I started to record a new course about how to get an advantage against Philidor Defense.
The 1st section is ready.
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P.S COGRO! (Constant Growth)
Coach, maybe I'm missing it in the videos but I am trying to figure out how best to continue when the opening goes 1.d4 Nf6 2. c4 c5 3. d5 b5 4. Nf3... does black leave the tension and play d6/g6/Bg7 as usual and just try to transpose? I was looking on the lichess database and it seems like white scores very well in this move order, and I've ran into it several times now.
I just joined the pro member with the hope to improve my chess performance, I am rated at around 1600, and i hope to get to 2000 this year. I am a working person, I only have around 2 hrs/day (at max) to train on the weekdays and 3-5 hrs on the weekend. The problem with me, i dont have training partner and most of the time I dont have the willpower to train, please help me coach. Thank you.
I played a Rapid tournament yesterday and I had the chance to test our Chessmood openings with quite a success, but I had a pair of sicilians that I do not think are in our repertoire, one being missing for a long time...
First game I was white and played 1.e4 c5 2.Nc3 d6 3.f4 Nf6 4.Nf3 and he played 4...e6, I think this is not anywhere, and the question is...where should I put my bishop? If Bc4, Nxe4 trick is an option, If Bb5, he simply plays Bd7. What am I missing?
And my complain comes from the line I had in a Sicilian game with black. Moves were 1. e4 c5 2. Nc3 Nc6 3.Bb5. It's the line recommended with white, but we do not have any video adressing it as black, since GM Gabuzyan course comes from the order 2...d6. What are the best lines after 3...Nd4 4.Bc4 and 4.Nf3??
Hey Coach, what do you recommend when this line comes up?
1. e4 d5 2. ed5 Nf6 3.B b5 Bd7 4. Bc4 Bg4 5. f3 Bh5 6. Nc3 c6
It seems like if white plays 7. dc6 then black just gets to develop the knight, but I don't see how else to proceed. Maybe just 7. g4 Bg6 8. f4? It seems like white's king is fairly exposed and queenside development is still a few moves away from castling long
Apologies for the clickbait title, but this is really interesting:
The recent blog post by Avetik about classic games was still fresh in my mind when I was watching this game live. Carlsen follows exactly the strategy Avetik described in his article. In a Carlsbad structure, he played Nd3, completely stopping the minority attack, and then Kramnik was helpless against the Kside attack. Just goes to show how important the point coach is trying to make -study the classics!
Hi GM Avetik,
Could you take a closer look at this line? In his recent chess24 series on the London System, GM Adrien Demuth gives 7.Qd2! as the reason why 6. ..Bg4 isn't great (he thinks 6. ..0-0 7.Ne5 c5!? is Black's best try). For example 7. ..Bxf3 (to justify ..Bg4) 8.gxf3 c6 (8. ..0-0 9. 0-0-0 c6 10. e4 e6 11. Bg5 +/-) 9. 0-0-0 Nbd7 10. Kb1 e6 11. e4 and it's not clear how to continue with Black.
What book you guys prefer in order to understand isolated pawn positions and their ideas?
Avetik sir said to me study chess classics to improve your strategy. I got it but I also wants to know a book on this specific pawn formation because IQP arise in many openings positions and it's like a common structure for me to face nowadays so I need help.
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 ed4 4.Nxd4 Nf6! 5.Nxc6 bxc6 6.e5 Qe7 7. Qe2 Nd5 8. h4?! Qe6 if 9.Nd2 a5 10.g3 Nb4 11.Nf3 Ba6 12 c4 (Vacaturo-sargissian, Helsingr 2019) Nb4 13.h5Qc2 14.Rh4 c5 favors Black slightly and if 9.g3 Nb4 10c4 Ba6 (game is Tomczak-Kramnik), Batumi 2018 11.Bf4 d5 12.a3 Bxc4 13.Qd1 Qf5! 14.Bc4 dxc4 150-0 Nc2 16.Ra2 Rd8 17. Qe2 Rd3 is winning for Black despite the tripled isolated pawns!! Kaufman writes of 8.h4 (In fashion, don';t ask me why!!)What to play as white??