes here now, we see it's even worse for him because we can bring this bishop out. Pressure f three they can't bring. They still can bring this bitch about the defendant because this would be weak because they would lose upon if they put that here. So now they definitely don't want to be taking this pond. And it is going to continue continually looking for ways to develop and defend right here while we do the same and keep pressuring right here. So psychologically, the French defence is a good opening for black. Now. One of the main weaknesses for black in the French is, as we notice in this close center right here, this Lightsquared Bishop is really bad piece. It's blocked in. We may be able to get it out. We can put it on D seven later and then try to get it out. But it's a week piece usually will continue to be a week piece. That and that's actually enough reason for it. Some people do not even want to play the French. They feel like this is a big enough problem. They don't want to play it. But the French is still playing the very highest levels, but a top GM. So it's a really good opening, and what usually they will try to do is just try to trade this bishop off for the other white squared bishop of your opponent. You could later on bring this out to here and force a trade. Well, that would be a very favorable trade. You you would be exchanging a very bad piece for a very good piece because, as we can see, their bishop is on the opposite color squares from their pawn chain. And so this light colored bishop of white is a better piece than the dark squared vision, so that trade to be very favorable for us if we can pull off. So that's the first few moves in the French, and I think we have a good grasp of what some of our goals are in the very beginning and how this position looks before we continue on with more development and more of a struggle in the center here. We're gonna leave this video there and start fresh from this position in the nest lecture. 15. Lesson 16 French Defense for Black Part 2: we are picking up from were left off in the last video. We're just gonna simply continue with our development now and show what position might look like in the French once we get into the middle game and where we will go from there. So table thing for white to do here will be simply to get his bishop out and get ready to Castle. You have to be careful when you're white with putting this bishop on d three. Because, of course, now that would block the queen and there wouldn't be enough pieces to guard this. However, this is a well known trap for white. So it appears if they put their bishop on d three that they're blocking a bridge about, they said, and now they only have to defenders of this d four pond. But since we haven't moved out bitch about two d seven, which is what we're gonna need to do next. It leaves us open to a killer tactic which would basically end the game. White would win. So let's just look at that for a moment. Let's say that White went here and we look at this and we say, Oh, we can win this pond. Now we've got three Attackers. They've got two defenders. But we'll see what happens is our queen will end up vulnerable here across from this queen . And they have a discovered attack with the bishop. So this is one of the reasons why when you know the openings you can you can avoid these things. And you'd also laid traps for your opponent if they're not careful, especially in blitz when you don't have as much time to calculate. This is a really well known old trap, and I've used it many times, even against strong players. They will forget about this. So let's say we decide to take, they take and then we take back with her night and they go, Oh, I win tonight, right? We take back right here and then check and we've lost our queen and the game is effectively over. So good thing. So we just know that especially if White puts this bishop on d three, we will need to play this bishop to D seven, move and then once we do that, we will be able to take that because then discovery wouldn't work. If they make that move. We can just trade Queens or capture that Bishop with our bishop and defender Queen. It would be it would be fine. So we're gonna go ahead and move our bishop Teoh d seven. Right now, this is a logical thing to do. Anyway, You notice we haven't castle yet. There's no reason to be too worried about it. Both sides have been focused on this d four square. So White is gonna go ahead and Castle now and then we're gonna want to get our pieces out. A good way to get this night out. Since this pawn in the advanced variation is blocking this F six square, it simply put it on e seven and then g six, we take two moves, but it will be in a good spot. And then we can put our bishop on e seven, similar to what we saw in the King's Indian defense for white. We're gonna move our ruk over to see one, and eventually there is gonna be a trade here. And when that happens, is gonna be an open file. So having a rook on this on this file is strong as we as we know and it's just a really nice set up for black ribbons. Nice pawn chain goes nice, open sea file and we have is nice queen side space that we can use. This is what people like to play. The French defense is very solid and it does lead Teoh. Good gains leads to get attacking chances. One of the main reasons that I said that people don't want to play it is the so called problem of this week, Bishop. But of course, once pieces are exchanged and especially if you're not in the advanced various with close center, this piece can become a powerful piece. It just depends on what the position ends up being. But at first it just kind of not doing much so where you hadn't put our night here, as I said. And now White is also going to need to find a way to develop their night and their pieces without losing a pawn. And we see that they still have to be careful. They can't put their knight on D to and they could take right here, forcing us to take with our queen. You have to calculate that, but then what? They have is they have this relatively weak pawn on e five. It wouldn't be a disaster. They would just have to make sure that they defended it. But it would become the focal point of the whole game. So they took right here and took away the support from this E five pawn whites. Whole entire plan would basically be toe over, defend this pond and make it be a thorn in the side of black and then try toe. Probably push this part of the F file down, defend it and expand on the king side and attack. A lot of times in the French defence, White is going to be attacking King Side. Blacks gonna be attacking on the queen sign. Pretty typical stuff. They're both sides are following the pawn pointing rule of whichever side they're pawn chain is pointed that we're gonna have space on that side of the board that they naturally will be wanting to play on. So actually, a pretty good move here for white, even though it looks weird and it goes against the principle that a night on the rim is grim or a night on the rim is dim whichever adage you prefer. Sometimes it is good to develop your night to the side, depending on the position, right? Just We have general rules with general things you don't want to dio. But then you see the top players. They break the generals all the time because I understand the game deeply enough to know that in this case it's not a problem. In fact, it's a good move we saw in the King's in your defense before. I don't think I explained this. But when I said that the best continuation now that ology display is to move the night to the side and play that pawn move to a five because it just fits the position. And we don't worry about the night being on the edge of the board when we know that it's serving a purpose or it's gonna be moved again, OK, so if peace is gonna put somewhere permanently, well, then we want central control. We want a good position, one a good outpost. But if we're moving it, they're on its way to somewhere else, whether we don't be too concerned about it. So just a good thing to keep in mind when following chest principles. We don't get confused. They're good rules to know. But you just look at the position and understand that in this case or that case, you're not gonna have a problem there. So that's a fine move for for White. I think this would be a good time, even though we haven't castled yet to go ahead and take this pawn, get our ruk over here on this see file and relieve this pressure. And I'm also going to have to show you that typical patterns that we have for both sides in the French list. So we take, they take back with Bond. We don't want to trade because they have it defended enough times. But, um, we're gonna go ahead and do