Part 3 of my Complete Chess Strategy course for beginners all the way till expert (2000+). This is a 10 part series covering total chess strategy. My understanding is simple and comprehensive as well as very simple, which allows me to apply it and play at a high level without spending hours studying chess information. Chess rules are good to know, but ONLY if you have an overall framework of understanding and they have to be the RIGHT chess rules. Not all chess information is created equal. I will teach you chess strategy as strong players actually think during a real chess game when you only have a short time to think. You will gain real chess understanding and clarify what you should do in every chess position. From this chess strategy course for beginners we will delve into tactics and other areas of chess but I want my viewers to have a solid base to grow from with these very deep but easy to understand chess basics. Perfect for 1600-1900 intermediate chess players as well to learn how experts and master think about chess. Though these are simple concepts they can be the foundation for all of your chess skill and knowledge. You will see the difference between learning chess rules to learning chess concepts + chess rules where you can actually apply them to real game situations as you understand the framework behind these ideas.

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  1. My main objective in Chess is to activate my pieces in the most advantageous positions that will control as many squares as possible until mating nets arise.

  2. My primary goal in chess is to win, and to do this, I must play moves that keep my pieces as active as possible without endangering them.

  3. my main goal is checkmate, the way to get it is develop my pieces with activity in mind, keep my king safe until the endgame (if possible), screw with my opponents’ piece development and activity, and then not mess up along the way and during the endgame and middlegame. Openings come after middlegame, and middle game comes after endgame when it comes to studying and analysing chess to improve my game.

  4. I was wondering why the first 11 elements are considered “permanent” if they can easily become not permanent. Can’t a passed pawn be captured? Can’t a bishop pair be reduced to just one bishop if the other is captured? can’t the position of the king become better? Thanks

  5. My main goal during a game of chess, is get a playable position, with active pieces, and work at getting an advantage,
    to eventually convert into a winning advantage !!, Marc Corbeil

  6. I have started following this series of videos and find them to be fantastic! You should post the text of each video along with the video so I would be able to study your ideas offline. I must say you express the basic ideas of chess in the clearest way I have seen yet even though I have watched hundreds of videos and read many books.

  7. Six months ago I thought you were rambling quasi-intellectual nonsense. Now that I have read Smirnov’s course on Strategy, I see now I was wrong. The key phrase is indeed “… in relation to activity.” Everything a chess player does, must serve activity. If one cannot “translate back” a move to “activity”, then that move is incorrect – other than accidental correct moves.

    The first three videos of this strategy series I have down voted earlier, and now I have corrected that mistake.

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