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In this video lesson, GM Igor Smirnov teaches a key chess positional concept that can transform your approach to the game and pave the way for success. Get ready to take your game to the next level with the most crucial chess strategy that will lead you to a 2000 rating and beyond.

But first, let’s delve into why this concept holds such significance. Throughout his journey to becoming a grandmaster, Igor Smirnov discovered that chess is filled with countless rules and principles. However, identifying the most dominant and impactful ones can be challenging.

That’s why he wanted to share with you the ultimate chess strategy that will simplify your decision-making process and enhance your gameplay. So, what is this fundamental concept that can revolutionize your chess understanding? It’s none other than the principle of piece activity.

The essence of chess revolves around maximizing the activity of your pieces. The more active your pieces, the greater control they exert over the board, and the more pressure they can apply on your opponent. From this video lesson, you will learn 5 different ways on exactly how you can follow this single strategy in different positions.

► Chapters

00:00 Best Chess Strategy to Reach 2000 ELO
00:06 Example-1
01:00 The Most Important Concept to WIN in Chess
02:39 Chess-Football analogy, be like Messi!
03:00 Rule-1: Move your pieces forward (most active square)
03:53 Rule-2: Do NOT make your bishop a tall pawn
04:59 Rule-3: Do NOT defend unless you have to
06:54 Rule-4: To take is a mistake
08:37 Rule-5: Improve your least active piece
09:29 GM Smirnov’s Father’s Day Special

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  1. It was my father who introduced me to chess when I was 7 and I won the first game, I remember I I understood everything and while he was giving me explainations, I imagined a plan and calculated till mate. Ioved the game, but unfortunately, he was very busy and it was almost the only game we have played…
    But I tried my son to teach him chess, and I totally failed. He was able to beat me in other games and pleased, but never accepted to learn chess, as if it would be impossible for him to beat me. However I learned chess to a friend's son who tried again and again to beat me, but never succeeded. Years later, he introcuded his sons to chess and he achieved. Both sons wanted to improved their level in chess clubs ( at school) and won school competiions. Now the older one is about to become mathematician, my own son is engineer, very good in maths ( I'm a maths teacher myself) but…alas, has no taste for chess, dislike pure maths themselves ( fond of applied maths).. I failed for ever
    At least, some pupils insisted I created and managed a Chessclub in our school. They asked the chief it must be me, and nobody else. Well, I couldn't refuse. This club was successful and there were more than 30 pupils who came there, boys and girls playing together in a very friendly atmosphere. Many just had been introduced by grand father or father or uncle and learned incredibly fast. It was joy and happyness : they used to learn and discuss between themselves, providing.eachother advices. The only problem for me is that the best of them was able to beat me !! In a way to much successfull …

  2. I play chess as a hobby for 15 years now, but this video really said new things to me! Thank You Igor! Greetings from Hungary!

  3. This is actual practical advise. Really helpful

  4. Awesome, been stuck at 1700s for a while now, hopefully aiming to get to 2000 by the end of 2024. I'm 41 and my 9yo kicks my bum ) these tips are great and will defo come in handy to kick back his, thank you so much. )))

  5. I think some people might run into trouble with principles like "1. Move your piece to the most forward available square," because there are a lot of situations where you don't want to do that, right? For instance, you don't want to develop your bishop as white to the 5th rank if there's no knight to pin on the 6th rank– and in d4 openings, generally you want to avoid playing knc3?

  6. as someone who is higher than 2000 elo, i regularly dont follow these rules and regret it. Dont think that once you get to a certain level these ideas become obsolete and unnecessary

  7. I can come back and review this later –
    1) Move your piece to the most advanced square that creates some threat.

    2) Don't make your bishop a tall pawn.

    3) Defend only when needed. Work out the possible threat in your mind first to decide if it's one at all.

    4) When in doubt what to play, make your least active piece better.
    5) Do not capture if it can make your opponent's piece move forward and more active.

  8. Hearing the messi reference was a pleasant surprise
    and yeah no one has ever won by just defending in any sport or strategic maneuver ever.
    make a move that forces opponent to react

  9. You know sometimes tall pawns work wonders in end games

  10. Thank you for sharing. I've been making lots of the mistakes that you mentioned.
    I've got lots to learn about chess.

  11. That was the most instructive chess video I've ever seen. Aggressive chess with forward movement whenever possible. Thank you.