this, and now we're gonna want to get our pieces out. Let's say we was night up to five now because we want to continue pressuring this pond. So see, we still we made this trade, but we're still pressuring this part. White is still having to try to defend it. So again, this is one of the good things about the French defence. Werth One have a sort of little niche initiative even though it's not much, were the ones that are pressuring something psychologically that makes it fun to play. And it's also a reason why a lot of white players will play that exchange variation. Just trading ponds that beginning. Like I said, they just want to avoid having to be defensive at the beginning, even though the position is equal. It's not like black is winning, but it's just it's always more fun to play right when you're the one that is, that is pressuring. See, now this night could go ahead and move. Move over to better position. So it took two moves to get there. But this is This is a good position for White. The center is fine and they actually are head in developments. That's a good thing about White right now. They've got a better lightsquared bishop, and they've already casted everything. So we need to go ahead and continue toe get our position ready to calf muscle. At this point, we're gonna play E seven, okay? I'm just gonna make a couple of natural moves for for white and just get us into a position where we can see clearly what happened in the French defence opening In this variation at this point, a good move for White would probably be discredit. Played B three that where they can stop worrying about moving this bishop out, losing this pawn here or having a big pardon trade with, you know, us capturing and having a conflict getting through the rock over. We get another pond, they get upon. But they dropped the RUK and do a big calculation. Probably be three would be a good move. Just to avoid that, I'm gonna go ahead and finally Castle, get everything going so we can see what's happening here. We have this open sea files I mentioned. We're gonna put a rook on that. Whites gonna probably want to put their bishop when they get a chance, either out to a three or continue to develop it over here. T e three. It probably wouldn't be great thing to do to feel kind of this mission. Put on be too, because we have this locked pollen chain. And unless we can't open this up, that wouldn't be a very effective piece, right? Basically would be allowing these rocks to get out and stuff, But we can do that also by putting it on a better square, and putting it here on this e three square would allow them to get the bishop hair and trade off. This this bishop. But as I said, it's not our good bishop because of these ponds being on the dark squares. And this night's posted very well, so they just want to trade it for a bishop, that would be fine, especially hasn't been doing much. And as we see our white bishop are lightsquared Bishop is a much stronger piece in the blacks. Lightsquared Bishop. So we don't Don't worry about that trade. So probably a good place for them toe to go. Go ahead and put that there. And so I'm gonna leave this video here the French defence for black because I don't want to go overly long in the video. I think we see the position that you will get. And I just said, We'll put our Rickover one of the sea file and we will bring our pieces. We probably movies, ponds up. We're going to pressure the Queen side and try to win material. Get a good position now, white, and we'll go over this Maurin the videos for White. They can do a couple different things. They could choose to fight us on the Queen side and have a battle over here and try to stop us again. Also, with Rick on the on the sea file on everything but everything about white position kind of is aimed at the King. We have these bishops that going in this direction, we can move this queen up and aiming in this direction. And so a typical thing for White to try to dio would be Teoh, maybe move this night out of the way like, for example, moving this pawn forward. And let's say, for example, we do something like we want to stack, are rooks on the sea file and then move this night out of the way so they can move this pawn up. Okay, so we stack rooks and then they can play this pawn move, and then their goal will be to eventually push this pawn forward once they have the pieces in place and break this pawn chain for black. As I've said before, this is a really nice pawn chain for black. So good thing for white doing the French is to push down here and try to open it up and getting attacks. So typically, what you'll have is attack on the King side of white attack on the Queen's ever black. It's a really good opening to play if you like these type of positions. And, um, this should give you a good start in knowing how to play it for Black. And in the next video, we're gonna go through all the different ways you can play it for White, which in my opinion, is even more important if you open with the four so that you know how to react to blacks. Choice of the French defence in response to E four 16. Lesson 17 French Defense for White Part 1: and this lecture, we're gonna look at some different responses that we can play in response to black choice of the French defence. So in the last couple of videos, we looked exclusively at the advanced variation. And in these next few videos, we're gonna look at a few different variations just so you can see enough of the opening that will allow you to make a good choice of which line you want to focus on in the French defence that fits your style with 1/5 the type of position you like to play and be comfortable with with all of them. Because, as I said before, if you play for with white and you're pointing chooses the French defence well, you need to know this opening really well for White, especially eso. We put the for six D four and de five. So we choose to push this fun forward. We have the advanced variation. We can simply play night to see three, which I'm gonna show you just a little part of that line because one of the main lines of the grandmasters play simply defending this pawn. A lot of people at the lower levels don't like to play this move because they see that Bishop has this this pin here and then they're threatening to take this pawn. We will have to push it and basically get into an advance variation anyway. And then they can now trade this bishop for the night and stack these ponds. The thing is, this is a fine position for White. What they've done is they traded off their good bishop in order to stack our ponds here, and they're going to try to attack this weakness later in the game. But we also have now this bishop which can get out here onto a three and reached down here , maybe cause them some problems. Castling. It has opened up a line for a RUK on B one. It's not a problem for us for them to do that. So don't be afraid. If you play that night to see three, move. If the result is this type of an opening, we will go ahead and castle on the King side, and we're gonna have dynamic chances because of all these open lines like we saw in the Evans gambit. Whenever we have a lot of open lines Balto Ag, Nels and files. It just allows our pieces to get activated really well, So don't worry about that over. I should note that when you have a situation where you have some pawn weaknesses and you have the potential for lots of active pieces and that scenario trades probably don't favor you, right, because you want to have your pieces on the board attacking and being active. So if your opponent can trade some pieces off, then they can focus on that weakness in the end game and they will have an advantage over you. So any time you have an isolated pawn or stack ponds like this or, ah, backward pond and there's pressure they can put on it, you want to keep your pieces on the board and take advantage of the activity of your piece is it's a good thing to keep in mind and just another guideline when you're thinking about whether to trade and whether not to avoid a trade. Okay, so we're gonna go ahead and just start over from the beginning. First few moves again. Where the French Okay, another one. This is called a tear ash variation. This is another very popular one for people who just kind of want to avoid that pin, and they just played night two d two. I favor this position for a long time because it also allows you to defend this Defour pond with the C three pawn. Ah, and at the same time defends his point and gets the gets the night developed. So this is a really good opening. A lot of the top grandmasters choose not to play anymore because of the very highest levels . It's not the absolute best way to set up