A Grandmaster Plays a Beginner | Chess Mastery Explained

In this video, I play a fifteen-minute game on Chess.com against a player rated approximately 1200, talking through each of my moves and explaining both my opponent’s mistakes as well as the strategies that led me to a swift and crushing victory.

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  1. Danya has a plethora of valuable content on his channel but this video in particular is one I refer to and share with anyone I know in the 1000-1200 range who is looking to improve their decision making process.

  2. Is there a playlist of all the videos in this series? Thanks!

  3. You improved not only chess but my IELTS score as well. Thanks a lot 😍😍

  4. Hi! I've never played Chess seriously before, but entering this video with the intention of learning how a GM plays in order to write a character for a book I'm working on. If you're interested in my takeaways from this video, keep reading! And if you want to add something to my notes or correct me in some way, feel free to do so!

    -Chess is a game that prioritize defense over offense; or, put in a better way, it prioritizes good positioning over a good in-the-moment play. You can notice that by seen how both players decided to retried their pieces when they were under attack.

    -If an opponent's piece is under more threads than they have defenses, it's worth taking them (most of the time, this rule of thumb clearly have a lot of exceptions). This is due to the fact that, when a piece takes an opponent's piece, they occupy their place. If you have more threads than they have ways to respond to said threads, you can keep taking their pieces until they don't have enough defenses. Smart!

    -Chess is all about preparing and planning for the future. The start of the game is about which pawns you move in order to lead way to more powerful, useful pieces, follow by a phase (I assume the phases of the game actually have names, similarly to how League of Legends have "Early, Mid and Late Game") in which both players try to interrupt the opponent's strategy while preparing themselves to deliver their own, putting pressure under key pieces (for example, using the principle said in the note previous to this one).

    -Mistakes are made when you fail to understand the opponent's moves and intentions. I assume at beginner's level this is quite important, while for expert players this is mostly trivial; however, it's important for me to note this since I'll be talking to the general public, who tend to not be that dexterous. If an opponent makes a move, and you don't quite understand it, you're risking yourself to plan ahead, only for your opponent to break your plans and take over the game.

    Hope you liked my insights. Thanks for reading!

  5. I would have lmao if you said GGEZ at 12:00 😂extremely rude but hilarious to joke about.

  6. Thanks very much. I’m really happy to have stumbled upon your YouTube channel. Please post more such videos aimed at low rated players struggling to get ahead.

  7. Only problem I see is you will never play like this with Magnus. This may work on beginners but at higher levels, you will get countered following these opening theories. Since he is a beginner, you can throw an odd ball move on this guy and he will react to it & lose his ability to develop his pieces. I've seen it happen many times.

  8. I have been consistently watching videos from this channel for around five videos, and I must tell you that this channel is GOLD. Thanks, Danya.

  9. This man has really exquisite word choice
    "And now it is time to deliver a series of crushing blows" 😂

  10. doesn't Bg4 just loses the right to castel because of this line : Bg4 Bxf7 Kxf7 Ng5+ Ke8 Qxg4 and you're down a pawn and you can't castle is that right or I'm missing something

  11. When i play a 1200, he plays like Fischer.. they usually don't drop pieces like that

  12. I have literally never seen a GM explain so articulately and accessibly the rationale behind each and every move. This is top notch content, thanks so much!

  13. Why do my 1200 elo opponents play like GM's and this one is making all the mistakes he can?

  14. Awesome video !!!!! thank you so much !!!!!

  15. This is what I've been looking for. How to punish beginner moves. Grandmaster games have a ton of value, but seeing how a GM crushes a beginner has a place. Thank you for this!

  16. Thank you taking your time to explain the game! Great!

  17. Very,instructive video, thanks a lot from a french viewer !

  18. Very insightful. This guy is very intelligent. He has a good vocabulary as well.

  19. I am so bad at chess and I can’t seem to get better, most of what u said I already know and do yet I can’t seem to get passed 400 elo

  20. Is bdubs with scrubs beneath you? Maybe just once a week. 🤷‍♂️

  21. its already been 2 minutes in and youve just been fucking yapping, no wonder people dont wanna get into chess.

  22. That’s what we need at the lower levels no good trying to memorise openings we need to understand how to spot mistakes how to capitalise on them and how to position and manoeuvre your pieces

  23. This is a very stupid comment but – imagine if the grandmaster lost!

  24. Where do you find these blundering opponents?

  25. he makes it look so exceptionally easy…

  26. Yeah don’t call 1200’s beginners. 😂😂

  27. Great analysis thank you 🙏
    I have just got my rating over 1000 which was a big deal for me 😂

  28. "my opponents brain failed to detect a threat" 😂😂😂😂 savage

  29. In the first game why did he developed his knight and then threatened the bishop in the next play and not the other way around ?

  30. A 1,200 is not a beginner… a 500 is a beginner

  31. As a n old beginner, THANK YOU for this video! And thanks for repping my hometown area of Charlotte!

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