A positional chess game – Improve Your Chess Rating #4

Featured is a 15+10 rapid game I played against a player rated 1832. The opening is a Caro-Kann Main Line, with 4…Nf6. Much of my attention in this strategic game is on careful positional considerations where I attempt to continually make small improvements without creating unnecessary weaknesses. The idea with this type of video is to simply help chess players improve their understanding of the game by sharing my train of thought while I play one rapid time control game. Accompanying my train of thought is a mini blackboard where I list some helpful notes throughout. The “Improve Your Chess Rating” playlist is a work in progress and is meant to compliment the “Beginner to Chess Master” playlist which is primarily theoretical knowledge. The videos in “Improve Your Chess Rating” are not uploaded by order of ratings.

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  1. Good positional battle and lesson, therefore, here!

  2. Another really instructive video Jerry, much appreciated. Stayed till the very end. And my rapid rating is 2100+ on lichess

  3. thank you so much jerry i ased you for strategque game for 1800 2000 etc for inprouving our vision with your revewing your playlist begginer to chess master and this is it . thanx again !! ths new playlist is awsome and very helpful to practice all the lessons that you gives us in the other playlist . and sorry for my english i learn english too hehe .
    from: everyone 🙂

  4. Incredibly instructive thought process, and the chalkboard for the extra insight is thumbs up! Keep ‘em coming! Thanks Jerry!

  5. I think the things I find most instructive is when you consider moves that seem intuitively quite bad to me, like going for that bishop exchange, because it forces me to question my assumptions. Also, when I'm studying master games without the commentary, you never know the moves they don't play — things they considered and dismissed.

  6. 1600 lichess here. Great demonstration of patience in chess- something I struggle with. Also, a nice example of how seriously considering weaknesses and holes helps your position long term. Thanks Jerry!

  7. Hola Jerry, muy buenos videos! Tenés algún libro para recomendar para mejorar mi ajedrez?

  8. That was great, these are the sort of games where I make a stupid mistake because the next move doesn't seem too obvious

  9. I like the BJJ- belt colours for the thumbnail. Guessing it was intentional 😊👍

  10. I don't know how other people feel, but I think that the blackboard is the best thing to happen to your videos since you started posting. That is mostly because your videos have been stellar since the beginning, but still.

  11. I realised there are no board sounds in the video. Do you play with them off or just don't record your computer sounds? If you're simply not recording, please consider doing so as I would love to hear them, as weird as it sounds they add an extra layer to the video.

  12. That Knight takes Bishop on b4 move that you kept rejecting was actually a good move! After Nxb4 axb4, black plays Nd5 which hits at the b4 pawn. This pawn can be defended only by white's queen! Tying down the queen to the defense of a pawn is worthwhile. White would need to spend a few knight moves to defend this pawn in order to release the queen.

  13. That was a very solid opponent for being 1800. Nice job not creating weaknesses in their position until under a minute!

  14. Rapid rating 2400. I'm proud that you never pulled the trigger on Nxb4 even though it was always so "tempting"

  15. Hi Jerry, long time fan here. I've been playing more rapid these days to get better at the game, I'm now 1888 on lichess.

    Love this series so far, however I find the blackboard a bit distracting especially with the longer notes. As a suggestion, maybe you could keep the shorter notes on the blackboard during the game but do a more thorough analysis after the game?

  16. iduhknow… The slow activation of your black square bishop and your queen's knight really bothers me here, left me squirming in my seat. Control the d5 square? Looks as if 1… e5 followed by Nf6 and then maybe c6 would have served better. Even a Sicilian, going with e6 followed with c5 (or vice versa) gives better options for black. To each their own and i know this opening has seen a lot of play in high level chess but this has convinced me that black playing c6 in response to 1. e4 is black's equivalent of white's opening with 1. e3. An option from a recent game on line – 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bc4 Nf6 4. Nc3 Nxe4 5. Nxe4 d5 and black's got good development, hasn't blocked any of his own pieces, leaves black pretty much owning d5 and without giving white any undue advantages. Only trouble with this position, best play from here can get really tricky really quick, but white has the first challenge here – how best to respond to that 5… d5 move (psychologically, they're apt to be internally hemorrhaging, thinking they're about to lose a piece when it actually amounts to just a simple exchange resulting in a fairly equal position).
    Regardless, i'm enjoying this series, seeing your thought processes and now i'm going to have to take a deeper dive into the Caro-Kann Defense, see why it has maintained a popularity. 😎

  17. This was a great game, lots of examples about just how much pawn moves determine the flow of the game. The long term liability on the a/b file, the pivot square on d5, and the complete shift in gameplan when f4 was played.

