Chess lesson # 43: Kasparov Proves The Relative Value Of The Chess Pieces

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Can pieces such as knights and bishops be more valuable than a queen? Of course they can. At this point, you should know the point value of the Chess pieces. This gives us a good idea of what pieces are generally better in the battle field. However, in this lesson, we will be analyzing a game played by one of the best Chess players ever: Garry Kasparov. He was playing versus another excellent player, Vladimir Kramnik, and Kasparov was able to successfully sacrifice his queen for two of his opponent’s minor pieces. Although he was losing by point value, his minor pieces were more active than Kramnik’s queen, which allowed him to win the game thanks. In my opinion, this game is a perfect example of how the pieces can sometimes be way more valuable than the value of assign them.

00:00 Intro
01:11 Basics
03:20 Kramnik vs Kasparov game


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  1. First things first, thanks for all your support, your dedication and the brilliant work you have been doing for the sport, I hope you had been an wonderful new year, blessings for you and your family, and now as always my question rsrsrs. Should I read some theorical book or just study tactics?

  2. these videos are very much appreciated, just want you to know that. Climbed up to 1100!

  3. in one book i was reading there was a quote i didnt understand
    "the worst bishop is better than the best knight"
    can you explain it??

  4. Too much initiative forces opponent to blunder at lower levels (happened to me) …. It's too much pressure is there any way to stop the initiative and the continued threats?

  5. Well, when I see your games/tactics it seems like I can win too. But I always end up making a blunder 😀

  6. Thanks sir I left playing chess from my old id at 300 rating and few days back I started playing chess again and took a challenge to reach 900 again and after watching you course I after somedays only reached from 300 to 900 next point is 1500 ❤️

  7. At 4:20
    I don't remember u teaching king's Indian opening

  8. Hello Coach. I play kings Indian as black , the idea of a5 then Kc5 is very good. But what if white plays a3 followed by b4 ?
    Thx 4 ur reply and for ur time😊

  9. Relative value its men more active.this gives you more active pieces . In my game i calculated with pieces value thanks for the information lol..

  10. You look somewhat new to me and yet you are flooding us with great and very helpful ideas in chess! Keep up the good work, young man!

  11. It's very difficult to understand grandmaster level games. Thanks Coach for explaining it so nicely that it has become very easy to understand. I got it now, why it's your favorite game. No wonder! Garry Kasparov, Vladimir Kramnik, Vishy Anand, Magnus are just true living legends.

  12. Just discovered your videos. They are great! At 7:00 mark, why the two rooks moves that gave up a pawn? Why not knight to b1. Black knight exchanges (fine) or vacates to e4. Bishop to f3 attacks knight twice and pushes it back. The white bishop AND the queen are now in the game. White's next move is to activate the knight on b1, freeing up the rook. This doesn't seem that complicated that a grandmaster would miss this. Am I missing something?

  13. You struck gold with this game! Glad to hear it will show up again in the course.

  14. Thanks to this lesson I learnt that sometimes less valuable pieces can show more potential, otherwise i fear of doing sacrifices especially for rook and queen

  15. Great example and great game by Kasparov

  16. this video is like watching a science fiction movie and then go back to reality. I´ve seen plenty of queen sacrifices that start a forced check mate in 3/4 moves. But I´ve never seen a queen sacrifice in the middle of the game. You really have a deep knowledge of the game and the position, being confident that sacrifice will lead to a much better position and ends up doing a lot of pressure to your opponent.

  17. The computer does not give credit to my Queen sacrifices. It call them blunder

  18. You can't have this type of thinking while playing blitz, can you? There just isn't much time. Damn I have to give up on blitz play more rapid and daily chess to get better i guess.

  19. please upload more vids like this focusing on attacking the castled king with only minor pieces and the rooks (i mean without the queen)

  20. What a beautifully played game by Kasparov. This looks well worth memorizing!

  21. Oh my, what an elegant game from Kasparov. Every piece was protected and once the black queen was sacrificed, Kramnik really stood no chance.

  22. I had given up a rook for knight and bishop during on of my tournament's game and I won but hardly. 🙂

  23. such an amazing game. I started playing chess when I once saw Kasparov and Anand's game

  24. I'm learning a lot with this series thank you man.

  25. Can anyone help me?
    I blundering so much what can I do 😢😢

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