your pieces in terms of efficiency and and where they're going to end up. It's perfectly fine opening for anyone to play. Except for you know, maybe the very top GM is like Magnus Carlsen and you know Caro Nakamura. Otherwise, this is a fine option as well they take, We just take back the night and now we're gonna have an open position that will be very familiar. It would look kind of like a Sicilian type position or many other different openings. And so the result of this would still be that black is gonna play C five. This is the key idea in the French defence and then we can defend upon with C three pawn. They just continue to build up on it and we continue to defend it, just like we saw before. This is a typical kind of position that we are going to get in the French defence. Okay, we could go groups. You are night here, defend it and we don't worry about them moving that pond down. We just go back and then we'll take right here. This would be if we moved our pawn forward here, t five. Right now we would have a really, really close position, a very slow position. And if you like this kind of positions, that could be something that you do and try to squeeze out an advantage and play a very long strategic slow game. If you get those type of positions that you're not as good at finding tactics, that may be something that favors you. Maybe you should choosing positional type of openings, in which case you might choose to play D four is an opening for white instead of e four and favor a lot of the positions that you get from those openings. It's good to know what your stylists right and usually your style and chest premier, your personality and real lifes of you are a conservative person. You like to be careful when you like toe think very strategically and you don't like a lot of, you know crazy, messy boards and a lot of crazy tactics. Tons of calculation you might choose to play and more like a car pop who played a lot of positional type chess and try to steer your games that way. That could make a big difference. Knowing that you're better at those positions, they put your personality. You enjoy the game or and you'll win a lot more to. So it's just another another thing to keep in mind as we develop our chest strategies and preference. Okay, we're gonna go through a couple other variations just to continue giving you guys the the information that you need to make good decisions When you're playing this for white, go ahead after they play this move right here. So we looked at night toc three. Look at night D tube looked at the advance variation for White in the last video, and I do like to play the advanced age. Sometimes you can also simply play. It takes 25 and they take back. I was going to show you, I told I told you before, This is called the exchange radiation and we'll see what happens in this position. Is that so? You take a night out, they pressure it. We develop normally. We just get a very symmetrical I guess you could say boring type of position where it's gonna be a struggle. Verbal sides. It's very equal for both sides. And so this would be some black should be happy about right, because they have already essentially equalized the game, and White should basically be looking for something more than this. However, a lot of people as white choose to take and play the advanced variation or excuse me, the exchange variation because they don't like how Black has a nice position with pressure on D four, and it's easy for White to make a mistake in this opening. That's a lot of people just play the exchange variation to avoid all of the advantages that the French defence has for for black. So it again, it's a matter of taste and so matter of of strategy and which one you like. Even though you're giving black and equal game, you're not having to worry about any of the tactics and any of the pressure on the Queen Side from Black. I play this variation for a long time early on in my chest career so that I could avoid all that, and you just get a nice, normal struggle and it's really simply just superfly the position really fast, and you don't have to worry about any other stuff. So if that sounds like something that would, you know, appeal to you that you can choose to play the exchange variation and it does work for a lot of people now I'm gonna show you what I currently play against the French offense because it could be a big surprise to a lot of people. When you play this variation, people don't play that much anymore, and that is the king's Indian attack. I'm gonna do a totally separate video on the King's You need attack. It is one of those openings that's kind of become, I guess, a lost opening. It was played a lot by Bobby Fischer and others in the fifties and sixties and the top G. M's. I guess they're finding that it's not the best opening to play at the very highest level, and therefore it's falling out of favor at the lower levels to which is a shame, cause it's a really good opening. It's really fun to play. And so the king's Indian attack against the French defence is a good option and it will surprise people because they will not be familiar as the French defence playing this position, and it really gives you a big advantage when they're kind of confused about Oh, okay, I don't I haven't seen this one. I have this one a while and they're used to it automatically pumping out those moves, focusing on that d four part. And so what you do when you see that they're gonna play the French instead of playing? Defour just played D three and we're gonna feed on cattle this white bishop on a G on a G two right here and play the night with a night out, and we're gonna have a position that Miers the King's Indian defense for black only we're gonna set it up for white and again. This appeals toe me because, as I said before, it's good to play positions that you're familiar with. Sophia cutting the bishop. And that's a silly in dragon in the King's any defense and the Kings in the attack. In all of these different openings for both white and for black, you're getting positions you're familiar with. You know, the strength of weaknesses that air inherent in those positions. And it's easy for you to play. You're going to get good positions. Don't worry about, you know, getting a disadvantage of the beginning of the game and you're comfortable on. You know, you know you're trying to do so that helps a lot in chest. It will make you more consistent and enjoy your games a lot more. So Black will still continue with playing this pawn forward. And then what we will do is we will get ready Teoh feeling kettle of the special. But they said we're not gonna take here. And if they decide to take and if we take back trade queens with us, it looks like we're gonna lose the chance Toe castle, and that's gonna be a problem. But the thing is just look at that. If they take, we're gonna go back here. So let's say we go here and then they take and we take and the trade queens, Is that really such a bad deal? The queen's air off the board queens are off the board, and so we're not really in very much danger. We're still gonna want to get our king into a good, safe place quickly, but it's not really worth it for them to do that. You don't worry about this position. Having your king in the center when the queen's air off the board is not that dangerous. And you could just move it over and get all the pieces out. For example, a simple way toe do That would be, Let's say, for example, they just make some old news is toe put this pawn up and then get it to see, too, and that we can still get everything everything out. So say they're planning on castling. Was mover king over, say, the castle long and then we just key to get our pieces out. Okay, Okay. With a nine hour to defend this pawn, they get the bishop out and now you see, everything is just totally fine. All of our pieces air coming out. We have unequal position. So again we don't worry about that. You should never be worried about something. You know that you could just calculate and see that. Okay, there's no problem. We'll have a fine position. So don't worry about that Most time. Black will not take that. So go back to what we were doing. So we just let them do that if they want to. And then they will play this movie just normal. And then we will think of this Bishop over the normal French defense moves will get ready to Castle. We'll get there queen out. And so the idea of playing this opening is that it will catch the French defence player off guard. A lot of times they don't want to take this, especially now because they have this weird upon on the sea file that they won't have the normal French position with the open sea file and the rook. And they don't have