  18. Nic (J Bruce Feynman Niccolo P. Bentulan) says:

    Why chess instead of 9LX?

  19. Hello chessnetworkguy, can you do a video at some point when you face off equals to your playing level and explain reason behind your moves- 2700 is pretty high on lichess so would be really cool seeing you faceoff against opponents of that caliber nobody has that content yet even danya reach 2300 and stop the speedrun at that point

  20. I pause the video and read everything on the chalk. I do like that you really explain in depth. I need that. I’m only 1200 and I make silly mistakes and get rushed for no reason. I’ll lose a game and still have 13 mins left. Drives me crazy. I appreciate this series and all of the work you do to help all of us. Thank you.

  21. Hi Jerry. I have a rapid rating of a little over 2000 on lichess. I really appreciate this series. I am the trainer at my local club. Last Monday I used the previous video in the series to train three youngsters, one a budding strategist, one a quick fire tactician and one just recently passed the beginner stage, all three gained something from it. I too enjoyed and gained from it. Especially your calmness in rapid play is something I try to emulate. The chalk board notes are great if one pauses and reads them a few times to get as much as possible out of them. Thanks and keep up the great work.

  22. Hey Jerry, I'm 1921 rapid on lichess. Since positional play is one of my weaknesses, this video was very instructional. As black I would've gotten impatient and gone for a break, probably opening the position in white's favour. Your patient remanouvering of your pieces to better squares is something I have to remember. Thanks and greetings.

  23. Is 5. … e5 a good idea ? A pawn sacrifice, take the queen, uncastle the white king, and go to g4 with the knight

  24. I learned something new today about the relationship between an opposing knight and the rook pawn.. Knight on Bishop 3 Harry's coming for thee

  25. I'm a shade above 1300. Patience is the biggest thing I picked up from this video. Like other commenters, I often bust things open just because I can't think of anything else to do. I noticed that you delayed playing h6 and creating a flight square for a long time. That's something too– keeping those pawns there protects the king (as long as bank rank mates are out of the picture), so if you can make other improving moves, that's probably better than just routinely playing h6.

  26. I kept wondering why you weren't considering that Qe4 check earlier, but that only allowed white to get himself even more in a bind!

    Tx Jerry.

  27. watching Jerry play the Caro kann is like watching saban play Tennessee or ole miss. They might give him a game but everyone knows who will win, and usually in beautiful and artistic fashion

  28. Hey what opening should I learn first as a beginner?

  29. I’m 2150 lichess rapid. Found vídeo #2 and #3 SUPER instructive. Soo many ideas to take on board.

    1 key message for me is don’t be so desperate to make pawn breaks if you can improve a piece within the structure.

    I thought b5 looked scary the way your queen was so cut off from the game but the white pieces weren’t placed in a position to exploit it so even though it took 3 whole moves for black Q to return to the game it was fine.

  30. I feel so fortunate to have new videos from Jerry, Danya, and John Bartholomew to watch all week. I love this content. Thanks Jerry!

  31. Hey Jerry! Can one submit for this series? I am 2300 rapid on lichess (close to 1900 FIDE).

  32. Jerry, seus comentários são miniaulas de estratégia e tática

    E sempre me chamou a atenção o quanto você está constantemente procurando melhores posições para cada peça. Isso é muito instrutivo

  33. Why did white resign? He couldn’t stall out?😊

  34. Rapid rating is 1600. Hearing the the pros and cons helps tremendously.

  35. holy smokes busting out the second blackboard 😀

  36. The second blackboard took me by surprise.

  37. Highly instructive video, thanks Jerry!

  38. Game flow conspired against White's dsB early and never relented. As that piece continued to remain uninvolved, it just kept bleeding more value to Black the longer the game went along. Taking care to not do anything to change that weakness was well handled by Jerry. Getting hamstrung like that happens sometimes. Not necessarily because of inattention or deficiencies in one’s (human) game. It's more due to the huge possibility space of chess. At base, I guess it's a deficiency in that humans can't calculate like computers can. The bottom line, cut yourself some slack when taking an L. And be humble when getting a victory.

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