June 25, 2014

The Greatest Chess Moves of 2014

  • Grand Master Igor Smirnov, Chess Coach, Author and Publisher.
  • 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


    Quick Succes in chess

    • 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?

      • Josip Kalmar

        No!This is not best chance.

      • 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.

      • Jonathan

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

      • Igor Smirnov

        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 !!!

    • Alan

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

    • Eric Armstrong

      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.

    • 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.

    • Samuel George

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

    • Igor Smirnov

      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 :D

        • 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 ???

      • 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

    • Mohamed Goda

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

    • 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

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