Complex Chess Endgames! by GM Bryan Smith

♕ DVD:

Complex Endgames by GM Bryan Smith, from The ChessLecture series.

This lecture follows a game between two strong Russian Grandmasters, which features the Sicilian Richter Rauzer a sharp sub-opening of the Sicilian.

Bryan examines the consequences of moving your king twice in the early stages of the game and then analyzes the ”pre-endgame factors”, including the ‘better placed bishop to help with winning chances.’ The DVD is targeted mainly toward intermediate and advanced ability, although beginner adults and children will also gain useful endgame snippets from Bryan’s presentation.

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  1. 0:01 great theme tune i am at 7:07here are the tactics stamps,/positions i want to understand better ,now you can pause the video at the following times and do chess tactics and understand the chess positioning and reasoning , to get better at chess through this video. 2:56 blacks turn3:31 whites turn4:16 blackes turn4:30 blacks turn4:45 blacks turn(very obvious best move)5:19 whites turn5:32 whites turn5:34 whites turn5:40 whites turn6:01 whites turninteresting advantage story coming up.

  2. I know that you are a GM BUT have you ever tried working out your analysis BEFORE making a video? And your comment 'and black should win…….somehow' I found rather amusing. On top of which, in attempting to find a win for black you managed to find a LOSING line for black. I am not a strong chess player but I have been a technical instructor. I honestly felt embarressed for you!! With chess videos, as with any other, LESSON PREP IS EVERYTHING!

  3. First heard this guy on a Saint Louis Chess Club video. Great analyst!

  4. Isn't the presenter Bryan G. Smith? He sure sounds like Bryan G. Smith. According to FIDE Bryan G. Smith is a grandmaster (as of Nov 2013). The presenter claimed the IM title at the end of the video. I mean he should know, but it seems odd.

    You can find Bryan G. Smith's games at chessgamescom up until 2012. His last one featured there has a very nice end game!

  5. 34:00 three connected pawns can advance without any support so black could win in that point
    34:41 black plays f3 and then say Ke3 then g3 and Kxe4, g2 and pawn queens

  6. The position is really ineresting from a theoretical win or not standpoint.
    At the position you wasnt sure if this is a theortical win.
     Not sure how long you have to let calculae your engines to figure it out, sometimes it can even be a a very sneaky win, that stockfish dont see.
    I looked for a few lines with very slow hardware and afger two moves it was 1.2 pawns, at the orgineal position it was 0.8.
    So this is propably with much time solveable, but for humans its not so important.
    percentage chances to win dont change so much if there is a difficult way to defend or a supercompllicated 30 move tactic to win.
    But most of possible positions with a like 0.8 pawn advantage calculated from stockfish, is a draw.

  7. The whole "having a queenside majority is better than having a kingside majority" is a very generalised statement. I believe that, since players tend to castle kingside, it would make sense that the queenside majority is better than the kingside majority because the king isn't on the queenside. However, if the king were on the queenside, having a kingside majority is better.

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