Chess Lesson # 52: the strategy masters live by

You are never going to look at the game of Chess the same way after this lesson! Become a more technical and strategic player with National Master Robert Ramirez. In this lesson we are going to take your game to the next level. It’s time to learn about Chess strategy. If we do this right, you will soon start experiencing what it feels like to defeat your opponent without them knowing why they lost. You will soon start experiencing what it feels like to win a game without any apparent material advantage or apparent checkmate threat.

If you have been following this Chess course, at this point you are one of two players: either you think of a knight and you think of a fork or you think of a knight and you think of a fork and also of outposts and how knights like to be in the center of the board. However, none of this is enough. Your Chess strategy needs a boost! We are going to start by analyzing one of my own games, which will allow us to get a strong foundation about Chess technique and Chess strategy. Then we will do three or four exercises taken from games of some of the best Chess players in history, which will allow you to practice and consolidate everything. Once we finish, you will know (1) how to identify an outpost, (2) how to create an outpost out of thin air when possible, (3) how to secure an outpost, (4) how to occupy an outpost and more importantly (5) what to do once you have your knight on that strategic position.

00:00 Intro
01:25 Lesson plan
03:05 Reviewing Coach Robert’s game (learning and implementing our 4-step Chess strategy
21:02 1st exercise from Smyslov’s game
28:30 2nd exercise to reinforce Chess strategy
34:08 3rd exercise from Botvinnik’s game (creating an outpost from thin air)

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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.


  1. The fact that i ve spent literaly hundreds of hours watching other youtubers explaining openings, traps and systems and only now i finally found this one video, is making me tilt. Why didnt anyone else start with a video explaining what a weak square is and how to identify it and go on from there? As a begginer i believe this is the most important concept. I finally have a specific and measurable plan to try and execute and it works in every scenario. Thank you so much for this. This video is so good that I wonder why is it even free to watch.
    I d love to see more videos with tactics to create weak squares on the opponents defense and also how to avoid making them on my own defence. If he already has made such videos, please someone point them out to me.

  2. Long live the king… The best king Robert sir

  3. Thanks for the lesson, i like how you explains.

  4. Just came across Robert for the first time, this guy is a great teacher, great job Robert !!!!!, if U won’t to improve ur game, Robert is a must see!!!!

  5. This was the most exciting video so far for me, because it opens up a new concept for me which i never thought about before, i only knew about forks with knights lol

  6. Finding this channel is like finding gold in a river of sand. I wish I had discovered this channel sooner. This is perfect for beginners to climb from being the average 1000 to a 1800

  7. I played a tournament game a week after watching this video and managed to set up a weak f6 square, trade dark squared bishop on f8 stopping my opponent from castling and put a knight on the f6 outpost protected by a pawn chain. That knight sat there for 22 moves, not attacking anything but completely dominating blacks territory. An “Octopus Knight” as Gary would say. While he was busy running his king to “safety” on the other side I tripled my rooks and queen and barrelled down the D file. Missed a pretty cool mate in 3 but I still got mate OTB a few moves later. I’m rated 1100 and my opponent was rated 1400, this was by far the best game I’ve ever played in my life.

    This video made something click for me and I cannot be more excited to keep learning more concepts bringing my game to the next level. I cannot thank you enough for helping me break through.

  8. This is probably the BEST chess lesson I've ever watched ☺

  9. Thank you very much for this AMAZING video ❤️❤️❤️❤️

  10. The best video of chess I've ever seen. This was greaaaaat video..

  11. I must say this is best strategy and if you get a good outpost you can win any game easily even if you are a pawn short.

  12. This one's an amazing video and it opened my eyes to something I never quite understood. Cheers mate.

  13. At a certain point it dawned on me, he's doing all this with ONE KNIGHT!

  14. Me: "But what if the Black knight moves to e7 to cover d5?" (Multiple times)
    Robert: "Just in case some of you were wondering 'But what if the Black knight moves to e7 to cover d5?', I'll show you.

    Amazing teacher.

  15. This was beautiful and I hope it will improve my game as I had little to no knowledge on what to do in the middle game in order to get an advantage other than cheap tricks to hopefully win a piece

  16. Thank you so much! This is going to help me so much in my tournement next week!😉😉😉

  17. "I really enjoy seeing how the whole game is decided on a specific square. It's not even about winning a piece, it's not about attacking the king. It's just one tiny square."

    Damn. Never have I fully understood the tactical power of weak squares and outposts. Until now. Bloody marvelous. What an amazing teacher.

  18. Wow, it's crazy that a whole game can be decided by a weak square far away from the king, but even in my own games I have lost because of the opponent's strong outposted piece, or because I traded pieces inaccurately based on some vague idea. Really great lesson.

  19. You really know your chess, it was a very good explanation👍👍👍👍

  20. Well I'll be, Robert you're my coach from now on. I finished this lesson like 30min ago as a 1146 ( which I've been stuck on since 2021) now I'm mid 1300s🥺🥺🥺

  21. @NM Robert Ramirez At 31:39 It is important to understand why "..Qxg2" is not an option. I did not calculate this at first sight.

  22. Hi Robert. Here again for the some lesson. Appreciate the effort and patience for sharing the outpost strategy. Still a long ways to go for me but your teachings are a great help. Thanks.

  23. What if both side have outpost and both side is going for outpost so at that time we should defend or go for theirs

  24. Mate, I learnt from you a lot today!! Thank you!!

  25. I'm coming back to chess after years of take or leave it attitude. You, M. Ramirez, have inspired me, at last, to dive in & take it to the next level. Merci beaucoup, maître Ramirez!

  26. This video was a huge turning point for me. After your explanation, I was able to figure out the plan before you even laid it out. I never used to understand how people could think and plan that far ahead, but it all makes sense now.

  27. Hello, i have a question about third exercise. I found interesting continuation and i want to know what do you think about it. So, after a3, i was thinking about pawn e4 and e5, bishop manuevar to b4 and then after exchange Nc4 and Nd6. I came up with that plan after pausing the video. I want to know if that is slow plan and if it's effeftive.

  28. What is the best line/move if the black quickly attack the knight with a pawn on e4 on the opening? Retreat?

  29. I went from 1000 to 1700 in a day after after watching this video ☺️

  30. I have though @ 31:37 why can't the black queen just take on g3 because the pawn is undefended and you can't trap the queen becuae the rook is protecting the pawn on h4

  31. Definetly one of the most underrated strategic chess video on YouTube. So helpfull to setup a powerfull plan. Many thanks to share all these secrets

  32. Rob your content is out of the roof. Thank you so much, you're the man.

  33. Have started following your lessons and really like them. When playing the KID attack or KID defense what do you do when knight to g3 as white or g6 when you’re black.

  34. Very useful lesson coach! Thanx for it❤️

    Although I have a doubt, while we exchange the bishops let's say we both exchange our white bishops that'll also weaken our white squares. Isn't that a drawback, what if the enemy takes advantage of that?

  35. Wow, this is an amazing lesson! I was blind but now I see 😀

  36. I watched many videos on youtube and i cant understand what they are saying but his coaching style is really easy to understand i will try to watch all of the course video ❤❤❤

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