the same scenario here in the middle. So there, now you know, Not the one pressuring there. The one that might be a little bit confused about what to do, and then our position is very clear. We're gonna play eventually after moves king over. We're gonna play F four and we can play E five and play at four. And we're gonna try to break this open on the side of here. We're gonna attack on the King side. And if we can lodge at the right time large, this e pon into e five and defended a whole bunch we're gonna have is going to really knowing to be a thorn in black side, and then we can attack on the king side. So we now have flip the tables on the French defence player and we are now the aggressor or the one who have a clear objective. And they're the ones who kind of need toe, you know, untangle and be a little bit careful about how they play the positions, not what they're used to with his Defour pond being the focal point of the position of having pressure put on us. So this, I think, is a really good example that shows us how just mixing it up a little bit on your opponent , even if this would not be normally considered to be the best option to play against the French defence. In a purely theoretical point of view, chess is not always about theory. There's also psychology, and playing gives humans they were not playing is grandmasters in every game, right? So this is the kind of thing that could give you a big advantage, just the choice of the openings. The big part of chest Okay, strategy is not just about the moves you play. It's about your style is about your choices about your openings and things like that. It's about avoiding positions that you know you don't like, right? And so that could make us a much stronger player just right there. So I might conclude this video from this position. And I'm gonna make one more lecture finishing up this position so we can see the kind of position that that white can get from here and how an attack can develop rapidly against black if they don't make very accurate moves. 17. Lesson 18 French Defense for White Part 2: so pick it up from were left off in the king's Indian attack position. The queen is just played this move to be six, just naturally following all the French defence moves, which is typically what they will do. We're gonna want to move this king over to H one so we can play f F four at some point. We don't need to do it quite yet. One thing that we can do is get this night over and protect this plan because it would be good at some point Push this pawn for eso for right now. One good thing that we can do is either get this night out or get this bishop out to e three across from the queen. Can't do it quite yet because of this pond being vulnerable here, so just need to prepare that for Of course, I have just seen that we could actually simply take this pond right here and they take back and we went upon. So we're gonna take back blacks last move, make sure that they don't just make a blunder on us like that and have them defend that opponents say they move their night out first and that we we don't just win upon outright with that move. Okay, so we're gonna move our night out to D to the national move in the King's Indian. Always amending the our goal is going to eventually be to play at four. And to prepare for that f for move black and pushes pawn down here and try to close up center down. That suits us just fine with r R. F four plan. We know already that blacks could be playing on the queen side. Anyway, at some point, they're gonna push here on on C four and try toe attack are nice pond chain that we have now. And we're just gonna be trying Teoh at faster then than them. So now this is closed. We don't need to move the king over. We continue to play for and go towards the position that we want. So everything we do now is gonna be in preparation to push these ponds forward and attack a very clear plan, which is exactly what we want. Now, tonight I want to play Teoh G six so that they could get ready to Castle, which, of course, they're going to need to do at some point now, we could immediately playoff five here. And if it takes, we take and their kings a little bit exposed. That's something we definitely want to calculate. So it's a replay of five. They take, We take Fisher, can't take them, it has to move. And now that might be a good option, right? We have. We have pressure. We can play at six right here. And they either have to take her there to move the night again. So that probably be would be a good thing to do. You know, of course, that they don't have to take, like, way. Just saw. If you look at this again, we can just make you just move their night back right here, and they move the night we can take and they could take back. And now we have pressure on the F files. That would be a really good thing to do. So we see how when you support your ponds and you get space and push them forward, especially cause they haven't casted yet, that can cause a problem. So So what? That includes for me is that it's moved night G six was not a good move. So we're gonna take that. We're gonna take that move back for Black. That does illustrate the power of our position right now. Black might just want to simply focus on playing these moves over here. But the thing is, he does need Toe Castle because this attack is coming. So now we see that he's in a little bit of a quandary. What's the best way for Black to go forward? They're used to playing this position where the other pieces out there putting pressure on us and they're coming down here. But now the sun were the ones who have the pressure. So we flipped the script on him pretty good with this opening and most people that you will play up until up until even even the 17 and 1800 evil rating strengths will be a little bit surprised by your choice of the King's Indian attack. Because it's just not used as much as it used to be. And I'll show you in the next video that I do about this, this attack. There are other ways to start. We could start with night toe three instead of playing the four and go straight into the king's Indian. And that is another really good opening for White if you want to surprise your opponent. So I'm gonna leave this video there as a shorter lecture. I think that we have illustrated the point of responding to the French defence with the king's indeed attack. And this is the position you're trying to get. You're gonna find a way to play at four if you need to. You move your king over so you don't worry about any checks from the Queen over here from the picture coming down over here and you're going to get a king side attacks. Why it's called the King's Indian attack with a strong white feeding cattle bishop, especially in black, closes down the position. It's very clear for us we will push forward. And in this case, they made it pretty easy for us to go ahead and immediately strike and open things up on them. But if they didn't do that, then we would just bring our pieces over. We bring this night over. Bring this bishop up, maybe move this queen over to e one. Push this pond bringing Queen over will be moving all our pieces over under the king side and building up an attack. So I hope you guys find it useful. Definitely go out there and practices opening against your opponents. You will find, I think, that you get a lot of good positions because people aren't used to playing it. What people used to playing right now. Everyone plays D 45. Everyone plays D four c five, a lot of Sicilian games, which is a good reason to know all the different variations in the Sicilian. And in my next course, I'm gonna go into a lot of different Sicilian lines because there are so many. And the more you know, the better you will be in all the different types of Sicilian openings, and I'll give you a huge advantage over your Opponents will only know a couple of the main lines and only know a few moves deep. But with that being said, we'll move on to the next lecture and happy playing guys 18. Lesson 19 Ponziani Opening for White: this lecture. We're looking at one of the very oldest openings in chess, and it's called the Pons Eonni. Uh, this opening has been recorded to have been talked about and shown as early as 14 97 so it really is one of the oldest openings. And while it's not played the highest levels of chess often Magnus Carlsen did use it last year in a big tournament, and he destroyed his opponent with it. And the main reason to use it is not because it's the absolute best opening for White, because it will most likely surprise your opponent. Not very many people know how to play against the pond Ziani, and it's been sort of a for gotten opening, which is why it's a really good tool to have