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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  1. I watched all of it. Not wasting your chalk 🙂

  2. I really enjoy this video series! Informative and totally relaxing, almost like chess-meditation 🙂

  3. At 10:33 if black moves

    Qa5 behind bishop b4

    This sets up to series of exchanges that could win black the white knight and pawn on e file, or whites rook.

    Please advise if After c3, black moves Qa5, what is whites best move?

    If queen C2/D2 or Bishop D2, and black follows rook b8, How is this tension relieved?

  4. Thank you for this game and your insights. Looking forward to continuing the series.

  5. I learned a lot about chess watching your rapid games. The way you play and analyze the board using arrows, also pointing out the weaknesses and the ways to take advantage of them, all of this really improved my chess. Please continue your great work. Thank you so so much for all this knowledge, Jerry. You are the best!

  6. Thank you for the vids – very instructive. 🙂

  7. definitely not wasting chalk! we love you.

  8. I always watch the whole video.
    How else am I gonna learn.

  9. Wanted to let you know i watched till the end cause i always enjoy your videos and nice understandable analysis

  10. Thank you Jerry. You are not wasting chalk at all. I just love your new series.

  11. At the critical position where you played 1.Bg5 attacking the Queen, an immediate 1.Nd6+ Kf8 2.Bh5!, threatening Nxf7, is a little stronger.
    After the played 1.Bg5 Qc7, 2.Nc4 although winning is a mistake. Instead, 2.Bh5 is much stronger. E.g. 2.Bh5 f5 3.b4 Bb6 4.c4 Ne7 (if 4…Nxb4, 5.a3 traps and wins the knight) 5.c5 Ba7 and black's pieces are so restricted that they can't do anything. There are other possibilities but nothing is any good.

  12. Why are you wasting so much chalk Jerry. Nobody's here for it, save your chalk. Chalkwaster.

  13. Doh! The fork.

    Now I'm reminded of The Simpsons episode where Homer is some kind of chess savant. They did a bit of chess research for the positions in that game. Not a huge amount, but more than most shows ever do.

  14. You are NOT wasting chalk. Your videos are extremely instructive and educational. They should cost thousands of dollars but they're completely free.

  15. Really loving this new series, thanks Jerry!
    Great to see some single, thought-out games with such great teaching-style analysis.
    I've learned almost everything I know about Chess from you in the last 11 years 🙂

  16. I’m loving this, hearing your thoughts is invaluable!

  17. You have an excellent pace to your explanations of each position. So many other chess channels are a bit too fast for it to be useful for the players who need it most. Thanks for posting. Liked and subscribed!

  18. I think I learn a lot from these standard games. The thought process you have during play all makes sense. But they never come to me while I am playing.

  19. Id say that white knight was valued at 5 points.

  20. And NO. Not wasting chalk at all. Very nice analysis and explanation. Thank you.

  21. Great stuff as always, Jerry! Oh yeah, you're not wasting chalk either.

  22. Jerry, ofc we are all here! I absolutey love your analysis sessions. Please make more of those. They only allow us to grow. (-:

  23. Should the browns go all in for a reciever?

  24. Now I'm excited to play against Sicillian 😋

  25. keep the explanation long and please post more episodes per week🥳

  26. I really love these series, they are so insightful and helpful 🙂

  27. Very informative teaching with a calm, and even soothing voice!

  28. You're not wasting chalk haha. I love the blackboard notes you write each game!

  29. I appreciate how you think your way through the opening. So many GM commentaries are filled with "well, in this position [move x] is the standard, but [move y] is wrong because…" Your analysis is much more helpful/encouraging to people like me, a class B player who has a really hard time memorizing openings. The tips on the chalkboard are helpful, by the way. A few of them have even made it into my chess notebook — a collection of tips and observations from games I've played and watched.

  30. thank you Jerry. Go here> to ChessNetwork on twitch.. no matter what~! #1 channel… tricky knights were on fire last night`~ = )

  31. absolutely not wasting chalk haha. Also if you continue this series and are looking for someone in around 2100 range, I am currently 2096 rapid on lichess BigDwarf69, lemme know and I would be delighted to play you.

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