The Greatest Chess Moves of 2014


Today you’ll see one of the most exciting chess moves ever played. Moreover, you’ll learn a couple of practical rules about a king safety, pawn storms, tips and tricks, opposite-side castles and much more.

You can download the whole games used in the video here: LINKgreen-fancy-line-hi

 

Chess opening fundamentals

  • Trinu

    Good lesson.. Waiting for next one..Thanks Igor Smirnov

  • Alex

    Thank you for the lesson! How in your courses described, the limited mobility of the queen is a weakness that leads to the idea of Bg6.
    After taking on g6, the new created “Hook”, which can be used to open up the king is also valuable in this context.
    Thank You!

  • marian

    After Bg6 (!!?), doesn’t Qxf4 offer Black the best chances?

    • Kingsac

      I thought the same thing… QXf4 then bishop takes f7 or h7 check, king takes bishop then pawn takes queen rook takes queen, rook takes rook and I think its not that bad for black there

    • It’s good you’ve noticed this defensive resource!

      However, in the line wrote by “Jonathan” in his comment White is totally winning (he won the exchange, and if rook comes to 8 rank – it will paralyze Black).

  • marian

    After Bg6 (!!?), doesn’t Qxf4 offer Black the best chances?

    • Josip Kalmar

      No!This is not best chance.

    • Jonathan

      If …Qxf4, then exf4 Rxe1, Rxe1 and White threatens Re8+.

  • Alan

    Thanks, while I am at the moment unable to afford your full courses, I greatly appreciate your fantastic chess insights.

  • Awesome. I’m becoming a fan…

    Is there a way to bookmark this? I’ll want to share it with others in the future, as well as now.

  • Kingsac

    I thought the same thing… QXf4 then bishop takes f7 or h7 check, king takes bishop then pawn takes queen rook takes queen, rook takes rook and I think its not that bad for black there

    • bibleexpert

      Actually Black winds up down the exchange with no compensation (after dealing with the threatened Re8+). Still though – better than losing your queen.

  • It’s good you’ve noticed this defensive resource!

    However, in the line wrote by “Jonathan” in his comment White is totally winning (he won the exchange, and if rook comes to 8 rank – it will paralyze Black).

    • marian

      You are SO right, master Igor !!!

  • Aseem

    Very interesting game. Thanks for this lesson.

  • Garry

    Amazing Game!, It’s a fine Art playing Chess like Sergey Volkov such game in combination with Igors sensitive comments. Thanks, that’s the way how Chess is interesting and makes fun, thank you!

  • Waldemar Kowalik

    A similar position was in the 9th game match Anand-Carlsen. http://www.chessgames.com/perl/chessgame?gid=1737896

  • Samuel George

    Thanks a lot, Igor. It’s really such a cool lesson

  • Thanks for your nice comments, guys! If you enjoy this lesson, I’ll keep producing the next videos with “The Greatest Moves of 2014”.

    • Jonathan

      What I liked best was not just showing a great move, which you can find anywhere, but showing the lead-up to that move, explaining the factors that made the original beauty possible. Just showing one move is entertainment: showing the whole process is education.

      That’s why I love your lessons. Looking forward to more 😀

  • Thanks for your nice comments, guys! If you enjoy this lesson, I’ll keep producing the next videos with “The Greatest Moves of 2014”.

  • Jonathan

    What I liked best was not just showing a great move, which you can find anywhere, but showing the lead-up to that move, explaining the factors that made the original beauty possible. Just showing one move is entertainment: showing the whole process is education.

    That’s why I love your lessons. Looking forward to more 😀

    • bibleexpert

      I’ll second that!

  • bibleexpert

    What a fantastic move!! and – as so often happens – calculating the variations is not that difficult. The hard part is even thinking of the possibility of playing that move.

  • Mohamed Goda

    i think there is something rong in this lesson because if black play QxN there is no problem to black because exQ RxQ and so on is it true grandmaster ???

  • Mohamed Goda

    if Bg6 QxN – exQ RxQ – RxR Kf1 – Bc2 and so on , So black has good chance to win or draw , thanks .

  • Mohamed Goda

    i think there is something rong in this lesson because if black play QxN there is no problem to black because exQ RxQ and so on is it true grandmaster ???

    • RCA_moderator

      Hi Mohamed,
      Igor Smirnov has a busy schedule, but I’ll try to answer this one for you.
      If you have in mind the variation where white’s bishop is already on g6, then Q:f4 ef, R:e1 R:e1, fg Re8+, Kf7 R:c8 and white is winning.
      If you had in mind before white played Bg6, then in the end of the same sequence, white would have a rook for a knight – still winning.
      Silvestras | Student Support Officer

  • Lutz Neweklowsky

    … the game would have been in a remis-position after 1. …Nh5 2.Ne2 Re8 3.g4 Qh4+ 4.Kd2 Nf6 5.Qe1 Qh6 6.Nf4 c5 7.Bd3 with following correct move of black : 7. …cxd4 ! , but black played instead the WRONG move 7. …b6 ? and loose the game at THIS moment … if you want to have fun with worldwide unsolved puzzles you can go for example to http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E9q8jRnQVcY


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