Chess Middlegame Practice #1


Middlegame Strategy
This is a middlegame position where I ask the viewer to find the best move and come up with reasons for it being the best move. I also share my own assessment/strategy on the position at hand.

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  1. was great 😛 but to short 😛 u could do 2-3 positions in a 10 min video would be great

  2. These are exactly the video's we need. There are more then enough tactical puzzle video's and stuff like that (besides puzzlesites cover those perfectly). However these are the relativly subtle things that make the difference =). However 2 questions :
    A Can you make your videos longer ?
    B Can you make a how to correctly play a closed position/ break a closed position video ?

  3. is this from a game you played or just a training exercise? if it was from a game did black go on to win it? do you have the pgn of it?

    as I'm sure you've heard before your videos are very well done, just the right amount of talk, good pacing. cheers. 🙂

  4. I chose the good move, but for the wrong reasons, my idea being putting my Knight on g6, a seemingly nice outpost. But after white plays Nxh5, black is a pawn down.
    Thanks Jerry 🙂

  5. i've been really hoping for some quality middlegame chess instructional videos and they don't exist! Thanks for starting this series I hope to see more of them soon.
    All the focus in on the opening and on mating combinations… I really am interested to leard more about middle game where much of the endgame advantage is generated.

  6. Great! Focused, centralized and thorough — I think this analysis very instructive! Especially that… well, I failed at finding the best move myself. I really like the way you go into the lines of possible continuations. A big thank-you to you, Jerry!

  7. In my uneducated opinion, this vid hits on precisely what my game is most lacking. Thanks Jerry 🙂

  8. AHA! I paused it and made the same choice! Pa4. Wonderful. Love this channel!

  9. awesome:) i just learned something out of this…

  10. Hi Jerry; these are great!.. My guess was …f5, so you see I was too early. This position results from a KID, right?

    I can play the moves in various openings but I'm not sure of the reasons for most of these moves!.. I need to hit the 'openings' books.


  11. haha, I actually guessed the right move. I thought I had seen somebody else post something about the answer being f5 before I watched the video. But I thought black would have some very real problems after b4 which is being threatened right away. I'm afraid that I didn't really have that great of an idea why other than I did not want my knight to be chased away from the c5 square where it seems to be active. On the second example, I wasn't sure. I feel compelled to capture toward the center. lol

  12. OMG i'm so happy i figured it out on my first guess. I've only been playing chess regularly a month and its thanks to vids like yours and lots of Chesscube that I've been able to progress this much!

  13. i gussed it too, but i was greedy. i just realised that when you are not sure what to play, a good thing is to look for overloaded pieces.

  14. very nice video jerry. I didnt find the first move but i favored the 2nd move. I also took into consideration that after i would take with my g-pawn i would have no pawn to protect my h pawn. Is a thought such as having an isolated H pawn an argument for not capturing towards the center?

  15. This 'one pawn restrains two' idea is a pretty universal idea, and is especially common in the King's Indian. White nearly always has to prepare b4 with b3, a3, and b4 if a black pawn is on a5; attempting to omit b3 gives Black a huge positional advantage.

    White can often employ a similar idea in the Sicilian Defense if Black is careless, with a white pawn on a5 restraining two black pawns on a6 and b7.

  16. Hmm.I was thinking about maybe Bb7 just developing it off the back rank and hopefully open up the position a bit with maybe c6 and f5.

  17. I didn't consider the vulnerability of the knight (stupid chess blindness) but I did notice that f5 was begging to be made.

  18. Nice video, my first and probably only candidate move was f5. great to know the thinking behind the idea and the theme itself – "What is your opponent's plan and how do you slow it down?"
    Can we request more like this please? thank you!

  19. Bd7 as a first move was not discussed.

  20. @matthiasbrendel Because it won't help you out. B4 will follow like he said in the video .

  21. Nice done. You're show really the best move in game field and not (like lot of other chess puzzle do) in a field were there is one beautifully move withs lets you win the game but don't teach you anything.

    PS: sorry if my English isn't correct I don't know if field is the right word for the positions of all the pieces.

  22. At first glance I thought the f7-f5 pawn push was the best move, but it turns out that the best move helps lead up to that push so thankfully I was somewhat on the right track.

  23. @NewVahan2011 Very stressful game? Go watch his tourney videos. And no fun? Do you know that Chess has been around since around 6th century?

  24. @NewVahan2011 But still, it's your opinion. But you're wrong.

  25. I love your videos, you're excellent player Jerry.

  26. Really nice video. Is there any chance of you producing some more? Your commentary is excellent. Very refreshing style. Thank you.

  27. White f4 break is imminent. White is better here even if you play a4, because he or she has more space, threats on h6 and ad f4.

  28. This is more of a general comment but I think a slightly longer pause is needed between the statement asking for the next move and the next move.

    Currently the statement is "and if you'd like pause the video find the best move and assign some reasons..ok the next move is F4"
    I think a 4-5 second pause is in order.

  29. i actually found the move on my own after about 40 seconds of thinking, for the exact same reasons you mentioned.
    i must say that i have learned an enormous amount from you Jerry, and incorporated many aspects of your way of thinking and looking at the chessboard and prying for weaknesses.
    Great teaching man keep it up

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