Become A Strong Positional Chess Player | Lesson # 132

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Chess players! Just like we train tactics, the same could be done with strategy and positional Chess. In this lesson, NM Robert Ramirez takes a moment to reinforce the crucial concept of identifying and capitalizing on weak squares. Hope you find it useful!

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Game from today’s lesson:

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1. d4 Nf6 2. Nf3 e6 3. g3 c5 4. Bg2 Nc6 5. O-O cxd4 6. Nxd4 d5 7. c4 Qb6 8. Nb5
Bc5 9. N1c3 dxc4 10. Nd6+ Bxd6 11. Qxd6 Na5 12. Qa3 Bd7 13. Be3 Qc7 14. Rac1 Ng4
15. Bf4 Qb6 16. Ne4 Bc6 17. Nd6+ Kd7 18. Rcd1 Bd5 19. Bxd5 exd5 20. Rxd5 *

My Book Recommendations:

First tactics book:
Mixed tactics book:
Advanced tactics book:
Advanced tactics book (II):
Carlsen’s book (excellent):
Kramnik’s book (excellent):
Pirc Defense book:
100 endgames you must know:
Endgames book:

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Benefits of Playing Chess:
​- Promotes brain growth
– Increases problem-solving skills
– It exercises both sides of the brain
– Raises your IQ
– Sparks your creativity
– Teaches planning and foresight
– Teaches patience and concentration
– Optimizes memory improvement
– Improves recovery from stroke or disability
– Helps treat ADHD

Chess is an intellectual battle where players are exposed to numerous mental processes such as analysis, attention to detail, synthesis, concentration, planning and foresight. Psychological factors are also present on and off the board; playing Chess stimulates our imagination and creativity. Every single move a player makes is the result of a deep analysis based on the elements presented on the battlefield.

Chess in its essence teaches us psychological, sociological and even moral values. In a Chess game, both players start with the same amount of material and time. The fact that the white pieces move first is considered to be practically irrelevant —especially because a player typically plays one game as white and one game as black. Consequently, the final result of the battle solely depends on each player. It doesn’t matter if you win by taking advantage of your opponent’s mistakes or by simply avoiding mistakes yourself. Truth is that Chess is an extremely individual sport and our defeats can only be blamed on ourselves and no one else. And this, in the end, only benefits us because we learn to be and feel responsible for our actions and never come up with excuses to justify ourselves.

We also learn that when it comes to our victories on the board, our opponent’s mistakes play a more significant role than our own skills. Let’s not forget that a Chess game without any mistakes would be a draw. This way, Chess provides us with another valuable life lesson: be humble at all times.

About National Master Robert Ramirez:

With an outstanding background as a professional Chess player and over 8 years of teaching experience, Robert Ramirez brings both his passion and his expertise to the board, helping you believe & achieve!

Robert Ramirez was introduced to the fascinating world of Chess when he was 5 years old and has participated in prestigious tournaments such as the World Open Chess Tournament and the Pan American Intercollegiate Team Championships. Thanks to his performance, he has earned his National Master title from the United States Chess Federation.

Currently, NM Ramirez and his carefully selected team teach at several private schools in the counties of Miami-Dade and Broward and they also offer private lessons. He says the key to their success as Chess coaches is their ability to adapt to every student and to make lessons fun and interesting for students and even their family members.


  1. We finally have a strong and well organized opening course for White and one for Black. With these and the FREE beginner to master level playlist from this YouTube channel, it’s all about consistency over an extended period of time 😎💪 ⬇Course on Black Opening (Counterblow) on White Opening (First Strike) Playlist (beginner to master level) the Endgame Knowledge I have the Strategy Knowledge I have

  2. Hope you're still reading this, found the move at the beginning immediately 😂 But only because recently I played a game where I had only the bishop pair and a queen vs. a rook and a queen. After I traded queens with the opponent I found out that the game went from – 3.5 (I was Black) to all zeros. Turned out the position was a little bit too closed and the opponent's rook had an insane open file. Never trading queens that easily again 😂

  3. Thank you for your leaning and give me more the lesson

  4. I’m trying to copy the notes but, failing to make it work. I won in 18, though I forced the computer to play Ke6, instead of saccing the queen for the knight. My attacking needed work, and I figured the game is more complex when an engine has a queen

  5. Also, thank you! This really helped frame things better for me, and to look for counterplay. I had an option to trade to an endgame up a rook, but knew the trade wasn’t worth it with the king open, so I looked at what my opponent could actually do with the queen. And after one check, that was nothing, I went to up a queen and bishop to pawns instead

  6. You're a great coach, but why are you in such a hurry? It isn't necessary to talk so fast. Please give us a thought, then give us a moment to think about what you've said and absorb it.

