STOP before you chop – Beginner to Chess Master #28

To chop or not, that is the question. Moments of tension, or moments where you can capture (chop) in other words, are often an area of the game where players, without even realizing it, are giving an inch to his/her opponent. This topic is of a positional nature and focuses primarily on position types that are about equal, or with one side having a slight advantage. Sometimes it’s better to chop, and other times it’s better to maintain the tension. In covering this specific area of the game, I’m able to share a variety of positional ideas that can hopefully help a player better understand who benefits from a capture/recapture sequence, and spark one’s mind to think critically in these moments. This is video #28 from the “Beginner to Chess Master” playlist.

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  1. Hey chessnetwork. Your example at 45:31 into the video. If you play Qb6, then after c5, don't you have to take the white queen and open a file for the white rook? That doesn't seem too good for black. Am I missing something?

  2. Is this the last video of you playlist or you'll add more later??? Cause I started as a beginner watching your playlist first and thank you so much cause I love chess more than mobile games now

  3. This playlist immensely improved my games, my comprehension of chess and my enjoyment of it, Thank you Jerry for all this amazing work you shared with us!

  4. At 34:35 wasn't 1… Nxd5 a better recapture?
    2. Nxd5 Bxh4 3. Nxc7 Bxf2+ 4. Kxf2 Qxc7 White king is misplaced
    3. Nxh4 Qxd5 White knight is misplaced, white bishop tied to g2
    2. Bxe7 Nxe7
    In 2 last variants after … Bb7 and … a5 Black are very strong along a8-h1 diagonal

    BTW, @ChessNetwork, thank you very much for the Beginner to Chess Master series, it's very helpful for me. Also watching arena tournament videos is a lot of fun!

  5. Very good Jery, best teacher, others sale this for money guys you now that, i am thankfull Jery, best regards from Croatia

  6. Hey Jerry, It was such an amazing series and It opened my eyes towards positional chess. Earlier I used to get lost in middlegames, but after finishing this series, I feel confident about my middlegame plans and overall chess. I feel you took such complex topics and explained them so well.

  7. learned so much from this video thank you

  8. After this video I'm doubting every one of my capture moves. I maybe got like 30% of the questions right. Definitely an instructive video.

  9. What about d5 @ 1:04:23? If dxc5 we can improve our d knight; if cxd5, exd5 takes some space in the center and is still protected by bishop and knight. Is there a reason against d5 to protect the bishop?

  10. nice video, very instructive. chessnetwork, would be great to have a video on planning, pivoting from the imbalances concept. we keep on hearing about 'imbalances' and 'planning' but I think this is a subject that we amateurs do not really understand quite well. And I believe they are quite important!

  11. It's strange but I feel that I have to pay for your teaching. Can I contribute in any way?

  12. 1:38:58 and another thing: d4 is a hole for white. And it’s now more accessible without a d pawn.

  13. Thank you very much for all of your published and free to watch video, great to learn like that! T 🤓♟

  14. The example at 1:03:55 had me a little curious why he didn't talk about playing d5. After pausing and thinking about it I decided against capturing the bishop and playing d5, capturing either pawn would only help black develop further and white's knight kept its bad square. I plugged it into stockfish and it agrees that d5 is the best move. Not by a whole lot, -0.6 compared to bishop takes being -0.4 but a good deal better then the other alternatives shown.

    I've watched all your videos in this series and they have helped me more than any other lessons I've seen, i'd credit them for letting me spot this move 😀

  15. I was taught "to take, is a mistake", so it is nice to see a variation on the rhyme here, haha.

    I was told that when there in tension, if you take, then maybe you are letting them take over the final space, like an open file, or gain tempo with a developing move.

    At our level (teenagers for a school team), these concerns weren't a big deal, as we were far from positional geniuses, however the coach did say that at the very least, even if this advice didn't help us, we'd have more interesting games if we sometimes kept the tension.

  16. Can you really achieve master strength by carefully watching all the videos in the playlist?

  17. Showing how to think positionally before moving tactically, this has helped me much. Going to re-watch it this weekend. A true gem of thinking.

  18. Hi Jerry, for the example at 1:04:04, wouldn't be better playing d5 instead of chopping? Thank you very much!

  19. Great video I tend to struggle with when to trade.

  20. This video has more real world instruction than 1000s of other YouTube videos.

  21. Jerry. . . Film strip guy. You know your part if what what helped me break 2000 man

  22. One thing I have learned as a player just fighting opponents. Offer tradess that seem advantageous. They either accept Or blunder. Lol

  23. All exchanges are even hen you think. Th read skill I knowing when to invite to a piece trade but calling it quits when they put their pieces where you want them. Not all piece trades are gaining advantage in today's conventional chess game

  24. I like that the openings go unnamed. Opening theory is just good chess that you can memorize. The best moves are the ones that fulfill the most purposes at once.

  25. This class is really helpful to me! I have been having trouble with rooks taking my pawns close to the endgame.

  26. 21:30 is a set up with several considerable continuations for each side. @ 34:30, Bxf6 Bxf6 cxd5 cxd5 Qb3/etc, many options.

  27. I've heard the phrase "to take is a mistake" from a different YouTuber, but it's the same principle

  28. Great info but your videos are really slow, man

  29. Holy shit this guy sucks to listen to. Good video though

  30. Excellent examples: loved listening to your chess thinking! THANK YOU 😇

  31. Hey jerry why did you stop making videos for this series it was amazing

  32. Amazing and super useful video! I very hope to see another one in this playlist! 😀 thank you so much!

  33. Finally i finished the playlist! I've been playing chess for 3 months i've learn a lot thanks to you. Thanks for your perfect effort to teach us

  34. This lesson is golden. l'm always confused whether to chop or not in my games. Thank you for solving my dilemmas.

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