  12. Sometimes I win against 1800, sometimes I lose against 1100. Is this because of cannabis? Can anyone tell me why the quality of my games is so unstable? Sometimes I do 95%, sometimes I do 60% and I really cannot understand why.

  13. stockfish seems to follow this principle a lot. I see it being hyper aggressive and it rejects the more passive moves much of the times. If stockfish is dumb computer that just brute forces the most advantageous moves, then this principle must be universally corect

  14. I often hear that you don't want to move the same piece twice in a row especially in the early game, so how do we reconcile that with your first rule? Throwing a bishop down the board sometimes gets it immediately kicked and forces an immediate second move.

  15. 1) Move your piece to the most advanced square that's possible under the circumstances.
    the problem is that the advanced square = easy to be attacked by his pawn then I have to return.

  16. 0:47 its not actually a blunder becoz after bishop h2 u can capture it with knight h2 adn when the opponent captures the queen u capture bishop on g4 with your bishop giving check and then capture the rook
    So u will get two bishops and a rook in exhcnage of a queen and its a really good deal

  17. You learn me something! Many Thanks🎈🎈

  18. Ah, ini baru satu konsep catur yang harus diketahui ya? Seru juga nih belajar secara detail. Mungkin aku bisa menang lebih mudah nanti. Thanks for sharing!

  19. In the second example I would've instinctively pushed the pawn from D4 to D5, why should I not do that?

  20. Chess Notes
    1. Move your pieces to the most active and advanced squares
    2. Don't make your bishop a tall pawn
    3. Defend only when needed. Think properly if your opponent even has a real threat
    4. When in doubt what to play, make your less active pieces more active.

  21. And if you say "I do all that, but why? I still lose" (like I said to my GM coach). He replied there's a certain "harmony" in chess, that when you control more and better squares than your opponent (better meaning centralized or in opponent's territory), it is more likely a tactical opportunity will present itself. That makes sense because you have more squares to move your pieces to threaten the opponent, and they have fewer to move out of the way (or counter-threaten you). Bottom line is just trust the video's advice and you'll see tactics open up. I went up 300 points USCF when I discovered this.

  22. Its funny because this is actually a great masterplan for me. Thanks. Best chess advice ever.

  23. That messi part 😂😂💥 thanks master, that was soo instructive💯

  24. Love this strategy tip series. Very actionable advice. Subbed.

  25. When I want to watch chess games, I always go to Nakamura's channel, but when I want to learn and improve, yours has always been my top priority to watch.

    Keep it going sir.

  26. Wonderful, Wonderful, Wonderful! How good is he?

  27. It's crazy how tactic attacks follow automatically when all pieces are active. Thank you for sharing your knowledge!

  28. So remember, when you don't know what to do, just be the Greatest football player to ever lived 😅

  29. Hi Igor – great videos as always.

    I'm nowhere near your level obviously but I am wondering, your "Rule 1" example with the bishop gives me some concerns – I always think that while Bb5 is a nice pin, it's easy enough for black to respond with a6, forcing a retreat.

    If you play Bc4, you've wasted a move, as you could have gone to c4 to begin with.

    If you play Ba4 to preserve the pin, black can simply follow up with b5, forcing Bb3. This means you've wasted 2 moves, because although the bishop is now on a nice diagonal putting some pressure on the f7 pawn, again, you could have played Bc4 to begin with.

    It's possible that if black actually wants to castle queenside, it will keep the position more closed and leave the queenside pawns as they are. However, if the more common approach is castling kingside, it just feels as if white has wasted time while black has gained space.

    Any thoughts on that?

  30. Thanks for all your help Igor, you’re the man 🫡

  31. He has the most irritating voice and accent. Ugh
    Good content though. Can’t listen.

  32. – Develop pieces to the most forward squares (3:01)

    – Do not make your bishop a "tall pawn" by restricting its activity (4:15)

    – Avoid defensive moves like Knight to H7 that decrease piece activity (5:44)

    – "To take is a mistake" – don't automatically capture and help your opponent (8:06)

    – Focus on repositioning the least active pieces to make them more active (8:39)

  33. "The whole chess game revolves around the ____ of your pieces." The WHAT ?!

  34. Excellent description. Thanks for sharing

  35. Your speaking is so entertaining you should comment sports 🏈

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