in your opening tool belt, and especially to playing multiple games against somebody and having success against you. With the black pieces, you can pull out the ponds Yanni, and if they're not careful, they can easily get blown up the board or checkmated. And there's a couple critical moves that Black has to know how to play in this opening. Otherwise, White is going to get a really good position. So without further ado, we'll get straight into the main couple of lines. So it is e four five, 93 96. So it looks like we're gonna go into either Italian or Spanish game. But instead we plays. Move, see three looking for next move. To be striking in the center on a very logical move for black looks good and seems pretty good. Is the plate knight to F six. Most players will play this attacking his pond, taking that well, now we can't play this move that one upon or just putting pressure on thinking they're having temple in developing nicely. But well, this is not exactly a trap is not the best move to play, and it it leads them right into where we want to go. So after they play this knight to F six, move in my experience about 80% of time, they will play that move. We go ahead and we just played d four. And if they choose to take this pawn with the night than what we can do push this pawn forward knocking the night back, usually that will go two e six and we can take back this pond right here. We've got a pawn in the middle getting started and probably have caused a little bit of confusion for Black. Noticed. They haven't able to develop too much. Well, we haven't developed all that much either. We've seen about a lot of open lines, and we have a lot more going for us now. This is where blacks were really care because in position like this, they might think of something like Okay, let's get this bishop out. Let's push this pond for it. Stop this pond and knock this night back, right? You think? OK, Well, all this go here. Well, this would be an absolute blunder and was not that difficult to see this check right here. This would basically be the end of the game if they play this move. Because now, if they block this check with the only piece of they can do it without losing their queen, it lose that peace and be checkmate. So they have to play this pawn to C six, right to block it. We simply take that pawn, all right. And no matter what they play, it's gonna be a disaster. If they take here. We take and have this dangerous discovery. We're gonna get a check and win the RUK. Okay? There's just nothing that they can do about it. They thing with Bishop, retake the bishop. If they simply take with their pond like this, then we can just take it with either a bishop War. And I won't take over. Night, though is now threatening to queen no matter where the queen goes. That's maybe six, which is a good move. Now. We got a lot of really good options. Okay? We can, uh, making discovered check right here. And we can bring our queen out here. Attack this night. Uh, for example, Go to eat you. Now we're attacking this night and we're defending this bishop. And this is just terrible for black. They're going to lose badly. OK, so that's that's just an example to see how easily things could go wrong if you don't play precise moves. Um, and that's pretty much d six. There would be a blunder, but you can see I've seen people play that against me. Okay, so that's one scenario for you. Go back to the beginning. So now we play out the same moves again. You place Knight to F six and if he chooses not to take this point of the night and said he says Okay, well, let's go ahead and just take this pawn here Now Weaken Dio is we can push this upon and make this night move. And so the night almost like we go here, we can either take back immediately and have a really strong center. And they would have to wayward nights just in the middle of bored, not having developed anything else or we could do first if you get a temple by taking this queen out, and this is considered to be the strongest move attack last night and then basically the night has not very places to go. It'll go back here to be six, and now we take back. And now we have a very strong center. We've got a queen out. We've got our night out and all they've done is they've made multiple night moves. And so we're ahead and development and we have a really good position. Black may want to try to get their pieces out, and we will do the same. We will simply continue to develop. And if they choose to take and we take back, we just have a good position. Okay, it's a better position than Black. So this is a reason to play that bond. Ziani just, you know, getting a strong position, getting a better position and surprising your opponent. They will be having to find a lot of moves over the board, and it's pretty confusing for most players. Okay, so let's go back and look at yet another line. Another way that we can see Thing is working out well for White. Play the Ponzi. Yanni. Once again, you play like F six. Move, we play this move. Let's say once again he offers to take here e four. But what if we play the queen, too? E to now? He might have to play this movie five just to defend it, and we can take here and get our pond back. Okay? And this is very unclear. It's very complicated, and again we will probably have a confused black board. OK, it's not clear with the best movies for them. It's a little bit messy. We've got more pieces out, and this would leaves to a really tight struggle. So once again we just see that we've muddled the waters and blasting. Had to find a lot of accurate moves. We have a lot of really good moves here for White. So it's just another way that the game can play out. But the best thing for us to do as white when he chooses to bring out the knight capital upon on be four like we just saw is a push the pond and not this night back. That's the best move. Okay, but now we can retake, and Black has to play really accurate moves here. Okay, White has a little bit of advantage. May want to immediately bring out, you know, peace to try to attack this pawn. And we could do lots of things. We can protect the night and force them to defend it. And let's say we castle well, we're way ahead of a development. They've got stacked ponds. As is another situation where you can see white has a better position. Okay, so just remember some of those key moves that we played at the very beginning. We strike on d four and whether or not night the night takes our pond and we push our pawn forward or whether or not they take our pawn on D four and we push our other pawn forward and then retake back, we're gonna get a better opening than Black. And it's just a great surprise weapon to use against someone who is not used to it. And in the next lesson, we're going to flip the sides and we're going to show you the absolute best response for Black. If you know it, you can get a better position than White in most cases. But you have to play the critical move at the critical moment, so I'll show you guys how to do that next. 19. Lesson 20 Ponziani Opening for Black: so as we just saw the Ponzi on is a great surprise weapon and it's good for us to know what to do against it. If we run into it in, our opponent plays it against us. Let's say we like to go into the Italian game on the Spanish game for Black and that could easily lead our opponent to play the pond Ziani. And we don't want to be befuddled and confused like we saw the black player easily. Could be if they're not prepared. So after they play the 45 they bring the knight with your knight. The move that denotes the pond Ziani we see they play C three now we know. Okay, they're gonna play the pond. Ziani, what do we do? So the critical move in this position is to immediately play de by Okay. And the computer shows us This is a little bit stronger of a petition for Black already, although it's still really close because it avoids the stairs. We just saw this e five pone is protected and if they take well, then we simply take back with the queen and we've got a really good position already so a lot of times, players won't want to have this sort of exchange and confrontation. Very beauty of the game because we are used to take out a piece of building up our position and being strategic. But this is the best way it has been shown to play against the Ponzio knee opening for white in case we got a really good position. And now, now white plays D for me like this. Well, we can just push upon, make the night move back. Now we're the ones with the initiative, and now we can take our night output on F six and we've got this pond lodged in their favor . Seven F three. We can just take it great. And maybe they want to take back. And, you know, we