Chess lesson # 26: Your coach solves 15 Chess Puzzles | Combinations | How many can you solve?

Chess 4 All: Solving combinations in Chess is a great way to improve your game in general. This class is to sort of practice what we learned in our last lesson. Remember that a combination is a forcing variation, that normally includes a sacrifice, to benefit the player executing it. I am not that concerned about the sacrifice part although we have to be open to that possibility. However, we really have to look for FORCING variations. Last class was the beginning of a new level for your game in general, but more specifically it has to do with tactics because combinations are made up of different tactical ideas such the fork, pin, skewer, and others that you have not learnt yet. When I first learned this concept, I did not memorize the whole definition and I do not expect you to either. As long as you understand the idea and are able to identify the patterns and use them in your games, it all will be fine.

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  1. In the last one the white king could have escaoed easily from the black queen’s checkmate battery move, the white king just needed to move to the g1 the moment black queen moves to get into battery position, DONT BELIEVE ME… go n check for yourself noobs

  2. I don't understand how do you not have 1 million subs. I never found a better coach than you

  3. and it's valuable information we appreciate that is for free

  4. it's not free anymore
    is there a free alternative website?

  5. Done 16/16. I do tactics on free version of CT-ART 4.0 and it helps me see the basic patterns/motifs. These ones were easy and I saw the winning move on the last one, but had to check out if there was any other move that led me to mate quicker.

  6. I'm happy I could find by miself the last one.

  7. I started watching all your videos, they are great, thank you! Keep it up 🙂

  8. In the 7th exercise @4:15 after the pawn takes couldn't the King move to F2 instead of taking the pawn and avoid the checkmate?

  9. Sir should i start with some chess excercise books now , i have a pdf of '1001 chess excersices for beginners'. Also while reading a chess book should i train to imagine the setup in my mind or just imitate it on the board.

  10. in the beginning, when you said 20-50 tactics are not enough, did you mean doing those many in a period of time, or i currently solve 15-20 tactics every day, is that still not enough?

  11. just a suggestion…
    if you have the time you could create a telegram channel where we could ask our doubts regarding matches we play…
    like the last 3-4 games i have fought real hard till the end and even though i had great material advantage i often make wrong decisions and stalemate my opponent….
    and there are often instances where i just dont know what to play next so i just do a random move…..
    we could send pictures of those instances and maybe you could tell us what we should've done….

  12. I am new chess player… Thanks for your lesson it's nice and great work…

  13. Pls make a qna video. We all want to know more about our coach😁❤️

  14. Dot com needs subscription , is there anywhere else we can practice puzzles and drills (except lichess)

  15. This is one of the very few channels that have views in thousand and zero dislikes. Just shows the good work getting rewarded.(Learning lot from your videos.)

  16. Love from Pakistan .. Thank you so much for these amazing lessons

  17. Only the last one was little difficult…..
    It helps me a lot …. Thanks
    10:10 AM

  18. Practice is free for 3 puzzles + 1 daily puzzle
    After that, pay to practice
    But it is free to play against online 👌🏾

  19. People who teach for free deserves everything thanks a lot for sharing with us, i still suck but im trying and your lessons help a lot

  20. Hi, thanks for ur efforts. I would like to know how many tactics should I solve everyday?

  21. Might have been better NOT to have used puzzles starting with a rating of 0!

  22. Love your channel, incredible degree of training and tutoring for free, unheard of these days. Thank you!

    Quick question on this lesson:

    The puzzles were seeded at 3000, but I scored a clean 16 of 16, with very little effort and I am (or was) a mere 1570 rating. How was that possible? Either I'm getting really bloody good, or these puzzles were not actually at 3000 strength. I am assuming the latter and wondering what the actual ranking was?

    Thanks again for the great content. Hope you see this, since it's nearly 2 years past the original publication date. 🙂

  23. Sir I've Purchased 1001 Chess Exercises For Beginners Book And From Now First I Will Complete All Exercises That You've Taught Till This Video (Mate In 1 & 2, Fork, Pin & Skewer) And Then Attend Your Next Lessons And Solve Corresponding Exercises!
    Btw It's A Very Nice Book For A Beginner Like Me As Tactics Are Given Chapterwise…
    Thank You For The Guidance Sir!

  24. In 3:56 if black Bishop move to e6 than it's not checkmate in two moves ?

  25. answer to the question in title- All because I am 1200… 🙂 still watching just for revision

  26. You are literally the absolute best, I'm so so glad this is for free and it's QUALITY CONTENT, I used to be terrible at chess, you've taught me so much and I'm only on lesson 26. Bless you and thank you so so so much!!!

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