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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118 Comments

  1. Really great series, Jerry! I'm learning a lot. (And yes, I stole your knight for my icon). Also, you aren't wasting chalk πŸ™‚ I pause the video to read those notes about the game.

  2. Yes! Another one! As much as the opponent rating is higher, we get more instructive games! Can't wait to see you against 2300 players

  3. Yap, still here! This is quickly becoming my favorite series. love the insight (even the very useful chalk notes) during the game and the analyzes at the end of it. Keep up the great work!

  4. I love your channel jerry, very educational I don’t know if it’s becUse your voice is so relaxing but I do learn so much keep up the great work

  5. Very much enjoying this series. Very instructive for a growing chess player like myself. No chalk wasted, Jerry πŸ™‚

  6. Hi Jerry, been following your channel with religious devotion.
    Great analysis yet again.
    Could you, please, do a video on center types in chess (closed, open, fixed etc) and their strategic relation to the King and Queen side? Also the importance of timing an attack or defence relative to the center ( the kind of center that's on the board, there's many different ones and at times it is unclear what to do).

  7. thank you for not smurfing, as if it was mandatory.
    best chess channel by a long shot!

  8. Nice game, although I don’t get Nb6, as winning an exchange would leave you up just one point in material and that knight on c4 was a monster. Qd4 seemed a lot more logical to me but probably both moves are completely winning

  9. Not one grain of chalk wasted. Thank you for the great video!

  10. We’re still here (at the end!). Love the content. I yawn a lot watching as I’m so used to falling asleep with you on auto play. πŸ˜‚

  11. 27:24 No chalk wasted whatsoever, Jerry! Your in-depth analysis and didactics are a joy, and the big reason we always come back!

  12. I always watch to the end! Love your explanations.

  13. Kind of alphasereque the way the light square bishop was caged.

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