just continue to develop our pieces. Maybe we attacked the queen. If they want to trade us, that's fine. Now we've got a good position. So we basically neutralized what White was trying to do. And the computer showing that Black has an initiative we have. Our peace is better developed than white does. Okay, here's to start that over. I'm gonna show that again. Well, maybe looking another. Another scenario. A couple different moves to see why this is the critical move to play c three that let's say they choose, not Teoh. Take it. Basically the best move for White. The main line has been shown for this queen to go out to to a four. And now, if we take, they can take back with the queen. But what we'll do right here is that we can simply develop our pieces safely. Now take our night out and they don't have the same plan to play. Defour doesn't working just because we play this d five move. It doesn't quite work as well as it would have. And again, we see that play D five now. Well, we can threatened the queen if they take. We could take back with the tempo and then take this night so they don't want to take. And now these ponds are lined up, I guess, in the middle. And there's so many choices for them taking and how will respond or them taking over here and how we'll respond. It's really complicated, and you have to be extremely careful with any trades that you might make, so I hope that is, um, enough to illustrate to you wide as D five move is a critical move. So just remember, when you if you run into the pond, Ziani is black. Don't play Knight to F six. Play D five. Okay, play D five and you're going to get a better position than White. Okay, Magnus Carlsen played this for Why? Even though his grandmaster point did know about D five, it was still enough of a surprise that he played his opening that his opponent was just not prepared. Right? Because when the grandmasters and other good players are preparing for a tournament, they look at all kinds of main lines. Will do a lot of preparation to get ready to get deeply into a game without even having to find a lot of original moves. But when you play something that's totally the blue like this than even if they're really great chess player and you know a couple of critical moves, they're gonna be having to find most of the moves over the board, which takes time, and it's tiring. And in these days of a lot of chest preparation, even at the lower levels where people have memorized a lot of opening lines. This kind of thing works really well as a surprise. So I hope that gives you guys enough of, ah, of an overview to know what to do against the Ponzi on me. If you're black and you're white, it's just a great surprise. Weapons to go out there and try it, your gains and wish you the best of luck with this opening. 20. Lesson 21 King's Indian Attack Part 1: the king's Indian attack as a mission before is a great surprise weapon not only against the French offense, but to be used any time you feel like it to surprise your opponent. A lot of openings that were popular in the past that are good openings that have fallen out of favor at the super elite levels and now have become somewhat obscure. Openings are great candidates toe learn and use in your games because most people will not be that familiar with them. And even if they are somewhat familiar with them, they will not know the key moves, the main lines and the main ideas in the opening. Basically, in the opening, we don't know the main point of the opening the focused square or file or idea. Then you're not gonna be, you know, able understand what your point is doing in your make moves that are illogical and lead to a weak position. And so, in most of the openings that people memorize, they automatically make the best moves for at least a few of the moves. And so we want to avoid that with the king's any attack. And again, this fits the theme of playing a lot of different opens with the Fionn Keto Bishop, this is my personal preference and some of the masters I learned from when I was studying. They tended to play in these positions, which was probably one of the reasons why I gravitate towards them. I basically learned from watching them playing and having them explained to me what they were doing. So that is why you see a lot of these openings. I will play position to the field of Bishop. That doesn't mean that the best, but they suit my style. And if it doesn't suit your style or you don't like to play these sharp openings as much, um, well, probably like my next course on positional opening because I'm doing research right now to do a lot of opening lessons for Defour. Okay, so without further ado, the way you can start to play G three or Knight to F three, I like to start tonight to have three, because it's an ambiguous type of move. People oftentimes aren't sure what the plague insists that they don't know. High against that. Your pieces up, Your next move could be Defour. It could be G three. It could be C four could be night toe C three. And so, even just of this one move, people are going through my wonder what he's gonna play. A lot of people will play this move five, because when we're setting herself up on the king side with these type of moves, they have the opportunity to play these moves over here. So this would be a good move to play and a natural move to play against us. It's now, once we play g three, they know we're gonna feeling Conover Bishop. A lot of strong players will play this move and take a center because we're giving it to them. And so the keys in the attack we saw the set up already. And so we're just gonna go through the kind of game that we might get if we're not playing against the French defence. Okay, again, key move is a play this pawn up right here, and you notice that we have a similar pawn structure that we had in the Sicilian dragon for black and that we have in the King's Indian defense for black as well. So you're familiar with this pond structure. You're gonna have the structure both as black and white, in multiple openings that you play in multiple different positions. So you become comfortable with this pawn structure. So a lot of people who play D four or play the French defence they're familiar with the ponds being tight against their king and then being diagonal right here, and they could do a very solid construction. They're familiar and comfortable with that position. Of course, it will be ideal eventually for you to be familiar and comfortable with basically all different kinds of positions. But especially when you're first trying to improve your chest, learning some openings and trying to really get good, you want to focus really hard on 12 openings and then naturally expand out from there. Once you have more or less mastered those so we might see black continue with this type of ah, of an opening, and then a natural move here is to either play, uh, night two D two or weekend simply strike in the center right away. If we don't want to trade Queens, don't want to do that. Well, we can simply play Knight to D to eventually we're going to strike in the center with The four became a rook out before. In order to do that, we have a trade there. They have a nice dynamic battle in the center with a very good chance for both sides toe win. And if they choose to closed down the position by playing D for which a lot of players will do, then we know exactly what we want to do. In that case, we move the night we play F four and we attack on the King side. Okay, good thing about that scenario of the closed center and with our attack on the King side is just that our plan is so clear. We know exactly what we're trying to accomplish. And of course, it's good to play chess openings when we can simply focus on the task at hand. A lot of positions won't be so clear. We won't know what the best movies, or even maybe what our goal should be. If there's a lot of chaos in the board, and those situations probably have to do a lot of calculating and thinking which takes time , and of course, we're usually playing in a tight control. It's either you know, 10 minutes or last with 30 minutes or less. We don't too often see a lot of classical time control of our arm. Or, if you do play slow time controls and you do play in tournaments, which, of course, I would encourage you to do, because the only way to truly enjoy chess and truly improved is to play long time controls and play slow games. So you can do deep analysis so you can do deep calculations. And that's really the only way to get better. Once you have improved to become a strong player and then you can play a lot of blitz. Blitz is for fun. It's relaxing and stuff like that. You're not going to improve at chess by playing Blitz