A positional chess game – Improve Your Chess Rating #4

Featured is a 15+10 rapid game I played against an opponent rated 1832. The opening is a Caro-Kann Main Line, with 4…Nf6. Much of my attention in this strategic game is on careful positional considerations where I attempt to continually make small improvements without creating unnecessary weaknesses. The idea with this type of video is to simply help chess players improve their understanding of the game by sharing my train of thought while I play one rapid time control game. Accompanying my train of thought is a mini blackboard where I list some helpful notes throughout. The “Improve Your Chess Rating” playlist is a work in progress and is meant to compliment the “Beginner to Chess Master” playlist which is primarily theoretical knowledge. The videos in “Improve Your Chess Rating” are not uploaded by order of ratings.

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99 Comments

  1. Hey what opening should I learn first as a beginner?

  2. I’m 2150 lichess rapid. Found vídeo #2 and #3 SUPER instructive. Soo many ideas to take on board.

    1 key message for me is don’t be so desperate to make pawn breaks if you can improve a piece within the structure.

    I thought b5 looked scary the way your queen was so cut off from the game but the white pieces weren’t placed in a position to exploit it so even though it took 3 whole moves for black Q to return to the game it was fine.

  3. I feel so fortunate to have new videos from Jerry, Danya, and John Bartholomew to watch all week. I love this content. Thanks Jerry!

  4. Hey Jerry! Can one submit for this series? I am 2300 rapid on lichess (close to 1900 FIDE).

  5. Jerry, seus comentários são miniaulas de estratégia e tática

    E sempre me chamou a atenção o quanto você está constantemente procurando melhores posições para cada peça. Isso é muito instrutivo

  6. Why did white resign? He couldn’t stall out?😊

  7. Rapid rating is 1600. Hearing the the pros and cons helps tremendously.

  8. holy smokes busting out the second blackboard 😀

  9. The second blackboard took me by surprise.

  10. Game flow conspired against White's dsB early and never relented. As that piece continued to remain uninvolved, it just kept bleeding more value to Black the longer the game went along. Taking care to not do anything to change that weakness was well handled by Jerry. Getting hamstrung like that happens sometimes. Not necessarily because of inattention or deficiencies in one’s (human) game. It's more due to the huge possibility space of chess. At base, I guess it's a deficiency in that humans can't calculate like computers can. The bottom line, cut yourself some slack when taking an L. And be humble when getting a victory.

  11. I am around 2000 rapid on lichess, I like these videos because it shows your mental process on how to choose a move/plan.

  12. Nice interpretation. May be better colour contrast in notes. May be yellow not white in black.

  13. Gotta say Jerry, i love your video it put my little 6-month-old right to sleep! You're amazing!

  14. The opening play from Jerry is so instructive. I'm sure he knows the theory but explains his opening moves as if he's just using chess principles. It's a common mistake In a lot of games, people just firing out opening moves with no long term thinking! Great stuff Jerry!

  15. How did the rook move to h5 right after your Queen move. I don't see a black piece moving.

  16. Another treat of a video, thanks Jerry! Love the chalk, it keeps the main ideas clear for me. This allows me to learn to spot these in my own games -hopefully (hope chess haha)

  17. [Event "AI Factory's Chess"]

    [Site "Android Device"]

    [Date "2023.02.28"]

    [Round "1"]

    [White "Cpu (12)"]

    [Black "You"]

    [PlyCount "64"]

    [Result "0-1"]

