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. I am 49 years old and rated Fide elo 1700. Am I too old to be an IM?

  2. This is a brilliant lesson. Thank you. I think the insight that makes this better than all the others out there is that Ramirez understands something deep: Strategic patterns need to be practiced and developed just like tactics training. Other teachers don't do that, they present strategic patterns as one-off 'brilliant' ideas. Ramirez takes the next step (and it looks obvious now, doesn't it?). Strategic ideas aren't simply found because the player or teacher is a genius. Strategy is a learnable skill, but only through a lot of well-focused practice. Thank you for that insight and for implementing it so well.

  3. No… I don't agree.I like kasparov better.

  4. I really loved that!You're pretty good in your explanation. I'll subscribe.

  5. 1. identify the weak square in your opponents position 2. take out the deffenders of the outpost your oupost.

  6. This lesson is amazing, is pure gold! Very good content and is easy to understand. Thank you from Portugal.

  7. Fantastic video and learning the essentials about safe squares n all. But however many average n lower players can disrupt such plans. I a beginner at best with less than 50 games all up n as a black I can interrupt these plans by playing the white Queen to the protected square at 15:41sec with my Queen…:. Just a beginners 1 cents worth… But at the same time I’m learning that many of the black moves are either blocked n restricted. If both are of similar talent then the white is in a much stronger position to attack.

  8. one of the most influential chess videos I have ever watched

  9. This is the best chess lessons I've ever seen on YouTube. Amazing!! Thanks 🙏

  10. This was a great great great lesson. Thank you for providing us with so much quality exercices.1st exercice : I found the idea, but not the right way to do it.2nd exercice : I found the correct moves very quickly. I felt proud, thanks to your teachings.A big big big thank you, coach.

  11. I’m so happy I found this video and all of your lessons.. they always say, knight to e5, yeah, but what then!?!!

    I’ve gained hundreds, literally hundreds of elo points converting games I used to drop, cuz I know how to easily checkmate with queens and rooks. The windmill stuff is lethal too lol.

    Thanks for your effort , for sharing the knowledge with us noobs. I’m blitzing through these lessons

  12. You always have great content, but this is way above any other chess lesson out there – truly wonderful teaching of an amazing concept, thank you sir 🙏

  13. These videos are awesome. Really upping my game. I found you with lesson 51 for the black open and I love it. I always struggled on understanding what to play as black if not using a gambit vs standard kings pawn opens. Thanks man

  14. I definitely like this channel. Found out about it while watching a similar channel (Dan Heisman)

  15. In the last tournament I when I had a pretty closed position, I exchanged both of my bishops for my oponent's knights dead locked the center where some pawn could exchange and have 2 monster knights one in the center and one in the vicinity of the king. Black's bishops were basically Worth as much as a pawn and at some point he ever sacrificed a rook just to get rid of my center knight and let the second rook escape my blockade, he ran out of time but if not, I would've checkmated him because no pieces could defend his king against my queen and other knight, they just had no route to the kingside

  16. You are an excellent teacher.easy to digest for an unrated player.

  17. Fantastic lesson offering positional and strategic plans!

  18. Sir can u please tell how to practice this tactic.

  19. These moves are so beautiful. Thank you for teaching me

  20. we definitely need more lessons like that!

  21. i tried this tactic after opening with the czech pirc and won by checkmate! regardless if it was a win or a loss, it feels so good to have a tactic in mind, rather than just guessing during the middle game. thank you for about the 18th time, robert lol

  22. It almost looks magical that a bad trade early on was the cause for Black's downfall. This is the kind of things that leads one to fall in love with the game.

  23. thank you so much for these lessons ❤️💯💯

  24. Hi Robert, great content like always – thank you for all your effort! 🙂
    I have 1 doubt: at 31:41 why would the Queen go to h6 instead of taking on g3? Maybe it is very simple, but I am not seeing it.

  25. Thank you very much. This is a magistral lesson that shows the way to plann your game. Wish to learn more with your help. Saludos

  26. after reviewing this lesson many times im stil surprised by Be6 genius move !! for seeing all details all the square that you control with your knight c7 and e7 and the diagonal of the bishop that control d7 and e7 and traping the rook .

  27. Hard concept to do during a game, especially in a short one. Nevertheless, I'm going to make this concept mine with a little practice.
    Thank you again for your lessons.

  28. Fantastic video! So helpful! Really enjoying this series! Keep up the good work

  29. How do I increase the additional incrementtime in blitz.

  30. excellent lesson. What is the opponent's name and year of Smyslov's game and of Botvinnik's?

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