is just not gonna happen because you don't have the time to think you have to basically make automatic moves. May have 30 seconds or one minute to move in critical situations, but that is like nothing in chess. And so it's more about speed and fun than it is about high quality chess. Of course, we see the Masters played really high calling books games because they know all the different lines. So well, in all the ideas so well, they don't have to think that hard to make really strong moves. Okay, so you might just continue to see black develop. Basically, with this kind of hoping we're giving them the center and every we do that, we just know that we're going to later on, we're going to strike in the Senate with our ponds and as long as I don't allow them to move forward too much, which right now wouldn't be good if they do, because they're undeveloped. Um, that's not a problem. So it's a good thing to keep in mind, too, that in a position like this, if you're playing the side of the strong center, if you think about the center of push forward and attack them when you have not castled and you have not developed all your pieces, this is an air in judgment, because what's gonna happen that this is going to open up and when the position opens up and you're the one with the king in the middle, even if you plan on casting it later is not wise chest. It doesn't follow sound principles and you're gonna be the one that's in danger. Even though it seems like you've got a strong center, you're actually Weiqing it by letting it trades happen. You want to leave it strong, and we, on the other hand, want to attack it and break it open. So we're gonna make moves that lead to just such a pawn push putting our look right here. And this is the classical set up for the King's Indian attack. You put your night on two D two rather than C three so it doesn't get pushed by this pond. And so later on, we have a choice of either playing C four and then we have a trade there. We can take back with Nadal upon or playing E four. So this set up right here with this paunch. Such allows us to choose either upon push, depending on what our opponent does. So that also gives us some flexibility. And it keeps our opponents guessing. Okay, in this case, we're gonna play this e four pond push. But C four would also be a good move to play, So we'll assume that our opponents size it. Do you want a castle and we can immediately play before and we see that we have a little leading development here. Our pieces have been moved out a little faster. So we've kept our small initiative that you start with for white. And now, um, if we trade, then everything is fine and, um will have, ah, nice struggle in the center. And if they play this move de four, which I find most players would do, they think that closing the center right here is gonna be good for them. We see they're going Teoh, if they're a good player, they're going to play on the Queen side. And now we merely start to prepare to play that for and get the position going for. So this is a similar position as we saw the other openings. It's one that will lead to a really good attack like we saw in the King's Indian defense. But in this case, since we're white, we have an extra tempo. So actually, the King's Indian attack is theoretically better than the king's Indian defense, because now we have the advantage of having played the first move. And so are attacks should theoretically come. Even one move faster or to put another way, allow them one less moved to defend. So that's good for us. A good move to play in this position when we know they're going to expand on the Queen Side , as we saw in an earlier video, is to play. Let's move a four. This doesn't allow them to play be five and then c four. And if they play a six with the idea to play before we get still, take and they can't take back yet because they would lose this rook. And that's one of the things that we see when you haven't developed lawyer pieces. There are more tax like that involves. Bishop hasn't moved yet. And so this rook is not defended. So move like a four. It defends their expansion, and it helps our position Quite a lot, actually. So keep in mind this theme of playing a four or H four when you know your opponent wants to expand on that side of the board, it slows the expansion down, and it's a really strong move in many cases, so it's their opponent size. I do want Teoh develop this bishop, but it here on D seven if they chose to develop it. Teoh e six, which looks like a natural move, and it is a fine move. It just leads to the annoying chance of us playing night G five and threatening Teoh win their bishop pair. This white bishop, of course, is there stronger Bishop because they're pulling chains in the dark squares again? We see that this dark, smart bishop for them would be their weaker bishop while conversely for us, our docks, where Bishop is our better bishop, especially because this pawn chain is closed and our white mission was blocked in. But thing is, our lightsquared bishop is going to be a key defensive peace after play a form, you have a big attack. If things open up over here and we are endangered later in the game because we have played all these pond moves forward, then our bishop will be a key defensive piece. So it za weaker piece in a way. But it's still a good piece to keep on the boarding and to control these lights squares around the king. This is a reason why you don't want to trade off your feet and cattle Bishop in front of the King. Because if you do, then you have a light squared weakness which can be exploited by the opponent, especially if they still have their lightsquared bishop. Like in this case and also with their their queen, it can be really dangerous. So when you want you feeling Katie, your bishop, you've done that toe, have this strong set up. You do not want to trade off. That piece, of course, is not a disaster. If it's traded off, it depends on the situation. But in general, you don't want to trade up and you're gonna trade it up and get some other big advantage, you know? Then by all means, you definitely don't want to hold fast every single chess principle, no matter what. So you're just gonna need to use your chest knowledge to evaluate the situation when that time comes. Okay, so we're gonna continue with our plan to push this f bond, which means we need to move this night. We can put it on H five would be perfectly fine. Each four. Excuse me. So we're gonna go ahead and do that. We're not worried about them, you know, playing their plan for because that would be a horrible moving to move that king in front of them. So there's really nothing for us to be afraid of. Its defended and the only potential attacking piece right now is there, Queen. So we don't need to worry about that. We're just gonna play F four and expand on the Kings. And so because of that, a logical move for them would be to play Bishop T seven so they can threaten this this night. So we might want to do in this situation. We don't want to allow them to do that, because if they move this night that were attacked and we'll have to move in anyway. So what weaken dio is we can put the knight on F five and attack their bishop trying to get the bishop pair. And of course, we're not afraid. If they take this night now, even though we'll be putting upon here and stacking it, it actually to some good things or our position. One of them is that we got there good, strong bishops, and now we have no lightsquared bishop contesting hours. This would be good for us, and actually in this situation when you have upon that's up near the king. That could be a big thorn in your opponent side. And it can help you attack. When you bring your other pieces, you can push it forward later on and you can use these two squares that it is controlling G six and e six to your advantage. Only thing you have toe think about when you do that is already going to be able to protect that pawn. For example, if he brings a queen down and he attacks upon right here, can you protect it? Yes. You can bring your bishop to H six and then you can bring more pieces as well. Also, we see that if they if they took this night with their bishop and we took back with our pond now they would have a backwards pond that we have pressure on. They could push it, but then we would have more trades. We'd open up this long diagonal, increased the power of our lightsquared bishop, which would be a really powerful piece without their lightsquared bishop. And there would be a lot of gains for white in that situation. So this is something where you know, you look and you see Well, I don't want to stack these ponds. And this night was maybe gonna be a good attacking peace. You need to understand that in this case we get a lot of advantages. And so you're not worried about them taking that night? In fact, it would help our position immensely. I'm going to leave this video here because it's already getting pretty long, and we will conclude our lesson on the King's Indian attack and the next lecture. 