2 Chess RULES To Think Like A Grandmaster

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In this video lesson, GM Igor Smirnov explains the two main chess rules/principles that will help you become a better chess player and reach the 2000 ELO rating quickly!

The main problem with most chess players is that they all know the basic chess rules and strategies like developing pieces, fighting for the center, tactical motifs, and so on. But just knowing these principles alone won’t help them become stronger chess players.

You must know some ‘additional’ principles that the vast majority of chess players don’t know. Therefore, these are the SECRET chess principles that will help you become better than 90% of chess players. In fact, this is how grandmasters think to find the best moves in their games.

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00:00 2 Chess Rules To Reach 2000 ELO
00:37 Example-1
01:13 1st Rule
03:36 Example-2
03:53 Meaningful exchange & Unfavourable exchange
07:24 Example-3
08:00 2nd Rule
11:03 Example-4: Piket vs Kasparov
11:44 Extension of the 2nd rule
14:18 Kasparov’s brilliant move
15:30 Quiz: Can you find Fischer’s move?

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112 Comments

  1. This is what i see as the solution to puzzle.
    Qh6 c1=Q+
    Rxc1 Rxc1+
    Kh2 Qf8
    Qxh7+ Kxh7
    hxg6+ Kxg6
    Be4 +#

  2. 😂

    The casual “Don’t challenge Carlsen when he’s drunk.”

  3. Hehe I just love how the thumbnail shows us being perfectly average in the distribution of skill. You’d want to be further right, not on top of the peak of the curve.

  4. Best chess coach on the interwebs. Plus Russian accent gives him street cred…..

  5. Igor, as I'm sure you know, Levy Rozman just came out with a new book for players from 0 – 1200ish Elo. It is really good. How about you coming out with one for higher level players? You have so much valuable material giving great advice on how to play well.

  6. Qh6, getting ready to check mate the king

  7. Incredibly valuable basic lessons even for very experienced players. And it's not just the candidate moves and/or the variations. It also reminds us of the fundamental ideas behind them.

    My Idea is 1.Qh6 c1=Q+ 2Rxc1 Rxc1+ 3.Kh2 Qf8 4.Qxh7+ Kxh7 5.hg6+ Kxg6 6.Be4 mate

  8. Qh6 Qf8 Qh7 Kh7 hg double check Kxg6 (or else Rh8++) Be4++. I think. It’s hard to visualize all that in my head but i think it works.

  9. Thank you GM Igor! Another great video teaching us hoe to improve our chess skills! My solution to the problem is 1. P(H5) X P(G6) if Black Plays P(H7) X P(G6) Then R – H8 Mate. 2. If Black Plays P(F7) x P(G6) The Q X P(G6)Check Then if Black plays P(H6) X Q Then R – H8 Mate.

  10. 1.Qh6 Qf8 (to prevent Qg7#) 2.Qxh7+ Kxh7 3.hxg6++ If 3..Kg8 4.Rh8#, if 3..Kxg6 4.Be4#. Complications/delays arise if 1..c1=Q+ 2.Rxc1 Rxc1+ 3.Kh2 Rh1+ 4.Kxh1, now black is out of checks so black will have to go back to step 1..Qf8 to play out the rest if they really want to.

  11. Qh6 runs into Qf8, and you don't want to trade queens. The first move should be h5xg6 so Qh6 can now be followed by Qh7 and be protected by your rook. The only exception is that if black plays Qf8 to preempt Qh6, g6xh7 is checkmate.

  12. Coach, I just found your channel about 2 days ago. Just bought your 2000 bundle yesterday.
    You’re helping me so much to understand my frustrations on playing good chess consistently! Thanks!

  13. Rf1, c8, Qh6, and whatever opponent does, white defends and have mate in 1

  14. In example 1, why would you not protect the queen with the knight or rook?

  15. Thanks for the video Igor. Again, you have highlighted one of the many reasons that I don't understand chess at a deeper level. At 3:36 into the video, you say that white should NOT swap queens, and you give a number of possible options for him to defend his queen. But, if he uses one of those options, and black swaps queens, can't black then just put his knight on e5 anyway? If white swapped queens then moved is king to g3, wouldn't he still be in the same position?

  16. HINTS: Queen-Bishop ready for the common and often unstoppable Pincer Mate. Rook lined up on the H file with the h-g pawn lever pre hooked and ready to pry open the King. The ability to control both light squares and dark with both bishops if need be. Quickly make sure any annoying checks don’t work for Black. And finally, as you should ask yourself every move of every game “Can I sacrifice anyone and EVERYONE for the win?” 😉

  17. Hi Igor, a bit of a side note here: the graph in the thumbnail says the exact opposite of what you want to convey. Currently, it says that the person marked 'you' is going to be the exact average person (which is of course not what you intended lol). For the desired result, place the person marked 'you' at the right end of the graph.
    Don't mind, I'm just into some nerdy stuff I guess😅

  18. End puzzle: I’ve read through ALL 131 comments and nobody’s seen that after Qh6 Qf8 Qf8+ black can Rf8, making any mate less obvious to me. Have I missed anything?

  19. End puzzle: I think @bjaurelio has the answer (6 hours before me)

  20. Solution to the excersice: Click on a funny video of a duck.

  21. Very cool how Kasparov maneuvered to attack

  22. Solution:- pawn takes g6,black's pawn f7 takes back then rook takes h7(rook sacrifice) king takes back then queen h5 check, king back to g8, queen h8 check, king to f7 and queen to g7 checkmate

  23. Chess is so sexual ❤ ( it's all about maintaining the tension )

  24. Great vid, but the thumbnail kinda shows me as the perfect average chess player :/

  25. Igor, what is wrong with Qd3 in the first example , pressuring the knight

  26. that thumbnail 😀 i dont think thats how gauss distributions work^^

  27. I know what you meant by the thumbnail, but from a statistical perspective, what the point on the bell curve indicates is better than 50 percent. Better than 95 percent would be pretty low hight on the right tail of the bell curve.

  28. Igor is an excellent teacher. I appreciate this fine instruction.

  29. I was astonished to learn that the value of a King in the endgame is similar to a Knight! Didn"t Kaufman tell us that King was worth 4 and a Knight 3.5 on average, but weakening in the endgame?

  30. Your explanations are easy to follow and I have improved my game. Thank you.

    The picture at the start of this video shows a gaussian distribution with someone standing at the top. The best in a gaussian distribution are on the far right. The values in the middle are average players….

  31. This is the same man that said in another video that you must push away any opponent piece that moves into your half of the board.

  32. dude I really really really LIKE your VODKA dude

  33. SaberiSixRealEstate - Sam Saberikamareh says:

    What about Queen to D3 in the first example? Obviously not as good as moved described, but is it bad?

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