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In this video lesson, GM Igor Smirnov will teach you one of the most important and vital chess principles that will help you win more games easily (and even beat stronger opponents).

This is an universal chess principle/rule, a key strategy of playing the best moves and keeping your pieces active. This principle will change your perspective of chess thinking and help you find the downside of your opponent’s moves and exploit them.

You will learn how to play actively, keep attacking your opponent, provoke your opponent to create weaknesses in their position, and exploit those weaknesses to win easily.

► Chapters

00:00 Most Important & Universal Chess Rule
00:32 How amateur chess players think
01:01 Thinking from opponent’s move perspective
02:26 Exploiting little inaccuracies
04:21 Provoking opponent to create weaknesses
06:28 Play the strongest attacking move!
08:58 Can you find the winning move?

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  1. Could you capture his dark squared bishop on g5 and then discovered attack on his rook by playing pawn to d5? is that winning? Im new idk pls help me

  2. The cat behind you is so cuteeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!!!

  3. I was thinking possibly Bishop to d6 to hit the e7 pawn again. Great tutorial!

  4. I would play bishop d6 overloading the pawn using the pin.

  5. I want to say Qxa5 but I’m not so sure. Can’t bank on rook accepting sac. I want to say Bd6 attacking the e7 pawn further? Ng6 defends. Not sure of the continuation after that

  6. So what the heck is the single rule?

  7. It was a very nice cat 🙀 video.

  8. I must say, I find your move descriptions and reasoned explanations to be extremely helpful. One of the best educational channels on the toob.

  9. If I’d got this position I’d savor it and play d5. So many options to follow.

  10. How to win IF you are playing against an idiot who cooperates with your goals.

  11. Qxa5! If Rxa5 then it's mate in 2 moves i.e. Rxe7Kd8 and then R1e7#

  12. Hi sir i,m from nepal i loves your videos .🇳🇵😀Thank u

  13. Queen sacrifice on a5.
    Follow up rooks mate the king by driving him into the pawns.

  14. I loved this lesson… too bad I didn't put it into practice and got scholar checkmated

  15. Can you please repeat that. I was watching the cat.

  16. You are the best brother… Take care…

  17. All well and good, but is 1e4, N-f6 a real thing?

  18. When asked, time and again Garry Kasparov has said this: "The overall most important chess principal for all players of all levels, is KING SAFETY. You should prioritize protecting your own king over every other aspect of the game, including controling the center. The exception being if you have a forced mate progression and is your turn. There are 3 greatest players of all time, and Garry is one of the three. Protect your king.

  19. Chess is boring = The biggest lie in the universe

  20. Answer (?): 1. Qxa5 (if 1. … Rxa5 then 2. Rxe7+ Kd8 3. Re8+ Kd7 4. R1e7#) 1. … Rb7 2. Nc5 (attacking rook/defender of e7, which has no safe place that still defends e7) 2. … Rh7 (to replace the lost defender) 3. Nxb7 Qxb7 4. Nxg5 fxg5 5. Qxg5 (threatening e7 and B on g8. No more defenders available. Ng6 drops knight.) 5. … e6 (e6 pawn defended by Q, N, and B) 6. … Qxg8

  21. I like Nc5, I don't hate Nxg5 trading you least active piece for black most active piece and creating another weakness. if there is a forced mate in this I don't see it.
    never-mind I found it. it does end in Nc5 though.

  22. I don't understand why Black retreats his knight to b6 before being compelled to do so.

  23. 30.Qxa5!! is one of those kill shots that's just as easy to miss as it is to spot. Of course almost anything wins, but after this move White is up two pawns instead of one while maintaining all of his positional trumps in a most likely winning attack.

  24. I believe there's one chess principle that's even more important than the one explicated here, which if I understand it correctly is "Before making routine developing moves, always look for opportunities to make effective attacking moves instead."
    The principle I have in mind that I think is even more important is the following:

    Don't confuse yourself more than you're confusing your opponent!

  25. What is this name of this chess game

  26. I’m 42- played my first game with my kids last week (8&10 years old ) I’m hooked! Thankyou for these videos!!!!

  27. The cat in the background takes all my attention 😮😅😂

  28. 9:09 – probably also good – Bd6. Thank you for your ideas and videos. The question: What is it to be the pupil of this chess course? It is necessary, obligatory to spend daily for example one hour?

  29. All I want to do is slam those rooks in there and see what happens

  30. Legends looking at the cat in the whole video

  31. I am not trying to be argumentative with a GM, and I appreciate the video and help… but, at 3:50 we have a little contradiction to me:
    1. We want to take control of the center of the board – Knight to e4.
    2. "Knight on the rim is a little bit dim", so not knight to b5?
    3. We want to avoid moving the same pieces multiple times before we have finished development?
    4. Develop, castle, connect the Rooks… so, Bishop to b5 check?

    oh… no… "Knight to b5 is an advanced move." Okay. fuck me I guess. hahaha😅🤣🥲

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