    1. c4 e5 2. Nc3 Nc6 3. g3 Bb4 4. Bg2 f5 5. a3 Bxc3

    6. dxc3 d6 7. Bxc6+ bxc6 8. Nf3 Nf6 9. c5 Qe7 10. Be3 d5

    11. b4 h6 12. Nh4 Qf7 13. Nf3 Qe7 14. O-O e4 15. Nd4 Bd7

    16. Bf4 Qf7 17. Qa4 Qh5 18. Ra1b1 Ng4 19. h4 g5 20. Bxc7 gxh4

    21. gxh4 Rg8 22. Bg3 Ne3 23. Ne6 Qxh4 24. Nc7+ Ke7 25. Nxd5+ cxd5

    26. Qxd7+ Kxd7 27. c6+ Kxc6 28. b5+ Kb6 29. Rf1e1 Rxg3+ 30. fxg3 Qxg3+

    31. Kh1 Qg2+ 0-1

  18. I really like the way you explain your thought process, It's the small things like explaining the reasoning behind moves like 31.Bxh2+ that really make a difference in helping me improve my game. I'm hovering around 2100 Lichess rapid, so a lot of the stuff you cover isn't necessarily new to me, but I still manage to learn something new with each video. So, just wanted to say thanks for putting out such great content!

  19. I am 1400 rapid on lichess and enjoy your thought process on the middle game since I never know what to do and how to improve my pieces. Especially in cramped games like this where there’s no captures for a long time

  20. Jerry, you are not wasting chalk, as a matter of fact the combination of voice, video and written notes are actually the best I've experienced so far for learning purposes. IMHO, only way to learn even more is having a physical board in front of you and redoing the moves.

  21. Hey I really like this series of explaining all the strategy and positional play since I am trying to focus on that lately.thanks a lot

  22. Most instructive video yet, keep ‘em coming boss ✍️

  23. My rapid rating is a bit over 2000. I got third in your Swiss tournament in January. What I find most instructive is the discussion about what to do when there doesn't seem to be much to do. Right around move 23 is when I'd start to scratch my head and go, "Welp, my opponent hasn't blundered a piece yet. Now what?" If it were me, I'd probably have moved my f6 knight to get my bishop to g5 or f6. I think Bg5 would force f4 to save the exchange, and then Bh4 could be painful, assuming he didn't do anything to prevent it.

  24. Jesus Christ that Blackboard is Genius

  25. I was watching the game and my wife was watching me and said I was turning blue towards the end.

  26. I found this video to be very informative. As a "intermediate level" player (Lichess Rapid 1669 (?)), I struggle to find a plan in slow, manoeuvring games of this type. You suggested lots of useful starting points such as the identification and use of weak squares, good and bad pieces and the control of enemy knights. Also, your comments on how to use pawns on the a- and b-files were very instructive. These concepts and ideas are, for me, easier to understand in your video format, commenting live on an actual game, than when reading about them in a book. Thank you.

  27. I love how the dark square bishop that I would probably have traded at some point turned in to the killer. I learned not to exchange your best bishop, so much better than whites.

  28. [Event "AI Factory's Chess"]

    [Site "Android Device"]

    [Date "2023.04.01"]

    [Round "1"]

    [White "You"]

    [Black "Cpu (12)"]

    [PlyCount "31"]

    [Result "1-0"]

    1. e4 b6 2. d4 e6 3. c4 Bb7 4. Nc3 Bb4 5. Bd3 Nf6

    6. Qe2 Bxc3+ 7. bxc3 O-O 8. Bg5 a6 9. f4 h6 10. h4 hxg5

    11. hxg5 Ne8 12. Qh5 f5 13. g6 Qh4+ 14. Rxh4 d5 15. Qh8+ 1-0

  29. Hi, Jerry. Great video as usual! I am around 1800-1900 rapid. I found very instructive how you frequently compare best/worst pieces on the board. Pawn breaks and working within the structure is something I personally may use some more insight into. Thanks!

  30. This was very instructive for me! I really like the idea of analysing weak squares and piece activity. In the midst of all things, how can you focus on the important things? When I play, I often realise I am focusing on the wrong ideas/squares/pieces.

  31. Perhaps you could add a light sound alert when you add a note to the blackboard. Or a visual one in the center of the screen.

  32. I can't really isolate specific things that I found instructive but overall hearing you contemplate ideas out loud definitely helps to learn positional play. My lichess rapid rating is about 1800.

  33. Love seeing some educational content on positional games. These i find most instructive on middle game ideas and strategy

  34. So many working in mind before taking a single step 😮😮

  35. I always lose because I can't calculate and I make many mistakes ..
    How can I improve?😢

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