• hace 10 días


    Great video! Thank you!

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    Hmmm...  GM Meli, you went from "pawn structure" in your 7 elements to talking about "weak squares" in the game.  Maybe some deeper discussion of what the elements entail would have been good.  Naturally, I can see weak squares as being rolled into the "pawn structure" category, but it leaves me wondering what else is included in the categories that I'm not naturally assuming.  For example, one of the categories GM Istratescu's list of elements is B pair.  You didn't mention it, but I'm sure you had that in mind when talking about "material imbalance," even though I think you only mentioned quantitative material equality.


    Good stuff.  Looking forward to going through the rest of the series!

  • hace 4 meses


    Thank you.  Excellent video!

  • hace 8 meses


    The very best part of the video is the fact that he changes the order of the elements three times! That shows you how fluid the thinking of a GM actually is. There are no hard fast rules... the position on the board dictates which element prevails!

  • hace 12 meses


    This is great thank you sir.

  • hace 17 meses


    @wantstoimprove I have been playing chess for 20 years and just now started studying openings. I learned opening principles in a beginner chess book. I learned from play over the years to. I very rarely got caught in traps or put in bad positions even though these people probably knew and study the openings. So, go to the library , watch videos, read a book what ever you want but it needs to be about principles in the opening. Controlling the center development King safety etcetera. You talk like you understand chess if so these questions would be answered and you would know already. You can't spell a word if you don't know the alphabet.

  • hace 17 meses


    Very clear and helpful video. Thank you!

    Only thing I would have liked is to understand from the video is why Nxe3 won the game; it might be trivial for you, but we, your students, are not so able to see the tactic. Even Capablanca missed it, so please always make explicit what you understand. Anyway, I understand it now from the comments "(White's rook drops off after 32... Nxe333. Qxd5Rxd534. fxe3Bxe3+. )".

  • hace 17 meses


    Great Video and advice Thank You

  • hace 21 meses


    Thanks Coach ;)

  • hace 21 meses


    Thank you coach Melik

  • hace 22 meses


    Thank you for this a begginer in chess this is very helpful advice.

  • hace 22 meses


    I liked it too, thanks.

  • hace 2 años


    Also, thank you for your series recommendation.  I will definitely check it out.  Happy playing, friend!

  • hace 2 años


    Right, but how did those openings come to be? In no small part were they developed and refined by brilliant chess players who already had a great aptitude for studdying chess positions (i.e. evaluation and planning... even for the beginning position).  Yes, I understand, those opening videos are essential.  Especially in order to avoid traps and other little things that have been discovered by further study and gameplay.  However, what do you think they are based on? Much of the same stuff discussed here. 

    Do you think that Robert Boyle woke up one morning and exclaimed, "aha! PV=k!" No. That's ridulous. There's a reason why he was able to come up with that... studies and a basic understanding of the relationships between pressure, volume, temperature, and mass.  In this series, we look at the relationships between "the Seven Elements of Evaluation":

    • Pawn structure;
    • Center and space;
    • Your development;
    • The position of your King;
    • Open lines;
    • Material balance;
    • Concrete threats;

    Though perhaps they didn't have the same list or catchy name at the time, the people who came up with today's popular openings and their variations were using these same principles in developing them, were they not?

  • hace 2 años


    This video is not meant to teach opening theory, but positional analysis.  Basically it teaches the middlegame after the book moves have been made.

    There are several videos on openings.  For example, do a video search on the keyword "nemesis".  There are many fine videos on specific openings -- Pirc, King's Indian, etc.

  • hace 2 años


    Videos like these help me a lot.  I am currently a 1500s player.  I try to study openings by first watching videos that cover the most popular lines.  Obviously, if I'm watching an intro video to a common opening, I'm probably not all that advanced.  However, the videos often make you mostly rely on memorization instead of understanding.  Sometimes, the commentator will even say things like, "clearly improving the position." Not so clearly to me!  It would be easier for me to remember "what" if I can understand "why." Plus, I might know what to look for when someone deviates from the expected moves.  It's like memorizing a math equation without understanding it.  If you don't understand it, you will struggle with the word problems, or, as I call them, real world problems.  Over-the-board chess is full of "real world" chess problems. Thank you.

  • hace 2 años


    Can you do a video on Pown Structure? I would think this would help me out a lot?

  • hace 2 años


    after rook to c4.if bishop to e2 what will black do?move back or sacrfice

    the exchange?

  • hace 2 años


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