Dark Square Strategy | Improve Your Chess Rating #3

Featured is a 15+10 rapid game I played against an opponent rated 1725. The opening is a Taimanov variation of the Sicilian Defense. A key moment in the game occurs when my e5 pawn and knight intersect on the weakest square in Black’s camp. A great portion of my attention from that moment onward is focused on the queenside’s dark square complex. 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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I’m a self-taught National Master in chess out of Pennsylvania, USA who was introduced to the game by my father in 1988 at the age of 8. The purpose of this channel is to share my knowledge of chess to help others improve their game. I enjoy continuing to improve my understanding of this great game, albeit slowly. Consider subscribing here on YouTube for frequent content, and/or connecting via any or all of the below social medias. Your support is greatly appreciated. Take care, bye. πŸ™‚

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  1. Still here. You're not wasting chalk. But both of my dogs, who were going bananas at the beginning of the video, are now sleeping πŸ™‚

  2. Brilliant use of chalk although it may be easier to use your computer for the notes! Keep up the great work!

  3. I usually have an elevated heart rate and blood pressure when playing or watching chess, but that is not the case when listening to your narration. Thanks Jerry for your hard work in bringing good chess content for your viewership.

  4. Love your work till the end Jerry, always

  5. Not wasting chalk. Really look forward to these videos.

  6. No waste o chalk Jerry I always watch too the end, not just because I have been a subscriber for so many years, but because you produce high quality content. I might use this video with my class tomorrow if I can get it translated in time. Thanks.

  7. On move 13 the engine was suggesting bringing the light square bishop to h5 not to drop the dark square bishop back (to h4). And then after f6 you bring out the queen to f3 to pin the pawn to the king.

  8. Your video are always instructive, jerry

  9. Nothing against other channels, but this is one of the last channels that still focuses on teaching chess strategy and understanding. Youtube chess has transformed into nothing but chess drama, memes and streaming.

  10. I like the addition of the notes. It brings some context to what you're seeing during the game but not vocalizing. Not a waste of chalk

  11. Jerry is to Chess what TheDooo is to guitar playing! Keep it coming Jerry!

  12. Sometimes I feel like I'm watching animal planet on the chess board with chess network πŸ’œ

  13. Definitely not wasting chalk. I like the addition of the notes chalkboard!

  14. I can’t believe Jerry is actually doing this.

    I’d love to see a rating climb in either blitz or rapid to explain your moves to go along with this BRILLIANT series.

    Thanks Jerry! Elegant as always

  15. Thx Jerry. Really informative and well presented, albeit it will be slow for impatient types

  16. loving the series Jerry, and yes, the analysis part is very important too! Not wasting chalk at all. Thanks again for the quality content as always.

  17. Great one Jerry. Was here till the end

  18. Still here. Chalk not wasted! Love the 15+10 videos the instructional value is higher as you have longer to explain things to us 😊

  19. Thank you, as always, for your analysis while playing. Really helps to hear your thoughts and reasoning. Cheers.

  20. Definitely not wasting chalk. This is the best chess channel on YouTube and always has been, keep doing what you do! πŸ™‚

  21. You're not wasting chalk – thank you!

  22. Chalk not wasted…suggestion: even though I know you don't like using the material count as a crutch for yourself anymore, it's helpful to us plebs. Also, turn arrows on for computer moves in the analysis. You're the best Jerry!

  23. I've always loved your channel and I'm really enjoying the new series. The notes section is a simple yet great addition. Looking forward to more

  24. I think the comments after the game are very useful – you are not wasting chalk! Thanks.

  25. Hey thx so much for making this!
    I was really waiting to see some of your excellent rapid content in less theory heavy games (your other series mostly 2200+)
    this is much more clear for beginners/intermediates! Highly appreciated bro

  26. excellent, the relentless way you drive the game slowly but surely towards victory.

  27. Very well i would chastle sooner, this was asking for more problems!.

  28. No Jerry, you were not wasting your β€˜chalk’! Very enjoyable and enlightening format. Many thanks.

  29. It would be more educative if u play with better opponents

  30. Jerry you the best!!! Thank you for this lesson πŸ™‚

  31. I'm not sure if it's a good or a bad thing for me – I'm a roughly 1700, 1800 rated player (not really sure what my actual rating is, but it's somewhere between 1600 and 2000), and in the position at 14:24, my brain was screaming out to play Bh5. Maybe with short castles thrown in first. But my attacking brain really just went – there's got to be something here, just play it, just do it. And I'd play that every time in a blitz match. But I'm not sure if that instinct is good or bad.

    Just to give some superficial calculated lines there – Bh5 f6 Qf3 h6 Qd3, with a threat of infiltrating on the light squares and delivering mate on f7. Okay, black can stop that with f5. But then black really has nothing in that position after I bring my bishop back to d2. Qg3-Qg6-Qf7 is looming and White just has a totally winning position. If black instead goes g6 after Bh5, Qf3 is actually crushing. Other moves were completely winning anyway, and I wasn't really able to judge those positions as winning because I was focusing so much on the Bh5 variation.

  32. Not sure if you like it but both against the a6 and qc7 taimanov I thing going for g4 immediately is a great way to play. usually gets mad sharp though

  33. Hey ChessNetwork, I really enjoyed this video – as it shows me how better chessplayers think.
    And yes! I still was with you at minute 27 πŸ˜‰

    What I was wondering about: What if black's 18. Qd1?
    This would have prevented the fork. And right now I'm not seeing, how your active night could unleash a successful discovered attack on the black queen with 19. NC4 etc?

    To me it appears that Qd1 would have released a lot of tension to it's situation.
    Could you please explain to me, whether this would be correct or am I missing something?

    Best regards, Alex

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