  7. What's the best approach or way to extract best out of a chess book according to you? Your playlist is absolutely fantastic! And i am learning a new thing each day! 😬

  8. Hi sir you are the best chess coach according to me

  9. You know what comment u should pin. Pls like to be on top) Cool video 8) Forth comment is MINE)

  10. This was an Amazing Lecture about positional chess!!

  11. You make videos that chess players can actually use. Props

  12. What are your thoughts on hippo style openings, Larsen, Owens, etc, whatever opening to get into the hippo for positional play?
    I'm loving it, and have gained 200 points playing exclusively for both sides, with a win percentage of 67 plus…from 30 plus last 50 games, love it!

  13. Position is EVERYTHING! I remember one game I saw an opportunity to advance my bishop to c6 in between two black pawns and blocking the c7 pawn. There was no attack from it, but none of his pieces could attack that square and it was a great position for that bishop. It stayed there for much of the game and I would eventually go down by two major pieces (down by one knight and one rook), not only that, but he has chased my king out E1 to F3, it was looking bad.

    It just so happened that he could not check me anymore, and that's all I needed. I moved out my Queen and got a few checks on him, and because of that one bishop on c6, he had very limited places for his King, and eventually my Queen moved into a position guarded by that bishop and I mated him with just those 2 pieces. That one positional movement of the bishop won me the game.

  14. First instinct on both positions are positional strength 💪.
    Saw Qa3 😎🧠 and Be3 tempo winning
    Saw the move on the second position too. Was in 7 th heaven until I blundered checkmate by moving the f rook. 😫

  15. i just lost 2/3 games when i was like +7 on eval bar but same material.. i positionally killed my opponents and managed to screw it up. im 1600 and i think im so tilted im about to eat my pc

  16. Instade of Qa3 I was thinking about Bf4, protecting the Q. If the black Q gets the white Q then the B can get to that square. Is this idea not good? Love all your video's I learn so much thank you for that!

  17. Qe7 but doesn’t really win much after bishop pin. Maybe Qa3 still controlling the diagonal? In my games I’d just go for simplification. Two Knights vs Knight and Bishop but I’m already castles and ready to bring my rook and dark square bishop on the game. The pawn on c4 will fall eventually imo

  18. what if after bishop e3 black queen move a6 not move c7?

  19. This is the opening I have been using as white lately 🙂

  20. Do you give online lessons? Im looking for a Chess coach to step up my game.

  21. Hi Rob, I sent you an email about private lessons last week, did you receive it?

  22. Can you make English opening reportouire .. I'm always watch your videos .im learning a lot like your pirc lessons. Kudos to you Coach

  23. Another excellent lesson – thanks for sharing your knowledge!

  24. Do you recommend Daily or should I stick with Rapid and blitz?

  25. I had Qa3 as one of my candidate moves but wasn't sure if having the Queen on the edge like that was gonna be dangerous (ie could it get trapped over there?) or not…. as it turns out .. NOT! 🙂

  26. In this position 6:53 you can win a free queen by attacking the c-pawn with your knight which will give a discovered check to the king using the rook and also the knight attacks the queen and the knight in the same time

  27. The sound at the beginning is the same sound that fool's mate would produce

    1 E4 F6
    2 D4 G5
    3 QH5

    White wins

  28. Hola señor Ramírez
    Tu hacés un trabajo de pedagogía increíble!! Gracias a ti
    Maestro Ramírez!
    El francés de Guadalupe

  29. Thanks for sharing your valuable knowledge 😍❤️.

  30. Hi Rob, I love your lessons! FYI at about minute 7 of this video there is an sign in your video for "Tata the forker". The ad states something about your lessons being too long so I guess it is some kind of hack? It is not the first time I have seen this sign. Just wanted to let you know.

  31. No one wants to be told to go watch a video from 70+ lessons. Push your older content further into the video, not right at the start. It puts new people off.

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