21. Lesson 22 King's Indian Attack Part 2: and this lesson will be concluding our Kings Indian attack position and see how white might be able to get a nice attack built up over on the king side. Say, for example, Black makes a natural move like putting this rook behind the C pawn in order to push it later. One thing that we can do since we have this part of a four on the supports the blockage of this pond is now we can advance. Our knight to C four is a really good place for our nights. It's reaching into their defense with a little bit of pressure on this. Keep on keeping the black knight in this position and we are advancing our army and we are getting a good position here, okay? And this move was made possible mostly because of this, A four moves. So our army is working well together, which is what, Of course, we want black rates used to focus on continued Queen side expansion now, so maybe he'll play a six with the idea of later on playing be five and then bring everything over. This is what most players would be doing in this situation, and so Now we're ready to go ahead and play F four. This is our goal. And we're not worried about them taking it. Because if they do take it, we can take back. Either with the bishop or this pawn with upon it be would be fine, because we could, later on bringing Queen over here and bring a rook up and over. Um, if with the Bishop, it also activates our bishop, And that would be a good move as well. We'd have nice control over this dark Dagnall. And because of our nights position here, we can't be challenged by their bishop either. And so that would be a really good peace. But of course, we see that black basically has to take this pond because if they don't, we will just win this point out, right? We have a night and the possible focused on it. We only have one defender, and the only other defended they could bring would be this bishop. And of course, it would not be protected. And it would just be lost. So they have to take this pond or they can take this night first, if they wish. Okay, well, let's assume that they will go ahead and take this pond. It's impossible to know which which moved. They will play so well, look at this. Move first. Okay, naturally. Move for us is to take back with the bishop. And now we have a strong bishop and we have a good position. White still may choose to take this night because it now has become a pretty dangerous piece with these lines opening up. But again, if they do so, maybe they'd be losing their their good bishop. And that would be fine for us to be putting our planet dangers attacking square. And it be opening up the game in our favor, opening up the game over in front of their king. And so basically, black will now be in a defensive position for most of the rest of the game. Unless we make some really bad moves. The computer is recommending that they take this night here, so we're just gonna go ahead and follows Variation, assume they want to take that night, and then we will take back and have our pond in This position of this pond is in a good position as long as we can defend it or trade it off for one of these ponds of one of the king. This is really helpful to us. It supports an attack, and it covers thes two square. So when you have your pawn advanced like this close to the king and you have a lot of your pieces, especially his bishops that are able to come out here, you will have a lot of attacking moves and very dynamic set up for your piece is to come and attack very quickly. Black Knight may choose to play Knight to D five, attacking our bishop and opening up this laying here for their bishop over this results in the tactic, we can take it. Queen takes it, and now we have a nice double attack or fork on the Queen and the RUK and they're gonna lose the exchange. I'm gonna go ahead and stop this position here. I think the point has been illustrated that we get a good position with this set up with F four move. Our opponents usually will not be very well prepared for it was seeing now, in this scenario, there are multiple ways for us to get a really good position. We're gonna win material right here. We have this open file here, which we forced by playing F four and having that nice night on that outpost on the C four . Okay, so remember this this important move to play a four when you know your point, it wants to expand the having had a chance to play, be five. Okay, We have this night missing from the side of the board now, and so we can move the queen over and press an attack later. And our position is a very good one. So again, you can't go through all the lines and a 10 or 20 minute video. Which is why I'm going to make mawr lessons and Mawr courses on openings. So I hope you, uh, learn a lot in this lesson and in this class and are inspired to go out and try to use the King's Indian attack as a nice surprise against your opponent. 22. Course Summary: I'd like to thank everybody for taking my course. I hope you guys learned a lot about openings in my class. This is the first course that I'm gonna be doing in a series of opening courses because there are just so many openings, as we can see, just from my short course, we covered a couple lines and each of the most popular openings. But there are truly an infinite number of different lines. Even within one opening, as we saw with the Sicilian dragon, we basically only covered one or two main lines in the Sicilian. But that is one of the richest openings by itself. And we see that you can explore many, many lines in just one opening. So there's gonna be more to come. I'm going to show you guys some of the best openings to play for DE for and against Defour for white and some of the positions that you will get as we talked about. And you may already know Defour leads to a lot more positional type of chest so it may lead to more close positions. Maybe not quite so many tactical opportunities to play. It will lead Teoh some very strategic positional types of games, for example, like you seeing me set up onto the board right now, this is a kind of a position that's gonna be very strategic. It's gonna be a little bit slower and may suit some of your tastes a lot better. Instead of having to worry about gametes and tactics and so much of open, chaotic type of the game, we can have a nice, slow game of chess where we try to take advantage of some small weakness and squeeze our opponent its position. This is the kind of style that the famous Karpa preferred Teagan Petrosian, who was a world champion before Bobby Fischer and a lot of the Russian masters, they say from the Russian school, preferred to play these types of openings. And most grandmasters today at the highest level seem to prefer to play these D four openings. Of course, they're well versed in all of them, but they like to go and get a nice strategic position, often times without a huge explosion of tactics at the beginning of the game. But as we of course, learned from the lessons that we cover in this course, we covered mostly sharp openings. And I hope you guys feel like you have a really good grasp of the openings that we covered , Um, and you got a good basic foundation of them. Please feel free to explore those moves and those openings that I explain to you in the course in more detail, using chess engines and with your friends and allies them with other chess players. And look for some of the best moves. The more you practice is openings, the better you will get at them. And the more you will see how the choice of your opening against your opponent has a really big impact on your success in the game. Of course, having a wide range of openings that you can select a play depending on who you are playing against goes a long way to making you a stronger chess player. It's been said that chess is 99% tactics, and that is true in the sense that we're always having to calculate and look for tactics. And, of course, if we lose a piece or a lot of material within the game can effectively be over at that point because it could be impossible to recover from that. But in addition to tactics, we need to know strategy. We need to know openings, and we need to know what to do and each type of position that we find ourselves in. So thank you guys again for taking the course. I hope you learned a lot and you enjoyed it, and I like to wish you all the success in your chest playing career.