Chess Middlegame Tactics Training: how good are you? Lessons # 122

Chess players! I know you feel like you are way past the fool’s mate —but how far advanced are you really? Let’s find out together here in lesson # 122 where you incorporate the elements of visualization and calculation to a simple pattern we are all familiar with: sacrifices on f7/f2. Enjoy!

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00:00 Lesson plan
01:26 1st position: fool’s mate
02:42 2nd position
03:06 3rd position
07:18 4th position
12:29 5th position
19:02 6th position
27:00 Chess visualization exercise
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  1. Hello guys! Let me know what puzzle you got stuck on 🙌 Was it experienced intermediate? 🤔😎

  2. very nice lesson😀 I would probably have lost on time trying to calculate the last position in a real game😅

  3. Awesome video! Is there by any chance you can make a video on how to study with an actual board?

  4. Awesome lesson! Really Appreciate the info on how to find a game, bring it to lichess then be able to analyze. This will really help me. I'm a 42 yr old construction worker so I'm basically a caveman when it comes to computers. Any & all tech help is EXTREMELY APPRECIATED. Gracias mi amigo!

  5. love your vids I went from 500 to 741 in 2 weeks

  6. Great lesson. I appreciate the idea to switch on the brain when some set up are on the board. I’m on intermediate experienced but it’s a very trick to improve
    Your video are very helpful
    I’m 63 years old who started playing 1 year ago I’m now 1116 elo standard and my goal is to achieve 1501 elo
    Could you prepare some study program finalized to this goal? How to improve ? What really to study? One opening with black and one with white or more? And so on
    Thanks so much

  7. I did not find the Queen sack on the “advanced intermediate” but weirdly, I was able to solve the “advanced.”

  8. In the Alekhine position, I noticed you didn’t factor/calculate what happens if black just plays, Qc8. I mean, white can just play Ne5 and be super solid.

  9. Hey coach make more videos on sicilian diffence like you did with pirc n king indian defence, playing lots of game in a row with sicilian deffence opening with specific variation.

  10. For the third position, I was looking at something completely different. I was looking at Nf5 ?; Qg4 g6; Bh6 Kf8, etc. Of course this does not work because it is not forcing enough.

  11. Pos#1: Smate. #2: Remove the guard—smate. #3: Kamakazze [I haven't found a shorter word] sack suck to [??]—Kamakazze attack on the 'queen in a box', which is also a through clearance move, is a sac suck to chuck—Check forces king to L square (his last)—T square (termination) enforces eppelett PiQ smate. #4

  12. Thanks for the excellent lessons!! I got most of them right but only up to a certain point, I get lost after calculating more than 4-5 consecutive moves

  13. Honestly after your hints, I got the first few moves right on all puzzles, but had trouble with the different lines

  14. Alekhine was a great, great tactical player!

  15. I always think that my tactic is ok until I see this video 🤣.These tactics are crazy!!

  16. 18:15 here nearly everything wins and i saw that bxf5 wins after kh5 g4+ nxg4 bxg4#

  17. Hello Robert. Thanks again for all these great lessons. When I play it against computer and after the king retreat on F8 and Pawn E5. Instead of playing Pawn to G6 the computer simply take the Bishop on G5 and I can't find a good continuation. Can u help me please finding the right continuation?

  18. I spotted the whole sequence at 23:27! e5 was what I was looking at. I also saw Re3.

  19. Very good video. Could see for last example from Alekhine’s game, the initial sac but the follow up was confusing because didn’t realize white could deliver mate without his queen. Well done! More please

  20. In the 3rd position we don't need to sacrifice the knight, we can deliver checkmate with queen, knight and pawns

  21. The white Bishop is not protected . What stops black bishop from taking it’s protected by queen

  22. Hello NM Robert Ramirez. I am 49 years old and am now looking to get back into chess after many years. Your videos are very useful. I am looking AT becoming an FM.

  23. In the Alekhine vs Feldt game, I haven't considered this before, but I wonder if there is a discussion to be had about forced mates vs non-forced mates. The move presented leads to a Mate-in-2, but it isn't forced, which means that black gets one free move of their choice. They don't have any good moves, so it doesn't matter, but white would still have to go through all of black's possible moves to ensure that they have Mate-in-2. Whereas there is an alternative move that is a Mate-in-3, but it's a forced mate. Black only has single moves that they can make. While Mate-in-2 is faster, it seems like you'd always just choose the Mate-in-3 because it's forced. I guess you'd argue that the Mate-in-2 is more brilliant because it's faster and non-forced, but a forced mate just seems like the cleaner way to end the game. I recognize that this might be a bit of a silly point, but it's something I was considering for this game.

  24. I really like the 6th position, but I think it's worth mentioning that the line that Alekhine followed is dubious. For those who paused the video trying to guess the next move, the move that Alekhine played is not the correct next move. That move just allows black to play out the rest of the game up a piece for two pawns. It doesn't force checkmate or win anymore material.

  25. 23:26 e5 it is a blunder, Alekhine drops the bishop and loses the attack. 23:30 then g6 it is a huge miss

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